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one I can afford/carry home. In shorts. When the fire is lit I dim
the past, I’ve promised to buy the lights in the living room and
a sensible tree, but my clever we all pile in. If I’m feeling active
partner notes that for most I make everyone hot chocolate.
people 7 feet isn’t a sensible sized We will have a fire every single
tree. One Christmas, we had to night from the end of September
cut a bit off the top so we could through to March depending on
get it in to the front room! the weather. I could never live in
a house without a fireplace. We
I love to decorate the tree. I love don’t have a television and all
the way it smells, the whole the furniture in the living room is
shebang. One of the nicest and centred around the fireplace. It is
most romantic things anyone has truly the heart of our home.
ever done for me was surprise me
with a huge tree installed in my
and wellies!
Larissa, tutorial editor, UK
front room laced in fairy lights on Handmade:
my arrival home from a long day
Anna, research & advertising,
I love shopping for decorations.
at work the year I thought was
UK Handmade:
I get one special decoration to
going to be my first ever treeless
This is an easy question! The one
hang on the tree every year and
December.
thing that dominates autumn
now being able to take my 2 and
and winter for me is having a fire.
a half year old daughter will make
Winter without a Christmas tree
At even the merest hint of a chill
it extra special. I love snow but
is really just several months tied
in the air I’m there, on my knees,
we have hardly seen any for the
together by nothing but cold and
fire-lighter in one hand a log in
last few years which is a shame.
rain. The tree is the bright-green
the other. My children start to
But I think mostly I love how
shiny reason to let go of summer
ask for fires as soon as they start
sparkly and dreamy everything
evenings and get out the mac
getting chilly in their summer
gets. The shops sparkle and
Winter 2008 ukhandmade 
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