January sales: Christmas picks

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Christmas fanatic in possession of Christmassy things, must be in want of more Christmassy things. To this end, there is no better way to stave off the immediate post-Christmas blues than by buying loads of things in the January sales, for next Christmas.

Lego Christmas Village – was £89.99 – £49.99, now £45.99 – £89.99, The Lego Shop

Lego Winter Cottage

Lego Winter Cottage

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‘Twas the Night Before Christmas

Before the family descends upon the house I thought I’d check in one last time before the big day with some snaps of the house decs, because everyone loves a pic post.

I am a self-confessed colour scheme addict and love a bit of Nordic style with simple shapes in bold red and crisp white.  And animals. Love fluffy snow-animals.  Not sure the scale works out though, could you imagine an owl as big as a deer?  That would be awesome.

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Felt bags – Gisela Graham @ Dobbies; Glass candlestick trio – Ikea; LED wooden tree – The Pier (RIP)

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Snow owl – The Christmas Shop Bluewater; Snow squirrel – Paperchase; LED card snow forest silhouette – Ikea, Silver star Christmas tree tea light holder – Butlers; Origami card orb (set of three) – Marks & Spencer; Glitter flower tea light – Achica; Cream porcelain cinnamon pomander – Disney World

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Nintendo Christmas Jumper: Zelda Edition

Time to dig out those dodgy Christmas jumpers, or not so dodgy in the case of these awesome threads that appeared in my home tonight!

Nintendo Christmas jumper Zelda

Now, I’m no fashionista. But I do know a good Christmas jumper when I see one, and this totally awesome Nintendo Christmas jumper is definitely one of them. Okay, here goes my best attempt:

The model wears a chunky knit jumper designed by fashion house Nintendo, shown here in the seasonal shade of clementine.  Featuring Zelda’s iconic protagonist, Link holding a sprig of mistletoe, the fine detailing to this garment can be examined in the 3D pom pom attached to Link’s hat.

There’s also Mario, Luigi, Pikmin and more editions in the series.  Can we all get together for a party or something?

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Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, Battle, East Sussex

Catsfield Christmas tree farm

Buying a real Christmas tree is the start of Christmas in my parents’ household and in our typical optimism we’ve always sought the biggest, fattest, most Christmassy Christmas tree we can feast our eyes on. Today has been in the diary as Christmas Tree Day for some time, and although Michael Fish & Co tried best to thwart our plans with flash floods and gales in the Vale, the car was packed with family members as we made our annual pilgrimage to find the perfect Christmas tree.  For three years in a row now we’ve found this at Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm near Battle in East Sussex.  But it hasn’t always been so easy.

Catsfield Christmas tree farm

Let me take you back a number of years where Christmas Tree Day was more like a long weekend or even successive weekends visiting all the local DIY stores, garden centres, that-guy-by-the-motorway and just about anyone else who claimed to have super-sized Christmas trees.  Dad, equipped with his welding gloves, would pull out tree after tree from the confines of its netting to a chorus of cheers, boos or ‘give it a twirl’ from the rest of us. Wagon Wheels, Kinder Eggs and garden centre Christmas trees – they all get smaller as you get older, and the time came when our usual outlets for Christmas trees just weren’t delivering that ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas’ sort of tree.  Time to look further afield.

I think my parents found out about Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm a few years back when they saw a TV show about its owner, Clive Collins. Here’s a clip on the BBC website.

We set off to find the farm which was a lovely day itself – a beautiful drive through the South Downs heading towards Battle.  The farm is easy to find, just situated off a main road and is a wonderful place filled with all sorts of shapes and sizes of Christmas tree, some pruned, some more wild, and the most adorable diddy baby Christmas trees you ever did see.  If you don’t find what you like from the pre-cut selection, you can head out into the farm and pick one yourself.  No need to bring your own axe, though.

Catsfield Christmas tree farm

Back to today, and we pull in to the farm and find it’s closed. Whaaaaat?  Undeterred by signage, we continue along the track and find a gate closed.  But wait, what’s that?  We spy movement in the field so volunteer my brother to hop out in the rain and find out what’s  occurring.  Whatever he said to them did the trick and we were waved over through the exit and into the farm.  The first tree was spotted, it looked like a good’un, and sure enough it was a beaut.  In our own technical lingo, it was a “consistent fat one from top to bottom” and looked dense enough to harbour some squirrels and a woodpecker so we unanimously agreed this was The One.

Catsfield Christmas tree farm

This is an official family record of selecting a Christmas tree in less than 15 minutes.  Personal best.  World record!

Catsfield Christmas tree farm

Leaving my dad, brother and the farm staff to wrestle the tree on to the car roof, my mum, husband and I set off to find it a little brother and settled on a lovely dinky five footer for ourselves.

Catsfield Christmas tree farm

Although the farm had been sort-of-closed that day, Clive even opened up the Christmas Shop for us and we treated ourselves to some decorations and helped ourselves to some Christmas sweets from the tin.

Catsfield Christmas tree farm shop

If you’re thinking about getting a real Christmas tree this year, check out Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm.  Clive and his team are very knowledgable and friendly, and you will not be disappointed.  Unless of course they’re closed, but don’t take that for gospel!

Address: Catsfield Christmas Tree Farm, Catsfield Stream, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 9BB

Tel: 01424 893332

http://www.catsfieldchristmastreefarm.com/

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