Christmas 2013: Tree & Presents

by Sasha Wilkins on January 3, 2014 · 6 comments


I am psyching up to dismantle my tree: I believe Sunday is Twelfth Night, so I have just three days left to enjoy it.  I always have quite a sparse tree, as I take great pleasure in only having ornaments on it that I have either been given, inherited, or have bought to remind me of a place or time.


I was very pleased with my tree this year, after last year’s which dropped needles from the moment I bought it, and resulted in my finding pine bits stuck in the floorboards for the next six months. This was a very non drop variety, and has stayed extraordinarily bushy and green, even with no water or root base. (I bought it from Whole Foods across the road for £24.99, which saved a world of pain in terms of getting it home).


I don’t plan my parcel themes in advance: I just buy paper when I remember, and fish out ribbons from the stash that I have received all year on various gifts. I was quite pleased with this silver and blush pink combination, using paper I found in Morrison’s supermarket on a very late night expedition for groceries.


My tree had some new additions this year: Pine scented waxy discs from Diptyque, to enhance that ‘I’ve just picked my tree from a forest’ feel.


A silver wooden Dachshund by Emily Readett-Bayley, courtesy of my sister for my birthday.


Jo Malone sent me a nifty snowglobe bauble this year


Lancôme sent me their set of four pretty tree favours this year: the Lancôme in Love Christmas Cubes. Inside each little box is a mini contains a full size Vernis in Love, mini Gloss in Love, mini Rouge in Love and mini Hypnôse Classic.. The grown-up equivalent of finding chocolate tree decorations…(and they are in the sale at the moment here.)


Plus some old favourites, including: a Tiffany crystal reindeer


Glass birds from my grandparent’s house


An old cracker fairy from my childhood,


And, most importantly, the home made angel from a friend’s grandmother, that I have had for maybe thirty years.


oh and before I forget, is this the BEST EVER Christmas stocking? Chloe gave it to me last year.


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Helena Halme January 3, 2014 at 11:58

What a lovely tree – we too are getting ready to throw out our tree – expertly decorated by daughter who went for a white and red theme this year. She has become our expert tree decorator in the last few years and I don’t get any say in how it’s done – and we have the opposite problem of you – too many decorations! It’s difficult to throw any away even if they’ve stayed in the box unused for years.

Happy New Year to you Sasha, hope 2014 will be even more wonderful than 2013 was!

Helena xx


Shade of Red January 3, 2014 at 13:10

Tiffany box is what jumped out at me! Great post.


Victoria Eales January 4, 2014 at 13:09

My friend gave me the Tiffany Reindeer ornament for Christmas a year or two ago and I love him so much. I love a tree that’s filled with ornaments that have meaning too – I especially like my New Zealand rugby player!



sadie January 4, 2014 at 20:45

your tree is just perfect. Love it.


Lucy Roach January 5, 2014 at 10:31

Decorated with memories…perfect!


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