The festive period has come to a close and many of you will be taking down the Christmas decoartions this weekend. As you do, you’ll spot the following Christmas personality styles in the gardens of your neighbours. Which type are you?
The Christmas garden of somebody who prides him or herself on their excellent taste, the Glitzy garden is a perfectly balanced combination of sentiment and artful style.
Generally, this garden type will be a choreographed wonderland of one colour and one metallic (gold and black or silver and white for example). Incidental holly trees and ivy bushes might be strung with subtle single-tone lights, and hard-wearing Liberty-sourced outdoor baubles may be hung from bare branches.
Generally, the overall luxe effect will be achieved by maintaining a firm ratio of 80:20 (garden versus decorations). However, the Glitzy Christmas gardener may blow all of their allocation on one giant silver sparkly reindeer, rather than distributing the decorations equally across their outdoor space.
Irrepressible Christmas spirit
There’s something about Christmas that gives us a free pass to indulge in taste-free activities, like wearing novelty knitwear or elf hats to work. For some people that’s simply not enough, and their ambition from Dec 1st onwards, is to live inside a Christmassy bubble.
This preference obviously extends to their gardens and their outdoor spaces soon become car-stopping kaleidoscopes of tinsel and flashing lights. This mash of colour and glitter will definitely contain three of the following: a ‘Santa Stop Here’ sign, a blow-up Father Christmas hanging from the chimney, an animatronic nativity scene, fake rolls of snow covering the lawn, multi-coloured fairy lights and a fibre optic tree covered in faux-snow. Grass, what grass? This person’s actual garden won’t be visible until next spring, but every child in a 50-mile radius will love it.
Just as Scandi style prevails inside, Scandi Christmases have made a real mark across the UK over the past couple of years. This whimsical and craft-based expression of Christmas celebration is perhaps the hardest to spot from a distance, being the style most wrought of natural materials.
True Scandi decoration isn’t shop-bought but built up over the years, crafted by generations from the garden’s natural resources. The defining motifs of this style are fur cones, painted wooden hearts, wicker wreaths containing live foliage, berry garlands, and strings of hand printed cloth bunting.
You’ll spot the Scandi Christmas gardener stood on their Millboard deck, drinking their mulled wine whilst wrapped in faux-reindeer skins, chunky mittens and woollen hats.
No effort whatsoever Christmas
The fourth type (representing an enormous swathe of the British public) is the Zero Effort Christmas gardener. This type may have a whole Santa’s Grotto dominating their living room or they may be more puritanical in approach. Whatever the case, you’ll likely never know.
So there we have it, the four types of Christmas garden decorator. Did you recognise yourself? Whatever the case, from all at Millboard, we wish you a very merry Christmas.