Thursday, 24 December 2015

The Twelve Words of Christmas - Decorations by Elle Field


by Elle Field

Gone are the days when December would roll round and I would get to make Christmas decorations at school which my parents would dutifully hang up in the house, even if they weren’t the prettiest or neatest things! My efforts would join the more crafted decorations, which would go up without fail on December 12th and would always be packed away by January 6th.

As a small child Christmas decorations were all about Christmas cards hung across the wall on yarn in seasonal colours, giant Santa faces and snowmen pinned to the walls, snow globes and Santa statues dotted along the mantelpiece next to the fancy china, whilst stars and colourful foil decorations hung down from the ceiling. Then, of course, there was the tree.

Decorating the tree was a serious business, and it had to look just right before the golden angel could be solemnly placed at the top of it. Wooden ornaments and striped glittery candy canes sat on the branches next to cheerful ceramic snowmen and glamorous baubles, then the tree was all wrapped up with twinkling colourful fairy lights and some strategically-placed tinsel ready for the presents to be placed at the foot of the tree.

Nowadays the only Christmas decorations I put up in my home is a tree. But, what a tree it is. Each year on December 1st we pick up a real six foot Christmas tree – ideally with the height of our ceilings, an eight foot tree would be preferable but there are only so many trees on offer that are within walking distance; important when you live in Central London and don’t have a car – and we decorate it immediately.

As for those decorations, it’s split fifty-fifty, though we don’t have a tree topper. The very first  year we bought our tree decorations, every tree topper we liked was either sold out or staggeringly expensive. We took that as a sign, and the top of our tree has remained bare every since. As for the tree branches, half of the decorations are ones we’ve bought – our own family collection, you could call it – but dotted around the tree, the other half, are my favourite tree decorations from when I was a child.

I hope that one day when I have children and they are all grown up that they will want to do the same thing – that they will ask for their favourite decorations from their childhood Christmas tree so that their own adult tree will be filled with their happy childhood Christmas decorations and memories, just like mine is today.
About Elle:

Elle Field lives in London with her boyfriend and their cat. She's a massive fan of sunshine, giraffes, The Killers, Audrey Hepburn movies, playing Scrabble and tea. Oh, and reading, of course!
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1 comment:

  1. Yey! Thank you for having me on the blog today. Merry Christmas! xx