Custom and my late mom dictate that I ought to be taking down my Christmas decorations tomorrow evening. For, lo! It’s Twelfth Evening, or the Eve of the Feast of the Epiphany. But right here I’m, twisting a brand new set of LED lanterns spherical my bannisters, having already decked my mattress’s headboard with a twinkling string of golden filigree leaf lights. The tree has been disrobed (the baubles wanted saving from the cat as a lot as the rest), but it surely’s nonetheless standing in our kitchen. I’m considering of decking it out with antibacterial masks, linguine loops and bathroom roll for the plague months forward. And the gaudy wreath on my door continues to be firmly in place. Often I make a tasteful ivy garland by hand and my sons bemoan the shortage of glitter. However this yr’s one was donated by a good friend and got here decked out with golden baubles, tinsel and two units of flashing lights. It’s a factor of surprise and cheers me up each time I return residence. My basic temper might be summed up as: “Covid can snaffle events, pubs, journey, prolonged household and my January birthday, however over my chilly lifeless physique will it snatch fairy lights and festive garlands.” I used to be raised to assume solely loopy people saved their Christmas decor up after Jan 5, however this yr it seems like a sane response to a demented world. By no means have so many individuals been in such pressing want of prolonged Yuletide pleasure as they discover themselves on home arrest as soon as extra. A fast cycle around the streets in Cambridge reveals many locals are on the identical web page: with home windows, bushes and hedges nonetheless ablaze with festive lights. And who’s going to take down their Christmas playing cards when many are simply arriving, on account of December’s slowed-down postal service? The excellent news is that conserving your home festooned isn’t as unfortunate as some folks worry. It was solely within the nineteenth century that Britons began festooning Christmas bushes after which dismantling all their decorations on Twelfth Evening (probably spurred on by all these dropped needles). Earlier than that, merry-makers took swathes of greenery and berries into their homes and tended to maintain them there till Candlemas on Feb 2. This stemmed from the pagan perception you need to shelter the tree and hedge spirits from the worst winter storms earlier than taking them outdoors to make sure regrowth and wholesome crops. Who desires to be the merciless Grinch who throws the Holly and Ivy gods into the January blizzards? The Kent-based inside, product and occasion stylist Hannah Bullivant, whose weblog and social media posts appeal to hundreds of followers, teaches purchasers how one can make their properties “soulful” by staying in tune with the seasons. In January this implies conserving key festive items in place and attempting to keep up a little bit magic. Bullivant posted on Instagram: “I’ll take away my beloved Christmas department and the baubles… However I’ll be conserving the wreaths up, the little bottles of evergreen, the fairy lights and candles too.” Once I talked to Bullivant yesterday she identified branches and greenery “proceed to honour the season”, whereas wreaths “symbolise the cycle of life and the flip of the seasons, so can work all yr spherical”. Once I gazed on the beautiful wreath she’d posted on Instagram – a fairy concoction of dried twigs, reeds, fir cones and foliage – I believed I’d in all probability stick with it all decade. Bullivant can also be an enormous fan of bringing bunches of recent herbs into your home, citing thyme and rosemary within the Age of Covid for his or her recent scent and antibacterial properties. Alison Carter, who runs her personal interiors studio Alison Carter Design, says that as households spend extra time collectively over lockdown there’s extra emphasis on the eating desk because the beating coronary heart of the household’s celebrations.. She cited the rise in Britain of US phenomenon, “the tablescape”, the place eating tables are themed and decked-out to the nines and also you may see Christmas décor prolonged to New 12 months and early birthdays. Mrs Alice (AKA Alice Naylor-Leyland) is the queen of this style and her web site affords a lavish array of winter eventualities – The Enchanted Forest, Swan Lake and First Noel – and I may fairly see it could be arduous to place your owls, deer, swans and toadstools again within the attic till you’ve had a superb, two-month play with them.