The first thing to go up was the tree, this year I have been a sheep and gone for the very popular red and white theme and (for the first time ever) no obvious tinsel. In actual fact, it does have tinsel, it's just matt green to hide the wires of the lights plus a bit wound round the very centre of the tree to give some depth:
(It looks quite rubbish here)I got some really lovely new decorations from Wilkinsons and Poundland:
We also have a lovely little shop all lit up for Christmas that Mr G's Mum and Dad treated us to last year:
The local garden centre has a massive display of these every year and I was so chuffed to get one!!Since we had the conservatory built across the back off the house five years ago we have had two trees - although I love, love, love real trees we gave up on them the year we had to chuck one out on Christmas Eve because it was as bald as a coot!!
The second tree is not quite as tasteful as the first:
(Not sure what is going on with that errant branch!!)
I decorated my sticks with decorations I had made from the Cath Kidston Christmas Decorations book:
I'd read some less than flattering reviews of the book and nearly didn't buy it, but I am glad I did because I thoroughly enjoyed making the little felt decorations:this pattern from Ravelry, though I "cheated" and backed each heart with fleece instead of knitting both sides:
I bought two and I shall leave them out all year round, even though they are glittery....
From Poundland, would you believe?!!
So that is how things look here. I still have lots of Christmas shopping to do, but most will be done online although next week we are going to have our traditional outing to Winchester Christmas Market.
It's our 16th wedding anniversary too next week and we also need to make a trip with the boys to the garden centre to choose a bauble each, I do so love our traditions - I'd love to hear about yours?
PS My absence has been in part due to my anxiety which is often bad this time of year, I think probably due to the added stress of Christmas....