“Have yourself a Merry little Christmas’ in your caravan?”
“Yes, you can deck the caravan (and campsite) with boughs of holly!”
“Santa Claus is coming to town’, and the next… So here are some Christmas decorations ideas while out on the road this festive season.”
“Oh, and all that needs to be avoided along the way: ‘Grandma got run over by a reindeer’ and ‘I saw mommy kissing Santa Claus’.
OH, CHRISTMAS TREE
How lovely are thy branches… The tradition of the modern Christmas tree emanated from 16th century Germany. Back then, they were decorated with apples, candles and nuts. These days, the fun part is adorning them with baubles, bells, bows, garland, pine cone and snowflake – even while in transit. A Christmas tree under any awning is a colourful – and sentimental – reminder of Christmas during your trip.
Santa sacks and Christmas stockings are always a favourite with the kids… And you’ll be the king or queen of the campground when the ‘happy little Vegemites’ curiously arise to find chocolates, toys and trinkets within arm’s length.
You can also add some spangle to the campsite with tinsel, one of the most iconic Christmas decorations, and fairy lights. Tinsel was initially used for adorning sculptures, but there’s nothing like some shiny foil to put the cheer into Christmas while traversing our Great Southern Land.
So too fairy lights which create a luminescent display certain to lift anyone’s Christmas spirit. LED lights, dolled up as reindeers, snowflakes, stars, etc., are equally eye-catching.
JINGLE BELL ROCK
Why not switch the caravan’s internal and external speakers to ‘qaudrophonic’ mode with a selection of your favourite Christmas carols and songs. Hark! The Herald Angel Sings; Joy To The World; The First Noel; Angels We Have Heard On High… Now that’s one way to get the Christmas camping party started!
A Christmas wreath, with an assortment of flowers, leaves, fruits and twigs, is a welcoming addition on the caravan door. Those with a craft bent will relish weaving their own, by decorating a wooden or wire frame with native grasses and flora.
ALL WRAPPED UP
Today’s newspaper is tomorrow’s fish-and-chip, no Christmas wrapping. Old newspapers can be utilised to wrap family gifts, and then once opened, become fodder for the campfire.
CANDLE IN THE WIND
Candleholders made from recycled old glass jars, or even plastic milk or juice bottles are simply perfect for the Christmas camp table. You can decorate them with glitter pens, paints, twine or ribbon.
Gumnuts, leaves, seedpods and shells make brilliant baubles and bring the Aussie bush into your caravan. You can paint them gold or silver with acrylic or spray paint, and hang these on your Christmas tree with a piece of string or fill a small bowl or jar for a festive table centrepiece.