Is the Christmas pudding already made? Have you started buying gifts? Are you already planning your Christmas menu and table? Or perhaps you’re the opposite and would rather all the Christmas music and tv ads would stop, declaring it’s still much too early to think about all of this!
Whether you prefer to indulge or run away from it all, there’s no denying that there are 5 weeks to go… The countdown has begun!
Perhaps the best part of this time of year is the sense of anticipation of what is to come. Soon it will be the start of advent and each day will be one more further along. But don’t rush towards Christmas Day too quickly, don’t let that one day be your sole focus. To do so would be to miss so much… There is a whole feast for the senses waiting for you between now and then.
It could be the cooking - making Christmas puds, mince pies or cakes. The smell of spices mixed with pine, woodsmoke and mulled wine. It could be taking the opportunity to see friends and family - drinks parties, the office party, inviting family over and reuniting with those you’ve not be in contact with for a while. It could be seeing a show, feasting on elaborate shop window displays, listening to a carol concert, delighting in your child’s nativity play. It could be the feel of frosty walks, watching the glow of candles or twinkling lights on the Christmas tree, wrapping up warm at home, hot chocolate, open fires, roast dinners…
So much of the build up to Christmas happens inside the home. Coming in from the cold to a warm, welcoming house is happiness. Decorating your home, adding little touches here and there can make all the difference and really creates a contented Christmas feeling. The act of decorating can become a yearly ritual in itself and the results are perfect for enjoying by yourself or welcoming others into… So go on, go to town and create a tiny bit of Christmas magic in your own home. And because it’s a special time of year, look to your 5 senses for inspiration...
When you open the front door, it is the sight inside which first welcomes you. The hallway in particular should be considered a room in it’s own right. It is the first impression of your home and can set the tone for the rest of the house. Create a spectacle to savour and allow guests a double take. Use the greenery from outside to bring nature inside. Combine with rich warm colours such as berry red or gold, or keep to a classic simplicity of green, white and wood. A beautiful celebration of winter awaits...
Autumn is full of texture - the leaves falling and in a heap on the ground, twigs, sticks, bark, lichen. Winter, in comparison is marked by its bareness. This is especially the case if it snows, a beautiful stillness descends and covers everything in a soft layer. It seems as though you could touch it and it would be like velvet between your fingers. In contrast to the ice and frost outside, Christmas brings so much warmth, decadence and is filled with decoration. Celebrate this contrast, let your home be tactile, somewhere you can touch and feel, not just admire.
What could say 'Christmas' more than the waft of cinnamon, ginger, cloves and a whole host of stirring spices from the kitchen? It's the cooking which tempts you first of course - the puddings, cakes, delicacies... the roast in the oven, gravy simmering, potatoes cooking - but then, after this, more delicate scents linger in the air... Pine, fir, greenery, perhaps some flowers. Soon to be mixed with firewood and candles burning. Indulge in these aromas and celebrate how good they make you feel. Fill your home!
Gingerbread, sweet pastry, treacle, mince pies, parkin, freshly baked bread, honey glazed ham, roast turkey, crisp potatoes, rich gravy, cheeses, buttery vegetables, spiced cabbage, Christmas pudding, chocolate log, cream, brandy butter, custard, cranberry... what better way to mark your Christmas countdown than in its feast of tastes. Lip smacking, the kind of food which leaves you only able to move from dining table to sofa. Ease yourself into something comfortable after all the exertion and savour those tastes.
What makes the perfect soundtrack to your festive celebration? The sound of laughter and contented voices? The restful crackling of an open fire? The pop of corks, clink of ice? Or perhaps there's a particular piece of music which sums it all up for you... Grab your glass and get the party started!
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