Posted: 06/12/2016 at 17:37
Those Wedgewood baubles are superb! I've never seen them before, and am in awe of such a lovely "tree" and the subtle blue and white theme.
This year I have opted for silver and white. I have had white lights since the early 1970s (before it became fashionable, and before they were easily available). I had seen them in Austria on an early Ski-ing holiday, and was much taken with the simplicity of plain white lights; My first set was bought in Berwick Street Market, since I was working in Upper St Martin's Lane in the centre of London at the time, and you couldn't buy them generally. I was very proud of them, and they lasted for years! I had a silver and white artificial tree, and my mother and I scoured the local shops for red baubles (at a time when everything was automatically multi-coloured). The effect was lovely, and brought many local compliments - the tree stood in the bay window at the front of the house. Such a colour scheme is almost taken for granted these days.
The clear glass baubles also take me back to Austria: Salzburg Christkindlmarkt was a joy of classy tree decorations, the like of which had rarely been seen in the UK. I acquired a few (for the second tree at home) and they were much prized, but oh, so fragile!
Today OH and I went to a large GC near Exeter; the range of Christmas decorations, themed by colour, is breath-taking, and we felt obliged to purchase a few more white clip-on flowers and some clear icicles for the tree!
Next year may be a gold theme - who knows? But I just love the preparation and anticipation of Christmas!