‘Christmas time, mistletoe and wine’ – I’ll drink to that! But if you aren’t yet feeling festive, let alone merry, try introducing Christmas a little at a time.

If you usually have candles on display, start by changing them to a cranberry shade and looking at candles infused with Christmassy scents.

True Grace Christmas candle

The True Grace Christmas scented candle from Barker and Stonehouse combines the scent of spices with the woody aroma of the fire. Beautifully presented in its own etched glass holder, this elegant candle is a unique blend of hand poured vegetable wax, specially formulated to burn cleanly and release its perfume. Best of all, it burns for up to 40 hours.

Next create a compilation CD of your favourite festive tunes, or take the lazy approach and buy Michael Buble’s new Christmas album – you can’t avoid Christmas songs this time of the year, so you may as well join in.

Once you are in the Christmas mood, you can start to enjoy the build up.

Having the Christmas spirit doesn’t mean you have to fill your lovely home with gaudy Christmas decorations and cover your roof with a fully illuminated nativity scene (although you can if you so wish).

Buying a single tree decoration each year just because it’s pretty is a great way to build up a personal collection, whilst easing you into the festive season.

Because it wouldn’t be Christmas without a Christmas tree, and be it large or small, real or synthetic, the tree is the piesta resistance.

Interior designers love decorating Christmas trees, after all it’s a self contained design project and as with all interior design, Christmas trends come and go. However this Christmas, anything goes! From traditional red green and gold to icy whites and silvers or a kaleidoscope of colours, this year, your decorations should reflect your personality.

The December issue of House Beautiful went colour clash crazy with an assortment of baubles in emerald green, turquoise, purple and fushcia. If you are using bold colours, choose ones which oppose each other on the colour spectrum like these to keep the look quirky and chic.

Crystal Chic Light Chain

The battle of angel versus star as the ultimate tree topper rumbles on, with snowflakes and abstract shapes also included in the options. But whichever topper you choose, you need to light up your tree too.

The stunning Crystal Chic light chain is six metres of crystal teardrops with three metres of twinkly LED indoor lighting, perfect for the festive season.

Not everybody loves Christmas though. The stress that impromptu family gatherings can bring, not to mention all the present buying, can leave us feeling a little ‘bah humbug’.

But even the biggest scrooge can’t fail to be charmed by the sight of stockings hung over a fireplace. Barker and Stonehouse has hand embroidered felted wool Jan Constantine Snowflake and Romany stockings in traditional red and cream. If you don’t have traditional Christmas stockings, colourful socks in different sizes and patterns will create a fun effect particularly for children. If you don’t have a fireplace, try hanging them over children’s door handles as an early treat when they wake up on Christmas morning.

Merry Christmas!

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