Country Life December 14/21 2016 is our fabulous Christmas double issue featuring reindeer; round-robins; roast partridge; big quiz; big crossword; inside Disney’s castle; plus a Jack Reacher story and much much more. Find out more here:

ARCHITECTURE: John Goodall marvels at Gloucester Cathedral’s survival

GARDENS: Jacky Hobbs enjoys the spectacular seasonal decoration at Castle Howard, North Yorkshire

REINDEER: In Scotland, Emma Hughes discovers that reindeer aren’t just for Christmas

ROUND-ROBINS: Although Kit Hesketh-Harvey rather dreads the Christmas round-robin letters, their awfulness does add festive amusement

EDITOR’S CHRISTMAS QUIZ: Are you sharp as a carving knife or dulled by the sherry? Test yourself with our festive trivia

DISNEY CASTLE: John Goodall can’t resist turning a historian’s eye on the Magic Kingdom’s symbol

SHORT STORY: Jack Reacher’s Christmas takes an unexpected turn in an exclusive short story by Lee Child

COOKING: It might not come in a pear tree, but Simon Hokinson’s partridge is fit for any festive feast

CHRISTMAS PUDDING: We set out to find the tastiest non-supermarket Christmas pud on the market

WILDLIFE: Simon Lester examines man’s love-hate relationship with the wily fox, one of the cleverest predators on Earth

CRACKERS: Despite the toe-curling joke, paper hats and strange gifts, Katy Birchall finds out why we still get a bang out of crackers

INTERIOR DESIGN: Taking inspiration from historic interiors and the newly desirable drinks trolley

MOTORING: More revolution than evolution Charles Rangeley-Wilson drives the Aston Martin DB11

PROPERTY: Arabella Youens meets the agent tribes

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