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Decorating for Christmas


Although it’s still ten days away, I thought I’d wind things up by mentioning the ‘C’ word! Have you decorated your home in preparation for the big day?

I am not one for lots of tinsel and paperchains, we have no young children living here, as ours are all grown up now! So I tend to go for greenery from the garden – like Rosemary, Holly and Ivy.

Do you remember my photo of our three Holly trees covered with berries? Well, the birds were hungry, but they kindly left us with three berries!

We are lucky enough to live in a 16th Century cottage with an Inglenook. In it is this great log burner…I love it, especially when I light candles in the hearth.

I hang our cards from the beam above the Inglenook, and Rosemary too, which scents the room.

I always grow Amaryllis for this time of year, they last longer than cut flowers.

On the dining room table I shall make a greenery-and-candle arrangement, but I haven’t got round to that yet. However, in the hall we have our Christmas tree – a real one – this year we chose a Noble Fir because we liked the blue-green needles and the lovely scent.

The only trouble is that when our Labrador is getting excited about going for his walk, he wags his tail and sends the gold baubles flying! Never mind, I still love him. Now let’s hear from you – How do you decorate your home for Christmas? Do you use greenery too?

HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL OF YOU! (When it is here, we will be with the family – away from home)

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Hi Spritz Your home looks lovely decorated for Christmas. No real greenery in our house I'm afraid but lots of decorations.I'm worse than the kids when it comes to the festive decor, even the fish tank has stars on it this year lol
A very merry Christmas to you and yours xx

16 Dec, 2007


hi spritz, yes your house does look lovely, but like maple, we have gone all out with gold decorations angels, stars santas and raindeer etc... got to admit i do love it. i do also love the all green look, being a florist i get plenty of chance to play with holly and ivy berry ect.. but not really practical in the house with the little monster, for obvious reasons. merry christmas everyone!

16 Dec, 2007


I used to decorate everywhere with the children when they were little, they loved making paperchains and stars made of straws or cardboard with pasta stuck on and then sprayed with gold. They also 'helped' to decorate the tree, which ended up all colours so you could hardly see a bit of green! I've still got a star my daughter made at Infant School, and she is 38 now! It really isn't the same when you're retired and going away to family for Christmas - but I will always have a tree!

16 Dec, 2007


good for you spritz, my mum is the same, she usally gets a dwaf holly tree - you know the varigated type, in a pot and decorates that, it then gets planted in the garden after - she hates the needles everywhere from a christmas tree and done away with her fake tree years ago - when me and my brother grew up. but this year she did invest in a fancy fibre optic tree with the lights already on, so it requires very little messing about with. my mum and dad like to go out for christmas dinner, i gues she has had years of cooking christmas dinner, and prefers to relax instead. but they have the invastion of all of us and all the grankids on boxing day to look forward to lol!

16 Dec, 2007


The fire I think must be very christmassy, and I like the idea of the rosemary. Like the lady above I too am a florist, and the simplest greens are often the best and most tasteful, they have so much texture and different shades of greens.

Have a merry christmas

20 Dec, 2007


I just told Peter I am going to replace the Rosemary tomorrow with fresh pieces because it has dried out in the log burner heat. I'm also going to have a go at making a wreath for the front door! One of my Holly trees doesn't have prickles so I'll start there. I love the log burner, it is a great comfort in this cold weather - and very Christmassy, especially when I light the candles in the hearth!

20 Dec, 2007

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