A Christmas Preview

SONY DSCLast Wednesday was a wild, cold and blustery night up here in Lancashire. As much as I wanted to stay inside in the warm, I ventured out into Whalley to a Christmas Preview night by Food by Breda Muphy.

Food by Breda Murphy is a lovely eatery in Whalley, opposite the train station. Part restaurant, part deli and part gift shop, I have already been in several times to find gifts and to eat. It’s a really lovely place, just outside the main village. The food is really high quality, and truly delicious. Plus, it’s a family-run, independent business.

The preview night was an opportunity to view their Christmas range of decorations, gifts and food hampers.

SONY DSCI love this beautiful pale blue glass jar. A lot of the items on sale were in icy tones of white and blue, with lots of sparkling lights and glass. It looked both festive and elegant.

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I could definitely see this clock on our mantlepiece!

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These socks hanging on the wall would make fun present. There were also lots of snuggly blankets and throws – necessary for chilly Lancashire evenings.

SONY DSCThese hampers had some lovely components. There was a real range as well, in size and price. I may have my eye on one or two of these for gifts.

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I did buy one of these signs, and they seemed to be very popular on the evening – most people had one or two in their basket! I think it’ll look great in our hallway.

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Christmas definitely needs a little sparkle, and this glass tree is just beautiful.

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These baubles look so beautiful in a group like this. They were really unusual.

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Stags seem to be very fashionable in home decor this winter. I thought this guy was gorgeous. I just need some furniture to put him on.

Add in some canapes, a glass of Prosecco, and by the time I left, I was feeling really quite Christmassy… is it time to start singing carols yet?

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Feeling Christmassy

This last weekend, we’ve brought Christmas into our home. Last Friday, there was barely a card on the dresser; this Monday, there is a tree, a wreath, baubles, stockings, cake and mince pies.

For the first time ever, we’ve splashed out on a real tree. Tim has always been keen – I’ve been the Scrooge who has resented spending the money. However, it’s been a revelation. The real tree is beautiful, smells wonderful, and somehow fills the space better. There are a couple of misshapen branches, but nothing awful. We’ll be having a real tree for ever now.

Last week, I went to Sainsbury’s, and saw that they had Christmas decorations half-price. I had wanted to update some of our Christmas decorations for a while, but, again, couldn’t justify the expense to myself. However, when you find beautiful baubles for just 75p, how can you say no? Gone is the cream-and-gold minimal scheme of the last few years, and in comes the folksy red, cream and grey, complete with a few woodland creatures.

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Our stockings are up in the hallway too. Again, we’d never put them up before Christmas Eve before, but I really like them up there. A little symbolism that we are now a family of three. Ben hasn’t really noticed them yet though.

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Finally, what to do with all those rejected baubles? Fill a glass jar with them of course, in the style of fancy homes magazines. In the absence of flowers, I’m loving this on our dining room table. Plus it encourages me to keep the table tidy (although there’s currently the debris from my present-wrapping session strewn across it).

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So our home is almost ready for Christmas. Just a few more days at work for me, and then the fun can really begin!