Deck the halls
Update your Christmas decoration collection by investing in one of this year's trends, says Blanaid Hennessy
The emphasis on decorating your home for every holiday going is becoming a strain for some -- well, probably most -- of us.
Why spend your hard-earned cash on fancy paraphernalia that is stashed away after a few weeks? But then, you have to admit that Christmas is special and a house decked out in festive regalia looks wonderful.
And yet my aversion to settling for just one look for an extended period means I haven't committed to a single Christmas decorating style. Also, what you buy this year should make an appearance again next year, with perhaps a couple of extra bits and bobs added to the collection.
Yes, that constitutes a commitment crisis in my book. So, to help myself and others like me, I've narrowed it down to three main styles -- funky, vintage and Scandinavian.
My current drained-of-colour surroundings tell me that Scandinavian might win, but then my heart remembers the jumble of colour of childhood Christmases, and I lean toward the mish-mash of funky.
Just as I decide on that, I remember movie scenes featuring trees laden with Victorian-style elegance, and my brain forgets my initial opinion.
So, here's a round up of what's on offer in Ireland and online -- which collection will win you over?