This is a collaborative post.
So it’s mid-November now and, as regular readers know, I’m a bit of a Scrooge. But I’m also a realist. Christmas doesn’t happen by magic (if only it did, eh?), it takes some work! Usually by mums. And it’s best to start that work in November.
Although it’s still a few more weeks until most of us start decorating our houses ready for Christmas, now is a good time to take stock of things.
First things first, does the house need a quick splash of paint? If you’ve got people coming for Christmas, you might want to freshen up your walls beforehand. And that is definitely something that needs doing before the Christmas tree and decorations go up! So mid-November is the time to be thinking about painting your walls and skirting boards.
In the meantime, you might want to get your decorations out of the shed/ garage/ loft and have a look at them. Please tell me we’re not the only ones who seem to lose or break stuff every year? And we’re not the only ones who have discovered on 15th December that the Christmas lights are dead and that there are hardly any left in the shops – are we?!
One of the biggest questions has to be whether you have a real or artificial tree? A good quality real tree looks great, but can cost around £50, which isn’t very good value for money. There is a huge range of artificial trees to choose from at Cox & Cox – some that look just like real trees, some of them pre-decorated and some that almost look like works of art. The initial outlay on an artificial tree is a bit more than a real one, but if you use it for more than a couple of years, it could work out as better value.
Do you want to buy any new decorations? Everyone does this differently, don’t they? Some people will still have decorations their kids made at playgroup 15 years ago, proudly hanging on the tree. While others will have dropped those straight in the bin without them ever making contact with a pine needle. Some families have a tradition of buying a new decoration every year, so that their decorations gradually evolve over the time. That’s pretty much how we are. I wouldn’t say it’s a tradition to buy something new every year, but we generally do buy one or two little things.
Then there are the people who have themes for their decorations – often a colour scheme. So after two years of red and gold, they suddenly want to forget all of that and go for silver and blue. As someone who tries to be environmentally friendly and also doesn’t like excessive spending, that is definitely not for me! But each to their own. We all do Christmas our own way.
So I suppose I’d better go and see if I can find that box of decorations now…
How do you decorate for Christmas?