Christmas is coming, and if you want to establish a festive mood, it’s time to start thinking about decorating. You’ve still got plenty of time, but preparation will make things run much more smoothly.
One of the advantages of decorating our homes for Christmas is that it gives us a chance to reassess our overall décor. You’ll notice space or lack of it, and start thinking about the way your home really looks and feels.
So start with a good clean, and perhaps a declutter. Once you’ve cleared the decks you’ll be better placed to deck the halls. While you’re cleaning, you’ll probably have had some bright ideas already, so sit down and plan them a little further.
Christmas is a welcoming time, and on Lanzarote you’ll often see the vivid red and green of poinsettia plants outside doors. They’ll be in the shops soon, and are perhaps the island’s most universal emblem of the season.
You can add to the welcome with wreaths and garlands. Holly is hard to find here, but you can make your own decorations with olive branches, laurel and bay or explore the woven palm-leaf decorations that can be found in places such as Haría market.
A Christmas tree is also a luxury here. Garden centres may stock the real thing, but many go for magnificent artificial ones or even use local plants – the shoot that emerges from a dying agave plants can make a striking Christmas decoration.
Or you could try other sumptuous flowers to decorate your home. The Christmas cactus is just one, while glorious hibiscus flowers bring a brief but spectacular display.
Early November: Decorations have already started appearing in shops, so get out and start shopping or planning.
Mid-November: This is a good time to get cracking on that clear-up. While you’re at it, think seriously about how you’re going to make your decorations work. If you can’t wait, you can start decoarating now.
December: The public holiday on the 8th of December is the day when Spaniards traditionally put up their Christmas decorations, but many households now start much earlier. It’s up to you – do you want a glorious four-week display, or a long, drawn-out yuletide?
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