I love Christmas, it actually is the most wonderful time of year. A time of year when it’s universally acceptable to wear questionable knitwear, change into your cosiest pyjamas as soon as you get home and snuggle in front of the TV with a blanket, a box of chocolates and a glass of mulled wine. And what gets you into the Christmas spirit more than putting up your Christmas tree?
A Christmas of Firsts
This year, Andrew and I are hosting Christmas. It’s not our first Christmas together, but it is our first Christmas as a married couple, together in our own house. The first time we’ve cooked a three course Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and also the first time we have had both my parents and Andrew’s parents around. So, no pressure!
Our Christmas Tree
We’ve got a fabulous Christmas tree this year that I was lucky enough to be sent from Treetopia*. It is a 6ft beauty that came with LED lights already attached, meaning it was super easy to put up. It is quite slim line and fits so neatly into our bay window. Treetopia do a fabulous range of trees, in all kinds of colours, shapes and sizes. You can get them with and without lights, but I must admit, the trees with the lights on are SO good! Saved us a ton of time putting it up and the lights are already beautifully spaced out.
Decorating Our Christmas Tree
Andrew and I have been together for over six years and we’ve travelled to a lot of places and done a lot of things. I’m not sure how it started, but somewhere along those six years, we started collecting Christmas tree baubles wherever we went.
Over the years we have built up quite the collection, from places like New York, the Lake District and Budapest. We have also picked them up from local art fairs, Ouseburn Open Studios and even The Sage Gateshead. We try and get at least one new one each year and as our collection builds, so do our memories.
Every year we decorate our tree, we are reminded of every trip we have been on and all the fun times we have had there. It gives us a chance to look back on the year that’s coming to an end and the previous years we’ve spent together. It makes the whole process of putting up the tree even more special and exciting than it normally is.
Not only that, but how many people can say they’ve got a shiny hot hot dog on their Christmas tree?! And is a Christmas tree even complete without a bauble of Paul Stanley from KISS? Yes some of our baubles may be a bit kitsch but they are fun, they make us smile and they remind us of some brilliant times we’ve had. And isn’t Christmas all about laughter and times together?
How are you decorating your tree this year?
I was lucky enough to be sent my Christmas Tree as a gift, but all views about it are my own!