Starting early

In less than 24 hours, Halloween will be over and we’ll be launched full throttle into planning for Christmas. Am I the only one who can’t believe how quickly this year has gone? But to be honest, I love Christmas. I tend to turn everything into an event; a day when we decorate the house with cups of eggnog and Christmas songs playing in the background, wrapping presents with a cup of piping hot mulled wine. Everything is to be celebrated and I love that.

We always have people to stay over Christmas, which gives me an excuse to make the house look as festive and welcoming as possible. This year, before the aesthetics come into play, and so that our friends and family don’t freeze, I’m going to have to invest in a new duvet, to keep them warm in the oh-so-cold Scottish winter. Whilst I’ve been browsing, I came across BedStar, which has a great selection at a really reasonable price.

As soon as I have the duvet, it’ll be time to decorate the room and make it feel as homely as possible. Candles and throws are always a must and I tend to put a selection of magazines in the room too. These are all little things that other people have done for me when I have stayed with them and I find it makes for more of a home-from-home experience.

After the house is ready it’s time to start Christmas shopping. I always try to start shopping as early as possible, so as not to give my credit card too much of a beating. I tend to do most of my shopping online now, using my smartphone or tablet, whilst lying on the couch sipping hot chocolate. It’s so much more relaxing than facing the crowded shops.

Do you start your Christmas preparations early, or are you more of a last-minute person?


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  • https://acrossthehogsback.wordpress.com/ Gianni W.

    The tradition for me has been to help my mother decorate her house a few days before Christmas, so stick me in the “last minute” camp. I’ve never done much with my own place at Christmas because I’m usually elsewhere. It sounds like your home will be as cozy as a B&B this year! Your friends and family won’t want to leave!

    • chiara

      Aww, thanks Gianni! That’s a lovely thing to say :-)

  • Lisa

    It sounds like you’re super organised. I could do with taking a few tips out of your book I think :-)

    • chiara

      Ha ha, thanks Lisa x

  • http://oddlylovely.com Cat

    To be totally, completely, 100% honest, I’m not much of a Christmas person. I’m not religiously Christian first of all, although I grew up doing the tree and the stockings thing. My favorite tradition that we’ve held onto is my mom and I make Christmas cookies every year the week of Christmas from my great-grandma’s recipe, which is SO good.


    • chiara

      Ooh Christmas cookies! I hope you’ll be posting the recipe :-)

  • http://circleofchaos.blogspot.de Vanessa

    Wonderful post. ;-)
    Lovely greets Nessa

  • http://the.pyreflies.org Jessica

    I want to do all of my Christmas shopping online because I get such a headache sometimes from shopping in stores but I can’t… Every year I’ve gone to the store and it feels strange to just click a button and say “well, my shopping is done” I feel like I have to go thru the struggle of carrying all those bags and making them for in my car haha

    Good luck and have fun decorating!

    • chiara

      Thanks Jessica! If you hit the shops I hope it all goes well!x

  • http://www.somethingshavehappened.blogspot.com Siobhan

    I’m a complete last minute person when it comes to Christmas. But I will have decorations up from 29 November though. And then add more. And more. I want to add fairy lights, paper chains and snowflakes this year too. :)