The first candle of Christmas

textures of candles, basketsPerhaps it was the right time this week to light the first candle of Christmas In our hall at Ednovean Farm, just ahead of the terrible news from Paris and in blissful ignorance. With the recent events of the weekend, some of the joy has gone now but the comforting glow lives one and the hope of time honoured rituals.

This week I’ve looked for  the time honoured rituals of Christmas that start now in  November when the first of the festive lights will start to glow with the promise of peace and goodwill and the mighty flower garland of Cotehele will be lifted again celebration of the season.

And at Ednovean? we start our own more  homely run up to Christmas


we lit the first candle for Christmas surrounded by lanterns, baskets

The Christmas season is approaching in Cornwall

The Great Hall of Cotehele

The great flower garland at Cotehele has been hung this week a work of art over 60 feet long of delicate dried flowers set in the fabulous surroundings of the Great Hall of Cotehele. If you visit Cornwall this would be the most fabulous place to visit to lift the Christmas spirit.

Garland at Cotehele

Simply beautiful the garland at Cotehele and inspirational for the amount of time and effort that goes into its making

Meet the head gardener in this little film below to learn about the making of the huge floral swag.

Christmas lights and winter celebrations

Wednesday the 12th November Truro City of lights

The lantern parade, now in its nineteenth year,will draw crowds of upwards from 30,000 to the cobbled streets of Truro and this years event has the themes of “The museum of lost secrets”

Saturday the 28th of November Penzance Christmas Festival

Penzance never does need an excuse to enjoy the music and the planned day of choirs and live music will be enough to tempt Santa Clause himself to appear, before the lights are switched on by the Town Mayor.

Saturday the 28th of November – Redruth Christmas procession and lights switch on

A lantern procession to sing the Cornish Wassail song along the traditional route with the singers of The Cornish Cultural association, the Red river singers and the Raffidy Dumitz band.

Friday the 4th of December St Ives 5.30

With Christmas trees and puppets, stilt walkers and camels what could be better way to enjoy the Christmas spirit

Saturday 12the December Mousehole 7.30

The famous Mousehole lights are a must see in West Cornwall, famous for over 52 years with the dark silky waters lapping in the harbour reflecting the Christmas lights back to the village and a open air Corollaire this is a very special way to fell the Christmas spirit but  parking will be difficult though so allow time to walk down to the village.

and at Ednovean this week?

Of course our  farmhouse is our home as well as our bed and breakfast and I enjoy tweaking the house for the seasons to lift our guests spirits as the days get shorter and the nights longer. This week I started gently with a simple candle in the hall and a trio of tweedy robins ready for our weekend guests to enjoy. I hope all who read this will have a quiet and peaceful week.

Christmas decorations

I love decorating the house for Christmas and the first big decision of the year is choosing a special Christmas tree for our hall to sit on the old slate flagstones before finding a beautiful alternative tree for the Guest sitting room. last year I found a fabulous lichen encrusted hawthorn brought down in the winter gales and decked it with golden cherubs and mock fruits – I wonder if I will be so lucky this year as i score the farm?

If you enjoyed this blog  in the next one I look at the elements of Christmas to make a little bit of Christmas spirit

About Christine Taylor

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 eight 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. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall concentrating on those off the beaten track places atha only the locals find

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