Christmas – Finishing Touches

Every family and household must have their own traditions and style at Christmas and I thought I’d share some of the things that make it Christmas in our house.
 
Christmas - Mince Pies
 
This last weekend before Christmas we have made gingerbread and mince pies (with amazing mouth watering buttery and crumbly pastry!) which I love served up on a kitsch cake stand I bought around three years ago in the sales. I also have the matching mugs and saucers which have space for a mince pie or biscuits on the side – cute!
 
Christmas - Boxes
 
I love Christmas boxes with chocolate box style scenes of snow covered villages and landscapes. They make great gift boxes which can be reused year after year or purely as decorations because of their bright colours. I love to mix and match old and new styles and think these look lovely against both a traditional or contemporary background. Christmas boxes are really easy to make too – if you save wrapping paper and cards you can stick them onto old shoes boxes or gift boxes using PVA glue (called decoupage) which makes a lovely personal touch for next years presents.
 
Christmas - Tree Baubles
 
The tree is packed with ornaments, baubles, beads and tinsel – I love the look of a really full tree and although it isn’t real (we gave those up a few years ago when the needles always dropped) I like a bit of greenery and like the look of one or two colours as a theme.
 
Christmas - Reindeer
 
Lastly I had to share with you this little character – a reindeer! He’s new this year but we have lots of characters that have been around for years. Do you have any favourite Christmas items or traditions you couldn’t do without?
 

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