Think Christmas and one of the things that makes it so special, in England anyway, is the attempt to brighten up of our lives. Top things to light up are our homes, our buildings and last but definitely not least our spirits.
There are so many ways in which we try to make the winter season a little brighter. Making things cheerier and bright is a massive part of our Christmas traditions. We even sing about it in White Christmas:
"May your days be merry and bright, And may all your christmases be white."
First of all there is the lighting up of whole towns and cities. London looks amazing in the run up to Christmas with the Christmas lights strung up above the streets. It's an important time for town centres and many have special switch on nights where local celebrities turn on the lights.
Then there are the trees. Christmas trees were originally lit with candles in Victorian times but these days our lovely fairy lights, which frankly you could have up at any time of the year in my opinion, are the go to lighting option. Cheap, massively cheerful and Christmas would not be the same without them.
As well as Christmas trees, there is the rather more modern concept of lighting up the outside of our homes with a plethora of stars, Santas and neon messages. It's impressive at the effort some home owners go to.
Christmas is also THE time for getting cosy in our homes and what better way than to have some christmas candles around the place...on the fire place, the table, the hallway and so on. People often like a special scent to make the house smell extra special and welcoming for friends and family coming over for a mince pie. Check out our hand made Christmas candle, it’s rather lovely and totally christmassy if I do say so myself
Well dear friends, I wish you warm wishes this festive season, a cosy home filled with things you love. I’m gathering even more blankets and candles this year and will embrace this uplifting and brightening time of year.