I absolutely adore Christmas time. As a family we have always celebrated the real meaning of Christmas and the hope and joy that it brings. That meant that we have never paid too much attention to the stressful stuff like worrying about getting the perfect gift or getting lost in the commercialism of it all. Christmas is a time for us to reflect on the year that was, and all the things we were thankful for and of course spending precious time together as a family as well as with friends. And no need to make mention that we go all out with the food on Christmas day, eat until we literally cannot move and then having a lazy nap in the afternoon (I ask you, what is better than the nap after Christmas lunch?).
So this year is my first year that I am hosting Christmas, and I am seriously excited about it! It will be a time for new traditions to be born, as it is also our first Christmas away from home. Over the next couple of weeks I would love to share a few ideas for home-made gifts and edible table decorations. First things first though, our Christmas tree. My husband and I have been married for about a year and a half now, and for some bizarre reason we never got to put up our first Christmas tree last year. So this year it is time for our first Christmas tree. I have nothing against artificial trees, but I wanted something a bit different. I would have loved the beauty and scent of a real Christmas tree, but not prepared for the mess and I’m not sure how long a real tree would have lasted with our Labrador. That’s how I came across the idea of using dried branches and decorating them with charming little decorations. Then I thought why not make my own decorations – how hard can it be?
I decided on a colour scheme of moss green, brown and cream (that matched our living room, as that is where the ‘tree’ will be standing), went to the craft shop and picked out a few things that I thought I could master and spent some time making the decorations. We recently had a massive tropical storm which meant a lot of loose dry branches laying on the ground, and I picked up about four branches for my tree.
What I used:
a few dry branches
vase or container for the branch(es)
different coloured sheets of felt
needle & thread
paper mache decorations
My humble advice…think outside of the square and don’t be afraid to move away from the traditional colours of red and green.
…be fearless, and have fun!