It’s only 4 weeks away, folks, so pretty soon it’ll be time to head up into the loft* and retrieve the various boxes and bin liners that our Christmas decs are stashed in – yes, even the tree. I’ve never had a real one – I know the done thing is to wax lyrical about the smell of pine etc etc but they seem like such a lot of WORK (I wouldn’t know what to do with a tree that has real needles and doesn’t come in three bits that slot together). One afternoon in mid December – not before the 12th – I’ll stick on Sufjan Stevens’ Songs for Christmas and spend a happy couple of hours decorating the tree, only stopping when it’s liberally covered in lights and baubles (like this, from last year). Then I’ll sit back with a glass of wine to watch the fairy lights and my mini fibre-optic tree twinkling away and I’ll finally feel FESTIVE.
We only have a small house but I still like to add something new to the decorations each year, so I’ve been looking around for ideas for some extra Yuletide colour and sparkle. I’d love to give a home to Rudolf (above), but he’s a bit more dear (pun absolutely intended) than I’d like! I’m not exactly a craft-y person but I think even I could manage something like this:
A great way of displaying baubles – I do something similar by putting the red and gold ones that don’t make the cut for the tree in a big glass vase:
I love this idea for displaying cards (mine are always shoved onto bookcases and therefore get a bit lost amongst the spines), but I’d spray the branches silver or gold for more sparkle:
Now, lights. We don’t have any outside yet (and I deeply disapprove of blue flashing ones – they are best left to the police) but I’d happily festoon every available inch indoors with fairy lights if I could. I’ve got my eye on these from M&S – they’re simple and elegant and could easily be left up all year round – but if you’re looking for something a little more literally ‘Christmassy’ these are perfect (they also have cute snowmen and reindeer ones):
John Lewis have a gorgeous Japanese Christmas range this year – I am IN LOVE with this glitter bonsai tree (but not with the price):
My favourite more affordable item from the range is this snow globe, but annoyingly it’s out of stock – it’s not even December yet, people! Speaking of snow globes, don’t tell anyone but I absolutely love cheesy Thomas Kinkade Christmas collectibles…….
When do you put your decorations up? And do you have a real or fake tree?
*This is my husband’s job – I’ve never been in our loft!