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.