There are nu­mer­ous ways to make your home full of fes­tive cheer

Rutherglen Reformer - - Your Guide to Christmas -

CHRIST­MAS is an ex­cit­ing time of year and not just for presents and fam­ily gath­er­ings.

Delv­ing into the Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions box is like an Aladdin’s cave. See­ing dec­o­ra­tions you’d for­got­ten about or ones that bring an ar­ray of happy mem­o­ries flood­ing back is part of the ex­cite­ment at this time of year.

How­ever, if you’re dec­o­ra­tions come out of the stor­age box look­ing a bit bedrag­gled and un­kempt, fear not.

You can brighten up your fes­tive sea­son with a host of new dec­o­ra­tions to en­sure a twinkly, shiny Yule­tide.

Why not go for a themed Christ­mas? Colours, shapes, tra­di­tional, mod­ern, retro, the list goes on and on. The shops are full of imag­i­na­tive and in­spir­ing baubles, stock­ings, tinsel and fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions to leave you spin­ning.

For your tree, there’s a raft of choice from del­i­cate glass baubles adorned with gems, to tra­di­tional San­tas, pinecones sprin­kled with glitter or “snow”to sprigs of holly along with hand-made dec­o­ra­tions.

Adorn­ing your home with dec­o­ra­tions re­ally bright­ens the mood. From Santa fig­ures, to a na­tiv­ity scene, rein­deers and fes­tive can­dles, the list goes on and on.

Gar­lands, too, add to the Yule­tide dis­play. They look beau­ti­ful on top of the fire­place or wo­ven up the stairs, in be­tween the spin­dles. You can in­ter­weave lights, baubles or rib­bon through­out the gar­land to give it a per­sonal touch.

Don’t for­get about your stock­ing, too! There are a whole range of tra­di­tional-style stock­ings avail­able.

From a vel­vety-red stock­ing with a fluffy white top or a per­son­alised stock­ing for your child, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

You can even add a fes­tive touch out­side. A few well-placed out­door dec­o­ra­tions will cre­ate a wel­com­ing feel.

A beau­ti­ful, berry-filled or poin­set­tia-adorned wreath on the door, a“Santa stop here”sign and maybe a sim­ple lit-up rein­deer can all add to the joy this fes­tive sea­son.

Dec­o­ra­tions can be as gar­ish or taste­ful as you wish and, with the shops full of in­spi­ra­tional ideas this Christ­mas, you’ll cer­tainly find a wealth of choice to en­sure a bright, sparkly Yule­tide.

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