Welcome again to City Country Life // Christmas Style. City Country Life is a series run by me and the adorable Becca from Keeping up with the Joneses. We love where we live and between us we cover topics of interest with Becca giving the ‘City’ slant and me putting forward the ‘Country’ perspective.
What comes to your mind when you think of style? Is it fashion? How you decorate your home?
Maybe you don’t think you have a style and look at magazines and think you can’t measure up. I sometimes think that about Pinterest. I have a board for Christmas related pins, decorated trees, home decor, food and drink. Do I actually do any of it? If there’s a time to feel inadequate it’s at Christmas.
My home is not Pinterest worthy, believe me I do not live in a show home we’re just ordinary folk! But we love Christmas and dressing up our home, bringing out the same ornaments year on year, choosing new ones and adding the decorations my children make at nursery and school too.
Every year we bring out a long green garland and put it up our staircase, the Santa Express goes up in the Play Room. Every year we bring out the Pottery Barn stockings.
Real holly from the lane by our house
I don’t have a separate set of crockery for Christmas. No special napkins or tablecloths. Just the same tableware we have all year round.
The only adornments on our Christmas table that takes it beyond the norm? Christmas crackers and festive napkins.
I can’t be authentic with you and pretend I have it all together and perfect on Christmas Day. I don’t even have the correct serving spoons or enough chairs for everybody. Last year’s lunch at our house should have been sponsored by M&S food.
Our lives are not highly styled so why would I suddenly be styled for Christmas? I do like a sparkly Topshop jumper though, on top of my usual Leigh jeans. With a prosecco in one hand who needs more style than that?
Our snow tipped tree last year was a £10 charity shop find. Bet you’d never know.
Let me tell you how Christmas goes down in our home:
- Get up to madly excited children, hair wild, pyjamas with one leg up one leg down.
- Opening stocking gifts in bed, wrapping paper strewn everywhere, lots of laugher & bickering.
- Come downstairs to a normal brekky of Shreddies or toast (okay we might stretch to boiled eggs and soldiers).
- May or may not go to church
- May or may not go for a walk around the block
- Go to my Mum and Dad’s in our normal clothes, might slap on some lippy if I remember.
- Mum will serve up a fantastic 3 course lunch starting with Prawn Cocktail, then onto Roast Turkey and all the trimmings, pud will be a shop bought cheesecake and christmas pud with brandy butter. We will all bring something to contribute.
- Queen’s Speech, no ‘big’ presents will be opened until after the national anthem.
- Open presents, kisses all round.
- Watch a film or Christmas telly before going home about 6pm because Mum wants to clear up in time for Downton and the kids are getting tired.
The thread pulling all of this together will be me annoying everyone by trying and failing to capture the special moments as they happen (hopefully with a new CANON EOS DSLR?) because my kids just won’t sit still. The styled fashion will be festive pyjamas.
I can’t wait to have my family round to mine on Christmas Eve for our low key tradition chilli and jacket potatoes after the Crib Service at St John’s. I’ll share a Guiness with my brother Tom at The Armoury. I can’t wait to cuddle my kids, and my baby niece Emma who was born in August.
I can PROMISE you there’ll be no perfect photo’s and it won’t be a perfect Christmas. To be honest I don’t want to strive for perfection, I’m so done with that. I have so much to be thankful for, I have a family who calls me ‘home’. I love that we are ordinary people who don’t need the tree a certain way to make our day.
One day maybe a team will come round and transform my house into the perfect Christmas and trust me I would love that, and until then I’ll take the ordinary moments while I dream.
In the words of my favourite Nashville song, the most important thing is ‘I have a life that’s good’. I know our day will be good too, with the people I love around me. That’s my style.
Want to join in with City Country Life? It couldn’t be simpler. Just link up using InLinkz below.