Have yourself a luxury Christmas
The Christmas adverts are out, and they’re our annual reminder that the most wonderful time of the year is almost upon us. It’s a time for gathering with family and reflecting on how things have gone this year, and if it’s been a good one, Christmas is the perfect chance to indulge in some well-earned luxury. Here’s how you can celebrate this Christmas in style this year.
Making your home look the part
Create a luxury Christmas atmosphere in your home with tasteful Christmas decorations. Over-the-top flashing lights and dancing snowmen won’t cut it; luxury comes with understated elegance, with plenty of attention to detail – we love these porcelain Santa decorations from Villeroy and Boch. A giant real Christmas tree will make your home smell wonderful, and you can complete the traditional festive look with a classic holly wreath on the door and garlands down the staircase. Place bowls of seasonal potpourri around the house and light cinnamon-scented candles for the finishing touch.
Food and drink
Order your food for Christmas in plenty of time and you won’t have to worry about panic-buying the last turkey in the supermarket on Christmas Eve; Marks and Spencer’s Christmas food to order has all the ingredients of a decadent Christmas, from smoked salmon pearls to Marc de Champagne Christmas puddings. Of course, whether you’re throwing an elegant Christmas party for all your friends, or you just want to start Christmas Day on a luxurious note, Champagne is a must. Go all out this Christmas with a case of Billecart-Salmon Cuvée Nicolas François Billecart Champagne 2002, which The Guardian describes as “an exhilarating, crystalline and perfectly poised expression of the debonair Billecart style.” You can buy it from Hedonism.co.uk.
Christmas shopping doesn’t have to be a chore; you can do most of it online thanks to the fact that all your favourite luxury retailers have online shops as well – even Harrods. Tiffany & Co is a must for jewellery; its little mint green boxes with white bows will set any woman’s heart aflutter on Christmas morning. For the kids, look no further than the Harrods Gift Guide; for parents and grandparents who already have everything, a hamper from Fortnum & Mason will go down a treat. You can even luxe up your gift wrapping thanks to high-end services such as Wrapsody.
Luxury Christmas crackers
Make your Christmas lunch go with a bang with these ‘Stately Home’ red and green luxury Christmas crackers from Harrods, which, unlike most crackers, actually contain gifts worth having – think cashmere socks, 18-karat gold bangles and and stylish leather accessories.
Travel in style
Finally, don’t let the festive season be a time of travel woe: hire a chauffeur and get to all your Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties in style and on time. Best of all, you won’t even have to worry about helping yourself to that extra glass of bubbly from the Champagne tower…