I don’t know about you, but in my family decorating the Christmas tree officially marks the beginning of the festive season. The same scenario happens each year, we sit down surrounded by Christmas baubles and my mother says, “Let’s try and make it spectacular this year!” Whilst the tinsel has disappeared and the knitted angels have been removed altogether, as much as I hate to admit it, our Christmas Tree still manages to look a lopsided mess- but it is our lopsided mess.
Whilst family trees are often a masterpiece in themselves, it is the decorated trees scattered all over London that really bring out the spirit of Christmas for us at The Handbook. Like the hotels and shops that house them, they ooze the timeless, glamour of Christmas, and are role-models ever fur should aspire too. This is none-too true than the annual Christmas Tree from Claridge’s, which for the second time is being designed by Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the figureheads of Dolce and Gabanna and long-time guests of the hotel.
The tree which will be unveiled on 19th November, is dedicated to all the children of the world. It will combine the real with the imaginary with an enchanted forest theme, evoking in the words of Dolce and Gabanna themselves, the night before Christmas. Complemented by hundreds of hand-painted blown glass spheres that immortalise some of the city’s most famous landmarks and traditions, the tree will celebrate Christmas by bringing together all the different cultures from around the world. This is the fifth year, the iconic hotel have invited one of their famous guests to create and decorate the tree and once again it looks to be a festive landmark admired by all.
Perhaps we should leave our tree decorating skills to the professionals next time…