Our newest additions to the tree this year include a personalised snowman decoration I got from Trim the Tree for €13 with our names and the year. I also picked up these lovely gold letters on a 3 for 2 offer in Marks and Spencer that retailed for €1.75. For our main tree I always opt for traditional gold, red and green with warm white lights.
For the hallway banister this year I opted to use fresh ivy from the garden as the garland because I was so disappointed with the quality and ridiculous prices of the garlands this year in the shops. I love that I was able to incorporate some of the garden into this years Christmas display and it has lasted perfectly! I brightened it up with silver bobbles and cool white lights to tie in with the greys of our hallway. In our upstairs windows I bought some dowel in Woodies DIY and wrapped it in some coloured ribbon and battery operated lights. I then suspended some bright bobbles and stars I picked up cheaply in Pennys and I just love how they look from the inside and out.
A fresh Christmas wreath is a must for me and I picked ours up on Moore Street for €6, what a bargain. I attached some battery operated lights and a ceramic Santa Stop Here sign I made last year in my Moms ceramic studio.
We have two cribs at No.3, one is a Willow Tree crib I splurged on about three years ago and the second is very special as Michael's Nana knit it for us and gave it to us as a gift. We have one in our hallway as you come in the door and the knitted crib has pride of place in our living room. I decided to incorporate some ivy into the Willow Tree Crib along with some battery operated lights to brighten up our hall space. I picked up the beautiful hand carved tree at a local craft fair last year which I love.
I am a firm believer that beautiful does not need to mean expensive and during my browsing this year I came across a huge range of decorations which look incredible and had reasonable price tags to match. I always feel decorations are an investment as you will have them every year and they somehow preserve a memory that you get to relive each Christmas when you root them out. Some of my favourite pieces on our tree are handmade and personalised by my Mom. She makes beautiful porcelain decorations and personalizes our names and the year every Christmas. So each year I have an extra shiny porcelain decoration to admire. Now for a hot port, so I can sit back and enjoy my handy work.