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Have yourself a merry little Christmas

Amara Christmas

As much as I’m a grouch at this time of the year thanks to the cold weather and dark evenings, I oh so love Christmas. Growing up, Christmas was always magical. My Mum and Dad would put a glass of milk out for Santa and when we came down in the morning it was gone, along with a bite from the carrot and a bite of the mince pie. Christmas was spent just the four of us watching lots of TV and Christmas films, doing the Radio Times picture quiz together, playing whatever board game we got that year, Dad putting our wonky angel with a broken arm on the top of the tree, eating way too many after dinner mints and of course, crashing out on the sofa.

This year, Christmas is going to be a little different. I moved away from home five years ago next February (where has the time gone?!) Nathan and I spent the first three years in our little rented flat, having Christmas with our families altogether. This year my family are coming down to stay once again, but in our new house.

Amara Christmas wreath

I’m so excited for our first Christmas in our new home, so of course I’m pulling out all the stops and going crazy on the Christmas decorations (Nathan is just glad I managed to wait until December before going full on festive mad). I’ve loved making our new home feel all cosy and Christmassy. This year we got our very first wreath – there was never anywhere to put a wreath at our flat and our door was inside a murky corridor so we never saw the point. This year I’m beyond excited to have this glorious beast of a Christmas wreath adorning our front door. It has a slightly frosted style which I love. I’m secretly hoping it snows for Christmas, do you think there’s a chance?

Amara Christmas decorations

We’ve also bought our first artificial tree (we didn’t want to get sap on our new carpets!) and of course we needed new baubles because I’m a firm believer in the fact you can never have too many. I’m head over heels for these wood baubles, I love the rustic forest vibes and they look so pretty with the lights, along with these antique smoke baubles which give off some sultry vintage vibes. I adore the mix of wood and metallics – it gives our tree a modern/vintage twist which sums up our interior style pretty well!

Christmas bauble inspiration

I’m looking forward to starting some new Christmas traditions of our own but also to bring some of our old family traditions with us. You’ll definitely find us playing board games (and I will still be as competitive as ever) and feasting on way too many after dinner mints. I’m also excited for a Boxing Day walk around our lovely little village and down to the sea, some Christmas baking and we’ll be attempting our own mulled cider for the first time too.

I would love to hear about your Christmas memories and traditions! When do you put your Christmas decorations up?

Katie x

*Items gifted by Amara Living but views and over-the-top festiveness are all my own.