Since my boy and I have been together, fetching the Christmas tree has been one of the highlights of my year.
We have always bought a real tree and the tradition of choosing — and decorating it — is one of my favourite things in life.
We’ve collected a number of decorations over the years and I love seeing them again each December. I was lucky enough to also be given my Granny’s old decorations too — beautiful and unusual ornaments from the 1950’s.
For the first couple of years, when we owned our first home, we themed the decorations.
Blue and silver the first year — just silver the second.
But as the years have rolled by the only ‘theme’ we have is a tree full of decorations we love.
Each one offering memories of Christmases past; little reminders of where we were and why we’d chosen a particular decoration.
I love the fact that our tree is always bursting with sparkle and colour. It has a real mixture of vintage and new decorations. And they work so beautifully together — never jarring — always sitting so happily side by side.
Decorating the tree is never rushed either.
It’s often spread over two or three days. An hour here, an evening there. Sometimes with mulled wine, other times with hot chocolate.
Always with music for company.
I usually play Christmas music from my iPod but this year I’ve been listening to dedicated Christmas channels on the radio. Similar to our Christmas decorations, the VQ Christie Radio is a real mix of old and new.
Vintage styling with cutting edge technology, the VQ Christie has a stylish enamel facia and a leather-look outer cover. Mine is beautiful baby blue — but it also comes in 10 other delicious colours.
The sound quality is quite phenomenal from such a little box too. It offers innovative digital sound processing technology and features DAB, DAB+ and FM Radio reception. This basically means that you have access to the full spectrum of digital services available across the UK and Europe. Or for traditional analogue services you can switch to FM.
And if that wasn’t enough, the VQ Christie offers one-touch connection via NFC or Bluetooth functionality for smart devices. This enables me to play music (or any other content) from my iPhone library or Spotify.
It also has more traditional cable connections with a 3.5mm aux-in, 3.5mm headphone jack and USB charging port.
Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio
There’s something very comforting about Christmas traditions isn’t there?
Every year there will be bets on whether it will snow on Christmas day.
Unless you’re, say, in Sweden.
The annual tradition of tree trimming. Getting the decorations from the attic, unwrapping each little trinket from it’s tissue paper. Greeting those little balls of glass like long lost friends.
The fact that every year you’ll hear the same old Christmas tunes on the radio; ‘Fairytale of New York’ and Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas’.
Aaah Christmas. The most wonderful time of the year.
Bring. It. On.
This post is in collaboration with the lovely team at My VQ who have the best range of gorgeous radios (bar none). Pop and have a look at my thoughts on the Hepburn Mark ii — or the VQ Retro Mini in its gorgeous Emma Bridgewater polkadot print.
If you’re struggling for Christmas gifts this year, I highly recommend visiting their online shop. You’ll be spoilt for choice!
This is a collaborative post but all thoughts, words and images — as ever — are entirely my own.