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Six new Christmas traditions to try out this year

Jennifer Morgan,
Interiors Editor

Some traditions sum up Christmas – the tree, the gifts, the decor – but this year, shake things up with a new take on the old favourites

Living room decorated for Christmas with tree
Table set for Christmas dinner

Go green with emerald

The tree might be green, you might dress your home with armfuls of fresh foliage, but your decorations have always been in a constrasting colour. Green’s not an obvious Christmas colour scheme in its own right, is it? Well, not until this year…

Following on from our obsession with the natural world, especially huge tropical leaves such as banana and monstera, we’re seeing vivid emerald shades adorning our Christmas trees. ‘Green on green is not an obvious choice, but it really works,’ says Dan Cooper, Partner & Buyer, Christmas.

Christmas presents wrapped in green paper

Make the wrapping part of the gift

Once upon a time, gifts were just wrapped in paper, with a stick-on bow (if you were lucky). But things have changed, with decadent wrapping, embellished tags and gorgeous hand-tied bows all part of the festive art of giving. 

Why not include a decoration as part of your wrapping to make your gifts look extra-special this year? Look out for clip-on peacocks, dragonflies and gorgeously decadent roses. 

Bar trolley in dining room

Pull out a drinks trolley

Hosting a party? All the best ones need a drinks trolley – so retro, but so now. Start a new tradition of allowing guests to mix up their favourite drinks while you carry on prepping in the kitchen.

Make sure your drinks are trolley-worthy, too, with on-trend gin cocktails. Bring out your best glassware, stock up on straws and swizzlers and get the party started.

Gin bottle with Christmas decor

Raise a glass of… gin

Swap your traditional Christmas tipple for a G&T. There’s been a wave of exciting new gin distilleries opening in the UK over recent years, with some stylish bottles that will look amazing on your bar trolley or sideboard (as well as tasting divine). Don’t miss John Lewis & Partners’ gin exclusives with Edinburgh Gin, Firebox and Chase.

Rachel Costello, Partner & Buyer, Gift Food & Alcohol, says: ‘Customers are choosing gin for their Christmas tipple this year, with sales up 21% so far this season.’

Quality street personalised for Christmas

Pick your favourites

Nothing says Christmas like a big tin of chocolates. And this year, John Lewis & Partners has teamed up with Quality Street to offer bespoke tins of your favourite sweets. There’s even an exclusive personalisation station at John Lewis & Partners Oxford Street, giving you the chance to pop your name on the tin, as well as choose three of your all-time favourites to fill the tin with. 

‘I know all too well the pain of sorting through the bottom of the tin on Christmas Eve, only to find empty wrappers – in my household it’s Toffee Pennies!’ says Scott Bartle, Partner & Assistant Buyer, Christmas. ‘So we wanted to give our customers the opportunity to have their favourites to choose from. The interesting thing is that one person’s favourite is another person’s Toffee Penny.’

Scented candles and diffusers

Give Christmas a new scent

We might all associate the smell of gingerbread, oranges and mulled wine with Christmas, but this year, why not swap those traditional home fragrances for something a little different? 

Try a fruity yet woody black fig, fresh spruce, lily of the valley or even leather scented candle or a fresh ocean breeze diffuser – and fill your home with a new festive fragrance.