I’m thoroughly embracing Christmas this year and not least because this is the first year that Gus – at 3 & 1/2 now – totally gets it! But I’m also looking forward to some serious downtime – the media/online world is swirling so fast right now! – and getting some cooking on in our new kitchen. In collaboration with Crew Clothing Company, here’s what I get up to come Christmas…
Being a half-Italian, half Scottish hybrid who grew up in Denmark, I have a few lovely traditions to call upon for getting in the mood…
I – Christmas Day Walk
I don’t know about you, but after the last bout of shopping is done in the run up to Christmas eve, things tend to get a little home-centric with all the cooking and present wrapping. And we resurface somewhere a day or so later in a mound of paper having eaten a tonne. Suddenly a walk seems like just the thing. In previous years in Scotland with our families, this would either have meant a walk down by Edinburgh’s Silverknowes Beach, or through some woody forestland in Skye. Here in London, we live just five minutes from Hackney Marshes and the canal which is quite wild, blowy and open, but at the same time so picturesque with all the houseboats along the water – so this is where our family walk will take place, probably ending up with a warming glass of red wine in our waterside local, The Princess of Wales. In something grey and cosy, natch; this classic coat fits the bill perfectly.
II – Making Stars
When we were kids in Copenhagen, without fail every year we would sit down with friends and make lovely little julestjerner – Christmas stars. Obviously I had completely forgotten how, but after finding just the right paper strips on Etsy and a helpful little You Tube video (love the Christmas carol, turn it up loud for max effect!) I got into the swing of it. Now I can make one in just a few minutes. Thought I’d go all neutral with black, greys, creams and white (no surprise there then, same approach as I took for the outfit in this post; and I was happy to see Crew had just the neutrals I needed). The strips actually came from the US, but arrived extremely quickly. Also, I think we made stars with wider strips, so these came up quite teensy and small. But yes, I’m planning to decorate the whole Christmas tree with these, haha! (Good luck with that, I hear you thinking!) But hey, nothing that a bit of optimism and curling up in cosy cashmere socks and lounge-friendly stripes can’t help with.
III – Chocolate & Panettone
So, if you’ve even had the tiniest brush with Italy or an Italian come Christmas you’ll know how important their traditional Christmas cake, the Panettone, is. A sweet bread loaf, originally from Milan, it’s eaten all the way through to the New Year. A glass of fizzy something is how we usually tuck into it – my Dad’s idea of heaven! So as we’ll be hosting Christmas this year at ours for the first time, I’ve already got one in in preparation. The other little foodie things we make in my family are delicious cheese twists and an olive paté – my Mum’s recipes and the key to keeping a constant source of snacks on the go through the Christmas period. And then, of course, chocolate! Quite stuck in our ways, Lindt is our usual choice with a bit of Green & Blacks thrown in. This year, for Gus, going all seasonal with these cute Lindt Santas… To be devoured at any time of the day really.
Coat | Crew Clothing Company (in sale)
Top | Crew Clothing Company (in sale)
Socks | Crew Clothing Company (sold out unfortunately)
Created in collaboration with Crew Clothing Company.
Ph. by myself & Frances Davison.