I love baubles. When I was little my dad would get down the boxes of christmas decorations and we would throw everything on the tree - the paper chains we made in school, the balding angel we called 'Arthur Scargill', the baby's first Christmas bauble my little brother (now in his 20s) had when he was a few months old, the gingerbread stars we had just cooked up in the kitchen. It didn't matter what colour anything was, as long as it sparkled.
When it came to buying decorations for my own place I decided to do away with the (lovely) haphazard craziness and try out a colour scheme instead. Every year I try to find a new bauble for the collection, and find myself captivated by the magical glass creations I have brought back from New York, Tokyo, Paris and Rome. I love it that we are now building our own story into our tree.
A couple of years ago my man and I went to Venice and visited a glassblowing factory where big burly Italian men blew the most exquisite, delicate decorations.
Window of glassblowing factory in Murano, Italy
This year I am thinking about silver and white for the tree, with some turquoisy-green here and there. What about you? Do you have a favourite colour scheme for your tree, or do you prefer the haphazard approach? And do you have a favourite decoration which makes you smile each time you unpack it from the box?
This year I have created some hand-made decorations to give to others. You can see a step-by-step how-to here
More Countdown to Christmas posts here