It’s going to be a green Christmas!

by Mica Decorations

This trend makes it easy to bring the Christmas spirit into your home. It’s the time of short days, long, evenings and looking forward to celebrating Christmas with friends and family. Why not give them a warm welcome by expressing your creativity in the latest Christmas trend, featuring natural materials, like wood, glass and natural greenery.

The atmosphere is soft, friendly and earthy. It is more about the feeling of coming home than making a big impact. Sustainability is also important in this. For example, use recycled wrapping paper and hemp rope to wrap your presents. Add some extra colour, by decorating with a sprig of green or some wood shavings.

Here are the five major trends for the coming Christmas Holidays.

Seen to be green!
Bring December greenery into your home, such as fir, pine, mistletoe and ivy. Pine cones are delightful decorations, use a ribbon to attach them to your tree. A small pine tree can serve as a houseplant in an attractive Mica Decorations’ pot before being promoted to stunning, mini Christmas tree and after Christmas, can once more resume life as a houseplant. Less is more, give everything lots of space.

Fairy-tale ornaments
A big trend this Christmas is beautiful glass baubles in the colours silver, white or even transparent with a green leaf or twig inside. Wooden ornaments can also make your tree a real eye-catcher, such as ornaments in the shape of an autumn leaf, star or Christmas tree.

Colour with dried flowers
Wrap up your Christmas presents with a dash of nature, using pine cones or ornamental grass. Different and very popular: decorate presents with dried flowers, pine cones and/or wood chips from Mica Decorations. You can also use large dried flowers to decorate your tree: just position them between the branches for a surprising and colourful effect and you can use them again later to make a lovely bouquet #sustainable

Natural garlands
For a cheery, natural garland, string together slices of dried orange using a needle and fishing line. You can either buy the slices ready-made, or you can dry them yourself. Just dab dry thin slices of orange before placing them in an oven at 100-115 degrees Celsius for 2.5 to 3 hours, then air dry for another day. Combine with slices of lemon and lime along with cinnamon sticks, dried decorative apples and pine cones or whatever takes your fancy, on a hemp rope. This gives a real natural feel while still offering some lively colour.

Iced biscuits!
The question is whether delicious, home-made Christmas biscuits will survive long enough to decorate the Christmas tree? Nothing is cosier than making shaped biscuits in a house full of the aromas of freshly baked biscuits.

Create your own Christmas biscuits
for your Christmas tree

Dough
Mix 100 g soft butter and 75 g powdered sugar until light and creamy. Add 1 egg yolk and ½ tsp vanilla extract and mix it in. Sift and mix in 150 g of flour with the mixer on a low setting. Pour the dough out onto a floured work surface and turn it into a ball of dough. Wrap this in cling film and let it rest for at least 2 hours in the fridge.

Bake
Preheat the oven to 170 degrees and place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray. Roll out the dough to the desired thickness and used shaped biscuit-cutters to cut out biscuits. If you want to hang them up, don’t forget to make a hole. Place the biscuits on the baking paper then bake for 10-15 minutes until golden brown.

Decorate
Let the biscuits cool completely. Mix powdered sugar with a tiny bit of lemon juice or water to make a thick, glossy glaze and decorate the biscuits to your heart’s content. Serve the biscuits on an attractive Mica Decorations’ platter and together with a mug of hot chocolate, your Christmas mood is complete!

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