I’m always excited every year to renew my acquaintance with my treasured collection of Christmas decorations and start the happy ritual of Decorating for Christmas. I’m happy to say that Ednovean Farm now has her best Christmas decorations on ready for the festive season after a day spent in a happy muddle of baubles and cherubs and a good deal of squinting through one eye at my efforts!
This weekend I made three takes on a Christmas tree around our home, in time for the arrival of our first Bed and Breakfast guests for their Pre-Christmas breaks. I’ve set our tradition live Christmas tree under the beams in the flagstoned hall and we’ve cut two thorn trees from a thicket on the farm, for the Dining room and the Guest sitting room for a more contemporary take on Christmas
First choose your Christmas tree!
This year I had a distinct plan about where to buy after last year’s great tree and I have a fond memory this year of visiting the Christmas tree emporium, aka the local garden centre redolent with the scent of Christmas. Unusually for Christmas shopping, I had company and it was so much fun to chose a perfect Nordman Fir together which glided easily into its tube and just as easily into the land rover to go home with us.
And it felt just right somehow to walk across the fields to a spot where the thorn trees where starting to colonise the pasture and needed thinning. The dense thicket was alive with the sounds of birds when we got there to collect our tree – don’t worry the birds have more than enough left and the two removed from the front rank will allow the others to spread out a little bit more in a thick shelter from the cold easterly winds.
Decorating the Christmas Trees
There is something very comforting about the ritual of decorating a tree and as Saturday was a day of remorseless rain, I didn’t feel too badly about devoting my spare hours to Christmas decorating. Each year I pack separate decorating theme carefully labelling the boxes (unlike the contents of the freezer which are a lucky dip – but priorities hay-hoo!) So I have a breakdown of contents that reads something like gold cherubs, velvet Christmas tree ornaments, Christmas baubles. I can then ferry each box to my chosen spot before I set to work.
As each decoration comes back out of the box it carries the memories of the years but each year I try to add a tiny amount of “New Christmas” to my treasured collection and this year I spotted some great over the top golden swans now twinkling one of my thorn trees.
As the afternoon passed slowly Christmas was revealed a little at a time
Perhaps it was the memory of the afternoon when we walked across the farm to find our indoor tree.
This Years Christmas decorating tips
- Prepare the year before by packing away decorations carefully in collated collections.
- Ring the changes with bare branches and seasonal foliage foliage
- Try a predominant Christmas Gold scheme and then one choose one accent colour
- Bribe the cat to sit still for photos – at the moment I’m clearly not paying enough as he started to wash after a very short time!
This week in Cornwall
The Christmas lights are being switched on now around the towns and villages – I hear the lights in Helston are particularly good.
Mousehole Christmas lights
This Saturday – the 18th of December the lights with be switched on in Mousehole and can be seen every day between 5.00pm and 11.00 pm until the 7th of January with the exception of 19th when the lights will be dimmed between 8.00pm and 9.00 pm in memory of the Solomon Brown Lifeboat disaster that stole so many lives from the village.
This will be the 53rd year for the lights and the switch on will be followed by an open air carol service on the entrance to the North Quay with the Mousehole male voice choir, members of the Methodist Choir and friends from the community, accompanied by the Pendeen Silver band. (Should it be wet the service will move to the Methodist Church)
Wreath making workshops
To make a sensational door wreath why not try one of the wreath making workshops – the National Trust are holding one at Trelissick on the 15th of December
Surprisingly as our Bed and Breakfast guests arrived, the rain stopped and a flash of a ruby red sunset appeared below the low clouds and they were able to sit on their sofa in The Blue room enchanted by the colours of the sky with a welcoming pot of tea.
I must admit I retired to sip something a little stronger and soak up the atmosphere that only a Christmas tree can make!
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