What are your run up to Christmas preparation traditions? Are there things you always do by a certain date, or in a certain order?
By now, I would’ve usually made my Christmas cake. I’m a little late this year, but its on my list for this week. That’s the start of my Christmas prep right there- the evocative smell of the cake spreading throughout the house never fails to make me- and the family feel festive. My vegan Christmas cake recipe is easy and delicious.
Another thing I always end up doing at this time of year is getting all the cosy blankets out and making them easily available in the living room and in the bedrooms. I love to curl up in front of the fire under some blankets whilst watching a film.
This year will be our third Christmas in this house but many of our decorations we’ve had for ages! Although I must admit I do end up buy a couple each year to add to the tree.
I look for decorations that are classic or a bit quirky. As you might expect we do have a few vintage ones but they can be so delicate, there’s been a few times when we’ve brought everything down from the loft and there’s been casualties… Just as well I keep buying them then eh!
I always try to have a bit of a clearout around this time of year too, be it toys or clothes or kitchen things, we do tend to do large charity shop drops around November time. It helps to do this often anyway, for your own sanity, but especially on the run up to Christmas.
I love these ornate gold baubles from John Lewis, the winged Lion is so handsome isn’t he?
Since living here we’ve played hosts on Christmas day to my parents as they are so close now and did it for so many years preceding. I see them a lot and they know what sort of state the house can get in with the girls toys (which sometimes feel they are taking over), furniture being moved around and you know- just regular real life. So I always make a special effort to get the house in a more ordered state especially as there’s generally much more stuff around the place.
This gorgeous coffee table is heavily influenced by mid-century design, and is so practical with the inbuilt storage behind some nifty sliding doors- great for stashing things away quickly or for storing that treasured issue of the Christmas Radio Times! It’s a real improvement from a battered previous one and it really brings the room together.My living room has been styled here with a mixture of my own things and some products c/o John Lewis.
I love creating a centrepiece, especially a seasonal one, so having a tray on the coffee table enables me to create away whilst protecting the surface of the table.
So to sum up my top tips for preparing your home for Christmas;
- Make your Christmas cake in advance (one less thing to think about).
- Consider storage options, secret storage like this table or an ottoman, or perhaps baskets for toys.
- Dig out all those cosy blankets and have them within easy reach for guests and family.
- Have a clearout of the clutter, things you’ve not worn in the past year or toys the kids are no longer into.
- Are you able to update your living space a little? Just giving it a little refresh with some new cushions or throws can really make the difference, especially as you’ll be spending so much time indoors in the cold weather.
- Get creative and save some cash by creating your own table centrepiece from things from your garden or that you’ve found on a walk, adding a bauble or two adds that bit of sparkle.
What are your tried and tested ways or preparing your home for the festivities?
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I loved this post Susie! I’m also someone who starts to think about Christmas early, as soon as mid-October in fact as it’s usually the time I can take time off in December and get tickets back home to the South of France. I have just made the list of everyone I need to buy presents for this year (20 gifts! I’ll need to get creative) and shared my first Christmas roundup of the season (gifts for men as it’s usually what I struggle with the most). I’ve just followed your advice and fished out our warm blankets from the back of the closet and I’m considering doing a clear out for clothes and homewares too, it’d make sense to give things to the charity shop in the lead-up to the holiday season, as people will need more things.
Jesse- that is a fantastic point you’re making. Not everyone will be able to, or want to, buy things that might be more than they’d want to spend. Good luck with your 20 gifts!! Hope to see you again soon x
I’m sorry, I couldn’t concentrate on what you wrote because I was blinded by how BEAUTIFUL that coffee table is ❤
Hahaha!! Thanks Karen-I’m in love too xx
What a great post! I must admit to feeling relieved that I’m not alone in being late with making my Christmas cake this year, really must get it on my list asap!
I love having a big clear out before Christmas. Makes you feel much more organised for when it comes to the post Christmas tidy up xx
Great post. I’m a late starter at Christmas. I don’t even think about preparing until after mine and my daughter’s birthdays on the 10th and 11th December. Like to get those special days out the way first before we start on Christmas.
Ah that is late but totally get it, my youngest is 2 on the 20th of this month and that feels close!
Great advice! I let my mum do all the prep for Christmas I’m just there to hang the baubles on the tree
You’re so organised! I haven’t even thought about Christmas, but I do definitely get all the comfy warm clothing out. I have bought some winter fluffy PJs which are just ideal! x
That coffee table is lovely – I’d never thought about putting a tray on the table for a centre piece so I’ll try that. We usually put the decorations up first weekend of December but I have to be organised about Christmas because I’ve got a brother, sister in law and nieces in Australia.
Love bec xx
Ps I always have a blanket around as I’m usually freezing