START YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS FOR THE TREE, THE TABLE AND BEYOND

Christmas may be a universal holiday celebrated by people all over the world but it is also a very personal time that is spent with family and those closest and dearest to you.

Every family has their own traditions when it comes to celebrating the festive season. Why not create some of your own this year, to be carried on for many happy years after.

Hang your wreath

Traditionally, the Christmas wreath hangs on your front door but why not mix it up a little? Choose a beautiful, natural wreath and you can use it anywhere you wish: on your Christmas dinner table as a centrepiece, on your coffee table, filled with a selection of chocolates inside. Buy a few wreaths and make a display of them on your outside wall, to be enjoyed on those summer days spent by the pool or hosting an impromptu alfresco lunch.

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Decorate your table as you would your tree

Christmas ornaments are no longer only for the tree. Choose a selection of beautiful baubles as part of your Christmas table décor. You can mix and match according to the colours of your table. Other tree ornaments that are perfect for your table are

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Table gifts

Forget secret Santas and give your guests a small table token to remember you by instead. Think votive or jar candles or a scented sachet to match their personality and style.

Tree decorations

It’s never too late to start your own family Christmas tree tradition. Choose tree decorations to pass down. Every year each member of the family can choose a new tree decoration, their own special contribution to Christmas.

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Personalised cocktails

Make Christmas personal. Treat your guests to a welcome cocktail to suit their personality and taste preferences. Think gin gimlet for the socialite or a dry martini for the suave and stylish man of the group.

Keep your drinks trolley fully stocked with a selection of wines, spirits and mixers, glasses for all kinds of cocktails, and a few bar accessories like a cocktail shaker, blender, wine openers and champagne tubs.

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