Reindeer Christmas

By Alison December 21, 2010 4 Comments 2 Min Read

In a fit of the kind of monumental decision making not oft seen around these parts, Richard and I have bought  a communal Christmas tree and have thus convinced ourselves that this and the joint purchase of a new Tv. speaks volumes about our commitment to each other. Namely that should we ever part I get custody of the snazzy flat screen Tv. and  he gets the cheap Christmas tree and I think you will agree I can’t say fairer than that
For reasons that can only be explained by my new cream living room we decided to buy a cream tree instead of the mouse laden real tree I usually drag into the house on the 17th of December annually. The last time I made the mad decision to buy an artificial tree I cried every time I looked at it in mourning for the snuggly scent of pine and the promise of droopy branches. but this time the sight of the tree glinting in the new book lined dining room is enough to gladden this little housekeepers heart and long may this kind of enthusiasm last…

While the living room isn’t finished due to the fact that the pretty Cath Kidston wallpaper won’t currently stick to these ever so slightly damp 150 year old walls and I decided in a rare moment of frugality to wait for the very short window between the January sales starting and the VAT hike kicking in, before ordering new carpet and sofa covers, there is still something rather blissful about sitting down in a freshly painted, reindeer sprinkled living room and reading by the light of the glass flower fairy lights strung across the mantlepiece…

And look! Our very own Rudolph! A darling little tin version of  Santa’s favorite reindeer, snatched up for a pound in the pound shop and making me smile everytime I pass him.  Where once upon a time I would have turned my nose up at the merest hint of Christmas cute, now that I’m all grown up and thrice as silly,  it seems the little girl inside me is crying out for a dollop of childish joy. I’ll be insisting on a tangerine at the bottom of my stocking soon…
But isn’t it wonderful? I’m growing YOUNG!


  1. Sasha says:

    Love, love, LOVE the new decor (from the merest hint seen!) and the cream tree!!! You have such a good eye, cheapo or not (and good deal by the way, tho I'm afraid I'd prob rate the tree higher than the tv, but then I'm a bit stupid like that…), it looks fab! I've never seen a cream christmas tree anyway – where did you find that???!! Adorable. Also adorable is the tin Rudolph, and pound shop indeed! Anyone might think you could make a living styling homes and such……!!! Have a fantastic Christmas, with much love to you, Richard and Finley for a very very happy new year too. xxx

  2. Ali H. says:

    OMG, that is too funny ….. you'll get custody of the flat screen tv. LOL! Gorgeous decorations too by the way.

  3. lazy h says:

    Your tree looks twinkly and beautiful, I am full of envy as we've yet to get our tree (what with the snow and flu striking down the manly tree-carrying elements of the lazy h menage).
    Thank you for all your posts on BrocanteHome this year, I have enjoyed reading them all. I hope you and Finley and Richard and your lovely family all have a very merry Christmas and that 2011 is a wonderful year for you. x

  4. dogsmom says:

    I had to pop over because I have a huge reindeer collection and everything I own seems to be vintage. You did not disappoint. There are certain times when the real tree isn't going to be the best choice. We are having that year also. In fact I have an awful turquoise blue tinsel tree I doubt I can bring myself to decorate.
    Have a very merry Christmas.
    ps- often I feel we stay together because it is less hassle than the effort it would take to divide up the stuff.

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