Have I missed it? The window of time in which it’s OK to post Christmas-related things, that is?

I know, I know…but I was really proud of this table and so I wanted to show you, OK?!

This was how we decorated for Christmas Eve, and these decorations were still on the table when I left home last weekend…so they’re probably still there now. I found all of these bits in the garden, and the little mason jars were pulled out of a cupboard, waiting for more jam next year. I just played around with everything until I liked how it looked and then plonked it on the table – simple! Though I will admit I spent a good couple of hours doing this – including time spent collecting items. It was fun, though, and so I’ll say it was worth it. IMG_2142 IMG_2114

Merry Christmas

IMG_2018 IMG_2016 IMG_2022Yesterday, on probably the windiest day since time began, we decided to go for a quick walk through the hills. We stumbled across some trees that had been decorated and set about re-attaching any decorations that had been blown off in the wind. It brightened up our day to see some unexpected festivity up in the moors, and gave us the burst of energy we needed for racing up the hill, down the hill…

Merry Christmas from our family to yours! And if you don’t celebrate, I hope you have a lovely day doing whatever it is that takes your fancy.

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Mini

While on the hunt for our Christmas tree, my sister and I collected branches so that we could create our own mini Christmas trees in our bedrooms. The branches just about fit into a huge glass bottle filled with water, and, decorated with these little guys from Paperchase, I think they make the perfect festive addition to my room.

PSST! I couldn’t find a link to the exact same ornaments used here, but these slightly bigger ones are nice too!

O Tannenbaum

On Sunday we traveled to our regular tree farm to find and chop down our Christmas tree! This is my favourite part of the run-up to Christmas, and I was anxiously anticipating our trip all morning. As ever, we spent a good bit of time wandering through the trees and picking up fallen branches for decoration. This was our quickest year yet, and we managed to find the perfect tree in record time. As ever, it was spotted by my sister, measured against my height and chopped down and carried by my dad. With a new car this year, we had to pick a tree that was a bit smaller than usual, but at least it fit into the house this year…with just enough room to spare for a topper. Perfect.

I know some people don’t agree with the use of real trees, but Christmas just wouldn’t be the same for me without the smell of pine filling our living room. It’s something I look forward to every year and, while I understand why some prefer fake trees, I wouldn’t have it any other way.

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas…

It can be really hard to feel motivated to decorate a space as tiny, cold and unloved as our house, especially on a student budget. Still, I’m really enjoying a few festive elements to remind me that Christmas is almost here!

I’ve been spending my day today wrapping Christmas presents beside a wreath that I am yet to hang (but that I have worn on my head to a Christmas party), while listening to this lovely set of songs. I might even get to enjoy an early Christmas dinner tonight, if I’m lucky.

How are you spending the lead-up to Christmas this year?