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Landscape (UK) - - Life At Nature's Pace -

EV­ERY­ONE HAS THEIR own idea of when Christ­mas starts. For me it is the day the tree goes up, and the box of dec­o­ra­tions comes down from the loft. Many of mine have been in the family for decades. Be­cause of this, quite a few are start­ing to show their age, with bits miss­ing, paint scarred and gen­er­ally past their best. But all con­tain happy mem­o­ries of past Christ­mases, so each one still finds its hon­oured place on the tree. Of course, this melange of dec­o­ra­tions means that there is no chance of adopt­ing a colour theme for my tree. How­ever, I am happy with the fact that this is the one time of year when a cer­tain amount of gaudi­ness is per­mis­si­ble. I ad­mire colour co-or­di­nated trees in other peo­ple’s homes, but for me sen­ti­men­tal­ity wins ev­ery time. To add to the mix, I am also plan­ning to make some of the rib­bon trees in this is­sue of the mag­a­zine. I think th­ese will fit well into my multi-coloured ex­trav­a­ganza. And who knows, they may be­come heir­looms of the fu­ture, much loved even when the rib­bons are frayed and worn. The rest of the house will be filled with dec­o­ra­tions from the gar­den – branches of beau­ti­fully scented ju­niper and pine in­ter­twined with berry-laden holly and co­toneaster. I may even make the kiss­ing bough in this is­sue as a wel­com­ing cen­tre­piece for the hall. I have never seen one be­fore, but it is a lovely idea, and it may start a new tra­di­tion.

Ed­i­tor

Hi­lary Scott

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