Ideas for a more natural, mindful Christmas

Boris inspecting the tree {we have two kitties called Boris and Bella !}

Keeping it simple and understated

You know how it is, the 1st day of December and it’s time to start sorting Christmas out. It’s a mixure of stress and anticipation. Afraid I’m still a big kid at heart and love the anticipation and preparation stage of the season.

Over the years I dread to think how much has been spent, not only on gifts and food but decorations too. It is difficult not to be drawn in by the gorgeous catalogues that land on the doormat…..I mean, you know the kind!? Beautiful faux wreaths with white bows, ‘Winter’ scented candles, cashmere throws (who wouldn’t want to create a gorgeous Snowy Mountain retreat kind of cosiness), the list is endless for these beautiful catalogues.

So we have decided to just Stop ! Think ! What do we want from Christmas this year. So a more calm, thoughtful time is what we are aiming for. It’s bad enough that January is long, dark, cold and dreary but to be faced with large bills that then drop on the door mat isn’t great either. {Ohhh !!! Meant to say…..if anyone needs a house sitter on a tropical island during January, I’m free !}

Therefore, just thought I’d sort out a post with some natural, inexpensive ways for decorating the home.

The best bit…..the tree !

Ohhh who doesn’t love choosing the tree!? No help needed with choosing a tree !

But just wanted to tell you this. We have three trees and before you start thinking ohhhh that’s extravagant….stop ! It isn’t. Our trees are teeny tiny trees. Basically it’s because when I was a child I always wanted a real tree – but it was the 60’s and 70’s so it was Tinsel trees and nothing else. Who doesn’t remember listening to Wizzard singing “I wish it could be Christmas everyday” dressed in flared jeans, multi coloured tank top and Jackie Annual in hand, while gazing at a tinsel tree ! So teeny tiny trees it is.

Around the House

Just a few simple ideas !

Fresh foliage /candles/fruit

Eucalyptus, holly, twigs, apples, pomegranates, tangerines and bowls of nuts are all great as seasonal decorations.

Foliage along with pomegranates, nuts and twinkly lights placed on a windowsill or mantelpiece is just a quick and easy way of introducing natural decorations to your home. As well as the odd heirloom decoration from happy Christmases past ! It is after all the season of traditions.

Popcorn and Cranberry garlands.

Just simply thread popcorn and cranberries onto thread. These look so pretty hung on the tree (The garlands should last around seven days !). It does take a while to do but (coffee or hot chocolate and some Christmas music will definitely help you along!) very satisfying when completed. These are just perfect for use outside too, though I would use cranberries and chunks of apple- rather than popcorn – perfect Christmas treat for our feathered friends !

Home made paper chains.

For a bit of a retro feel why not go for paper chains. Very cheap and easy. Maybe just use plain white paper and decorate the paper piece how you wish. Kids will just love helping with this.

Simple table decorations

Fruit with tea lights in them.

Just cut out a hole in the top of an apple, large enough to insert a tea light in……that’s it very simple!

Instead of a tree !

Why not just fill a low sided basket with mixed foliage, berries, twigs, fruit, nuts, a few glass baubles – placed on a table makes a perfect Christmas display.

The good thing about using fresh decorations is that they can either be recycled, used for compost or in the case of fruits and nuts eaten (never a bad thing !). This all means that at the end of Christmas there aren’t too many decorations to take down. I don’t know about any of you out there, but I hate taking the decorations down ! So we have started taking them down during the day on New Years eve – just so that in the evening everywhere is clean and tidy with just some candles and a few bowls of flowering Hyacinths. Then on New Years Eve we can settle down in the knowledge that if we feel a little headache on New Years day…..we can relax and have a sofa and films day ! I know some people leave the decorations till Twelfth Night and that is fine too. Each to their own ! You do what you want to do….simple !

Whatever you decide to do at Christmas

Just remember though that without wanting to sound too much of a cliché, at this time of year it’s the company of loved ones that is important. Be it a cosy day like ours with my hubs and our two kitties, a huge gathering of the clan, or a hotch potch of friends. However during this season there can be mixed emotions and sadness for loved ones no longer here – So be mindful that it isn’t always ‘the most wonderful time of the year.’

People can feel very lonely and isolated at this time of year. So be kind, be happy and be mindful.

Best wishes……

Annie xxx

4 thoughts on “Ideas for a more natural, mindful Christmas

  1. Annie what a beautiful post and full of fabulous ideas. I certainly love the foliage and fruit ideas and even if you love modern decorations keeping some of the older traditional decorations just makes it more special – even better if you make some.. I had a tear in my eye by the final paragraph – very moving, 🎄🎄🎄


  2. How beautiful and yes we do have to be mindful and very kind not only Christmas but all year round….
    Merry Christmas to you and your family xx


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