I love decorating Christmas trees, there is something so special about the start of Christmas and having everything to look forward to. I get all the decorations out of the eves, I put a bottle of fizz in the fridge, buy some ready made party food to pop in the oven and the Christmas legends that are Shakin’ Stevens, Wham, Mariah and Wizzard get played full blast.
I have been collecting Christmas decorations for many years, even before I had a house and a tree of my own to decorate. Mum and Dad buy me a decoration from there travels every year for Christmas, which I love and treasure. The heart shaped one is extra special, it was made for me 20 years ago by a student I used to tutor in the States, when I lived there. He made it in woodwork and it goes front and centre every year.
At The Pink House I had a 4ft Christmas tree that sat on my table in the window in the lounge, with an eclectic mix of decorations I have collected and been given over the years.
They now hang proudly on a tree in the snug at Sixpenny, which is much larger to my delight, as this means there is much for room for my decoration obsession .
It is known as the fun tree, as it is decorated full of toys, nutcrackers, red bows, candy canes, chocolate and much more. We also have a lovely fireplace in the snug, which means I can decorate the mantle piece too.
For the first time in my life we decided to buy artificial trees this year. The main reason being, we are away for Christmas and if you aren’t here to put water in real ones all your decorations end up on the floor. There are no family arguments regarding the lights as it already comes with those on and we opted for a good one so it lasts for many years. I appreciate that a real locally sourced tree is better for the environment if disposed of correctly, however if you intend to keep your tree for more than 10 years as we do then they balance out. That is why we bought ours from Balsam Hill, they do lots of options in all different shapes and sizes.
We also have a tree in the lounge, as this is where we sit at Christmas, it is close to the kitchen which is generally where all the action is. This tree is more traditionally decorated in shimmering silver, deep reds and greens.
Next year we have decided to put one in the kitchen as well, next to the dining table so we feel Christmassy while eating Christmas lunch. Every year I try to pursued the Mr to go just that little bit further, it’s a 5 year plan being well executed haha. Soon it will look like the house at the end of my favourite Christmas movie Miracle on 34th Street.
Every year Mum and I choose a theme for our wrapping paper usually at a Christmas fair we go to in November. However this year due to Covid that wasn't meant to be, so we chose our theme over the phone and have wrapped the presents in the same paper. The theme is perfect for my lounge tree.
I tend to go to garden centres for most of my decorations and then when I attend a Christmas fair I buy things that catch my eye, like this stunning bauble from Artifactually, aren’t they just stunning I love mine.
Here are a few things I have at home to get the house feeling all Christmassy:
Our Christmas Trees - Balsam Hill - I have a 7ft in the lounge and a 6ft in the snug & dining room
Fir Tree Room Spray - The White Company, this is good for an instant hit of that Christmas smell
I am excited to start planning next years dining/kitchen room tree theme, it is one of my favourite things to do this time of year. I sit with a Christmas movie on while surfing Pinterest for inspiration. This is the perfect time to start planning, that way you can buy all your baubles, lights and tinsel in the sale.