Every year I tell my husband James I am treating myself to a completely new “look” for our tree.
Every year I fail miserably.
Life gets in the way. The nice things sell out by the bloody 20th November. I can’t believe how expensive some of this festive shizz is and promptly empty my virtual basket etc etc
Realise what a first world problem arse I sound like and vow to to just get on with it and make more considered purchases the following year and so on.
Of course we have some baubles that we will have forever, they have sentimental value or were an investment buy – I have both the girls names in calligraphy on a ceramic number by the talented Cheryl Rawlings that are a particular favourite. But others are tired and tatty and distinctly lacking in any kind of Christmassy joy.
This year I have made a concerted effort to have a butchers at what’s on offer early and actually complete checkout. As you can see from the header image, I went all a bit shiny and ever so slightly Dynasty circa 1989. The one with the dangly crystal tassel beads was even a surprise to me, it’s not my usual cup of tea but I love it. AT chez O’Shea this year we are 100% bringing on the glitz – I’ve got sequins, glitter and even tinsel. Yes you read that correctly – admittedly it’s in my humble opinion very chic tinsel but still…TINSEL.
All The Glitzy Baubles
I am forever attracted to star shaped decorations and my obsession with copper hued anything knows no bounds, one of my best value finds has been a copper wire star from John Lewis, it’s £4 but looks really luxe – and I’m really loving the simple 3D silver version.
Stars And Snowflakes
Christmas with my parents was always a very OTT (some might say ahem gaudy) affair that was always so much fun. My Dad loves the festive season and their home was always decorated from top to bottom with anything and everything, nothing matched, there was no coordination or colour scheme and in the instagram “perfection” world we seem to find ourselves in, I do miss the carefree attitude that our generation definitely lack towards what should be a joyful occasion regardless of how it “looks”. Depending on time and budget, I would really love Mabel to be able to have her own tree (I have my eye on the upstairs landing as the perfect spot) and let her essentially choose whatever she fancies. I imagine this would result in a riot of rainbow colours and jewel encrusted magic. Bring it on.
Rainbows And Retro
What are your plans for the tree this year? Do you sway towards the same style of decorations or are you tempted by something different?