It’s that time of year again and I love it! Not all the shopping and the spending, I try and keep that to a complete minimum, but I love getting the home all cosy and Christmasy. Being a woman of a certain age I’ve experienced a few Christmas decor trends. Growing up in the 70’s it was tinsel all the way. We had it hanging from everywhere. It was tinsel crazy in our house.
Then in the 90’s early 2000s it all got a bit too staged. Everything seemed to be white or silver, with maybe a touch of blue or purple. Not my favourite look, all a bit cold.
So what are my Christmas decoration rules you may or may not be thinking, and to be honest they’re not hard and fast rules but I do have some, so here we go.
Rule number 1
It has to be a real Christmas tree, big or small it doesn’t matter, as long as it’s real. I think it’s because my family always had an artificial tree when I was growing up. Without a real tree it just doesn’t smell like Christmas. And of course, there’s the ritual of going to the local garden centre or forestry shop to select the perfect one. The tree always ends up being too big, but it gets everybody in the spirit, not to mention pine needles all over the inside of the car. The tree doesn’t appear in my house until the first weekend in December, which is why the blog is now ready to go. When my kids were young I would get the tree looking fairly stylish (in my opinion) then they would add all their finishing touches from drawings to toilet rolls covered in cotton wool – but what can you do? This year my tree looks like this. Not a work of art but there is only so much time in the day you know.
Rule number 2
Less is more and mix it up (is that two rules?). What I mean is I don’t need it to look like there’s been a small explosion in a tinsel factory, but instead I prefer just a few bits of sparkle dotted around the house, after all there is already a tree in the house. Then when the lights go down it all comes together with a few subtle lights (are you listening Mr Husband SUBTLE lights) and candles.
I do also like to have a bit of colour, rich reds and greens, and for things not to be too organised, and you can see this from the tree above.
I’m very much embracing the Scandi inspired decor themes this Christmas with wood and foliage. So this year I’ve been foraging for some free decorations from the outside world and come up with my own Christmas tree branch. What do you think? The bay leaves gave a lovely smell to the room.
Rule number 3
Everything has to fit back into the Christmas decoration box that gets stored on top of the wardrobe. I don’t know about you, but I usually can’t usually resist buying something new each year – but I’m kept under control by my Rule number 3. As a result, decorations are now carefully chosen and so have memories of how I came to own them. I love these little wooden stars I bought in a shop in Dorchester the year before last on a pre-Christmas family visit.
Of course, I get around my Rule number 3 by bringing Christmas to a few of my all year round bits and bobs, so they don’t go back in the box -right? This year I will be using a couple of brass candlesticks and bon-bon stands I picked up in bric-a-brac stores for next to nothing earlier in the year. This will add a bit of height to my Christmas table.
But I guess my unwritten rule of Christmas decor is to have fun and not to take it all too seriously, so that’s what I did when I dressed up my spider plant for the day.
How do you like to decorate your home at Christmas, do you have any Rules to share?