So the Christmas decorations are going up and the shops are playing Christmas songs – so here are a few items that have caught my eye. But first a few musings. This year I have noticed a general move towards reining back on spending on Christmas generally. This has included a plea from money saving expert Martin Lewis on his Christmas Roadshow and also from teachers, even some shops seem to have toned down their traditionally extravagant displays. To me, the message is a mixture of reducing the pressure on the public to feel that they have to spend a lot on gifts perhaps even money they haven’t got, reducing waste (unwanted gifts) and the fact that Christmas shouldn’t be about material gifts but rather about spending time with friends and loved ones.
When decorating my own home, yes I like to be inspired by what I see in shops, magazines and online, but the most important thing is to make it personal. I love unpacking my box of decorations and unwrapping baubles and ornaments and remembering the occasion when I bought them or who gave them to me. I think buying a new bauble or other decoration each Christmas is a lovely tradition.
Try making something. For example, I am going to make my own door wreath re-using a straw ring recycled from a previous year and using natural greenery and adding a few baubles and fir cones.
Now on to my selection.
I’ve noticed that turquoise and silver are very popular this year. This luxurious peacock feather wreath by Ella James at notonthehighstreet.com is stunning and fits well with the trend for rich jewel like colours. Remember that wreaths aren’t just for front doors and also work well indoors. For a more informal look position on a mantelpiece or shelf.
Continuing the jewel colour theme, and my comment about adding to your collection, I love these tree decorations from Liberty. Tree decorations also make a personal and inexpensive gift.- the ones shown are priced at £5.95.
Amidst all the hustle and bustle of the festive season it’s a good idea to take time out for yourself and curl up on the sofa or in a comfy chair with a good book and mug of tea. A cosy faux fur rug is perfect to snuggle up with. Alternatively, drape one across your bed. This one from Dunelm has a smooth textured reverse and comes in grey or natural colourways.
Remember ,, Christmas isn’t about perfection. Take the time to enjoy it!
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