Not far from me is a hardware store that sells everything – and I mean everything. From Superglue to Sawdust, they’ve got it. Every year though they roll out their Christmas decorations and they always leave me feeling like I’m in a bargain basement.
I like proper Christmas decorations, what I don’t like is very thin scraggly things that look like they have been put together in a mass factory and shipping in for 1p. No, no, not on my walls.
I’m going to make some basic assumptions that maybe a few of you feel the same, you want quality. You may even agree with me that, you get what you pay for. Rarely am I proven wrong. Although when I am proven wrong, I happily happily post it around my social media accounts for all to see.
From Bad To Good
Let me give you an example of what I mean. It’s a bit like expectations vs reality…
So this is the reality. It’s a pretty simple tinsel decoration of a star, about 10inches in height, wonky and after a bit of handling or time in the basket, it starts to unravel before you’ve reached the till area. Not cool.
And this is the expectation, a nice and neat structure, all pretty and… OK so back to my previous statement of you get what you pay for? Yeah you do in most cases and I guess I am stupid to think something a couple of quid could look great or survive more than one Christmas.
Value Over Time
I appreciate that some people change their decorations each year, maybe they want a different colour. Who wouldn’t? We decorate our houses more than once, change car colours even so it’s absolutely acceptable to change our decoration colours.
What I have been investing in now I am older though, is the premise that I want to buy decorations that are going to last. Decorations that the kids can grow up with. I remember having the same decorations as a child, there was something fun and comforting about it. It helped create the magical atmosphere – It must be Christmas because Dads put the hangy things on the ceilings – bravo!
So I will pay that little but more for something now. Maybe something that doesn’t have a dominate colour or is neutral. A Christmas snow globe for example or a nice Christmas centrepiece. I’m quite fond of unusual things too – I totally wouldn’t mind a Christmas Superman Plaque or the Christmas nativity scene made out of Marvel characters.
That might be one of my next posts actually… Hmm,,,
Until then, I’ve popped a few rather appealing decorations – appealing to me I should add but hopefully you’ll like them too.