As my little children grow (now aged 2&4), so too does their understanding and excitement for the Christmas season. Days are filled with such joyful innocence...can i switch the Christmas lights on? Can we go downstairs and see where Elfie (aka 'Chippy Chip') is today? My eldest proclaiming his love of that Christmas song that says 'so be good for goodness sake'! Followed by sweet little requests to open the next window of the advent calendars and asking when Santa's coming.
Even short journeys in the car are filled with special bursts of happiness as my littlest squeals 'danta' (muffled by his dummy) when we pass a landmark Santa decoration or pointing, and indicating with sheer delight, to all the Christmas lights that we've passed at least twice a day since they were switched on but still they are seen as though they are brand new. Surrounded by the innocence of their youth, you cant help but be transported back to when you were small, remembering the decorations in town, the perfectly imperfect Christmas decorations at home, being in the school play (now a proud mummy on the edge of her seat at the play), and those long endless days between finishing school for the holidays and searching the skies on Christmas Eve.
As a working mum, Christmas seems to be something thats talked about, its happening waaaaay in the future, weeks away...but then you go to schedule something in your diary and realise it is, infact, little more than ONE week away - mild panic sets in! Turkey needs to be ordered, shopping to be done, time to put up that stair garland you keep saying you'll do, present wrapping and there are less days to do something interesting with Elfie (as you promise yourself each night that you'll put him somewhere funny...tomorrow)
Those days that seemed neverending when you were little are now passing in the blink of an eye. Before its too late, slow things down a little...boil the kettle, put on some Christmas music, take some time to yourself in the midst of the mayhem, remember the reason for the season and the most important thing is family! :)
A little gift from me to you....our 3 step guide to Christmas table decor that is so simple it will add a little extra calm to the season.
#1 Choose your colour
General colour theme for Christmas decor falls into 3 categories
Made your decision? Perfect!
If not, the decision may be made for you with what items you have in your home to choose from
#2 Get your thinking cap on/have a rummage
Your table centrepiece can be made up from items easily found around the house or your leftover Christmas decorations - you know the ones, those decorations that were on the tree the first couple of years but every year since, it strangely seems to take less and less ornaments (*coughs* we mean time) to decorate.
Here are a few suggestions...
Foliage (such as holly or pruned faux branches from the unhung stair garland!)
#3 Layer it up!
Start to piece everything together, ensuring your centrepiece has these 3 things -
Unearthed a silver serving tray? Add a selection of different candles, some christmas baubles and pine cones Voila! Centrepiece chic in an instant
Here are a few visual ideas to help as well as some crafty use of wine glasses and little jars filled with cranberries
As the fastest year ever (right??) comes to an end and we gradually complete the last of our 2016 projects, we decided to take a little time out to give you some Christmas pressie inspiration!
Louise Graham is renowned in the industry as the new owner of long established Beechgrove Interiors.