Well, it’s December so we’re now officially allowed to talk about Christmas. It’s time to think about advent calendars, putting up decorations and getting the Christmas tree. Don’t get me wrong, I love real pine trees at Christmas but artificial Christmas trees also have their merits.
I love the scent that you get from a pine tree; however, artificial trees don’t drop their needles. If you have a real tree, you’ll still be vacuuming them out of the carpet in April!). We tried, on more than one occasion, to buy a live tree with root-ball intact so that we can reuse it year after year. The longest we’ve managed is 3 Christmases – we ever so slowly murdered the poor thing!
Don’t try and hide the fact that it’s artificial – embrace the fake tree by choosing one that’s hot pink, white, or – like the one pictured above – ombre. We love our metallic copper-coloured one, it really shines in the firelight… and once 12th Night has passed, we can store it away in the loft until the following year.
Saying that, some of the artificial trees available today are good imposters. Both the little tabletop one from NOTHS and the 12ft giant could have you fooled – especially once their covered (tastefully, of course 😉 ) in lights & decorations.
- Mini artificial Christmas tree by Marquis & Dawe: £16, Notonthehighstreet
- 6ft ombre-effect tree: £100, Next
- 11¾ft green Louise fir luxury premium PE Christmas tree: £699.99, Christmas Trees and Lights
We’ve been digging out our vintage Christmas decorations this week – items that we’ve collected over the past few months & years. They add a vintage touch to the shop-bought baubles, home-made crafty bits and holly we’ve picked on recent walks.
This one is a Schweppes advertising sign. You’d never guess – it’s only mentioned a hundred times!
It was designed by Herbert Leupin in the 1950s/60s – and takes the form of a Christmas tree incorporating all the various Schweppes labels from the period. We’ll really enjoy having it on display for a couple of weeks.
We’ve been huge fans of Sanna Annukka ever since she designed biscuit tins for M&S.
The Fir Tree is a cautionary tale by Hans Christian Andersen about living for the moment.
Despite having what in reality is an ideal existence, the little tree feels that it’s missing out when other trees are taken from the forest to decorate local homes at Christmas. Eventually it is chosen… but we’ll leave it there, we don’t want to give too much away!
Annukka’s illustrations are exquisite – collages of multicoloured triangles. There’s something indecipherable about the style of her illustrations that reveals her Finnish heritage…
…the influence of landscape, nature and the folk art tradition.
This book would make a perfect Christmas present for child or adult!
It’s available from the publishers Hutchinson as well as on Amazon and Hive.
[Many thanks to Hutchinson for the review copy]
In addition to our web shop we have an antiques centre pitch.
Following Bev & Tim’s efforts, it’s now looking wonderfully Christmas-y.
There’s a lovely tree and other festive decorations.
The window looks fab…
…with its selection of traditional vintage toys including board games, teddies, dolls and a gorgeous rocking horse.
Do pop by if you’re in the area – you may just find that perfect present!