Christmas 2013: My Festive Wonderland


There is something relaxing and satisfying about laying out my Christmas decorations, organising which ones will make the tree this year, lining them up against my new purchases, and then finally making my home all festive.

This year it took me a whole day, a little longer than usual as I have added more lights thanks to the amazing selection at Marks and Spencers, with their LED holly berries, snowflakes and reindeer now draped across my units. In recent years I have only had time to do the tree and a drape some garlands over the mirrors, well this year I have kind of gone all out and made the living room my Christmas grotto.

Other highlights this year – my Laura Ashley reindeer light, it really does shine up a corner of the room next to the poinsettia and my favourite angel statue that I picked up at a vintage store one year. Another favourite is the musical snow globe also from M&S, it is nice to shake it up watch the snow fall while listening to ‘God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen’.

The tree itself this year, is once again the focal point, and it is a beautiful Nordman Fir and I have to say I think it is the best one we have ever had. There is a little bit of a nostalgic feel to the tree this year, I don’t generally go for themes except always having to include red, but the addition of the pompom garlands, honeycomb baubles and glass angels just makes me think of Christmas trees from when I was little.

Of course there are classic pieces, such as my ballerina, my wooden decorations, and the various stars, but I have also added new holly printed baubles, tiny Santa’s and snowmen, as well as drop icicles that just sparkle beautifully against the white lights.

I start watching Christmas movies in November, well October, but it never feels festive until the tree and decorations are up. I think this year might be my best-ever display, there is something mesmerising about seeing all my decorations twinkling and I have found myself loosing minutes just starring and smiling and I like it.

Have you made your house all festive?

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**Special thanks to Marks and Spencer for gifting me some of my decorations including: the snowflake lights, reindeer lights, berry garland, musical snowglobe, berry lights, honeycomb baubles, holly print baubles, felt bauble, blue ice skate decoration, pompom tree garlands, wooden tree and star garland, lights and pine cone set – check out their amazing Christmas Shop**