I am writing this about to board a plane for Jaipur, India. With new products and fabrics on a cutting and blocking table in a faraway land, Christmas waits for no one, but this will be an exciting trip. Working alongside the artists’ hand blocking my beautiful pieces that will soon add to the Alex Muir Australia range.
For now though, I am pondering and planning about what I need to do when I get home, in order to ensure Santa arrives on time and relatives are all well catered for in terms of accommodation and cuisine!
For me, Christmas is a magical time of the year.
The anticipation of our 6 year old for the imminent arrival of Santa – assuming of course, he stays on the nice list. Something of great concern to him as the time draws closer! The delight in decorating our farm, starting advent calendars and wrapping big red bows around our rolls of hay in the paddock fronting our road!
However, my favourite activity and one I have managed to achieve before embarking on this trip is decorating our Christmas tree.
Each year my husband, son and I cram into the front of our farm ute and head to the nearby Christmas Tree farm at Musk, where I spend way too long selecting the “perfect tree”.
Growing up with real Christmas trees, it is a tradition I now like to share with 6 year old Charlie, who seems to take great delight in the adventure of chopping our own tree, dragging it to the ute and decorating it on arrival back at home.
The important thing is, real or not, any Christmas tree can look beautiful and they can look beautiful without breaking the bank! Homemade decorations and items sourced from the likes of Big W and Spotlight who have an amazing range of unique decorations are all hanging from the branches of my tree. Themes of red and silver, along with strings of soft lighting and the North Pole Express around the base complete this year’s tree.
Simple, elegant and timeless.
Now is the time to be sourcing your tree and immersing yourself in the Christmas spirit. Big or small, real or not, your tree signifies your own Christmas in your own way. Time to reflect on the year past, time to spend with family and friends.
I hope everyone has a happy and safe break and I can’t wait to bring you more beautiful products early in 2018.