It’s time to battle down the hatches, snuggle under a throw, light the candles and fairy lights and indulge. Time with family, great food, telly, long dog walks, hot chocolate, mulled wine. My list of little pleasures is growing. This year more than ever I have realised it is all about the little things, I have half written a post on ten things that changed my life this year, and do you know what, they are all little things. Today I thought I would share the little things that make our Christmas home.
This year was the year that Christmas unfolded exactly as it should, slowly and in delicious bite sized chunks. Starting a little earlier, back in November really helped. The older I get I also accept that visions of Christmas we see around us, in the media, in other people’s timelines are only snapshots, and the whole is much more complex. Christmas is a season, not a single image. There will be ups and downs, stresses and strains, mixed with the most glorious moments of indulgence, festivity and love.
It was the year I really got to help blog it forward, with a Faux Ho Ho for ActionAid, donations to a food bank, completing The Rucksack Project for a local homeless person. Next year I want to make even more time for acts of kindness and volunteering. This year I am grateful it’s put all the rushing round and present buying into perspective.
I really loved decorating the house with these garlands collected on our walks and trying out lots of Christmas crafts. There’s been a lovely sense of Christmas just unfurling. Embracing it early worked wonders for our Winter happiness and home organisation too – you can see the floor in here for starters! One of the best things this week will be snuggling up with my dog Max, and lots of walks for him too.
I’ve really enjoyed some Christmas cooking this year, helping the kids bake these amazing cherry and chocolate chip cookies for their teachers and making the best roast veggies in vintage Prestige roasting tins. Tomorrow I am going to make this gorgeous nut roast.
I love our mantlepieces, we live in a Victorian house, so it comes into it’s own at this time of year. I love bringing nature in to our home, one of the pine cones is from the tree where my Mum’s ashes are, so it has meaning as well as beauty.
The tree is up and decorated entirely by L and G this year, I haven’t reorganised it and don’t feel any urge to. Although we might glue the fairy’s head back on, she appears to be taking a nap.
Onto the decorations! We loved this really simple deer cutout the kids both got in their Woodland Trust Nature Detectives Winter packs. The magazine always has some lovely ideas for nature crafts too.
A few of our favourite decorations from the tree.
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! I will leave you with one of those little moments of perfection, before the inevitable squabble over whose decorating was the best broke out…