There might be lots of reasons why you don’t want to festoon the house with tinsel and a mountain of greenery at Christmas. Maybe you’re going to be away for the holidays and it will be a bit of a waste of time. Or you live in a house that doesn’t have the space for a six foot tree and all the trimmings. Or maybe you just don’t do Christmas. But that doesn’t mean you can’t make a small effort at creating some festive cheer. A sprig or two of real pine branches, some fairy lights, or the soft glow of candles will all brighten the mood on dreary winter evenings. The trick is to choose one or two areas of the house for some attention where the impact will be greater, rather than spreading the love around.
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Choose a Twig Tree
Kora Rattan Dining Chair, £89. 1.8m Pine Needle Twig Tree with frosting, £40. Brown Fur Stocking, £10. Small Wooden House with Glitter Roof Lights, £8. Brown Fur Santa, £20. All from *Dunelm.
Twig trees take up far less space than ordinary Christmas trees and don’t need as many baubles to look effective. In fact too many would spoil the Scandinavian style effect, so keep them to a minimum. The tall trunk with high branches will fit in much smaller spaces – even small corners, and will be just as effective when twinkling away.
Adorn the Mantelpiece
Image courtesy of *Lights 4 Fun.
If you’re lucky enough to have a mantlepiece it’s the perfect – and most traditional place to display a few festive touches. Simply trail a green garland across the top, add candles of varying heights, a miniature fir tree, some fairy lights and you’re done. Just don’t leave those candles unattended.
Decorate the Windows
Potted Grandis Fir Tree by *Lights 4 Fun.
There’s no better place to put a miniature Christmas tree than in the window where it can be enjoyed from inside and out. If you are blessed with deep sills you can add a garland with berries, some pine cones and even some tangerines for a fragrant nature-inspired display.
50pk Assorted Decorations in Champagne, £8, *B&Q.
Baubles are not just for the tree. Hung from ribbons at different heights they can look just as effective in a window. Choose a white or cream colour scheme for a snowlike effect, and add tealights and more baubles to the sill.
Create a Shelfie Tableaux
Planted Light Up Winter Scene £44.99, Dobbies Garden Centres.
A Christmas shelfie will be a good alternative to decorating the mantlepiece. This one comes ready made but you can have fun creating your own little winter wonderland with real plants and a few wooden decorations.
Go for Simple Garlands
Paper Chain Garland Kit – Stars (Pewter & Teal) by The Shop Floor Project. Eucalyptus Garland from Sue Ryder.
Remember those sticky paper chains you used to make when you were a kid? Forget the bright primary colours and make a contempory version for a simple pared back display. Ditto the faux eucalyptus garland. Perfect for twining down the stairs, and not a hint of glitter in sight.
Use What You Already Have
Seagrass Gold Sequin Lined Basket, Small, £29.99, Ivyline.
And instead of buying new this year, why not use what you already have around the house? A sequin strewn basket is the perfect container for a small tree, while the faux sheepskin makes the perfect backdrop for some more fairy lights.