The Joy of Christmas Decorations

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Well, it’s definitely come to that time of year that we can no longer be in denial that it’s almost Christmas! Are you an early bird preparer or do you leave things last minute? I must admit I have done both but generally speaking these days I start to at least THINK about getting organised for Christmas after my birthday in late September and the one thing I ALWAYS make sure I do though is get the decorations up. Even if they go up late I always keep them up for the 12 days of Christmas. I have some friends who take them down on 1st January which for me always seems rather brutal!

So, in this blog I wanted to share with you some of my favourite Christmas decorations traditions, ideas and even a couple of favourites from QVC.

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I tend to choose quite a minimal style of decorations myself, I really like classic Christmas colours and lots of lights. I live in quite a small flat now and last year I bought a gorgeous little ‘paper’ style tree from the QVC Home Reflections range. It already has LED lights built-in and I dressed it with some of my favourite decorations and it was just perfect.

 

I also put lights in my bedroom, it always make me feel good going to bed with a book surrounded by magical Christmas lights!

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decs-in-boxTalking of favourite decorations, every year I bring out these little gift box decorations with changing LED colour lights inside, I bought them from QVC about 5 years ago and I know its almost Christmas when I open the box.

I also adore the hand-made wooden baubles I bought from Goa, the ceramic snowflake and letter from an artist workshop and the fabric heart and robin bought from a craft fair in Cornwall. They all have such special memories. Isn’t it amazing how Christmas decorations really benchmark time and a particular period of our life?

 

 

 

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Another Christmas decoration tradition of mine is helping my friend Emma decorate her tree. She lives in a beautiful big house so is able to have a lovely Victorian style tree in her bay window. We open a bottle of fizz, put on some Christmas music and erect and decorate the tree, it’s such fun.

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There are some gorgeous decorations at QVC at the moment – one which is wonderful for Christmas but you could use year round is this set of 3 Alison cork tea light holders I must confess I bought the black when they came out and have just (whilst putting this blog together!) bought the white, they would be wonderful to light your Yankee Candle Christmas tea-lights in! Grab them now whilst they are on clearance price!

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805287705980I also really like the Woodland Foil Print Cushion and  Glittered Decorative Ginko Leaf Feature, both Alison Cork pieces.

 

The most gorgeous expensive-looking cushion that would be the perfect finishing piece for Christmas decorating and the wreath with the Gingko leaf which has a lovely story of where Alison used to live in Wales.

 

Lighting-wise, I really like Bethlehem Lights and if I were to choose colour lights for a change I would be really tempted by these, adore the colours and the Edison-style traditional look of these and best of all, no electricity needed so they can go anywhere!

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Finally if you fancied dressing your tree with a very unusual decoration this year how about choosing these Molton Brown tree decorations? How lovely thinking that if the business of Christmas gets too much you can take one off the tree and go for a relaxing or rejuvenating bath? Bliss!

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Thanks for reading my special Christmas decoration blog, hope it gives you some inspiration and do feel free to post a comment below with your favourite traditions.

Christmas hugs
Craig xx

4 Comments

  1. Jill November 22, 2016 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Craig love your tree! Small is beautiful you know. I generally put my tree up after 12 December, sadly this is the anniversary of loosing my mum. I never feel like putting it up till after then, once my tree is almost dressed with all my twinkling lights and wooden decorations, little ornaments the children made at playgroup almost 30 yrs ago, I hang the large red bauble my mum gave me front and centre.
    I also leave my tree up until the 7 January!! a sin. This is because it’s my daughters birthday, and as a child she wanted the tree at her party!
    So every family has it’s little traditions.
    Keep Well
    Love Jill x

    • Craig Rowe November 30, 2016 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

      Hey Jill!

      Great to hear from you and hope you’re well. Thanks, glad to hear you like my little tree. That’s understandable that you wait until that date.

      You have some lovely traditions with lots of thought for the family behind them so that is really nice and what Christmas is about.

      Hopefully hear from you again soon but if not, I hope you have a lovely Christmas.

      Craig x

  2. Amy Dwyer November 23, 2016 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    HI Craig,

    All of your decorations look beautiful, very chic! I usually get my decorations up on the 1st of December, I love the festive season. But this year I will not be having any decorations at all, I am flying off on holiday on Christmas to Malaysia and I think it will be so sad to either take them down on the day itself, before I leave or to have them still up when I get back, it would be Christmas blues and holiday blues all in one go!

    Amy x

    • Craig Rowe November 30, 2016 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi Amy!

      How are you? Lovely to hear from you as always. Thank you so much, glad you like it all. Oh wow! How lovely flying off to Malaysia! I think you’re right to leave decorations this year and just focus on enjoying your holiday, it’ll be amazing!

      Have a lovely time if I don’t hear from you before.

      Take care.

      Craig x

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