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Downsizing Christmas SOS

December 20, 2015

You don’t have to be the John Lewis ‘man in the moon’ to feel a bit blue at Christmas Time. Downsizing and moving to a new area can leave you feeling a bit out of sorts leading up to Christmas. There are so many benefits: closer to family, lovely snug new home, but you’re further from old friends, there doesn’t seem to be enough space for jolly decorations and where would a Christmas tree fit?

…..And did the decorations survive the move?

What’s the point?

It seems that Christmas time can be lonely for anyone living on their own and having their first downsized Christmas. We suddenly realized that this was happening under own noses. We had a Christmas SOS and it’s worked. A gentle nudge and we’re all back in the swing of things.

Let’s start with the tree …at B&Q we found a LED lit tinsel table top tree

It didn’t go down too well. It was in the way of the family photos, it didn’t work on the side table, it was a bit green. Must the lights flash?

No… there is a non-flashing setting.

A few days later, I popped round with a few more things and to my delight a trip to the pound shop had transformed the tree. That green tinsel tree has become a multi coloured festive delight, complete with star on the top and surrounded by Christmas cards from friends and family. The new downsized home was becoming a nest.

B&Q tree before and after its Poundland makeover

B&Q tree before and after its 99p Store makeover

My other SOS items were very welcome:

downsize sos wreath001A Christmas Wreath By the time I got to the shops this was the last wreath : dried out and looking a bit forlorn

A quick makeover I sprayed the frazzled needles with pale grey Buntlac spray and evened out the colour. I grabbed a few things from the garden that I had dried out: baby sweetcorns and small red chillies. A fircone from the tree, a couple of tiny wired baubles and Christmas present ribbon from Lidl and Tiger. Ready to cheer up any door.



There’s no space for decorations? How about a Christmassy door handle dangler. A knitted Christmas tree – or even pudding – on the hall door handle. The bedroom door, a glitzy bow and ribbon, or a B&Q felt heart in the living room. Small. Fun, light, slim and they don’t get in the way.

blog collage SOS door

Downsize Christmas, full size fun!

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