Until now, our decorations have consisted of two sets of twinkly lights and 10 tiny Santa Claus pendants. In the six years that we’ve been together, Mr P&P and I have never had a Christmas tree. We were never very bothered. And we were never at home! The festive season always involved at least two (sometimes three) different countries and many cities and far too many (usually delayed) flights to be reunited with our friends and family across Europe.
This year, however, we’re staying put. I didn’t feel like forking out a fortune to haul a squirming 11-month-old onto a plane. For the first time, I’m actually quite into the idea of Christmas decorations. It sounds like a cliche, but having a baby who thinks twinkly lights are the best thing since dummies does help to bolster your enthusiasm.
In keeping with our “if you can make it yourself, do it! (even if it looks a bit crap)” philosophy, I’ve created a patchwork of some homemade decorations, some re-purposed bits from IKEA, a few sprigs of reddery and greenery, and one garland that we bought at the Italian fair trade store Altromercato.
The result is still pretty minimalist and decidedly amateur, but I think it's kinda pretty nonetheless. Most importantly, the Bean is insanely thrilled with the lights and dangly bits.