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Christmas is the perfect time to be thankful for all the blessings in your life. It’s also the perfect time to overindulge and deck your house out in the most decadent Christmas decorations you can lay your hands on. Gold, silver, red and green are the usual palette of choice, but as much as I love the traditional Christmas aesthetic, I also like to opt for something a bit more modern and streamlined. Rose gold, despite being more subdued still manages to convey the holiday spirit. Don’t hesitate to mix rose gold with silver and yellow gold: not only is blending metallics right on trend, but it also avoids your décor being too matchy-matchy. It looks especially effective when paired either with a light or white background or a darker environment, such as navy, for extra drama (bear in mind this could also look more formal).

I recommend including as many natural elements as possible to your décor, making it serene and cosy. The Christmas tree (whether real or fake) is an obvious one, but also add cinnamon sticks, leaves, dried orange slices, branches and even though you can’t include real snowflakes, do substitute those with faux snow.

On the topic of food, my key word is: comfort. Take all the yummy things you love and bring them together, with the only difference being how you would present them. Change up your regular hot chocolate with marshmallows or flavoured syrups; ice your gingerbread men more intricately or easily ice your cupcakes to look like snowmen. The possibilities are endless.

Your Christmas atmosphere will also be hugely impacted by your lighting choices, which is why I’d recommend lanterns, candles and fairy lights. If you have a room with a dimmer switch at home, capitalise on that and throw your Xmas party in there (provided it’s big enough to hold your guests!).

One of the most fun parts of Christmas is the present giving and you can never go wrong with Secret Santa. To wrap your gift, and to stay within the aforementioned colour scheme, use rose gold paper and accessorise it. Simple brown string can work a treat for a minimal look, or consider adding holly and/or bells.

No matter how you choose to decorate, what you choose to eat or whichever religion you may be, the festive season is all about spending time with loved ones and creating memories. I wish each and every one a wonderful holiday and I can’t wait to see what 2019 has in store for all of you.