With a "something old, something clean, something borrowed, something green” refrain running through my mind, my Christmas celebration classes this year are going to be down to earth yet stylish, with generous summery outdoor food. In New Zealand we are lucky to have a summer Christmas as it opens up a world of possibilities: summery green lawns, clean fresh air, the last green asparagus spears and a relaxed ambience. I reckon "green is the new gold” so this year we are having fun with a green theme in all its glory. Green as in from the garden, for sure, so expect some of nature’s bounty like wee greens and summer fresh ingredients. Green as in artisan and hand-crafted food, and (as always) some gorgeous decorating ideas you can create for your own green Christmas. As Christmas festivities usually include many age groups and food preferences, I am planning a cool feast for the senses with plenty of options. As always, it’s planned so the chief cook retains some festive spirit by the time the guests arrive. Green is also for GO - get your group together and book quickly, as our Christmas classes sell out fast. For those of you who have not been to one of my Christmas classes, be sure to visit Meghan Maloney’s blog which she wrote about my 2010 Christmas class - Circles of Christmas Life. ELECTION DAY is Saturday 26 November 2011. For those of you would like to join me on this date there is a polling station very close by at the Te Horo Hall on School Road.