Yesterday I wrote about the tree, so it only makes sense that today I talk about what to drape along and onto the boughs.
And this can be a real bone of contention. Some people have the same decorations each year. Some purchase a whole trees worth each year, with a different colour scheme to match 'the in colour' as reported in the glossy lifestyle magazines around November.
Do you purchase plastic ones which will last years and years but will end up being binned when the cat bashes one from the tree and you end up standing on it, usually barefooted, early in the morning before the coffee has taken hold, or do you go for natural decorations which may not last as long but are, well, natural and probably compostable?
But what about vintage glass ones (which I found a whole box of, from the 1940's in a charity shop last week for £1.50) - surely they are better, if not incredibly more breakable, than that modern plastic counterparts?
There are many, many standpoints, and so it goes on.
We have a combination of all of the above, which, in all honestly, is what most people have. The amount of people who do have that 'picture perfect' television chat show style co-ordinated tree are few. Most of us have a few old baubles and decorations inherited from our parents when we set up home, a few newish ones and maybe even a few made each year from pine cones, ivy etc. For me, the best type of tree is the eclectic tree - one with a real personality and history of the people who have lovingly decorated it.
But, if you are going to buy new decorations, I would urge you to consider recycled and natural options. And here are a few of my favourites:
Nigel's Eco Store - recycled glass, cd and circuit board decs.
Ecotopia - Fairtrade, recycled paper mache baubles
Love Eco - how about a British wool taxi cab or a seedy paper bauble?
Plant a Bloomer - yep - more plantable baubles!
Or, why not make some of your own?
Mini-Eco - lovely and simple origami decorations
E-how - a myriad of pine cone ideas...(I would just leave them natural though!)
Or how about some gingerbread wonders? check this out!
So, get decorating!