Christmas decorations at John Lewis

christmas decorations - kids

Every year we get the boxes down from the loft containing all the necessary for decorating our home and spreading some christmas cheer. The tree, the tinsel, the baubles collected over the years and the wreath but every year I always manage to buy one or two things to add to the collection. I just can’t help myself.

John Lewis invited me to take a look at their Christmas selection online and asked me to choose some special decorations.

christmas wreath

I wasn’t happy with the wreath I had and John Lewis have so many to choose from that I invested in a new one, here it is hanging on the door, what do you think?

cushion stag head

With the arrival of our new sofa this autumn I have had my eye on some new cushions too (even if I don’t strictly need them) Anyway, I fell in love with this one, isn’t he gorgeous? the teddies seem to think so.

This year I have bought the girls a small tree for their bedroom and have enjoyed looking at the hundreds of decorations on sale, I went for these in the end but it wasn’t easy deciding.

christmas tree

 

I have hung some of our old favourites including this Christmas garland with letters cut from card and held up with pegs.

christmas garland

We have our train on display which the girls adore and of course our new Disney Princess advent calendar too.

Advent calendar train

We’re feeling quite festive, are you?

In fact why don’t you have some of my chocolate salami? Or get lots of other lovely ideas from my Pinterest Christmas board

chocolate salami

Disclosure: John Lewis have given me an allowance to buy Christmas decorations for the purpose of this post.

Our Christmas tree and the magic of Christmas

2012 Christmas tree

Here is our finished tree for 2012, the girls love it and there are no chocolates left within their reach, I took their finished dinner plates one evening out to the  kitchen and rumbled around in the fruit basket and fridge for a dessert, I needn’t have bothered, I returned to find them with pile high empty foil wraps on the table. ‘We’re eating the chocolates mummy!’ they smiled really pleased with themselves. Lucky for me I stuck mine up HIGH :D another advantage of being mummy.

I’ve been hearing lots of snidey remarks about tinsel this year, apparently it is no longer in vogue and if you look closely you will see I have some silver in my tree wrapped around the lower branches twirling it’s way up. I do this every year and I can’t bear to leave it in the box so I am declaring this blog  tinsel friendly, we also have a fake tree covered in LED lights on top of which I add a long string of coloured lights. You can’t have too many lights.

This year I have the addition of our Christmas bunting hanging in the window which we’re really pleased with and the John Crane nativity under the tree for the second year. I’m really pleased with the finished effect

1st christmas tree dec

A tradition that started back at Christmas 2008, the girl’s first, was the gift of a brand new Christmas decoration each year for each twin. Aunty Hayley gave the girls their ceramic ‘Twins’ 1st Christmas’ decoration and Aunty Wendy their first hand crafted wooden stocking named and dated.

Since then every year I have given one decoration each so the day they leave us and set up their own homes they will have a tree of memories to cherish for a lifetime.

2012 Christmas decoration

This year it was a difficult choice as there are so many decorations to choose from but I was drawn by the tiny stars, the ‘snow’ effect and the magic that stars give. I love the colour which has a mother of pearl effect.

With this year’s tree decoration I would like to encourage my girls to dream and to wish upon stars. I hope that all of their wishes come true and wish them a lifetime of happiness

2012 christmas decoration

It seems like a good moment to look back at Christmas past 2010, 2011 and the decorations so far 2008, 1st Christmas baubles, 2009, Santa faces, 2010 polar bears, 2011 knitted hearts,

Christmas decorations

I’m linking this post up to the BritMums Christmas blog hop and Frugal Family’s Christmas tree Linky and one thing that really made my heart melt was looking back at photos of the girls whilst searching for the decoration photos, here they are unwrapping the ‘presents’ that hung every year on the tree until they arrived; in 2010 on seeing them hanging on the tree they unwrapped the lot whilst I was out in the kitchen – note to self, knock the wall down in the kitchen so I get to keep my tree safe!

Twins christmas 2010

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Christmas bunting – Make your own!

Happy Christmas bunting

When I was going through the remainder of last year’s wrapping paper and checking to see if there were any cards leftover I came across a bag full of old Christmas cards that had been forgotten to take to a recycling unit.

Later once our tree was up and looking sparkly in the front window I was disappointed with the view behind as we now have our caravan parked on the front with a grey winter coat on hence our view was looking very grim indeed.

So instead of making present labels out of last year’s Christmas cards this year I decided to make Christmas bunting! Words and letters are so fashionable right now, everywhere you look there’s a word made to decorate your home.

I wanted words that would appeal to my little ones for my bunting that shout out happy and fun. I chose

Christmas bunting

Each day the girls are bringing home reading books and learning new letters; although they are learning in cursive the teachers have pointed out it’s important for them to recognise each letter in all it’s forms. Mrs H, our class teacher has also reminded me on a few occasions that the girls need more scissor practise. It would be an excellent way to keep the girls amused AND continue our letter recognition all in one.

How to make Christmas bunting

Draw the form of my letter on the good side of the card (If you do it on the back some letters like S will come out reverse) cut out the shapes, I decided not to cut holes into the R P B etc as it was difficult and the card warped and looked untidier in the end.

recycling old christmas cards

Once all my letters were cut, I lined them across the table and cut a length of string or wool longer than the word to allow for hanging.

cut out letters for bunting

With my Happy Christmas letters I punched holes in them and threaded the length of wool through them. The letters with only one hole punched needed to be stapled too to stop them twisting.

Christmas bunting

With my longer phrase, I tried something different, I found an old length of gold cord used for hanging Christmas cards and lots of pegs and hung the letters in place as if they were cards. For these letters I used some craft card I had lying in the cupboard from previous projects.

Which phrase would you like to be reading this festive season?

Peace and joy in the world

Oh come all ye faithful

We all want some figgy pudding

The list is endless which also means so is this project, once Christmas is over we can have lots of fun with coloured card making new bunting with cheerful phrases to look at

Have fun!

 

‘Oh Christmas Tree, oh Christmas Tree’

1st christmas tree decNow we are well into December we are ‘allowed’ to talk about Christmas, in fact everyone is! People are busy crossing things off their To Do Lists and to be quite honest with you, I’m actually sitting back and enjoying the run up this year. No massively long list for me this year as my brother is hosting The Big Day and we’re over to Paul’s brother and wife’s on Boxing Day where our contribution is mash which isn’t particularly complicated now is it?

Yesterday I put the tree up for the girls and they love it! exclamations of ‘Ohh mummy, I love it!’ lots of touching the lights and naming the colours ‘Red!’ ‘Er no that one’s yellow.’ and touching and feeling all the ornaments too. Of course being the clever one I am the ceramics are placed out of reach and I ‘allowed’ them to place the pretty small gift wrapped cubes on themselves, peals of laughter and lots of taking them off and putting them back on. In fact, when I disappeared into the kitchen to get tea ready for them, they unwrapped the lot!

A&B 2010

Many workers are looking forward to their staff Christmas party, an annual knees up which encourages excess drinking and eating the max at the companies expenses, how I miss those parties! However, I am extremely lucky enough to be going to a party of my own – a meet up for Bloggers from the British Mummy Bloggers forum and I’m really excited! I can take the girls with me, just as well because I don’t have any babysitters and wouldn’t be able to go if not, I shan’t be drinking as it is in London and I shall drive there and park at my brothers flat and I will have the opportunity to visit my ex colleagues from the Italian Tourist Board too.

christmas tree 2010

As the party is to be held in St Martin’s in the Field, I’ll also be able to take the girls to see our infamous Trafalgar Square Christmas Tree, every year donated by Norway as a means of remembering our assistance during the second world war. What a beautiful gift, thank you Norway! I shall take them for a stroll up Carnaby Street to see their decorations as personally I think they’re the best in London. So all in all a brilliant day out for me, just what I need right now.