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Like the John Lewis Christmas ad, Oxford Street turning on their lights or hearing those iconic sleigh bells at the beginning of Mariah’s All I Want For Christmas for the first time in the year, the M&S Christmas food range is one of those quintessentially British things that makes it feel like Christmas is coming. And spoiler alert: it’s here!

Well a sneak speak of it is anyway, and in true M&S style this isn’t just any Christmas food range, this is the Marks & Spencer’s Christmas food range. The trusted high street store have launched their catalogue for 2020 and it’s better than ever, from a magical toadstool-topped Christmas cake to the must-have turkey and even a light-up gin.

After this week’s announcements that could see social distancing measures and new rules in place for the next six months, we’d be foolish to think Christmas won’t be a little different this year. Perhaps no Dickensian-style banquets with extended family on the big day or festive cocktail parties drinking mulled wine with friends, but it will still be Christmas and we’re still going to delve into all the trimmings – with a little help from M&S.

The online orders will be available from 1st October but M&S have launched over 70 Christmas lines into stores this week, ideal if you’re the type that gets organised months in advance.

Expect all the usuals, from juicy turkey crowns and stuffed deboned legs that cook at the same time to succulent whole birds for the more established cooks, gin-cured Scottish Speybay smoked salmon, canapés that require very little effort for maximum payoff and must-have cheese – this year’s showstopper is an oozy, melty French brie in rich, buttery golden pastry, studded with rosemary and garlic.

From a magical toadstool-topped Christmas cake to the must-have turkey and even a light-up gin, M&S's 2020 range will not disappoint.

For dessert, M&S have reimagined the classic yule log in delicious chocolate cake form, topped with a charming miniature woodland scene and, of course, there’s Christmas pudding in all its guises but an extra special one has been created for 2020 with dates, fudge, rum and pecans and drizzled with a  rich toffee sauce.

Gifting wise, there’s plenty of stocking filler ideas, from a music box-style shortbread biscuit tin to an embossed glass sweet jar and a giant cuddly Percy Pig for any fans of the iconic sweet treat.

But it’s the Christmas gin that we’re expecting to be a huge pull for the high street store this year, especially after 2019’s sell-out Clementine Gin Liqueur Snow Globe that everyone wanted to get their hands on. This year’s mother’s ruin comes in the form of a gin liqueur filled with 23 carat edible gold leaf in a pretty, vintage-style illustrated bottle – a bargain at just £18.

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