A Festive Home: Winter Living

It’s officially the first of December and if your Christmas tree isn’t yet up and looking beautifully festive, it’s time to start thinking about it! It’s a time for brightening your home with a colourfully decorated tree while draping tinsel over all of your festive canvas photos of cute animals in the snow and lighting fairy lights so your home is twinkling. Whether you go for a minimalist touch or decorate every accessible area in your home (including the front garden and porch!), it can be so much fun getting into the festive spirit. It only comes around once a year, so it’s understandable that we like to make the most of it!

 

Festive Living

Our ancestors have been decorating Christmas trees for centuries and the tradition doesn’t appear to be ending anytime soon! Whether your tree is real or artificial, green or white, it’s a fun way to jazz up your home for the festive season. Evergreen fire trees are the traditional choice, but for those on a budget or those who don’t like the idea of spending the season cleaning up tree needles, artificial trees are the ideal option and can be stored until the following winter. With everything from baubles and hanging decorations to tinsel and fairy lights, how can we not get carried away? The decorative pieces sure look pretty but why is it considered normal to bring a living tree into our homes and decorate them? Well, Christians and pagans are the reason for this, as they would bring trees and twigs into their homes during the winter solstice to get them excited for spring time. Germans of the 16th Century are often credited for the tradition of decorating trees and they are topped with a beautiful angel or star to represent the angels in Bethlehem who announced the birth of Christ or the star that directed the three wise men to his birth place. If you have a sweet tooth, why not add some candy canes for yourself and guests to snack on?

 

A Warm and Cosy Home

If you have a fire, stock up on fire wood to create a cosy log-cabin vibe throughout the winter months. If you don’t have a fire, invest in a wall-mounted electric heater for (almost) the same effect and to keep you warm and comfortable, while taking care of your joints and health! And who can enjoy the winter time without sitting with a fluffy blanket at arm’s reach, ready at a moment’s notice for cuddling up in on the sofa to get warm and snug?!

 

Christmas Time Centrepieces

Complete the look of brightening up your home with Christmassy decorations like a festive wreath and maybe a little sprig of mistletoe to have a cheeky kiss (or more!) under. Cinnamon candles and acorn centre-pieces are another great addition to get you into the festive spirit. And don’t forget to put a candle in the centre of a plate and surround it with vanilla beans for the finishing (and deliciously smelling!) touch.

 

Have a wonderful winter, 

Her Next Smile x 

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