Wednesday, 18 December 2013

'Twas The Night Before Christmas...

I know it's not the Christmas Eve, but it's our Christmas Eve. Although we will be spending actual, real Christmas together (in London), we decided to swap stockings (and maybe a present or two) beforehand and have our own mini Christmas in our own home. It being the first holiday season we'll have spent here.

Wrapping Mr. G's stocking presents definitely helped me find my (previously absent) Christmas spirit. I'm not normally a big fan of wrapping, in fact I usually find it a bit of a chore, but because I just had a few things to wrap it wasn't so bad, plus there's something incredibly novel about filling (what's essentially) an over-sized sock with the fruits of your labour.

The stockings themselves were total bargains, £1 each from Wilkinson. They're not very large, about 60cm, but they do the job, and the super-cute Nordic print was hard to resist.

I love seeing them resting against our fireplace, it makes me feel like a little girl all over again, waiting for Father Christmas to make an appearance.

They've also finished off our festive d├ęcor perfectly, and for the fraction of the price of anything else I've seen on the high street.

I can't wait to delve into them tomorrow morning...

Merry (almost) Christmas!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

O, Christmas Tree...

I'm a little late with this post, having actually put our tree up last weekend, but, still, better late than never, right?

We've stuck with our red and gold "theme" this year. Well, I say theme, it's not at all really, it's just those happen to be the colour decorations we have.

There's some very pretty additions this year (erm, if I do say so myself): the laser cut wooden stars that I bought at one of the Christmas Market stalls in Bruges, and some hulking great shiny baubles from John Lewis. Seriously they're mahoosive. And  ridiculously heavy. Cue lots of strategic placing on branches that were sturdy enough to support them. Aside ginormous shiny balls (ooh-err missus), I also snuck on some rustic looking fabric hearts (also from John Lewis. And no, this isn't a sponsored post. Sadly) that I couldn't say no to.

The usual suspects make their annual return too: namely the little red drum that I purloined from Mum's collection of decorations. It evokes memories of Christmas trees past, and I get the most pleasure, out of all of them, from hanging it up. Our Macy's' decorations and a little knitted gingerbread that I bought years ago have also been duly hung up. And Rodney has taken up residence on the top of our television this year.

As much as I love our tree, I am quite tempted to mix it up a bit next year; throw in some white and cream, go with a bit more of a Scandinavian feel (which I love). I'd also like to get a bit crafty and make some decorations of my own. Although I'm not really known for my hand-eye-coordination. Or patience. So yes, maybe not the brightest idea?

The tree itself was purchased from a local Primary School, so we did our bit by buying local and supporting the community. At a little under 6"0, and with a price tag of £32.50 it's probably the most value for money tree we've had. Although it's not as dense as I'd have liked, but you can't have everything.

Anyhoo, Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you, our tree:

Unfortunately the lights don't really come across all that well in the pictures (oh, Cannon EOS 600D, wherefore art thou?), but they're very twinkly and festive in real life, and I love the way they illuminate the glittery baubles that are hidden further inside the branches.

Speaking of festive, it's taken a while for me to get into the swing of things this year. I've been pretty lethargic, and mentally exhausted the past couple of weeks (hence the lack of posts.), and have generally not been imbued with much Christmas spirit.

This in spite of the annual Muppets' Christmas Carol viewing and obligatory Quality Street purchasing (two tubs and counting. Ahem.).

Still, there's ten days (really, only ten?!) to go, so I've got time to get my Christmas on. Just.

Another load of Strawberry Creams is obviously in order....