Christmas can be a magical time; I absolutely adore seeing Christmas lights twinkling against the night sky and the promise of turkey and pigs in blankets looming up ahead. It can also be a time of mania; people pushing and shoving over the last pack of Christmas crackers in Tesco and family members arguing over what the correct dinner time etiquette is.
Sometimes, we all lose sight of the beauty of Christmas, amongst the consumerism and gift giving. We lose sight of how lucky we are to be surrounded by family and loved ones. We lose sight of how unique this time of year truly is. We lose sight of the happiness we should be sharing.
One of my favourite things to do, is dust off the Christmas decorations, bring in the tree and blast the dulcet tones of Michael Bublé, while I make the house as festive as possible.
I thought I would share some of my favourite decorations with you in the run up to the big day. We only recently moved out, so this is only my second time that I have been able to decorate… Naturally, I’m still quite proud of my little hoard of decs!
These are my adorable wooden reindeers; I love reindeers and it makes me sad that they only get the limelight once a year. I’m lucky that my local animal park has some (Wingham Wildlife Park), but at Christmas time, I love bringing that little sparkle of festivity into our home by letting these guys shine. They sit next to the TV and take centre stage.
These are a few of the favourites from the tree.
- I bought these gold bows last year; they were ridiculously cheap from Asda and I fully intended on using them anywhere and everywhere! I totally forgot about them though, and didn’t use them until this year. They are cutely tied onto the tree branches and I really feel like they bring the whole look together.
- I am a MEGA fan of edible decorations and there is something really classic, almost old fashioned, about candy canes. These came as a thank you gift from a friend and they look stunning (and delicious!) dotted about the tree.
- On that note, gingerbread men are also one of my favourite things. Or gingerbread people in general… No sexism here! I haven’t had time to make any gingerbread yet this year, so I love having this little one on the tree. Not only is he tiny and adorable, but he is woollen, and anyone who is anyone loves something knitted!
- Sparkle, sparkle, sparkle! For me, Christmas is all about the glitz and this dove decoration really catches the glimmer of the fairy lights. It is covered in really fine glitter, and it’s not quite silver, not quite white. I love just watching this one twirl & shimmer.
- Back to food again… Christmas tree chocolates seem to be few and far between, and to coat the tree in cocoa goodness, it seems like you have to buy fifteen packets of chocolates. Cue a needle and thread and a box of the best chocolates… I adore Lindor (who doesn’t) and what’s Christmas without a bit of indulgence. You may as well make your own Christmas chocolates and, I’ll be honest, sewing chocolate is seriously therapeutic!
Aaaaaand… Christmas isn’t Christmas without a little bit of tat… We came across this (not so little) little guy last year and fell in love. Who doesn’t want a sparkly squirrel holding a nut pride of place on their tree?! We loved him so much, that we bought one for us and gifted one to my (soon to be) sister-in-law to take pride of place on their tree too! Looking at him now, I am ashamed that we didn’t name him last year… He is so full of character that he DEFINITELY needs one!
Lastly and emotionally, I gained an amazing Christmas/goodbye gift from the wonderful children at school this year. This is Bauble Ray Cyrus, and now, every time I decorate my tree, I will see the names of the brilliant year 10s who have genuinely enriched my life and made me see that our future is so bright. Their talent and creativity will take them far, whatever path they choose, and I am so proud to have been a part of that future. A huge thank you!
Despite the fact there is blossom blooming and daffodils sprouting around the country, I am feeling very festive. I hope you have enjoyed seeing a little slice of our Christmas, and I wish every one a very merry Christmas. Spread the love, good will and cheer as far as you can. I am off to watch Christmas films and binge on Twiglets until I turn into one.