Right on cue the November fog has rolled in, bringing the damp, chilly weather to ushers us towards bonfires, bobble hats and clasping mitten clad hands. I can already hear fireworks from where I sit, wrapped in a blanket and I do believe it is time to switch the heating on (yippee!). These short days and long dark nights are making me nostalgic as I sit here sipping on hot cups of just about anything. Once Bonfire Night has been and gone in all it’s glory there really is only one word on people’s lips. Now it’s already November 4th so I won’t be the first to say; CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS, CHRISTMAS! I am truly in love with Christmas and whilst it’s perhaps not yet the time to burst into a round of ‘Jingle Bells’ it is the time to get organised. For me it is the season to get nostalgic.
Festive preparations can end up being little more than a stressful credit card bill but they have the potential to be a source of utter magic! The key is to curl up with a cup of tea and get nostalgic, what would your great great grandmother do? Frugality is crucial, make do and mend, start early and hand made are all on my list this November.
- Start squirrelling away now! Pop an extra bottle of wine or pot of jam in your weekly shop and keep it on the top shelf of the pantry until Christmas.
- If you fancy turning your hand to something crafty you’ve still got time, hop to it this weekend.
- Finally, don’t be afraid of second hand!
The other week I was clearing out the attic and found a few toys and dolls clothes that were mine as a child. They are in such good condition that I’ve washed them and they are waiting to go into Florrie’s stocking (I’ve okayed it with Santa) I had never considered second hand gifts before but for me passing on something of my childhood to my daughter will be a magical thing come Christmas morning. This discovery set me on a path of combatting the fear of second hand; it has the potential to be so personal and meaningful. So it led my little family to a nostalgic afternoon of perusing second hand books in the next village over. We spent hours getting lost in the teetering shelves of books and finding treasures enough to fill an entire sleigh.
Why don’t you give it a try? Head for your local antique treasure trove or even your own attic and see what you can find. You may just be surprised.
-Fifi & Florence x