We’re hurtling towards December at an incredibly fast pace, and for the first time in years, I’m in the festive mood already. As a youngster, I loved Christmas but there’s no denying that as we get older Christmas can become a little less exciting and a bit more stress induced.
Last year, I waited until the week before Christmas to put up my tree and I only bothered then because I had a strange sense of guilt in my belly. I kept thinking about ‘Little Leanne’ who counted down the days until we could put up the decorations. I always roped my Mum into singing along to loud Christmas tunes while hanging up ten-year-old tinsel which had traces of hardened blu-tac attached to the ends.
This year, I’m feeling it. I can’t put my finger on why, but the little pleasures of Christmas are getting me all excited. Pigs in blankets, toasty socks, hot chocolate and snuggling under the duvet watching Purple Rain with my husband.
I first felt the pang of Christmas cheer when I was invited along to have a guided tour of the John Lewis Christmas Shop in Cardiff.
Before stepping foot into the winter wonderland of baubles, trees, and festive cheer, I wasn’t really on the Christmas train. When I was finished, Santa had grabbed me by the collar and injected my veins with glitter and gingerbread.
This year, John Lewis have developed their Christmas themes to represent different regions of the world. They’re selling beautifully crafted, traditional decorations, but they’re also flying the flag for unique and imaginative ideas.
Each theme is inspired by the fables and traditions of a particular country or region – Dan Copper (Christmas Buyer)
In the central square of a quaint town, a Christmas tree glitters with a welcoming glow. As the bells ring out to announce the season, people rush along the cobbled streets to gather in celebration. Carols fill the air to tell you with no uncertainty that this is Christmas, and this is Folklore.
Folklore Gift Guide
An old Russian folktale inspires this collection which beckons you into a beautiful palace. Nestled between snowy mountains and fir forests, it’s filled with glittering, luxurious treasures at every turn
Winter Palace Gift Guide
Into The Woods
Come join the magical creatures of the forest for a spell-binding Christmas. Our Into the Woods collection draws you into a world of beauty and craft; abundant, embellished and enchanted.
Into The Woods Gift Guide
Take to the hills for a cosy Christmas inspired by the rugged landscape of the Highlands. Create winter warmth with a relaxed interior that celebrates Scottish heritage and craftsmanship.
Hyland Myths Gift Guide
Let your imagination take a trek through the Andes, home of the much-revered llama. Discover bright and beautiful handicrafts, inspired by Peruvian traditions, food and art.