LIFE

A PERSONAL TRADITION

Growing up in the tropics meant that Christmas for me was always a scorcher. More fruity pavlova or ice cream than a hot Christmas pudding after dinner. Also, that turkey bird we like to roast? Not so easy to buy in South East Asia! The balmy weather didn’t stop the Christmas fun, but now that I live in a place where there are actual seasons, I get swept up in the merry countdown; hot, mulled drinks, decorative wreaths, the scent of cinnamon and cloves, ALL of the Christmas song playlists and my personal yearly tradition- finding a special tree ornament.

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After work, I braved rush hour in the West End and headed down the glittery lights of Regent Street. I’m convinced that the visual merchandisers in London are in fact actual elves, because every shop window looked magical.

I always look for ornaments with a little whimsical flair to them and I always start my hunt at Liberty- their Christmas windows are always beautiful and this year’s theme of The Nutcracker by the Royal Ballet is my absolute favourite.

The 4th floor of Liberty is where Christmas has come alive. It’s like Santa’s Workshop decided to have a pop up and set up shop in Liberty. It’s nice and cosy, and hundreds of baubles to pick from.

Also, if you ever wanted a tree decoration of the Queen, because why wouldn’t you, …this is the place to find it. Thank me later.

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Liberty Queen Decoration

Sadly, I didn’t find anything I *really* fancied splashing out on in Liberty and took a walk around Carnaby Street.

Every year, Carnaby Street has a new Christmas theme and I am in love with their messages of Love and Hope in a canopy over the street (because 2016, you are still a trash fire of a year to me)

Eventually, I walked into John Lewis; I had walked through their Christmas floor on the way to an event last week and wanted to poke my nose around it a little better.

Jackpot.

I found so many cute tree ornaments that ticked every whimsical box on my list.

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I’ve had my eye on London themed ornaments for a years, but the ones I saw were really expensive and I couldn’t bring myself to do it. John Lewis? £5 each.

In my opinion, they’re prettier too.

I nabbed Big Ben, a double decker bus, and a famous red phone box…as well as this Christmas wreath which I have hung on my kitchen door because I NEED SOME CHRISTMAS CHEER. It is so depressing coming home to an unfinished house and no decorations. Not even an Elf on the Shelf (because we took them all down!) Anyway, we will get our tree and I will make sure it looks like Buddy the Elf went wild for Christmas Day, because smiling’s my favourite 😉

P.S the Let It Snow ribbon is a cheap ebay jobby!

 

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  • Ahhhh I love that you have a proper Christmas tradition, unlike mine ie. eat, watch TV, and sleep. 2016 has been a hot mess hasn’t it – we’re going to need ALL the Christmas lights to drown out all that darkness! x

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  • I.Love.this. London is sooo beautiful during christmas and I really wish I could see it (but i’m getting there two weeks after the new year so ugh). Your photos are so lovely 🙂
    x Kenzie // Kenzieblogslife.blogspot.com

    • I’m so excited for you, for moving across the pond for school! I *think* the lights stay up for a little while in January so hopefully you’ll get to see them! Some London must haves- the Citymapper app to help you get around and not get lost, the Tube Map app to navigate the Underground, and an umbrella. Oh, and get used to saying Cheers instead of Thank You. Seriously though, if you have any questions or need any advice, you can email me 🙂

  • Appreciate the Day

    This is such a cute tradition. I remember when I was little my Grandma used to buy me an ornament every Christmas.
    Kate xx

    • thanks Kate! It’s so nice when you decorate the tree and rediscovering all the ones collected over the years. It’s like a time capsule- I love it!