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.
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.
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.
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.