New trends Christmas decorations

The John Lewis Christmas press launch reveals what’s hot for Christmas 2012

I’ve got a Bishop on the top of my Christmas tree! I’ve been wheeling the same old decorations out for the past 10 years, and I need a change!


John Lewis knitted deer


Whether you’re knitting your own Christmas Deer decorations this year, or going on a spending spree, here are some great ideas from John Lewis‘ new Christmas collection, which we were lucky enough to see for ourselves when we were invited to their Christmas press launch last week.

It was a brilliant event, held at John Lewis Trafford Centre, but with displays from the John Lewis Home Store in Chester and with staff from The Beauty Retreat at John Lewis Cheadle.

It was great to meet the team and for 4Manchester Women to be included – we are looking forward to working with them more in the future *watch this space!*

If you’ve not already seen the new John Lewis Christmas advert – it’s called ‘The Journey’. I can’t believe that a snowman has just made me melt!





When it comes to journeys, the team at John Lewis have also been on their travels in search of ideas – from the rugged and icy landscapes of the Arctic, to Japan. They’ve explored all the trappings of the English eccentric and they’ve even travelled back in time – from the glamour and the decadence of the 1920′s to the feel good period of post war Britain.


Five hot Christmas 2012 trends


  • Winterland
  • Christmas Holiday
  • Theatre
  • New Japan
  • Lapland




Cool minimal white with natural materials such as wool, wood and wicker in a look that blends the modern with the homespun. It’s all about wrapping up in chunky knits in front of the fire.


Winterland Christmas scene


Winterland Christmas scene picnic hamper


Winterland wicker heart


Winterland table scene


Winterland breakfast in bed


Christmas Holiday


A nod to the positive, feel-good period of the 1950′s to create a look that is upbeat, quirky and nostalgic. There is also a strong retro feel with vintage inspired logos, details and typography.


Christmas Holiday Christmas scene


Christmas Holiday baking scene


Christmas Holiday  paper house




A glamorous collection influenced by Art Deco and the decadence of 1920′s style. Rather than being over the top however, it’s about restrained luxury. Expect to see rich luster of gold and bronze on decorations and tabletop accessories, and light reflected and refracted in cut glass.


Theatre Art deco Christmas decorations


Theatre Art deco Christmas decorations


Theatre Art deco Christmas decorations


Theatre Art deco Christmas decorations


Theatre Art deco Christmas decorations


Theatre Art deco Christmas decorations



New Japan


A look which has grown out of a contemporary homeware trend. When applied to Christmas it means a bright colour palette, origami influenced decorations and quirky pattern and detailing.


Japan themed Christmas


Japan themed Christmas


japanese Christmas decorations




With it’s use of natural materials, this is an extension of the Winterland trend. Additional characters include folk inspired imagery and a bright colour palette to engage and delight.


Lapland inspired Christmas decorations


Lapland inspired Christmas decorations


Lapland inspired Christmas decorations


John Lewis Christmas Teddy Bear


To view the full John Lewis Christmas range click here.

So what will inspire you this Christmas?

And that isn’t just an empty question – we do really want to know.


Competition Time


We want to know what’s going to be sitting on the top of your Christmas tree this year.

Will it be a Bishop like me? A star? An Angel or something altogether a bit different.

Pop it in the comments box below – but only one comment per person please.

We’ve got some fantastic competition prizes as an incentive, and three lucky readers who leave a comment will be chosen at random as the winners.

So don’t be shy – tell us what’s going to be on the top of your tree this Christmas.


The Prizes


I came away from The John Lewis press launch with the most impressive goody bag I’ve ever seen. As I was there on your behalf, it seems only fair that I should share it with 4Manchester Women readers.


First Prize: Beauty Package

Make-up bag containing sisley cleansing milk (30ml), floral toning lotion (30ml), global firming serum (3ml), intense anti-aging serum (10ml), intensive anti-cellulite contouring body care (15ml), eye and lip contour cream (2ml), Eau du Soir (2ml), sachets of moisturizing perfumed body cream and instant perfect. Jessica phenomen oil (15ml). John Lewis nail file.

Blink hand mirror.


Second Prize: Christmas Package

Felt snowman / Christmas stocking Christmas tree decoration.

Chocolate Santa lolly pop (35g).

White and dark chocolate hedgehogs (45g).

Two vouchers for a free tea or coffee at John Lewis.


Third Prize: Home Package

Christmas candle in a jar.

Voucher for tea or coffee plus cake or pastry for two at John Lewis.


Good luck! I look forward to reading all your competition entries.


Alison x  (your 4Manchester Women Editor)


Photographs: John Lewis

This is not a sponsored blog post.


By taking part in this competition you are agreeing to 4Manchester Womens Terms & Conditions for competitions and prize draws.


Competition closing date: 9pm Friday 23rd November 2012.


The winners will be the first names selected at random from all respondents. No purchase necessary. No cash alternative. The Editor’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. Closing date is 9pm Friday 23rd November 2012. The winner will be notified immediately. Only one entry per person. UK entries only. No automated entries. Supporting Loquax Competitions. If you are the lucky winner, your contact details will be forwarded to the providers of the prize, strictly for the purpose of fulfilling the prize and not for any other purpose.
Please note: Should you be notified as the winner, and you do not respond within 2 days of our notification, we reserve the right to re-draw the winner.


Previous competition winners (6 months)

Jubilee Memories (29th May 2012). Winner Heather Lagusz.

Manchester’s Favourite Cocktail Bars (5th June 2012). Winner Alexandra McGahey.

Declutter and Organise (28th June 2012). Winner Lorna Peppiatt. 2nd Prize Julie Kenny . 3rd Prize Jane Townson.

Wet Weather Places to Take the Kids (13th July 2012). Winner Diane Duggan.

Meet and greet with Peter Andre at The Girls Day Out Show (7th August 2012). Winner Katie Bullen.

In Three Words (18th August 2012). Winner Anita Roberts. 2nd Prize Samantha Atherton. 3rd Prize Laura Pritchard.

Moda Fashion Boutique – Best Bargain (18th September). Winner Sandra Foreman. 2nd Prize Tracy Hanson.

Bags and More – What’s at the bottom of your handbag (27th September 2012) Winner Shelly Jessup. 2nd Prize Eleanor Jones.

Kids say the funniest things – win a family ticket to LegoLand  (13th October 2012). Winner Natalie Holland.

Not doing Halloween – win a Baba+Boo bib (19th October 2012). Winner Karine Jade.

Manchester Tourist – win a mini break at The Oxnoble (1st November 2012). Winner Jo Healy.

















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159 thoughts on “New trends Christmas decorations

  1. The kids usual bring home an angel made with their own fair hands at school, so one of those will be gracing the top of the tree as usual (Im afraid they dont usual survive the festivities) We’ll probably have to alternate their angels on a daily basis to prevent arguments though!

  2. I have a vintage angel that been on the top of our family tree for many generations. Shea a little old and tatty but so much loved. Would be Christmas without her.

  3. Absolutely love the new looks and trends for Christmas-I think Wionterland has a wonderful nostalgic and homely feel-with its use of woods and a snadanavian feel -with many wood decorations this is one which could be used for many Christmas celebrations.

  4. The ye old faithful wonky star takes the stage every year. I do theme every year, this year is wool!!! And the star at the top, I may make a cosy to go on it x

  5. i will have my gorgeous angel with her floppy hair and lovely silver outfit with a magic wand, my son picked this from a shop when he was 2, hes 9 now and shes seen better days but until she falls to pieces she will take pride of place on top of my tree

  6. We balance a toy tiger as close to the top as we can get him, and he is officially our angel. I keep waiting for my kids to decide the tiger can be replaced, but so far they’re having none of it.

  7. I usually have a star while my parents tend to have an angel. They do go through a lot though as they like the ceramic ones and they tend to be a bit wobbly!

  8. We usually put a big gold star on top of our tree but it’s starting to look a bit tatty so i’m oin to invest in something new this year so we’ll just have to wait and see what ends up on the top this year. I might let my 16 month old daughter pick something seen as she’s my little star.

  9. We still have the old fairy doll that my mum had when she was a child.We do her dress every so often but she’s like a tradition so we couldn’t replace her.She’s very old and holds sentimental feelings for us

  10. Sorry, nostalgia rules. We have a teddy dressed as Santa that has been on the top of our Christmas tree since our first Christmas together in 1981 – and he doesn’t look a day older.

  11. I always have a little bird that clips to the top of the tree. It is gold and sparkly with a feather tail. A bit different but I love it!

  12. The people who have nothing but are still able to celebrate time with their families, that is what will inspire me this year

  13. Every year we get the decorations out and realise that we have forgotten to buy something for the top *again* (seriously – this has happened every year for 10 years). I usually have to get creative with some ribbon and wire and decorate the top with a giant bow. I guess its become a sort of tradition in its own rith. It would be wrong to stop now!

  14. i will be putting the families xmas angel that has sat on my great-great grans tree, then my great gran, my grans, my mums and now mine x x x x x

  15. I have a large purple star on the top, and then round the stem I tie a snowman photo frame with a picture of a much loved little guinea pig in it. She loved the Christmas tree and would spend hours running under it and looking up into the branches.

  16. we always have the childrens decorations on the tree the star goes on top that my daughter made, we still have some crackers that were from my husbands family when he was a child. I am hoping that my grandchildren will follow the same tradition!

  17. We have a star on the tree in the living room and I also put a tree up in the office at work and put a star on that. I usually put a tree up in my bedroom too and I put an angel on that one.

  18. for the last few years i had nothing on my tree top but last week spotted a must have John Lewis Beaded Tree Topper, in Silver. so thats whats going up this year

  19. My Christmas tree is a nightmare – when my son was crawling he delighted in pulling the tree down as often as he could -resulting in most of my decorations being broken …I put a fire grad around it in the end! So, only a few things survived, so on top of my tree goes a toilet roll fairy his sister made …very classy lol x

  20. We have an ANGEL tree topper in our house. My husband & I bought it for our first christmas together 20 years ago and it is still going strong!! We now have 3 children and they think it’s great x

  21. An elephant, I’m going to have an exotic Xmas Tree inspired by Indian and moroccan influences, i found a glittery elephant on the web and it’s going to look gorgeous!!!!!

  22. We always have An Angel on the top of our tree….It’s nearly 33 years old….lol My parents bought it on my first christmas…

  23. We always have our ‘Christmas Barbie’! We bought her 5 years ago during our first Christmas together in our new house when we had left it too late to get proper decorations and couldn’t find an angel anywhere. I was adamant I didn’t want a star and then we came across a Christmas themed Barbie with wings in the supermarket. I have jazzed her up with some tinsel and glitter and she proudly tops our tree each year! :-)

  24. My son made a wooden star at nursery last year which was lovely – until he sat on it! I hope I can persuade him to make another to top our tree this year!

  25. probably sonic! if my 7yr old gets his way – but i’m hoping to get past that!
    Last year I think it was one of the daugters teddies dressed as an angel!
    We’re very home made here!

  26. We have a star that a little boy made for me a few years ago, every year it gets some new scribbles or additions added to it to make it more sparkly than the previous year!

  27. The angel which sits on top of our christmas tree was made by my grandma and me when I was a litle girl. My children always make other ornaments to decorate the tree, but the angel is my special way of remembering my grandma at christmas.

  28. Well my mum has decided to clear out all the old Christmas decorations and redo it all this year. She’s been buying in plenty of baubles and decorations but as yet nothing for the top…so let’s hope she remembers or we might have to make an angel out of a toilet roll tube!

  29. At the top of our tree will be our star it’s cheap and raggedy but my son 1st helped us put it on the tree 12 years ago so it will go up again for years to come.

  30. I have used the same fairly doll on the top of the tree for the past 42 years of my marriage. Carefully wrapped up each year she still looks pretty good

  31. Call me scrooge but we usually don’t have a tree because we spend christmas away from home with family. There is a very old angel on my dad’s tree that I made in primary school twenty five years ago!

  32. well dont know whats going to be on top of the tree this year as i have a sneaky feeling my 6foot white xmas tree is not going to fit in my living room now i have a new corner sofa tho my hubbie is confident lol i can see the air being blue and me in prison for xmas . but all going well it will be a flashing star put up there by my now 15 year old son who used to be lifted to put it up but is now nearly 6 foot ( where has the time gone :( )

  33. My son has made a Santa Claus out of red shiny paper and white and black paper too!! :D whats better than santa at the top of the tree! :D

  34. We always have a gold star. I’m not even sure where it came from, just seems to have always been in the Christmas decorations box. Would feel quite guilty if I didn’t put it on top of the tree.

  35. Ours changes every year to go with our colour scheme, this year we are having pink and purple decorations, so maybe we will go with a purple star!

  36. I have a turquoise flower that I bought in Belgium on a christmas trip a few years ago. I wanted something different to the usual star or fairy (as nothing could replace the fairy from my parents’ tree) and I love turquoise.

  37. We have the same angel my mother-in-law had on her tree all her life. When she passed away my husband, two babies and I moved into the family house so it was only right that the angel stayed too. We always remember and talk to the children about their Nanna when we decorate the tree as she is now an angel up in the sky looking down at us all x

  38. My husband if he buys me the same tat he bought me last year. He told me he was going to buy me a new belt and a new bag. What he didn’t tell me was that they were for the hoover.
    It could have been worse, the year before he bought me some tail lights….He said they fell off the back of a lorry.
    Only joking, he does sometimes buy me things that are nice……And no, I don’t mean the biscuits.

  39. we have a big tree and mini trees – the big light up star goes on the big tree and a very fey pink and glittery fairy goes on the medium tree

  40. I have a robin, my mum gave it to me 12 years ago just before she died on Boxing Day that year and I haven’t the heart to get anything new. Great prizes!

  41. The most important person in my life was my grandma and when she passed away I believe that she returned as a robin. Every Birthday, Christmas and special ocassion a robin pops up in my path. Every Christmas since I lost my grandma a robin family sit proudly on top of our tree with pride.

  42. I will probably put a star on the top this year. Last year I didn’t have time to get one so I had a Zippy on the top of the tree….as in from the tv program Rainbow….he looked happy up there :-)

  43. We have an LED star on ours. It sounds a bit tacky but it actually looks quite good – and is a great way of making the room look all cosy.

  44. I use an angel that has been used for years by my family. My mum loved it so pouring it on the tree means a bit of her is there each year to celebrate christmas with us.

  45. We’re having a very sparkly new star on the top of the tree this year. It is going to replace the Angel that looks like a toilet roll cover, which has wobbled precariously there for too many years.

  46. Me and my gorgeous 5yr old stepdaughter made a angel from toilet roll tubes, pipe cleaners, glitter, polystyrene balls and paint, its looks really cute, that’ll be sitting on my tree with pride!

  47. A slightly bashed paper angel my daughter made in playgroup years ago that I cannot bring myself to {ahem} retire she needs repairs every year before she can take her rightful place on top of the tree.

  48. Each year I and the children make our christmas tree topper its fun and messy and means we get an oppurtunity to show of our handy work to all when they visit and see our tree,

  49. On our little tree in the kitchen it is the angel I made nearly 30 years ago at school, on the main tree we have tied together both my son’s angels so they can share the top spot!

  50. an angel made by my daughter out of tinsel wire it is more of an outline of and angel but it is too hard to change for a real tree topper as i am setimentally attached to it now but still rather embarresed when people say what is it x

  51. We always have a star at the top of our tree but for the past fews years we’ve taken it in turns to make a fantastic star tree topper. Last year I did one made from silver car with loads of glitter, the year before we made a star out of tinsel and wite…this year it’s hubby’s turn so as he has absolutely no craft skills whatsoever it will be interesting to see what we end up with!

  52. Our usual gold star which matches the gold and red tree decorations. This time though for the first time we will be able to get our little boy to add it as he was too young last year to do it.

  53. A star along with some hopefully not broken decorations – they all ways seem to get broke no matter how carefully wrapped and stored x

  54. Im not really sure what it is that we put on top of our tree – I will call it a tree topper – but it is a red shiny bulbous pointy thing – think of a turret on the Taj Mahal and its something like that but smaller obviously! LOL Thanks for a great comp too !

  55. We have a star on top and a fiber optic fairy underneath, We always have to elevate the tree to fit all the gifts under it, so we fill the gap with the fairy.

  56. We always have a fairy on the top of our tree, has been the same one we’ve been using for years, but the children don’t want to have a new one even though it’s now getting somewhat tatty.

  57. We have a Filigree type gold start but I think it might to have the glitter put back on it this year! It’s so heavy it makes the tree look drunk!

  58. This is my first christmas in a new flat with my boyfriend, so just getting our own tree will be exciting – not sure what are plans are for the top of the tree…hopefully i will win something from john lewis!

  59. I did have an angel that used to go on top of a real tree, but since buying an artificial tree she’s too heavy so we now have a star on top.

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