Everyone has different views about when the right time is to put the Christmas tree up.
In my opinion, as soon as December arrives it’s fair game to go shopping for the biggest fir you can find and adorn it with as many lights and festive baubles as you can manage.
The thing with Christmas decorations is a lot of people think they start and stop with the tree. Yes, that’s a huge part of it, but why neglect all the other rooms in your house? I say embrace the Christmas spirit and spread a little festive cheer right through your home. Here’s how:
Make decorating an event in itself
Decide when you’re going to decorate the house and make an event of it. Put on some Christmas songs, pour yourself a glass of mulled wine and lay all of your decorations out on the floor in your lounge and decide what to put where.
Don’t be afraid to really decorate your tree
I’m a firm believer that decorating your tree should reflect your personality. If you like glitz and sparkle in everyday life, why should your tree look any different? Similarly if your style is usually classy and understated, that should shine through on your tree. My tree is covered with gold pineapples, glitzy avocados and pink flamingos. If that’s your style, check out Oliver Bonas and Urban Outfitters for some less traditional but very quirky Christmas decorations.
Place small trees and items strategically around your home
I’m a big fan of the tiny foot-high potted Christmas trees the supermarkets sell around this time of year. They’re a great way to add a hint of Christmas to other rooms in your home without too much expense. Most of them even come with lights attached. I tend to place one in my bedroom and one in the kitchen to help inject a bit of Christmas to areas of the house that don’t traditionally get decorated.
Small, free-standing decorations are your friend
You can pick up small, free-standing decorations relatively inexpensively from the likes of Flying Tiger, Asda and other leading supermarkets. I normally use a mixture of snow globes, robins and reindeer and place them on shelves and windowsills outside the living room, where my tree takes centre stage. Then, no matter what room you are in there will be a hint of Christmas.
Get the scent right
If you have a real tree, chances are the room it’s in will already have a glorious smell, whereas the other rooms could do with a little help. Try scented candles and diffusers to create the scent of Christmas throughout your home. My personal favourite is Boulangerie’s Sweet Cinnamon candle, available from Anthropologie. It smells like Christmas in a jar.
At this time of year, calorie counting is pointless, so my motto is to enjoy yourself and get back on track in January. That’s why I have a collection of little gold and red bowls that I fill with chocolate coins and distribute throughout my house. It’s lovely when guests come in and see them there and it’s a nice excuse for me to have a nibble on some chocolate every time I go by.
These are my tips for spreading Christmas right through your home. It only happens once a year, so why not make the most of it? I guarantee it will boost your Christmas spirit!
Chiara is an editor who likes the simple things in life; a cup of tea by the fire, travel, and spending time with friends and family. She also can’t resist the lure of Scandinavian decor and has a penchant for anything warm and cosy. You can find out more about Chiara and follow her adventures on her blog, Wine and Olives.