Christmas is a lovely time of year - and also a busy one. There are menus to plan, cards to be written, last minute shopping to do, mince pies to bake...the list goes on and on. Never mind, it'll all be worth it and anyway there's the Christmas tree to decorate. And that's a nice, relaxing family tradition. Except when it comes to the lights. No matter how carefully you put them away on twelfth night, by the following December they've mysteriously tangled themselves into a spaghetti-like bundle. One that takes ages to untangle and puts a strain on the most generous festive spirit. Which is why our pre-lit tree is such a welcome idea. Those tiny, brilliant LED lights are already in position - elegant and stylish. So all you have to do is plug it in, switch on and say 'Ahh!' As for the tree, it's so wonderfully lifelike, so fresh and green, your guests will be convinced it was cut that morning. And that you spent the remaining hours artfully arranging the lights. How do you find the time? But then that's the thing about Christmas - it's a time of mystery and enchantment.
Timeless and traditional, our Berry and Pine Garland contrasts festive scarlet berries with dark evergreen foliage and pine cones. Fabulous draped along a banister, manelpiece or doorway, a great way of adding seasonal style in seconds!
Since Saxon times people have decorated their homes with greenery at Christmas. It was partly to do with left-over beliefs from the pagan past but also because evergreens and red holly berries were the only splashes of colour in a monochrome landscape. Today of course we have tinsel and crepe paper in a whole rainbow display, yet there's something wonderfully evocative about 'decking the halls with boughs of holly' - or fir or pine. Which is why this berry and pine wreath is so popular. Perhaps it awakens a sort of race memory of times long past. Or perhaps it's just that Christmas is the best time of the year for keeping traditions alive.
Here's an example of the medium and the message in perfect harmony. Four delightfully decorative letters that spell out a joyful Christmas proclamation. Cleverly combining red berries, pinecones and evergreen foliage - embellished with silver birch twigs and a dusting of snow - each letter is finished with a green ribbon hanger for easy displaying.
Skilfully crafted from a variety of dried flowers and grasses, a Victorian dried candle holder like this would have been a frequent sight in 19th century country cottages. A charming link with the past, it makes a lovely centrepiece for winter dinner parties.
Calmer than lords a-leaping, quieter than drummers drumming and dryer than swans a-swimming - our little pear tree is well worth waiting for. Standing patiently, while providing the perfect perch for a perky partridge, it's full of Christmas spirit and miniature fruit in equal abundance. Simply enchanting, it will look delightful on a kitchen worktop, dining room sideboard or living room bookcase.
What's the quickest, easiest way to give a sitting room, dining room, hall or even a landing a dash of festive sparkle? The answer (as if you haven't guessed) is pictured here. A bundle of three individual stems laced through with tiny, brilliant LED lights. The effect is like a sprinkling of starlight. And because they're battery-powered (2xAA batteries - not included) you can place your brilliant bundle wherever you like.
Garlands needn't just be made of flowers, or be just for summertime either. There's a long tradition of Christmas garlands woven from pine, fir and evergreen foliage. As a rule, creating elaborate decorations like the one shown here would take a lot of time and trouble. But every rule has its exception - and here it is. A gorgeous, beautifully lifelike winter garland already festooned with lights (battery-operated so no wiring needed) and adorned with velvety ribbon. Instant Christmas, straight out of the box!