We can’t deny it any longer – Christmas is officially around the corner! Since getting back from Paris, which dovetailed the end of Halloween and Bonfire season for me, I’ve been pretty full-on with Christmas splendour. From curating a playlist (Michael Bublé and Mariah Carey eat your heart out) to sneaking up as many decorations as I can, as early as Scott will allow – ha! Since 2019 is our first Winter season in our little home, I thought I’d create a little talk piece about how I’m decorating for Christmas this year, and I’d love to hear what plans and traditions you hold in your own home, too.
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The Outdoor tree
Ever since I was little, I’ve always had a tree outside. It was something I was so accustomed to growing up, my Mum adorning our tree in all of the lights so that it could be seen the second you were close to home. It would shine like a beacon in the night, instilling immediate feelings of warmth and homeliness.
When Scott and I were discussing our first Christmas at our house, the outdoor tree was one of the first things I was excited to discuss. Wrapped in a coil of festive lights, and twinkling across from the babbling stream just outside. Since it’s our first year here, we picked up a potted tree that will see us through not just this year, but the many times I’ll be decorating for Christmas over the next few years, too.
I can’t wait to see how it grows, or how it looks year on year as our home and habits change with our space.
The Staircase Garlands
Staircase garlands came entirely from Scott – but it’s something that now, puts a smile on my face each morning as I tread past it on the way downstairs. Staircase garlands are so much fun – and there are legitimately so many different styles you can go for that they work with pretty much every single house! Scott and I chose this for our home, which can be connected to extra sets (perfect if you’re a three-floor home like ours!), and can be customised between battery-powered or mains, instead.
I love that it’s a mix of green foliage, pinecones and threaded warm white lights. Seeing a twinkling staircase as you step inside on a cold night is exactly the Christmas spirit I’ve been after! I’ve also loved seeing a lot of tinsel garlands, and other relaxed styles like this eucalyptus one, too.
The Front Door Wreath
Since moving into our own home, I can totally appreciate how difficult choosing your own wreath is. Especially one that you want to be able to get out of storage for years to come. Back at our respective family homes, both mine and Scott’s families have “their” wreaths that come out year on year, so picking one that represented us and our home was something that we definitely thought too much about!
Scott and I loved this wreath from John Lewis, and although I was a little bit hesitant after a few rogue winter berries had dropped from it on delivery, I think it’s safe to say it’s staying through the season.
Truth be told there are so many great options to pick from that it took a while to whittle them down! Personally, I’ve been loving the eucalyptus wreaths that have been popping up more this year on social media. I also love the dried wreaths, as they create a totally different, but still statement look to your front door.
Trinkets and Hot Spots
One thing I’ve been loving this year, is the thought of slowly adding to our Christmas collection as the years go on. For those who don’t know, while Scott and I were in Disneyland Paris, we picked up this Jim Shore Disney Traditions sculpture for our collection. The second I saw it, I could just image it lit up in our front window, back dropped with snowy houses and twinkling lights. Jim Shore has a great collection of Disney and Peanuts inspired statues – that – if you’re a fan of either, I definitely recommend investing in. They’re all darling and look like they would have pride of place in any household.
There are quite a few nooks throughout our home that I’m excited to fill with trinkets and happy pieces. Scott in particular has mentioned filling an alcove at the bottom of our staircase with a festive fairground wheel for Christmas and I love it. So, I’ll make sure to post any additional updates on how our decorating for Christmas expands before the end of December!
In the mean time, I’d love to know how you’re planning to decorate for Christmas, if you want to leave your replies in the comments below. What are your favourite items to showcase, what pieces of sentimentality mean a lot to you?
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