In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights but now, as Robert Hall has discovered, there is a huge selection of novelty lights that can add brightness and fun to your celebrations.
All the signs are that Christmas will be copper coloured in 2015, with Nathan James Dodd seeing metallic hues, particularly copper, taking over from the traditional red and green decorations.
For anyone who wants to be on trend over this coming festive season, there is an impressive range of decorations reflecting richly vibrant copper in the GardenSite.co.uk Christmas collection.
Konstsmide are world famous for designing the most delightful illuminated Christmas decorations and their Copper Metal Candlestick is a contemporary take on a tremendously elegant design.
Such a beautiful object will decorate your table or mantelpiece in an understated and stylish manner, and the five bright candles can also welcome guests if placed in your window.
A Copper Flowers Light Set is another beautiful Christmas piece that can be positioned to wonderful effect on a table top or flat surface, each metal flower adding marvellous seasonal warmth.
Also from Konstsmide is the 24 Ball Light Set that looks fabulous in its own right and can also be arranged creatively with other decorations. As with the other products, this is battery operated with intense LEDs that makes the copper sparkle.
Hang the garlands on the wall or lay them as a centrepiece on the dining table, where they will magically twinkle and add glitz to the festivities.
This Christmas it's clear why copper decorations have increased in popularity, particularly as the metal has such exceptional qualities, an undoubted richness that has natural lustre.
With such an alluring russet appearance, brought to life by brilliant LEDs, it's no wonder that copper is in demand and on trend.
Although the days are short and the view from our Garden Centre is frosty and overcast, Andy Taylor suggests various jobs that can be done in the garden during the month of January.
Showcasing young musical talent, this year's Winter Concert at Arthur Terry School was an outstanding success and took place against the stunning backdrop of a Christmas Tree donated by GardenSite.
It was quite an honour for GardenSite to be asked to supply the Christmas Tree to Birmingham New Street Station this year, and to celebrate we're offering a Champagne High Tea to the winners of a seasonal selfie competition.
With Storm Caroline reeking havoc many people are likely to be contacting their insurance companies at some time regarding damage caused to sheds, greenhouses, fences and other garden property. Robert Hall explains how GardenSite.co.uk can help with an independent insurance quote and claim.