Forget a Theme for the Christmas Tree

I’ve always hated putting the Christmas tree up, I don’t know why, I’m a grinch. I don’t mind it once it’s there but actually going through the rigmarole of getting it and decorating it isn’t for me. But… since buying a house and having to take the lead on decorating, unless I want the season to pass unmarked, I’ve adopted a technique that has made it all a bit more enjoyable.

There’s no theme, no colour scheme it’s basically a Christmas free for all. We get things we like and they all go on the tree wherever, no plan, no logic and no pressure to look good. I call it tacky Christmas and it’s my favourite.

Really I think it’s because it reminds me of the tree when I was little, it would be full of ornaments I’d made at school from quality street wrappers and play-doh and tinsel in literally every colour. I always love noseying at other people’s beautiful decorations on Instagram but could never achieve them myself, so if you’re feeling the pressure here’s a look at our mismatched tree to make you feel better.

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First off, I am totally in love with our tree lights. I have had white ones for years but have been wanting the proper 90’s one with flower petals on them. Last year Tom’s grandma gave us a set of hers, which has totally changed the whole look of the tree. What’s funny is the fact that the box has got a £1.99 price tag and these sets are now fetching up to £70 on ebay, it just shows it’s worth keeping hold of your old stuff!

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Tree topper from Chatsworth Christmas Market
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Silver pine cones from the Chatsworth Estate

I’ve picked up a few bits from the Chatsworth Estate when visiting their Christmas market but my favourite has got to be our alternative angel, a fluffy white owl. I got it because it reminded me of Zedd (our cat) and he’s the ultimate Christmas cutey.

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Zedd mesmerized by the Christmas lights. Little does he know they’re worth a fortune on Ebay.
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Nothing says Christmas quite like a reindeer cutout and a twig.

I occasionally babysit three of my mum’s friend’s children and last Christmas during one of my visits we made these cute decorations from the kits available at Sostrene Greene. A lot of them didn’t survive the 11 months in the attic but I have seen the kits in there again this year.

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Sostrene Greene do it yourself decoration.
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Mr Christmas

My favourite bauble is this gigantic handmade ceramic beauty. Tom bought it me as a gift from a trip he made along the Amalfi Coast last year. It’s so massive it has to go right at the top of the tree because the branches can’t handle it.

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Handmade bauble from Italy
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Knitted Christmas pud, the newest addition and Tom’s favourite.
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Lace bauble from the Nottingham Christmas Market

Let me know if you’ve got any weird Christmas decorations or if you make Christmas decorations in Notts by commenting below x