It aways seems a huge task to decorate the house for Christmas but over the years I’ve realised it is a case of just breaking it down into a few vigenettes and you will get that Christmassy feeling without it being an all encompassing and overbearing ask.

My 10 Ideas for Christmas Vigenettes:

1. Buy Christmas themed cushions. I found the folk one from IKEA, the red and white houses from Depot, the wreath and pine cones from H&M and the red weave with pom poms from Migros. Bonus: get a sheep skin too.

2. Make an advent candle wreath for your coffee table. Tanya made mine, but Depot have amazing goodies to DIY one.

3. Set up an advent calendar. I am loving my Rifle Paper Co tree I bought this year but last year I found these numbered mini boxes from Globus. Fill with chocolates or slips of paper detailing Christmas activities to do.

4. Fill bowls or vases with pine tree greenery, pine cones and baubles – these long lasting arrangements will be around the whole season!

5. Buy some cute ceramic Christmas ornaments to decorate shelves and place amoung your normal trinkets. I’ve had this little Maileg pixie for years, bought the ceramic trees last year at the Hunenberg market and this year I found these spinning tops at IKEA.

6. Find a shelf or surface for your nativity scene – last year I bought this Lucie Kaas set and it looks just perfect in my house shelves mimicing a stable!

7. Set up a little tray for Santa: include a mug for cocoa and a custom plate for cookies. Now you are all ready for Christmas Eve to add in the carrots, cookies and milk. (I bought these at Depot).

8. Host an afternoon of Gingerbread House baking and making and then display your artwork in the kitchen or dining room buffet! Just be warned it might slowly start to disappear!

9. Fill a large teak bowl with peanuts, mandarins and chocolate gold coins – showcasing typical Samichalus sack sweets and treats.

10. Speaking of Samichalus, set up a bowl of candies or crackers – ready to snack on for those surprise visitors!