Emma Yardley is the wordsmith behind the BRIKA Maker profiles. As a seasoned lifestyle editor, she’s seen trends come and go and prefers products designed to go the distance.
There are few things I enjoy more than decorating a Christmas tree. Sure a nice bottle of red and long walks on the beach are lovely, but nothing compares to the satisfaction of a well-decorated tree.
Even as I type this, there’s a Douglas fir in my parents garage back in British Columbia, Canada, all bundled up and bare waiting for me to come home and cover it in string lights, tinsel and glass balls. My parents save this task for me every year because they know how much I love it.
And, yes, I do like to evenly distribute the red and silver balls amongst the branches and, yes, the lights do need to spiral up the tree just so, but there’s another reason why this is my favorite holiday activity (and, no, it’s not the spiked eggnog)…it’s the ornaments.
Unwrapping the ornaments that my family has collected over the past 40 years is like reconnecting with old friends. Oh, here are the glass chandelier flowers we picked up in that antique market in Venice! Look, there’s the crystal rocking horse my riding instructor gave me when I was six! Here’s that weird plastic cottage ornament…why do we still have this, again? Put it on the tree!
Each one of them has a story and that’s what makes them precious. Every year we buy a new ornament from one of the local craft fairs to add to the collection. Seeing the love and care that goes into the making of these magical ornaments — and personally knowing the people who crafted them — fills me with such joy.
When my two nieces, Lucy (2) and Grace (5 months), were born I decided to start another tradition — I’m giving them a new handcrafted ornament every year, so by the time they grow up and get their own trees, they’ll have an assortment of precious objects that means something to them as well.