THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR
I hope you’re feeling suitably festive and all set for the big day. I’m certainly looking forward to switching off and enjoying the simple things in life. Not to mention an abundance of cheese and crackers. I thought I’d share a couple of my Christmas displays with a few of my favourite festive pastimes. A modest collection of seasonal treats I like to indulge in.
Seeing the London window displays and Christmas lights, creating a festive wreath, catching up with friends over dinner, taking photographs of the beautifully decorated houses of the Cotswolds, making an orange clove pomander, exploring the Liberty, Harrods and Selfridges Christmas departments and visiting the Oxford Christmas market are just a few things I do to celebrate the season.
The best thing about the holidays is spending time with my family. Although I believe in giving thanks, hugs and kisses all year round, I think Christmas is a good time to squeeze a little tighter.
MUSIC & FILMS
I enjoy listening to the Rat Pack Christmas album at this time of year. It sums up the romance and tradition of Christmas and makes everything feel twinkly. I also love to watch old films, my festive staples include: It’s a Wonderful Life, Elf, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and in recent years The Snowman, watched with my little niece and nephew.
THE GREAT OUTDOORS
Nothing beats a brisk walk in the countryside to brush away the cobwebs. And when I spend Christmas at my parent’s house we always go walking to take in the views over the Malvern Hills. This is closely followed by a pot of tea sat next to an open fire at a country pub.
I’ve been grazing on Christmas cake and pudding since late November! I like to make sure I have a stock of brazil nuts in chocolate, Charbonnel et Walker pink champagne truffles and cherry liquor chocolates – delicious!
I’m fairly restrained when it comes to Christmas decorations, I’ve never had a Christmas tree and I tend to restyle what’s already there by adding a few festive touches. This year I’ve been drawn to white and copper with elements of glass, wood and bells. And as always there are plenty of fairy lights, scented candles, reindeer and poinsettia plants.
It’s fun to explore the local villages and towns during the days between Christmas and new year. When I’m staying with my parents I love to visit Leominster (for antiques), Ledbury (for Hus & Hem and Tinsmiths) and Ludlow (for the memories and magic of walking in the footsteps of my grandparents). During the holidays, everywhere is calm and full of festive cheer.
DECLUTTERING, YES REALLY!
Before Christmas, I like to have a clean and declutter. There’s nothing nicer than starting the new year with a tidy and sparkling home and it helps to ease the January blues. Here are a few of my decluttering tips.
STYLING THE SEASONS
My Christmas displays are for this month’s Styling the Seasons founded by Katy of Apartment Apothecary and Charlotte of Lotts and Lots. I’d planned to take a few more photographs but shooting on the shortest and darkest day was nothing short of lunacy!
Anyway, I hope you have a delightful and restful Christmas and I look forward to seeing you soon.