5 Hip Ways To Get Into The Christmas Spirit (And Not A Creepy Santa In Sight)
Tacky winter wonderlands, lame Father Christmases and try-hard TV ads; bah, humbug, indeed. Struggling to get into the festive mood? Enlist the help of this little lot...
1. Go And See A Really Tall Tree
And the prize for the tallest Christmas tree goes to… London’s Aqua Shard. It gets a bit of a helping hand, situated in the tallest building in the EU, still it’s pretty magnificent to look at. Curated by designer Matthew Williamson and adorned by baubles designed by everyone from Gwyneth Paltrow to Sienna Miller, you can bid on the delightful decs until 21 Dec (all proceeds go to the Kids Company).
2. Make Your Own Candy (Canes)
OK, it doesn’t have to bethatAmerican. Think sugar mice, bonbons and sherbet dips, all old school, delicious, and perfect for homemade stocking fillers if there’s anyone you want to, well, sweeten up this season. Well, it beats trawling out festive cupcakes for the third year running…
The Vintage Sweets Book by Angel Adoree (Octopus Books, £12.99)
3. Raise A Glass – Liberty Style
You’ve been to the gorgeously glam shop, you’ve watched the riveting C4 documentary, now it’s time to raise a toast to the iconic London (and oh-so Christmasy) emporium… by heading to erm, Sketch? Yep, the capital’s quirkiest bar gets a festive cool-over with a newly decorated entrance and alcoves brimming with stylish Liberty products and prints. All the Christma-spiration you’ll need.
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