25 December

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A Very Merry Christmas

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Merry Christmas and a Happy Birthday to the baby Jesus! Nobody really knows the exact date of Jesus’s birthday, with some brave astronomers arguing that the Star of Wonder the Wise Men followed was actually a second-century conjunction of Jupiter and Venus sitting so close together that they looked like a single star.

Whatever your religious affiliation, we hope you'll be enjoying the day with friends and family, and nothing says celebration quite like a round of champagne cocktails. Classics and fruit mixes have their time and place, but for Christmas entertaining we recommend the devilishly simple Vavavoom. When charged with a hint of orange liqueur, a little lemon and a soupçon of sugar, as it is in this recipe, even the humblest supermarket fizz will get your party going.

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