A Little Christmas spirit at a time

Christmas decorations at Ednovean Farm

Christmas baubles on my alternative christmas tree

This year I’m making Christmas spirit a little bit at a time here at Ednovean Farm. This week I added a welcoming door wreath that could not be described as understated and my first alternative to a Christmas tree to our guest sitting room. Which look will win over? Will it be the OTT festive or more understated and tranquil- I’m not sure but I do enjoy decorating!

Making a welcome

It is that time of year again – the time when good taste can go out of the window and more is more and would you like a mince pie with that? And why not?!

Welcoming door wreath

A welcoming door wreath

Our front door wreath this year is properly blingy, vulgar and fabulously OTT but who cares it is Christmas after all and it smells divine! The colourful wreath hanging on the front door is the first part of the Christmas welcome to me – normally I make ours but somehow “Time and Tide” as they say, took over this year and I slunk off to the shops for the biggest, most vulgar one, I could find and I found a beauty!

bright Christmas bows

Bright bows

I always attach a string to ours and then thread it over the top of the door to hang on a hook on the inside, so that the door isn’t damaged and the wreath remains securely anchored against the Cornish gales.

Each time the door opens now, a fabulous waft of fir wafts into the hall to mingle with the Christmas scented of Pot pourri set in a simple wooden bowl just inside the door. The combined scent of fir tree, oranges and cloves just say Christmas to me!

Branching out

It’s a terrible pun I know – still at the moment, maybe it is desperation as I have yet to find the perfect one, that special Christmas tree to join us for Christmas, set on the old slate flags of our hall and filing the house with even more of the special scent of Christmas.  A faux tree just will not do! As you know from reading my Christmas trees and decorating blog from last year I take this annual special purchase very seriously indeed so until then I’ve started instead this year, with my alternative Christmas tree for our guest sitting room.

Cosy sitting room

A cosy evening corner in our guest sitting room this Christmas

I love to find a lichen covered branch on the farm each year to decorate and find the contrast of the delicate pale sage of the lichen contrast with the glitz of the lights and baubles perfectly. This year there were a nice heap of trimmings tucked under a bank that had been sacrificed to let a tractor and trailer safely negotiate a gateway, with the horses winter feed and Charles was remarkable good humoured as he pulled the heap apart to find the perfect one at the bottom!

I’ve kept the look quiet spare this year setting the tree wedged in a plastic pot weighed down with rocks in a wicker basket, before splurging on a new set of soft white fairy lights after that I just adding those nicely vulgar mauve baubles from last year and some gorgeous new golden Peacocks. What do you think – less is more?

Mousehole lights

The Christmas lights have been switched on in Mousehole this weekend – we didn’t go but we did have some guests who came to stay especially to attend the ceremony and join in the carols around the harbour. They cleverly took the bus to Mousehole to avoid the traffic parking scrum and booked an early supper at 2 Fore Street and then took a taxi back to their car. I found this pubic video on You Tube I hope it is OK to share public ones and it gives a real flavour of the event and I hope you enjoy it! Film credit to Mark Thomas

They looked so beautiful in the cool calm silence of last night, twinkling across Mounts Bay and spreading up the hillside behind Mousehole – we could see them as we walked back down to the house our nightly walk to and from the stables to check the horses before we went to bed.

We are open for most of Christmas and the New year!

We are open throughout December and only shut the doors on Christmas Eve and put our feet up with a glass of punch but we are open for the rest of the festive period on the 28th of December, ready to host your special Christmas escapes. Check out our reservation page for my special pre Christmas deal and I do believe we may have just one room left for the New Year holiday too!

Want to be inspired ready for the holidays? – try one of my other Christmas blogs

Three takes on a Christmas tree – Christmas decorating is under way at Ednovean Farm!

Christmas time at Ednovean Farm

Happy Christmas!!

About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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