Dec 19, 2015

How to Have a Classy Christmas


Twat Christmas LightsDoes this look at all familiar? Grim, isn't it?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

And sound like it too, judging by the incessant playing of those festive musical offerings come aural sacrifices.

Over familiar dirges that commenced in your local supermarket back in October and which are now everywhere; a mass blitzkrieg of nails scraping their painful way ever down the seasonal blackboard with assorted sleigh bells thrown into the mix.

Then there are the lights. Not so much Ho Ho Ho! As No! No! NO! What is it with people and their obsession with no only making the outside of their house look like one of the seedier parts of Las Vegas but, in doing so, increasing their carbon footprint so much that, every time they flick the On switch, a dozen Polar Bears simultaneously drop dead?

Seriously, I’m with the chap who lives in the house on the right. He gets the irony as well.

He’s probably the sort of person who appreciates some of the finer things Christmas can offer for you and your home.

Like some of those being suggested by The Soil Association for example.

The Soil Association are the UK’s leading membership charity that campaigns, exclusively and positively, for healthy, humane and sustainable food, farming and land use.

Land that you should be proud to stride across in your Hunters Wellies when you take the air for your Boxing Day walk this year.

They’re currently showcasing and promoting a veritable potpourri of  goodies relating to Christmas, ranging from organic mistletoe to Bonnie & Bailey's brand new range of dog shampoos and fragrances.

So yes, you really can have the sweetest smelling black Lab in all of the Home Counties. Or wherever you live for that matter. I dare say it even works for Spaniels as well.

Organic Christmas Trees

Now, about your Christmas Tree...

Please don’t tell me that you have an artificial one that you drag down from the loft every year?

You don’t? Good. But don’t pat yourself on the back too firmly. Not just yet.

Because it’s no good thinking that popping along to see the “bloke selling them out of a van” counts as having a proper tree either.

It doesn’t. Because he or she might not have obtained them in the most honest manner. And Christmas is supposedly all about peace and goodwill to all and sundry, remember?

The best thing to do, and look, you can even use this information next year if this has come too late for you this time around, is to source and purchase a green one. And that’s green as in the way it’s been grown and sold, not its colour. Mind you, it probably won’t go brown after just a few days either if you follow those basic rules.

First and foremost, what are you going to put on the tree?

If you are anywhere in or near London then a visit to Liberty is a must. Their Christmas department is one of the best stocked, varied and, let’s be honest, downright classy in existence.

Their range of baubles and assorted dangling offerings will put the ‘Ooooh’ into your ‘Ahhhhh’.

So pay them a visit if you get the opportunity.

Alternately, you can take a trip to one of the numerous Christmas Markets that are dotting the country at the moment.

Winchester has a very good one for example, crammed to the snowy gunnels with British made craft items as well as some of the finest food and drink the region has to offer.

You can find details of many more here. So bookmark the page and make sure you pay a visit to some of them next year if you’ve missed out this time around.

Now, what about those home comforts? How about getting yourself comfortable to sit on whilst you’re opening all those presents?

Grande Dame

If you’re tired of your current three piece then maybe a visit to Sofa Workshop would be in order?

They claim to be ‘obsessed’ with sofas. And, strictly between you and me, I think they are. But in a really good way.

Their products aren’t mass produced or disposable. Not at all. Infact, they’re so proud of each and every sofa they make, that every frame is guaranteed. And what’s more, they’re made in Britain by experienced craftsmen who employ all the time honoured techniques whilst they are making them.

Plus every frame has a hardwood in it which will be either beech or birch.

You wouldn’t have thought sofas could be a thing of beauty. Well think again. Da Vinci would not only been the first man to fly if he’d had this one in his workshop: he’d probably have invented in-flight service into the bargain.

Now, I know I gave Christmas lighting a bit of a bad rap at the start of this blog, didn’t I?

Cable LightsNow, these don't look half bad, do they... ?

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t want to enhance the ambience in your home at Christmas time with some moody lighting.

Just focus on having them on the inside, maybe?

You certainly don’t need to look very far if you want to get some to add a little magic to the living room.

How about these, for example, from Marks & Spencer? Or these from John Lewis?

Very nice. Simple, classic. And not something that will break the bank.

Which is just as well. Because if the man of the house likes a festive Whisky, then we’ve got just the thing for him.

Our old favourites, Amazon, offer some truly tempting treats in terms of highly-aged Malt Whisky - like a Talisker 18 Year Old. Mature enough to use a pipe and slippers, no?

Go on. It IS Christmas, after all.

Of course, if you truly want to indulge in this, or any other year, then what finer idea is there, than a traditional Christmas Hamper?

Fortnum And Mason HamperLook at that absolute feast!

Fortnum & Mason are probably the Daddies of the festive food in a wicker basket thing.

But Waitrose do them as well. And very nice they look too.

All that’s missing, infact, is some really nice wrapping paper to put them in. Well look no further.

Enough of that Christmas paper that looks and feels like it would be more suitable to blow your nose on.

Cox & Cox have a tremendous range of paper as well as just about anything else you may care to need-from crackers to wreaths –and a whole lot more besides.

Well worth a look. The business was launched in 2001 with the desire to create a handpicked collection of homeware products that you simply couldn’t find anywhere else. They feel, as we do, that people want to make their homes as unique and beautiful as they can, so, with that in mind, they’ve brought together a truly eclectic mix of the old and the new, a wide variety of products that can transform any room, space or home.

Which sounds good to us. Hopefully it will to you as well.

Cox & Cox Stars Wrapping PaperHow's this for distinguished, elegant, and classy? Plus, they're an excellent business!

We will make it our own fervent cause to bring to you the very best, original and new items and accessories for your home on this blog throughout 2016. So much so infact, that there is every chance that you might have read about them on here before anyone will have done elsewhere.

So bookmark this page today. And, if you want us to feature or write about a subject of interest to, or close to your heart and home, let us know.

We’d love to hear from you.

In the meantime, we wish you all, friends, customers and visitors old and new, the very happiest of Christmases and a peaceful and joyous 2016.

See you there!