Creating Some Childhood Christmas Nostalgia

Creating Some Childhood Christmas Nostalgia

It’s Friday so that can mean only one thing, as promised, it’s time for this week’s Christmas themed blog post. (You have been warned so don’t go all, “REALLY? IT’S ONLY NOVEMBER” on me.) There’s so much inspiration and gift guides out there but what I love, love, love more than anything during the holiday season is decorating the tree.

Growing up, it was always a big deal. Mum and Dad would get out the boxes from the loft, the tell-tale whaft of dust and something I just can’t put my finger on, would fill the front room as the familiar boxes triggering Christmas nostalgia, sat waiting patiently for my sister, brother and I to rummage through. Dad would arrange the tree in the bucket while mum would start sorting the tree decoration box from the rest then it was all systems go.

As we delved deeper and deeper, pulling out our favourites and hanging them up, in no particular order, there was nothing sweeter, more nostalgic than finding your childhood, handmade ones, albeit slightly more battered than the year before.

Christmas in the 1980's and having a special day to decorate the tree

Even the smell of a real tree takes me back to the feeling of opening the living room door on a cold December morning (pre central heating) and seeing our tree with all it’s abundance of presents sat underneath it.

I’ve not quite fathomed out why I love the Christmas build up so much, but I do.

Now I’m the mum, I’ve worked hard at maintaining the day we decorate the tree as a special one. Christmas music blares out as we get about transforming it from dull to fabulous. We feast on mince pies, party food and chocolates, then settle down and watch a film (usually Elf) with one eye on the twinkly fairy lights that now light up the room. But this year will be a little different.

For the first time since having children, we are having a real tree. Not having the means to be able to transport home, we’ve stuck with a simple, artificial one but thanks to Pines and Needles  we’ll be getting ours delivered straight to our door, and with it a life time of memories for our children.

This year we're having a real tree, I'm hoping the smell of freshly cut pine will take me back to my childhood, click here to read more

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Now they too will experience the same wonderful Christmassy feelings when they catch the scent of a real tree in years to come. The same happy memories of opening the living room door when they come home from school to be met with a hint of pine.

But above all, I’m hoping the needles are a deterrent for our fiddly, inquisitive toddler whom I suspect will  great delight at removing every reachable decoration he can find.

sitting on santa knee, my 1980's christmas memories



  1. 20th November 2015 / 8:44 am

    What a lovely post Ali, and you’ve shared some great pictures! How lovely having a tree delivered to your door, need to look these guys up 🙂

    • 24th November 2015 / 8:45 am

      Thanks Renee. It was a lovely excuse to trawl through old photos

  2. 23rd November 2015 / 10:23 am

    Putting up the tree is a big thing here too, my kids are all growing up and I have 3 strapping teens but we still smile bringing out playgroup treasures each year to dress the tree and arguing whose they were! #MagicMoments

    • 24th November 2015 / 8:43 am

      Sounds like our decorating regime too. I think I’ll have to stick an Xbox on the top of ours this year to get my older 2 involved this year though!

  3. 23rd November 2015 / 10:56 am

    I am a total control freak with my tree – I really need to let go and let the boys decorate ours don’t I. #magicmoments

    • 24th November 2015 / 8:41 am

      I let mine do it then rearrange it when they go to bed!

  4. Nikki
    23rd November 2015 / 12:43 pm

    wow, you sound like me, I am obsessed with decorating the tree, did mine last night, but there is a reasoning behind it, which is in my blog post that I linked up with over at #MagicMoments

    • 24th November 2015 / 8:40 am

      I’ll have to check out why now! I’m doing mine next weekend

  5. 24th November 2015 / 8:20 pm

    we always had a real tree when I was little but to be fair thats all that was around lol. I dont have a real one but I still go over board to make it look pretty. I have to say real ones do smell lovely and it brings back memories of christmas and chocolate money lol

    • 24th November 2015 / 9:35 pm

      I’m putting a lot of trust in this tree smelling good, I really want to be taken back to those childhood days!

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