As a child, I can remember how eagerly I awaited the Christmas period every year. Making lists for Santa,

being as good as I possibly could (well most of the time) and all the lovely food treats that are synonymous with this time of year. My grandparents would often come to stay, so there were special day trips and extra presents.

They are all fond memories for me and I now get the joy of creating memories for my own family.

However the festive period can be busy, so plan your trips and treats. Make every day one that you want your children to remember. Check out our What’s On guide for our suggestions.

This issue also covers January and February. It is great time to revisit those healthy habits or perhaps a resolution to try a new activity or hobby. Turn to page 28 to see how one local mum achieved her ambition

Thank you Claire...

Time & Leisure Junior is a community magazine. At its core is families in South West London. If you take a quick flick through you will see many contributors who offer their advice, expertise or experience for our readers.

In this issue, we are lucky enough to feature one local reader who offered her skill as an illustrator. You will see the work of Claire Fiorentino on pages 20, 24 and 28. You will also see the delicate Christmas decorations dotted throughout the What’s on listings.

With just a high level briefing on magazine content, Claire was able to produce beautiful illustrations. In each case we sent the illustrations on to the


of running a travel business. Perhaps it is time to plan the family holiday?

Don’t forget our fab competitions on page 30. We have a bumper edition this time with tickets to the Polka Theatre or ice skating at Hampton Court Palace. We also have a lovely voucher to feed the whole family at Giggling Squid and a special treat for LEGO®

Star Wars™ fans.

Enjoy this special time of year and we will see you in Spring.


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article authors or contributor and the feedback was unanimous. The illustrations really captured the essence of the article.

Alongside her parenting responsibilities, Claire works but is happy to be contacted about her illustrations. She can be reached at

I wanted to personally thank Claire but also to share this story to all of our readers – and in particularly anyone who has a secret passion, hobby or talent. Without a deadline (be it work or child related), our own personal creativity is often the first to go in time-pressured family life.

If you can, find some time to explore that creativity and any outlets for it. I believe that channeling that imagination will help us in all the roles that we juggle.

Thanks again to Claire and drop her a note if you appreciate her work.

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