I love Christmas decorations and especially tree decorations but I am not one of those people with an immaculate colour-themed, Instagram-ready tree. My decorations are all shapes, sizes, colours and materials but I love their wonderful hotchpotch and the memories they hold. Every year, I enjoy getting them out, and hanging each one up as I remember their stories.
They may not be the most beautiful but the children’s homemade decorations will always have a place on my tree. The salt dough, the pine cones dipped in glitter, the Hama beads and the lollipop stick offerings remind me of making them in previous years. We try to make one every year to add to the collection, and write the date on the back. On a side note, wrap salt dough in tissue paper not bubble wrap, as we had done go mouldy last year which was a shame.
The Oldest OneThis little robin is the one that has been in my Christmas experience the longest- I used to love putting on my parents tree as a child so much that my mum gave it to me! The actual oldest chronologically are probably a set of little glass icicles that my step-nan gave to me as a teenager.
The Inherited OnesThe lovely old lady that I bought my house from left a box of gorgeous knitted decorations when she moved out, little knitted snowmen and stockings; they are adorable! They kind of belong to the house so it’s lovely that could stay & spend more Christmas times here.
The Ones That Remind You Of Special Times
I danced to The Snowman theme tune at the Royal Albert Hall as a child for the bi-centennial of The Girl’s Brigade so my mum bought me a The Snowman ornament which always has pride of place on the tree.
My best friend bought me this fluffy little angel so it always makes me think of her. The bell was a gift from my mum.
The angel on the top of my tree was a gift from my mum for my first Xmas in my own home.
The one you won?
I’ve never won a tree decoration, maybe next year! Have you? Well now is your chance- leave me a comment about Christmas decorations in the comments box below & everyone who comments will be entered into a little giveaway to win these lovely wooden star decorations.
I wonder if dressing your Christmas tree brings back memories of Christmases past, or if you have a favourite decoration. Do you proudly display the decorations your children make or hide them round the back? Do you love multicoloured decorations or a simple colour palette? Maybe your tree decorations have a theme? I’d love to hear about them.
**UPDATE** I’ve won a California Raisins Xmas tree decoration this year to add to the tree!! Why not see if you can win something for your tree too by entering below.
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