Today is Christmas for the Russian Orthodox but for many others the festive decorations are now packed away until next December. My own decorating was minimal this year.
Gold baubles hung from red ribbon
and red baubles nestled in gold dishes against the dark grey walls of the staircase.
I had flat pack cardboard Christmas trees from IKEA and within quarter of an hour I had a copse of them in the sitting room.
Vertical lengths of fabric baubles held Christmas cards secured with wooden clothes pegs. As less people are thinking of sending cards in the post I have kept this years haul and may display them another year. I like to be reminded of the people that have sent them and the pictures are cheery.
Even though our festive decoration was lacking this year I felt flat when I had cleared it all away...time to redecorate I think. In the studio there is a beach mat and two tables needing a makeover I shall select colours and stencils and get working. Does anyone else feel the urge to create something colourful and sparkly during January?
Ps. One of my favourite bits of Christmas decoration featured on the stencilled fruit cake that my sister in law made. It was totally scrummy and was the one piece of festive sparkly that I did not mind packing away at all!