AMC’s top tips for Christmas
- Think big
If you’re going to decorate, do it with bells on (apologies for the pun). Get a tree as big as you can fit. If that means you need to trim the branches so it can fit in a corner, go for it. Ditto with baubles (both size and quantities)- if budget is an issue, cheapie ones can be had from shops like Ikea and Wilkinsons and, if you choose plain ones, no one would be any the wiser. Splash out with the odd luxurious one (made from glass or silver or feathers for a sense of luxury).
2. Be consistent
Pick a colour theme and stick with it. Whether it’s traditional red, white and silver or multi coloured, or Scandi chic, pick your style and go for it. It will mean you can easily pick up new things each year to add to your collection and it will work with your personal style and that of your home.
3. It’s real life, not Pinterest
Accept it won’t stay perfect. It’s your home, not a photo shoot or shop display. While it’s tempting to try to keep it all immaculate, cut yourself some slack and accept the main aim is to make it a welcoming and loving Christmas.
4. Make a child friendly area
If you have children, accept that they love all the glitz of Christmas. Have a few things that they can decorate or play with. A child friendly (and tasteful) Advent calendar can be a great addition to the Christmas decorations. And the lower branches of the tree are the perfect spot for the unbreakable decorations.
5. If all else fails, embrace the kitsch
It’s Christmas. Abundance is part of the deal and a large box of Quality Street is derigeur. It is about creating warmth and heart in the midst of the bleak mid-winter. Ideally there will be some consistency so that your Christmas will be uber stylish. But if it’s all 1980s cast-offs and slightly threadbare tinsel, open the mulled wine and mince pies and remind yourself that this is what family legends are made of.
Thank you all for your support this year.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!