When my children were younger, I used to put up the xmas tree and decorations the night before. I liked the impact it would have when they came down in the morning. It meant that Christmas only lasted as long as I wanted it to. I dislike the two months commercial build up it has now become. The night before also means no excess. Over the years, the tree and decorations have become simpler. I now going searching for a windfall twig in the garden and it can look surprisingly effective once a tiny set of lights and little decorations adorn it. It requires some care, as when dried out, the little branches can snap easily. But I like it. Holly, which is now rampant in the garden, replaces tinsel.
I love the smells associated with Christmas, so my decorations focus on warming the atmosphere with aroma.
There is something relaxing about creating orange clove pomanders. Sat around a fire, it’s a great way to get the whole family involved. Kids have fun with creating pretty designs.
Pot Pourri filling decorative bowls can be visually as well as olifactorily enhancing. Try cinnamon sticks, pine cones and pine sprigs, whole nutmeg, cloves, dried apple slices, cardamon pods, star anise and rosemary sprigs.
Essential oils of orange, clove, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg diffused have immediate impact.
A novel gift idea? A small box with a few chocolate gold coins and bottles of frankincense and myrrh.
Featured image: Orange cloves