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Christmas is coming … and the list is growing

November 24, 2016 | 1 Comment
Christmas reindeers at John Lewis Leeds. It's just got to be done.

Christmas reindeer at John Lewis Leeds. It’s just got to be done.

Is this the Christmas that I finally buy an illuminated reindeer? One that can graze or moo (!?) in the front garden, to amuse passers-by and keep me enchanted throughout the festive season?
I’m not sure. It might well be. I keep finding myself in the Christmas department of the new John Lewis store at Victoria Gate in Leeds, just staring at reindeer and baubles.
The trouble is, there are so many items and upgrades on my pre-Christmas to-do list … and I can’t have everything. Can I? Here’s my festive list so far.

The Aire metallic shirt, £34.99, Archive by Alexa collection at M&S.

The Aire metallic shirt, £39.50, Archive by Alexa collection at M&S.

A metallic shirt is a must-have, perfect for Christmas Day, and this one, from the Archive by Alexa collection for M&S, is the one I really love. Alexa Chung has been to the M&S archive at Leeds University, with the M&S design team, and picked out lots of pieces to inspire her second collection – and each and every one has been named after a street close by Leeds market, near where M&S was founded as the Penny Bazaar. I love this shirt – it’s glitzy but classy and modern.

Question Mark Marquee Light, £34.99 at the Little Light Company on www.thelittlelightcompany.co.uk

Lighting is a massively important part of Christmas for me. To be honest, it is at any time of year, but I do always make sure I invest in new lights of some description for the festive season – and then they tend to hang around for the rest of the year. The Little Light Company, based in Spofforth, near Wetherby, has lots of lovely lighting options. This illuminated question mark is a great example, and I love it settled among these books. You never know, it mark spark some curiosity from our screen-loving offspring.

Shiny .... shiny ... cocktail shakers and ice buckets at John Lewis Leeds.

Shiny …. shiny … cocktail shakers and ice buckets at John Lewis Leeds.

Finally, cocktail shakers and ice buckets. I’m not sure why, but I’ve developed a real hankering for drinks related decorative equipment. I loved these as soon as I spotted them at John Lewis – so shiny but sophisticated too. And there’s nothing wrong with that. Anyway, Christmas here we come. I will be putting up some decs this weekend, and next weekend, Sharon and I will be off to the Country Living Christmas Fair in Harrogate. I always come back laden with amazing buys. My poor bank balance.

One thought on “Christmas is coming … and the list is growing

  1. Meike

    As I do not have a front garden (or any garden except for my parents’ allotment), I am saved from making a decision about illuminated reindeer – but I do like to see them dotted around the neighbourhood gardens!
    The “hammered” metal objects are all the rage this winter, aren’t they. I’ve spotted teacandle holders, vases, flower pots, bowls and all sorts of things with that look.
    Happy browsing and shopping at the Country Living Christmas Fair! Wish I could go…


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