The most wonderful time of the year…

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…is very very nearly upon us! It’s Christmas Eve Eve and now I am at home in Somerset, already two homemade mince pies down, presents all wrapped, feeling pretty content and relaxed. This magical time of year comes and goes in the blink of an eye, and dreary January rolls in, so for this post I want to capture all my favourite things about Christmas, and the run up to the big day.

Outside Inside

One of my absolute favourite things in general is the great outdoors, and during Christmas, nature comes inside and takes pride of place during our Christmas decorating. The smell of a freshly chopped Christmas tree is no doubt superior over a boxed up fake. They may not look as pretty, and you’ll be picking needles out of your carpet until mid April, but the piney smell alone is totally worth it. Along with a crackling open fire, decorative ivy and mistletoe, Christmas really is an opportunity for nature to get its much deserved moment of appreciation.

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Sprigs of pine tree and fern, baubles hung off of bare branches and space saving miniature trees.

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Festive greenery on table settings, holly leaves and ivy draped over mantle places and wrapped around banisters. image

These White Company trees are decorated to perfection.

All Snuggled Up

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Reading next to a roaring fire, in cashmere socks and woollen jumpers, cannot be beaten.

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Unless your with your significant other, snuggled up drinking hot chocolate and Baileys.

Dec(orate) the Halls

Understated Christmas decorating, silver and white colour schemes, an abundance of scented candles and greenery, is by far my preferred style. I’m not a big fan of tinsel, or neon flashing Santa Claus figurines, but that being said, tacky Christmas heirlooms must be kept from year to year. During my time living in the States, we acquired plenty of those! The most wacky of which probably being a Christmas Emu tree decoration we picked up in Australia (an Emu with a Christmas hat…), but each tacky trinket sparks fond memories of my childhood, and every year they are still given the best spots on our tree or mantelpiece.

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Stunning Christmas mantelpiece and unique fireplace.

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Eat, Drink and Be Merry 

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The smell of mulled wine and cider floating around the house on Christmas morning.

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The only time of year its acceptable to have an entire baked Camembert to oneself…

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Yule log. My granny makes a killer.

My dads mince pies are legendary in my family. The show stopper ingredient is the aged homemade minced meat, and this year we are being treated a fine 2010 vintage. Devine.

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Family Time 

Having a very large extended family means we are rarely all together throughout the year.  Being able to catch up with my loved ones is all I could wish for over Christmas. Getting cosy on the sofa under chunky blankets, watching classic Christmas films (either the Grinch of Elf…) or playing silly board games together is great fun.

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Above all else, Christmas is a time to appreciate our loved ones, a time to reach out to those in need, and a time to make lasting memories with our friends and family. Have a merry Christmas!! X

 (photo credits-  my personal images and Pinterest)

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