Deck the Halls!

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Well, it’s that time of year again.
Cue joyful decorations, minced pies and mulled wine and cinnamon and clove scented candles.

Before Savage junior arrived 9 years ago, Christmas was usually spent abroad, catching some winter sun. Over the years, I have learned to make an effort at xmas and deck the House of Savage. Not over the top, mind you. But just the right amount to feel cosy and festive.

 

Here is my list of Xmas essentials:

  • Light it up! Time to stock up on quality candles with warm spicy winter scents. We’re talking clove, orange peel, cinnamon, cranberry, Personal favourites are Birch & Brook (try the Evergreen), Connie Gray and NEOM. If you are on a budget, then gold old Sainsburg do great xmas candles at reasonable prices.
  • (Pine) Stick it to them! This year, I am investing in a good quality fake tree (convinced Mr Savage it was a worthwhile investment!). I swore I would never do it, but then sometimes practicality gets in the way. Get some Scentsicles Winter Fir Scent Sticks and hook them to the branches! You will fool everyone, trust me. Use them with real trees as well once they have lost their scent.
  • Stockings holders/hooks: oh, so handy! I got mine from TKMaxx  and Cox&Cox but notonthehighstreet aso do personalised ones. I use them to hang garlands off of the fireplace surround.
  • For the love of wreaths…  I think we are a bit wreath shy over this side of the pond compared to our American friends. You want to see the wreaths my friends in Utah had on their door for Halloween. Epic!! So, make sure you get a quality one or even better, attend a local workshop and make your own (ask your local florist or homeware store). There are some uh-mazing faux wreaths out there too so check out faux flowers retailers.
  • Dress your tree: tree skirts are often ignored but I think they are essential to give your tree an impeccable finished look. Mine is from Cox and Cox. alternatively for a rustic look, grab an old rusty zinc bassinet from an antique fair or car boot sale. Hey presto!
  • Go completely crackers: last year, my incredibly crafty friend Stroma got our respective kids to make their own crackers.  Only her could confidently unleash 2 nine-year olds to play with nail varnish, a shallow dish of lukewarm water and hey presto. The adult ones may or may not have had miniature booze bottles inside…

 

Most importantly, though, Christmas is about enjoying time with friends and family, about giving (and not necessarily presents!) and being grateful for what you have.

Final thought: get out there, go for a walk or a run. You will feel so much better come January 1! Happy Christmas, guys!

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