Rocking around the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

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.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

My Granny’s vintage decs in their original box.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Unwrapping the baubles.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Amazing to think that this little bell decoration is almost 70 years old!

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 Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

One of this year’s additions to our collection.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

A mix of old and new.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Lights and sparkle!

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

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Loving the Christmas radio stations on the VQ Christie

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Beautiful retro styling

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Like our decorations the VQ Christie Radio is a real mix of modern and vintage.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

I love these old glass baubles; they remind me of sweet wrappers!

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

And this little mini is this year’s choice; we have a blue one for Cosmo and red for Bertie

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.

It wont.

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.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

One of my Granny’s decorations in pride of place.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

My new bird decoration.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

Granny’s little bell in a glass hoop.

Decorating the Christmas Tree with the VQ Christie Radio

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

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.

Caro Davies
Caro Davies

Caro Davies art directed fashion and interiors before leaving the world of design to pursue a career in social media. She can now be found chasing the light — and two small twin boys.

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  1. 7th December 2016 / 6:25 am

    I’m sitting here on the train with this month’s The Simple Things in front of me with similar decorations on the cover. Sweet wrappers is exactly what they are like! Lucky you to have such treasures from your granny. Our tree goes up relatively late, but I love all the ritual of decorating it.

    • 7th December 2016 / 11:14 am

      That’s so funny!! I haven’t seen this month’s mag yet — looking forward to seeing it now! Definitely lucky to have those treasures — they’re so old!! Amazing they’ve survived!

  2. 7th December 2016 / 9:50 am

    Oh HOW beautiful and what a collection. Stunning decorations. My twins did all our tree this year and it looks shocking but they had a ball! I think thats me redundant from that job forever!

    Happy Christmas lovely, have a lovely one with your boys :) Love, Jess xxx

    • 7th December 2016 / 11:10 am

      Haha!! That’s one job that I’ll never give up!! LOL!! Decorating the tree is out of bounds for the boys — they can stick up the off bauble but that’s it!!! Haha!! Mean mummy ;)

  3. Mary Louise
    7th December 2016 / 11:09 am

    The radio is lovely and decorating the Christmas tree would not be the same without music!
    I also love Grannies decorations – so precious.

    We decorate our tree with ornaments collected from our travels!

  4. 7th December 2016 / 11:28 am

    Loving the vintage baubles Caro! I love how old decorations tell a story of Christmases past. Funny now that all my 3 are of school age, we have reverted back to a themed tree in the ‘good room’ and a fun, colourful one to welcome visitors in the hall – how middle aged is THAT?!!! Happy Christmas lovely and thanks for letting us all share in #HomeEtc this year. Looking forward to more in 2017! K xx

  5. 7th December 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Ah your decorations are amazing, how lovely to inherit such beauties from your granny. Gorgeous #HomeEtc

  6. 7th December 2016 / 3:57 pm

    Oh I want one, wish I had a Xmas list to put it on, maybe next year. How perfect is your tree, you make the whole process sound just magical, I really think I want to move away from our theme to something like yours, I am very jealous of yuor vintage decs xxx

  7. 7th December 2016 / 8:26 pm

    My Mum still has some of these decorations! They are so much fun! I have that Radio too, sits next to my bed, so I can wake up to music instead of beeping!

  8. 7th December 2016 / 10:00 pm

    I love this tradition!! It’s great that you’ve collected so many decorations over the years as well as heirlooms. I love going to my Mum’s around Christmas because she still has a lot of the decorations from when I was little – in all their 80’s naffness!

    The radio looks gorgeous Xx

  9. 7th December 2016 / 11:07 pm

    Oh, how wonderful to have your granny’s ornaments..Precious things with sentimental value. We’ve got a new artificial tree we bought in the January sales and its much taller than our first family tree. We are escited about putting it up in our extension and hopefully have some folks over for mulled wine and mince pies. We don’t have any ‘special’ decorations but I think its a tradition we should adopt…Adding something special every year.

    That radio looks fab. I love radios. All of the colours and styles. Gorgeous.

    Aaand I’m sounding like a broken record but I do appreciate great photography. #HOMEETC

  10. 8th December 2016 / 9:31 pm

    OMG it is called Christie, I need that radio, do you know every Sunday I listen to Elaine Paige I love shows its my fave afternoon of the week, I listen to the radio loads. Any you Grannies decorations are gorgeous my Nan had decorations the same I particularly remember that green spotty one, I so wish i had them now, it would mean so much putting her decorations on the tree x

    • 23rd January 2017 / 11:10 am

      I know!!!! When I saw the name I thought of you!!!! You NEED that radio Mrs Christie!!! :)

  11. 9th December 2016 / 9:26 am

    Oh I just love that you’d managed to keep hold of those ornaments for all these years! I’m trying to do something similar for my little girl but don’t know how long they’ll last if she keeps trying to climb the tree! Haha

  12. 9th December 2016 / 9:56 pm

    Ahh that is so lovely that you have your granny’s decorations. I can relate where you used to decorate trees by theme, we used to do that, but now it’s mix and match and all colourful, each bauble has a memory! Have a great Christmas with your lovely family xxx

  13. 13th December 2016 / 11:26 am

    I love those old boxes full of beautiful things! I’m like you – my tree is always a colourful jumble of decorations I love. I’ve also developed a bit of a thing for that Heart xmas radio station! Hope you have a great christmas! #HomeEtc

  14. 14th December 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Gorgeous collection of decorations. I now let the boys choose a decoration every year, so hopefully we will end up with a beautiful collection.
    I love your radio too but just had a look a the Emma Bridgewater polka dot one and it’s gorgeous! I just love polka dots!

  15. 19th December 2016 / 11:04 pm

    You have the most stunning Christmas decs, mine are truly terrible in comparison!

  16. 6th January 2017 / 8:27 pm

    Gorgeous to see all of the old and new decs and the memories. You have some fab pieces there. I particular love those delicious beetles #HomeEtc

    • 9th January 2017 / 12:03 pm

      Aah thanks lovely — I said to Mr D (when we took the decs down a couple of days ago) that we’ve got to stop the tradition of buying a couple of new ones every year. We’ve got too many!!!! LOL!!

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