Decorating For Christmas


I think with social media we get such a peek into the lives of other people. And of late, it has been all about Christmas. I don’t know about you but I was seeing Christmas trees and decorations back in November, which seems earliest that I have ever seen; how about you?
 
When I was younger it was always the weekend that was two weeks before Christmas that meant that we went out to get a tree and get decorating. So although this was technically the third weekend before Christmas, I don’t think we could hold out much longer. So although I think that it is still technically early, it felt a little late as so many people already had their decorations up. But hey, anything that brightens your life given the state of things, right?
 
oh my goodness, these are incredible. If you have a faux tree like we do, then you can hook these onto your tree and then they leave it smelling all amazing and pine-like, just as if it was a real tree

It was fun to see all of our decorations again; I kind of forget what we have when they’re packed away for a year. And the children are really at an age that they can help and were so enthusiastic to help with it all (and I wasn’t too much of a control freak)! We put on Michael Buble’s album and we were off.

Something quite different for a tree could be some edible decorations – we usually choose candy canes, but I remember my grandparents having chocolate baubles on their tree when I was younger, and it was so special when we were told that we could choose one from the tree. How amazing is this Prestat chocolate bauble? They have flavours like  London Gin, milk Earl Grey Tea, and Pink Popping Prosecco truffle baubles too (all £12).

Dark Sea Salt Caramel Mini Truffles Bauble, £12
Milk Earl Grey Tea Mini Truffles Bauble, £12
London Gin Mini Truffles Bauble, £12
Pink Popping Prosecco Mini Truffles Bauble, £12

One thing that I have wanted to get since we have had a home of our own (so yes, it has taken me a while), is to get our very own wreath. I found one on the GardenSite.co.uk website, but they do have a huge range to choose from on their Christmas Page. I thought that this wreath was a little different with the golden pomegranates on display, rather than just a classic cinnamon sticks and dried fruit. The golden colour goes nicely with the other decorations that we have as well.

Another great thing about this wreath is that it is pre-lit. It does need some batteries, but they go in a little pack that is hidden, and then you can have the wreath twinkling on display. With the dark early evenings that we have at this time of year, I think it looks really pretty on display on the door with the sparkly lights. I haven’t seen many wreaths like that around so it is definitely a big selling point for me.

I know that at this time of year there are wreath making evenings like that on, but I prefer knowing that I have one that I can wrap up, pack away, and will be able to use year after year. The quality of the wreath is great too, with a double layer of hoops at the back, if that makes any sense, so it is really simple to display using a hook or something like a ribbon (I just bought an over-the-door hook on eBay).

Have you got your decorations up yet? It would be great to hear what your favourite thing at this time of the year is, and what you think about the wreath; do you have one or do you make one? I think they’re a lovely addition for the home (or front door) at this time of year.


*the wreath was gifted in exchange for this post, but all words and opinions are my own

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12 Comments

  1. 10th December 2018 / 7:19 am

    We have a wreath that we use every year too. I hope that one year I will go to a class to make my own – but time is so limited especially this time of year. The decorations look great x

    • Ellie Hill
      12th December 2018 / 8:59 am

      Making your own is really fun but if time is short then a faux wreath will look stunning year after year

  2. Hannah Wood
    10th December 2018 / 8:40 pm

    I have seen that spray and did wonder what it did, my kids love doing the tree too.

    • Ellie Hill
      12th December 2018 / 8:58 am

      It’s such a family tradition!

  3. 10th December 2018 / 10:11 pm

    I love all your decorations and that wreath is gorgeous. I haven’t got one this year and really want one…I feel I’m missing out!

    • Ellie Hill
      12th December 2018 / 8:58 am

      It’s not too late! Real wreaths can be bought closer to Christmas so they stay fresh looking (especially if they contain dried fruit slices) and faux wreaths can be used year after year!

  4. 11th December 2018 / 12:09 pm

    We put up our decorations last weekend too, the kids were so excited they couldn’t wait any longer lol! Your tree looks so pretty (and I love your sparkly reef too!) what a great idea having the scent decorations for a faux tree!
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    • Ellie Hill
      12th December 2018 / 8:56 am

      Yes it’s such a good idea to get those Christmassy smells going!

  5. 12th December 2018 / 11:54 am

    I’m so busy this month, it was difficult to fit in time for decorating but I have managed to get a tree up now 🙂

  6. 13th December 2018 / 9:39 pm

    Lovely decorations i love the pine smell of xmas trees and spray my pine airfreshner on my artificial tree. I have my decs up but no wreath as dont trust people not to pinch it

  7. 20th December 2018 / 7:44 am

    I would love those gin truffles on my christmas tree

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