Make mem­o­ries

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - LIFESTYLE -

I LOVE this time of year. It is a rea­son to catch up with fam­ily, friends and work­mates. But, I would be dis­miss­ing the real rea­son I love Christ­mas if I didn’t talk about the dec­o­rat­ing. I get asked all the time what the right way to dec­o­rate at Christ­mas is, and my an­swer is that each house­hold has their own way of do­ing things.

Christ­mas with lit­tle ones is great, so don’t try to be too for­mal or struc­tured or the fun will be taken out of it. Home­made pa­per chains around the tree and banis­ter, pa­per lanterns made from doilies and a wreath made from gold gum­nuts may not be your idea of class but it is made of smiles. Let the kids make as much as they want, with any­thing they want, and watch their ex­cite­ment bub­ble and your heart ex­pand.

Once the kids hit their early teens they don’t seem to care so much about what the house looks like but they still want it to feel Christ­massy. This is the time to del­e­gate. If the kids want red, green and sil­ver tin­sel hang­ing every­where and lots of mul­ti­coloured dec­o­ra­tions, they must help. When they get older and Santa isn’t their first thought on Christ­mas morn­ing, the spirit can get a lit­tle lost. To keep it alive make sure they still have an in­put by hang­ing things on the tree and putting up the light dis­play.

This can go two ways. Some peo­ple go over the top with nov­elty or­na­ments to com­pen­sate for the lack of child­hood spirit. Oth­ers rel­ish the chance to dec­o­rate their house how they have al­ways imag­ined it. They go all out on the per­fect tin­sel, rows of del­i­cate hur­ri­cane lamps with scented can­dles, a life­like birch wreath on the front door and the dul­cet tones of Michael Bu­ble on the stereo.

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