Folklore ... the festive theme for colour-loving traditionalists

How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you
How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you

Christmas trees?

Is it okay to be a bit on the fence about them?

I love them in other people's homes, stop to admire them in every shop window come December, and look on in awe at the Swarovski crystal-covered one in Zurich train station - check out my InstaStories at the weekend, I'll share a snap when I'm there. 

But in my own home? I can take or leave a tree, to be honest.

As I have two Christmas tree-loving little boys, we always have one, though. A fake one. Which they decorate for me. Since my now seven year old turned three and was able to master the lower half, he's been in sole charge of all things tree-related. Each year, he's able to reach a little higher and so the tree becomes less and less bottom branch-heavy. He's getting really good at it. 

This isn't a 'bah, humbug' admission, fear not. I love to drape twinkly lights probably a little too liberally over every surface and I can't wait to unwrap favourite trinkets from Christmases past and mix them with new found festive favourites. It's just the lure of the tree ... I don't feel it.

How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you
How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you

Until I spotted the cutest mini pine trees on the John Lewis website. I mean, look at them. Why is everything miniature just so irresistible? The hessian sacks that they come in are a really sweet touch, too. And how lifelike do they look? It's only by touching them that you know they're not real. 

And being quite small, a sprinkling of fairy lights and your favourite tree decoration or two, and you're done. They need no more attention than that to look good (although John Lewis has a great video featuring quick and simple techniques for decorating your tree if you do err on the more more-is-more side).

My two tiny trees are currently sitting atop the sideboard in our living room but will be moved to the dining table come Christmas Eve when I'll swap the decorations for chocolates. I'm not even sure that I'll pack them away come new year as they're more of a winter tree than simply for Christmas. So versatile for just £12.99, right?

How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you
How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you

While I might not be fully on board with Christmas trees, adding festive touches to a room as a whole, well, that's something I'm all for. I'm quite traditional in my tastes ... I love colour, pattern, embroidery and knits; anything and everything that make a home feel cosy and warm.

As you can probably imagine, I'm completely head over heels for John Lewis' Folklore theme. It's everything that I adore about Christmas ... colourful, nostalgic, magical, storybook-like. It's the perfect mix of what children love and what warms your heart as an adult and transports you back to the time when you believed in Father Christmas yourself.

It also doesn't hurt that it's a theme that embraces teal, which is my favourite colour (along with fuchsia) to have around the home. It means that the entire range sits seamlessly next to everything I already own.

How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you
How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you
How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you
How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you

My top tip for fully embracing and experiencing the Folklore theme is to not stop at the tree and the tree decorations. Trust me, you do not want to miss the cosy textiles. They're amazing. You will not want to pack them away. I will probably not pack them away ... until we move at the end of January ... and then I'll get them straight back out again in our new home.

If you but just one thing, make it the Welsh knit throw. The colours are gorgeous and it's so soft. Drape it over your sofa or add it to the end of your bed. Either way, I think you need it in your life. Along with the round embroidered cushion. I posted a photo of it on InstaStories and I don't think I've ever been inundated with quite so many DMs in such a short period of time. It recently sold out online but is now back again so snap one up quickly if you love it.

How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you
How to do a 'country' Christmas when grey and beige are not for you

So, how are you feeling about the festive season? Ready to embrace it? Or are you waiting until December? I normally hold off on all thing Christmas-related until the boys have finished school for the holidays but I'm coming around to it early this year. It's those twinkly lights. There's magic in them!

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This post was written in collaboration with John Lewis.