Like 90% of the population I absolutely adore Christmas and getting the tree up is the occasion that signifies it’s all started. For a few years now I’ve gone for the highly coordinated look with a very traditional red and gold theme, but this year, now that I’m seeing Christmas through the eyes of a child, I’ve been drawn to adding more unique, personal ornaments that we’ll treasure over the years. Things which are a little bit kitsch and with a hint of nostalgia about them, that become old friends over the years that we can reminisce about as we hang them up.
So this year I’ve added in amongst the red and gold some little touches which give our tree a more personal, homely feel. Particular favourites are this little car with Christmas tree strapped to the roof and these cute North Pole gnomes (both from Sainsbury’s) and this vintage looking, rather red-faced Father Christmas (from Tesco – out of stock online, but plenty in-store when I visited).
I seem to be drawn to glass baubles with little figures inside, and have added to my collection with this little fox in Santa hat (from M&S). He goes so well with my Father Christmas bauble from last year!
Adorning our sideboard is my favourite new decoration of this year: this cloche with woodland scene, which matches the little cars that hang on the tree. Can you believe this is from Sainsbury’s? It looks so much more expensive and perfectly treads that fine line between cute and kitsch which to me is the perfect Christmas feeling.
The bonus to everyone putting their trees up so early is that all of the high street stores have reduced their Christmas decoration ranges really early – all of these items are reduced, so it’s the perfect time to grab yourself a bargain!