When i was a kid we used to have a few traditions at Christmas: We would always have a chocolate advent calendar, we would put our tree up on the 15th December, and we went all out with the decorations, with big foil garlands across the ceiling and dangly hangings, and tinsel everywhere!
Christmas was a big deal in our house, which i think is the reason why, even as an adult, i absolutely adore the festivities. To me it really is the most wonderful time of the year;)
Needless to say, as soon as Halloween is out of the way, I am already singing Christmas jingles in my head and planning my Christmas decorations.
Would it surprise you if i said, its actually only 46 days until Christmas! That’s less than 50 days to get in to the festive spirit, get everything organised and have a jolly good time. Hence why i start so early. Preparation is key.. especially as a family of 5!
So i thought i would bring some festive cheer today and talk all things Christmassy and will hopefully bring a Christmas instalment each week or so, on the run up! Hopefully it may help, even if its just trigger a thought that will help you, or even point you in the right direction of a great tree or the perfect lights.
Preparation at the ready, I am already sourcing some Christmas pieces to make this the best Christmas yet, and wanted to show you some of my festive essentials.
Starting with the focal point of the decorating process. ..The Christmas Tree. High priority, the Christmas tree has to look good. Whether you buy real or artificial, your tree will always be one of the most important decorations. Did you know, when people move house and view potential properties a woman will walk in to the main living room and try and picture where the Christmas tree will go, Its true, it is that important to us. I think it signifies festive fun and love and happiness.. I know, shut up Rachel, its just a tree, but without it, Christmas would not be the same. We have an artificial from here and it is glorious. I would always say, if you’re buying a tree, spend a little extra and get the best your budget can afford, especially if its artificial, as it will truly be an investment.
Again.. an integral part of the festive process. I love sparkly lights, so much so that it doesn’t have to be Christmas for me have them up, i indeed have some form of twinkly light up all year round. But come Decemeber, i really up the ante.
These beautiful christmas lights are my absolute favourite. Cox and Cox have some perfect christmas pieces… i was sat for ages flicking through their catalogue that dropped through my door last week.
For me its all about the stars, i love that even though they are super christmassy, i would actually keep a lot of these up all year round. Why not bring some sparkle with you the rest of the years also? The white lights mean these can work any time of year and are perfect for spending a little on, but also getting your monies worth.
I will confess. I am not a themed decorator. As much as i would love to have a Christmas theme throughout my decorations, i just don’t. And the reason for this is that we (the husband and I) have always always let the kids choose all the decorations and where they want to put them. They help decorate the tree and the room and their rooms just how they want it, and they love it. Each year i let them choose out a couple of new pieces each, (there are some amazing items at Matalan), and then we bring out the past years choices also, so that we keep adding to our crazy eclectic collection. Yes it sometimes looks like Christmas threw up all over our house, but they love it. And that’s what its about (mostly), the kids.. seeing their little happy faces with what they have decorated.
One day when my children are grown, maybe i’ll get to have my own colour co-ordinated Christmas decor 😉
I always have to start at the door, with a festive door mat and wreath, each time I come back to my door i feel a fuzzy festive feeling of home and happiness. I also love that it greets our visitors and neighbours with welcoming warm sentiment.
This is the first time I’m actually doing this after seeing it on Instagram last year and it looking so cute! Have you ever done Elf on the Shelf with your kids? And if you’re like me and lived under a rock not knowing what this whole Elf game is, well google tells me this:
“By hiding in a new spot each morning around the house, the scout elf and the family play an on-going game of hide and seek. The Elf on the Shelf explains that scout elves get their magic by being named. In the back of each book, families have an opportunity to write their elf’s name and the date that they adopted it.”
There are some fantastic ideas on where to put the little chap, i was looking for hours recently, giggling at all the cheeky little elves and what they get up to;)
Now, I may need ideas, as creative i am not (well not in that way). But for my youngest, Neo, I can’t wait to see his little face each day when the elf has been up to something funny again.
So tell me.. Do you love Christmas? Do comment below what you love about Christmas and what you start preparing first? A friend said to me last week that shes starts with the Christmas cake and it is her first step in to the festive spirit.
How do you decorate? Is it crazy like me, or do you stick to a lovely theme?
What makes you feel festive, and do you recommend anything for this Christmas fan?