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Deck the Halls; it's time to get ready for Christmas!

Tis the season to be jolly! Our homes are where we love to be at Christmas, where we can celebrate with family and friends and enjoy great food. But preparations can be a little stressful when sticking to a budget.

Wintertime and the festive season's approach allow us to get busy and create a cosy and calming atmosphere. We can do this with a simple string of lights, fragrant candles and minor changes to a room's decor.

While a touch of Christmas sparkle can transform a room, placing Christmas decorations in every room can be expensive and add to the clutter.

We want to feel calm over the holiday season, so try decorating the main living areas with pieces you've collected over time. Use natural foliage such as Holly, Ivy and Laurel to keep things simple. Oh, and don't forget the Mistletoe!

Deck out your living room with a string of lights, maybe a few festive-themed cushions, snuggly throws, some candles, and your Christmas tree.

If you've vintage decorations, now's the time to show off your timeless treasures! Upcycled, vintage or handmade is chic.

  • Add festive touches in the kitchen and dining area with Christmas-themed placemats, coasters, tea towels and a lovely centrepiece for your dining table.

  • You can add an inexpensive winter-scented candle or reed diffuser in bathrooms, hallways and bedrooms, which helps create a warm and welcoming vibe.

  • Dry fruit garlands, fir cones, bundles of cinnamon sticks tied with a ribbon, and a homemade Christmas wreath will create a cosy feel in your home.

  • A Christmas wreath hanging on your front door is welcoming, but they also look great inside.

  • Candles also look fantastic as table decorations, and scented ones like Cinnamon and Orange put you in a festive mood and make the room smell amazing!

A traditional Christmas plant is the Poinsettia* - its warm red flowers add a splash of vibrant colour.

Playing Christmas music gets you into the holiday mood, and you may already have a favourite playlist. From Christmas carols and classical to Mariah Carey and everything in between!

As the weather becomes chilly, there is nothing nicer than curling up by an open fire - but if you don't have a fire, create a cosy nook in your home with warm throws and sumptuous cushions.

Homemade decorations.

  • Spray paint fir cones with white, gold or silver paint to display in a glass jar or bowl or put colourful baubles in a shallow dish to place on low tables.

  • Forage locally to see if you can find a few sprigs of Holly to use for handmade wreaths or table decorations.

  • Tie napkins with colourful ribbons.

  • Use empty jam jars or mason jars as a votive.

Our favourite and new in-store are the Cinnamon & Orange Candle and matching Cinnamon & Orange Reed Diffuser- they are perfect at this time of year. To buy these and other gifts at our special offer, use our exclusive code LiveWell15% at the checkout.

Christmas Tips:

Natural Garlands & Wreaths can be expensive. If you're not making your own, check out these small Indie brands for gorgeous handmade wreaths to make your home look warm and inviting.

* Some houseplants can be poisonous or harmful to pets.

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