Deck the halls with boughs of holly la la la la la la la. It’s approaching that time of year again it’s Christmas this has to be my favourite holiday I get super excited about it. Christmas time is the one time the year I can really go mad. I love indulging all the festive traditions especially now that I am a parent Christmas is a time for family and I love celebrating with my clan.
There are many traditions that undertake at Christmas and one of my favourite ones is buying Christmas decorations and turning my house into a Santa’s grotto, full of wonderful decorations and cheer. I have built up my Christmas decoration stash gradually, I buy a little bit to add each year and take out older decorations so that every year is different. I once had a tree with all handmade decorations on which I was very proud of but unfortunately many of them have broken and I do not have the time to make my own anymore; so I head off to the shops at the end of September to shop for more goodies for Mrs T’s winter wonderland.
Yes, beauties, you hear me right, September is when I start planning Christmas because I hate to rush things and like getting things bit by bit so I can spread it over the months. However, I like to get my decorations early on account that I do not want to leave it too late and miss out. So, at the end of September, I trotted off to buy Christmas decorations at The Range. I love the Range as a shop and I love going there all year round but especially at Christmas time, here is the low down on what I bought this year.
When I saw these glass baubles I knew I had to have them, I could only find one at first so I went hunting around for some more. They have a beautiful crackled look to them that make them look quite vintage and old. I love these because they are classic and elegant and will break up some of the other very ‘dazzling’ items. However, these baubles scare the heck out of me as I am such a clumsy person and my children take after me in that respect; I think I shall be placing these quite high up on the tree and praying that there are no disasters.
I like to have my tree very eclectic with lots of different ornaments on it rather than lots of just three or four types of ornament. I love being able to have the children spot all the different types of ornaments on the tree and I especially love getting ‘character’ ornaments like the two little reindeers in the picture, I love them because they remind me of the type of ornaments that my mum had when I was growing up.
While I was shopping for decorations I had my son with me and it was inevitable that as soon as he saw the glitter covered train ornament, pictured above, that he just had to have it. I also let him choose an ornament for my daughter Layla and he chose the cute little felt fairy decoration, I then added the cute little felt mouse as it was looking in my direction saying ‘please, give me a home’ (yes, I am aware I am slightly crazy).
I love a bit of glitter on my tree, actually, that is untrue, I love a lot of glitter to adorn my festive centrepiece and the ornaments in The Range did not disappoint in that department. When I started updating my tree I wanted to go for a more gold, red and green look that was traditional but I also wanted to have some bling on my tree and when I found these glitter decorations last year I was addicted.
The first decorations that I had to have where the gold crowns, as you might know, I am a member of a Facebook makeup group called queens of the new age and I am totally buying in to the whole crown and queen concept, I bought some of these last year and just had to buy some more. When I was shopping last year I also picked up the glitter horses as well being obsessed with My Little Pony I just had to have some horses on the tree.
The other glitter decorations are new for me this year, to extend the horse theme I got the cute glitter reindeer which make me think of very traditional Christmas decorations. Then I moved onto another thing I love on my tree which is hearts and got some of these glitter heart-shaped decorations and matched them with the star-shaped decorations which also look great.
Looking at all this glitter has made me realise just how much of a magpie I really am but the only negative of glitter is that it actually gets everywhere. When taking these pictures I ended up with glitter all over the floor, I dread to think what it’s going to be like when I clean up after Christmas.
Who doesn’t love a Christmas tree that also doubles as a musical instrument? Since having children I have been playing with the idea of a tree that not only looks pretty but can also sound pretty which will provide entertainment for my one-year-old and also double up has Santa sleigh bells on Christmas Eve night.
I am not quite sure how many jingle Bells I bought last year but I thought I would add some more just in case my tree wasn’t jingly enough if I have too many maybe I will add them to my homemade heart Garland that I put up every year.
Having a young toddler merely causing mischief around the house doesn’t bode well for any of my porcelain Christmas ornaments that I usually put out so I will be possibly not using them this year and instead opt-in for something more robust. These two wood ornaments fit my needs exactly I can put them on the TV unit knowing that my daughter Layla can investigate and play with them without me worrying about them breaking.
A treat for Santa and Rudolf
We always put out a little treat for Santa and Rudolph on Christmas Eve ready for his arrival and in previous years I was just using a plain Christmas plate. I decided to get this because it was only £1 and it will make putting out the carrot mince pie and whiskey all the more special. I did use to have a special plate that was hand decorated that my friend made but unfortunately Mr T didn’t realise it wasn’t dishwasher safe so I will have to make do with this, one at least he can’t break it.
I really hope you enjoyed my haul and seeing all of the Christmas decorations I should be using to bring festive Wonder and cheer to my living room. Did you buy any new Christmas decorations this year if so I would love to hear what you got in the comments or what your favourites from my haul are?
Ciao for now beauties xx