Christmas tree decorations

It’s beginning to look a little bit like Christmas

Christmas tree decorations

Contemporary Christmas tree

tabletop Christmas tree

Christmas candle

flower light on Christmas tree

Christmas tree lights

Rubin and Christmas tree

[♥ Cherry tree c/o The Range ♥ Decorations and earmuffs c/o Uniqlo Table-top tree (sold out online) and ♥ Christmas candle c/o Next]

Up until this year, Terry and I didn’t own a Christmas tree.

This year, we kinda have two. And we already have them up, because “one extreme to the other” is the way we roll, apparently.

This turn of events is pretty surprising to those who know me, because I am categorically Not. A. Christmas. Person. Seriously: I love the day itself, but the whole, breathless run-up to it, with Christmas music playing in the stores in September and grown adults hysterically counting down to The Big Day, while asking if it’s too early to put the tree up yet? Having to answer the question, “So, have you done your Christmas shopping yet?” 25 times per day from the middle of July? Yeah, count me out, and feel free to call me Scrooge, I won’t argue. (And NO, I have NOT done my Christmas shopping yet. Isn’t that what Christmas Eve is for?)

That’s not why we didn’t have a tree, or even a single Christmas decoration, though.

No, our complete and utter lack of Christmas spirit had more to do with our last house, which, as I’ve mentioned more times than is really necessary now, was very small and cramped, and a bit cave-like. Our taste, as you’ve probably gathered, tends towards the modern and minimal when it comes to interiors, and honestly, the thought of trying to cram a gaudy Christmas tree, and some strings of tinsel, into that little space, just made me feel claustrophobic. We could have bought a table-top tree, obviously, but… we didn’t. The thing is, we don’t spend Christmas at home anyway, and neither of us are huge fans of the “traditional” tree, so it seemed a waste of time to decorate a house we wouldn’t actually be spending much time in, and thus our Scrooge-ness was justified.

This year, though, for some reason the new house has made me want to “do” Christmas. I’m not sure if it’s just having the extra space, but it somehow feels almost as if this is the first Christmas we’ve spent in a house of our own (The ACTUAL first Christmas we spent together was somewhat marred by Terry being diagnosed with kidney failure on Boxing Day, and, I mean, THAT’LL definitely kill your Christmas spirit…). I’m not going to go overboard here (See: MINIMAL), but a few weeks ago I started thinking I might quite like a Christmas tree.  “What’s happening to me?” I asked Terry, panicked. “Am I turning into a Christmas Person?”

I wasn’t, though. Or I don’t think so, anyway. I did, however, suddenly have the urge to start filling the house with scented candles (And, well, Christmas-scented plug-ins), and to think that a few fairy lights here and there might not go amiss, so when The Range asked if we’d like to choose a Christmas tree from their selection, we decided to go for it, and selected this LED blossom tree, on the basis that it was the most in-keeping with our taste. This is actually a tree which can be used indoors or outdoors: because I’ve apparently lost my mind now, I’m thinking next year, when the garden is looking a bit tamer, we might use this one outside, and get another one for the living room, so then we’ll have THREE trees, because I was also sent a little table-top one from Next, and it’s so sweet and twinkly I don’t really want to put it away after Christmas. Uh-oh.

In the meantime, we have the blossom tree in the corner of the room: the living room is still very empty at the moment, obviously, but I really like the way it adds a bit of sparkle without being too overtly “Christmassy”. “Look!” I said to Terry, as we watched it revolve through some of the different light programs, “It looks like a tree from the Magic Kingdom!” And it does. And that makes me very happy. Hey, maybe after Christmas I could just put it in the garden anyway, and it could be like being at Disney EVERY day, only without the rides, parades, MAGIC and … it actually wouldn’t be like Disney at all, come to think of it.

Rubin, meanwhile, is just thrilled by my new Uniqlo earmuffs, and by “thrilled” I mean, “I haven’t actually been able to wear them because he think they’re a stuffed toy, and also that they are HIS stuffed toy.” So he’s happy, too. Oh, and in my final piece of Christmas-related news, I was also sent this Freedom at Topshop advent calendar, which has a little piece of jewellery behind each door, and which I’ve been documenting the opening of on Instagram. I’ve had quite a few people ask me about this, and unfortunately it seems to be sold-out online at the moment, but you may be able to find it in store if you want one.

Happy December, everyone!




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  • For the first time since Terry and I met, we have a Christmas tree, and I blogged about it here:

    December 2, 2013
  • I love that large fake tree and also the advent calendar.

    We don’t buy Christmas presents and often don’t bother decorating either. I like to try to be away for Christmas. This year we might have to stick it out at home in which case I’m thinking I may go through the hassle of decorating.


    December 2, 2013
  • It’s beautiful and so different from the tinselly monstrosities you see everywhere. Plus, there’s losds of room for presents underneath it.

    December 2, 2013
  • Bekka


    I love love love the pear and reindeer ornaments! Absolutely gorgeous! The cherry tree is a wonderful design.

    December 2, 2013
  • Those trees are gorgeous! Rubin looks very cute in the earmuffs too x

    December 2, 2013
  • Myra


    Very pretty x

    December 2, 2013
  • Stunning tree, very cute

    December 2, 2013
  • Alfie Haas


    Interesting christmas tree… is retro the word to use? Looks creative arty, simplisity at hand.

    Here in Cape Town its our summer season and the tempreture ranges from 22 – 35 degrees centigrade and for some reason the marketing strategy by some shows the traditional turkey and gammon and triffle and christmas pudding with hot custard and in the background there is a fireplace that is lit up. Then as you page the flyer theres pool toys and all summery stuff to look cool and keep cool but anyway as it may seem and how its expected we buy into this christmasy european kinda sub tropical kinda idea.

    I must add, that rubin doggy looks like a Real Heavy Barker?

    Its my first time ever I am following a blog page and yes its interesting and I like it.

    December 3, 2013
  • Latest blog post is here —>

    December 3, 2013
  • Alfie Haas


    Okay… Does rubin bark alot?

    December 3, 2013
  • Alfie Haas


    Its just probably from experience when a person go visit somebody with those pretty little doggies they bark bark at you but as you settle down they actualy calm down and it progresses to a stage where they get use to your smell. On that I guess its just the personality of the dog as he grew up, Im not picking on rubin now hey hehehe….

    To be honest Im not a dog person not that I dont like them its just that when I was small the dogs somehow always died and my cat lived for several good years till old age got to him and that was a good then years.

    December 3, 2013
  • Oh I’m totally a Christmas person! I don’t decorate my house till December (I hate when they start doing it earlier), but I really love the Christmas lights, and listening to Christmas songs on the radio to get in the mood. But Christmas is a really nice season, and it can distract you from the really cold weather. I also like Christmas baking to get in the mood. hehe
    Your trees are both really nice. I used to have a white one like the bigger one, but we used it outside, and the wind destroyed most of its lights. :/ Your advent calendar is also really cute, and I’ve been following your opening of it on Instagram! 🙂

    December 4, 2013
  • TOOOOO gorgeous! your little doggy’s too cuuute (:

    December 6, 2013