Monday, 30 November 2015

Christmas ritual: The tree decorations

Christmas tree decorations from HomeSense

I write this post with one ear listening for the door as we're expecting delivery of our Christmas tree. Confession: I'm excited.

Christmas is a time for ritual. The nostalgia, the comfort (and joy!) that comes with all those little incremental events that go to building Christmas each year are as much a part of the season as the day itself.

Getting the decorations down from the attic is a biggie. There's something massively exciting about opening the boxes year after year, each time forgetting exactly what's inside. Yes, there are breakages, but that's only to be expected. A quiet evolution takes place, each year's ideas added to the last, the layers of colour and texture. An archaeological dig of sorts.

There are times at which I consider going all stylist on the tree, with colour schemes or current trends dictating its look for an Instagram-ready masterpiece. But my nostalgia gets the better of me, and on go the little cardboard creatures (made by the kids when they were small) next to homemade glittered salt dough creatures that have definitely seen better days. I'd rather have the over-the-top Dolly Parton tree than the understated Kate Middleton version.

This year's new additions include those cute beaded acorns, brilliant red glass baubles, that pretty mirrored diamond, gem-like snowflakes, a felt fir cone, and three diamante snowflakes - all from HomeSense.

Are you getting ready for The Tree or is it too early? What's your decorating style?

A collaborative post:
Decorations c/o HomeSense
Tree c/o Pines and Needles
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