Happy Happy Christmas!

Christmas does not really start at Shillingstone until a couple of days before Christmas when Michael brings in the holly and ivy to decorate the house.  Willow stars are wound in ivy to hang from the kitchen ceiling, ivy and holly are wrapped round the banisters, dried alliums and leaves decorate the table and the Christmas tree.  The garden truly comes inside.

The Christmas tree is covered with baubles old and new, with the bottom layer being unbreakable, as they are carefully hung by our granddaughter.