Home & Garden

Are Christmas house lights tacky, or just a bit of festive fun?

After one homeowner in Somerset received a letter from his neighbours criticising his ‘tacky’ Christmas light display, we’re asking, is decorating the outside of your house with Christmas lights tacky or just a bit of festive fun?

Joining us in the studio is one person who thinks festive light displays are ‘nothing but eyesores’, former royal butler Grant Harrold. But Michael Farnes, the owner of Britain’s most decorated house (with over £10,000 worth of Christmas decorations) joins us live from Hove.

Steve Wilson's must-have Christmas gadgets

It’s Steve Wilson’s favourite item of the entire year. From gadgets that make you look younger to fun tech that’ll keep the whole family entertained, Steve shows us the must-have gadgets we will all want in our Christmas stockings.

Do your pets know it's Christmas time at all?

You might have already sent your wish list off to Santa, but have you thought about what your pet might like to find under the tree this Christmas?

From doggie mince pies and cat Christmas crackers, to bacon flavoured bubble machines and luxury homes for your guinea pigs - our vet Dr Scott Miller is here to make sure your pet gets in on the festive fun.

Scott's top tips

- The oils in Christmas trees can be mildly toxic, causing stomach upsets, and the needles themselves can get stuck in your pet's paw or throat

- Be careful of fairy lights which dangle and are tempting chew items for pets

- Keep the door shut when you are wrapping presents otherwise your animal might ingest something they shouldn't

- Poinsettias, mistletoe and holly are Christmas favourites, however they are dangerous for pets; with varying levels of toxicity, the side effects depend on how much of the plant is consumed

How to make your own Christmas wreath

With just three weeks to go until Christmas Day, it's time to start decorating your house - starting with a festive front door!

But if you'd rather not spend a fortune on a real wreath, why not make your own?

From bauble rings to a special reindeer wreath, our Home Genie Georgina Burnett shows us how to make our very own crafting creations!