ETIQUETTE expert William Hanson tells Joel Cooper the do’s and don’ts when it comes to festive decorations.
But do you agree?
ANYTHING IS PASSED NAFF: Fake trees are hard because they never have the appeal or quality of real trees. If you’re concerned about pine needles falling off, get a good quality plant and put it in water – pine needles will fall less. And don’t let me start with the pre-lit plants. The fun part is getting this blank green canvas and building it up.
DON’T TRY – AND FAIL – TO START A NEW TREND: Amanda Holden apparently mistook her Christmas tree for a turkey by placing feathers on top. You don’t have to buy a turkey, and it’s the same principle. Amanda may be starting a trend and in a few years it could be the complete thing, but for now, it looks very out of the ordinary.
BOOK UNIQUE DECORATIONS TO STAY: A plant will usually be in the corner of the room, so you can always keep the unsightly feeling jewelry hide. That’s what my parents would do with the decorations we made at school.
Myleene Klass’s tree is an exception – nothing fits, but everything comes together beautifully, so it’s not an attack on the eye.
USE NATURAL DECORATION TO SHOW YOU’RE CREATIVE: Decorating your living room using holly, mistletoe, and berries is fine, and often compostable as well. Poinsettias are the traditional flower at Christmas, while hollyhock flowers in a vase are very beautiful. Mistletoe is beautiful, but should not be hung in the doorway, so place it in a vase and make sure it faces up. Arranging a centerpiece with ivy and berries is smart and shows you’re creative.
AVOID YANKEE CANDLES: FRANKLY, there’s never been a time or place for a Yankee candle. The calendar appears to be traditional, where you light up a little bit each day. Candles on the dining table are fine for the evening, but at lunch you should smell the food, not the candles.
IMPLICATE PLANT IS A CLASS SIGN: NOT every Christmas tree is perfect and if your tree is beautiful, it’s not a fake. If you go to aristocratic houses, things are never quite perfect. To become the upper class, one should not be too flashy or fancy, elegant and restrained.
OUTDOOR LAMP MEANS PEOPLE PASSING YOU: LAMPs outside the house are almost always seen in unwanted residential areas. If you love them, it’s probably because you come from such a neighborhood. However, lighting a tree outdoors if it is particularly old or large can look smart. But use clear light, not multicolored.
CONSTRUCTIONS NOT FITS PLANTS: A simple winged fairy is not a thing to do in discerning households. Dame Joan Collins there’s a fairy in her treetop – let’s hope it’s a family heirloom, because otherwise, it’s very common. A fairy does not lead the wise to Bethlehem, that is a star. A star should be silver or gold.
ROYAL BLUE IS REGULAR: Amanda Holden won points for using royal blue and was rewarded a little if you looked through the feathers. Royal blues are trending, but there’s always a risk that if you’re on trend this year, next year might not be the same, that’s why it’s safer to go for a classic. .
DECORATED? YOU FREQUENTLY: A good social acid test is how early someone plants their tree. If you put it on Christmas Eve, you’re on top. If you have understood now, I am sorry to say that you are a normal person.
SAY ME-TA TO TINSEL: Tinsel is still the antithesis of ornaments. Although several trees – even the royal tree in the 1980s – have been seen with a bit of tinsel, it is the most popular Christmas accessory. It was never pretty, horrible to touch and a waste of money.
DON’T OVER IT: IF your tree is so heavily decorated that you can’t see the tree itself, that’s not good. Tamara Ecclestone’s Trees are a prime example. It should not be decorated more than two-thirds. Anyone with an aesthetic eye understands that less is more.
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