What goes on behind the scenes at Standen House, an Arts & Crafts family home


Getting ready for Christmas: a sneak peek

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The last week in November is a very busy one here at Standen: all across the house, gardens and estate, preparations are being made for the festive season. So I thought I’d offer you a (very brief) sneak peek of what we in the house have been up to, before I head off to help.

Christmas decorations

Rustic decorations on one of our real Christmas trees

Christmas sees the house dressed for a traditional 1920s celebration with the Beale family. We brought out the vast quantities of Christmas decorations from storage, and brought in the fragrant pine trees from outside, ready for our small army of volunteers to begin decorating.

Christmas decorations

Traditional decorations, handmade by our volunteers

Monday was a long day, punctuated by lots of cups of tea (who knew decorating could be such thirsty work?!), but by the end of the day, we had got a lot of the decorations in place.

By the middle of the week, the house will be ready for Christmas, and we will move on to another of our festive traditions: our annual volunteer Christmas parties, when we get the chance to say thank you to our volunteers, and let them know that we really appreciate all that they do.

So a very busy, but exciting week ahead!

(See here for more about what’s on offer at Standen this Christmas).