Kathryn Thomas looks phenomenal on the cover of our December issue

The December issue of Irish Country Magazine is in shops now and inside you will find all you need to know to feel merry and bright this festive season!

1. Kathryn Thomas on her happy ever after

Newlywed Kathryn Thomas is looking forward to Christmas at home with husband Padraig and baby Ellie. In her interview with Klara Heron, Kathryn explains that the happy family are jetting off on honeymoon soon, and why she is looking forward to settling down to family life after such a hectic year. As she prepares for the new season of Operation Transformation, Kathryn opens up about her own body image journey, and the importance of conquering the negative voice in your head.

2. The joy of giving

We have solved all of your Christmas gifting woes, with thoughtful ideas for everyone in your life. Spoil the ones you love and treat yourself to something special, whether you are coveting the best in Irish design or want to support local makers this season.

3. Jingle all the way

It’s a time to embrace luxe details and party wear, with elegant nights out in store for the season ahead. Corina Gaffey styles beautiful winter looks to impress in this month’s fashion shoot. December is a month for getting cosy too, and with that in mind, we interview the designer behind elegant pyjama brand Moon + Mellow.

4. Eat, drink and be merry

We asked some of Ireland’s top chefs for their tips on creating the perfect Christmas feast. If December makes you crave hearty dinners, then learn all you need to know about buying the best quality Irish beef in Ciara Leahy’s interview with butchers Peter Hannan and Pat Whelan.

5. Beyond the mistletoe

Festive cheer aside, there’s plenty more to discover inside this month’s issue. We profile several Irish women who are each amazing in their own way. Sr Orla Treacy helps girls in South Sudan to pursue their education. Fionnghuala O’Reilly, the first bi-racial Miss Universe Ireland, works for NASA and is passionate about inspiring young girls to work in the STEM industry. Resolve to get out in nature more this month, and take time to go whale-spotting with tips from the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group. And the lovely couple behind Juvi let us into their stylish home and share advice on creating a space that grows with a family.