For me anyway, Christmas is starting early this year. I am normally the first to argue that the twelve days of Christmas are quite enough, but this year, I believe we all need the cheer to start prematurely to help us get through an increasingly bleak winter lockdown.
When Christmas parties are digitised and Santa is social distancing, I see no reason to save Wham!’s ‘Last Christmas’ for the 24th of December. Christmas engenders in us all a strong sense of community. On the shortest, darkest days of the year, we’re called to be nicer to our siblings and parents and neighbours and colleagues; to think of others before ourselves and to give generously. This year, we’re likely to be more touched than ever by simple acts of thoughtfulness and charity, and in my book, that alone is a strong argument for kicking off the festive period early. Couple it with the fact that we’ll all be posting a lot more gifts than usual this year, so we’re required to be even more organised than normal, and suddenly Mariah Carey in November doesn’t seem so absurd.
The last thing we need is for that gifting to become arduous, though, which is why I’ve outlined here my go-to’s for the best of Johnstons of Elgin’s Christmas offering to help ensure we all have a merry little Christmas.
First up is the wonderfully intricate (the underside is just as beautiful as the topside), heavyweight Luxe Fair Isle Silk Cashmere Cardigans (his & hers) – they are indeed cardigans like no other. Inspired by Mongolian textiles and landscapes they’re satisfyingly chunky and are endowed with generous shawl collars. Layered over a fine gauge jumper in grey, camel or merlot, or even over a t-shirt on milder days, they’re Christmas jumpers (and then some) that work all year around.