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Festive 1508

18. 12. 15   :   The Epistle

‘It is a fine seasoning for joy to think of those we love.’

One year is coming to an end and another is about to begin; the significance of this makes the holiday season a time for both reflection and optimism. There’s a feeling of nostalgia and a spirit of openness that unites people of all generations.

Streets, homes and shop windows are dressed in their glittering finery and festive cheer is all around. Life slows to a more leisurely pace, making now the perfect time of year to do what you love best. And however you choose to spend your winter break, it will feel all the more magical when set against a backdrop of candlelight, sparkle and goodwill aplenty.

Here are just a few images that sum up the joy of Christmas for the 1508 London team.

Photo of Nikolsky cathedral in St Petersburg in the snow
St Petersburg, Russia – Photo: Garrett Ziegler via flickr.com / CC BY-NC-ND

We are excited that one of our 2016 projects will take us to the glorious city of St Petersburg. We’re looking forward to finding out more about its rich history and exploring its fairytale architecture.

Lladró Russian doll ornaments
Porcelain Matrioskas ornaments, Lladrò

We love this modern take on the traditional Russian doll. The first Russian nested doll set was carved in 1890 by Vasily Zvyozdochkin.


Alexandra Llewellyn Pheasant backgammon set
Pheasant backgammon board, Alexandra Llewellyn

Gathering around the fire for some board games is a much-loved Christmas tradition for some 1508 team members!


Festive wreath in copper hues with satin ribbon bow
Luxe Door Wreath, Hayford & Rhodes

Decorating the house is an important tradition at Christmas. At 1508 we love Hayford & Rhodes’ innovative flower designs.


Candle blocks from APPARATUS
Candle Blocks, Apparatus

One of the earliest records of candles being used at Christmas dates back to the Middle Ages, when records indicate that a large candle was used to represent the star of Bethlehem.


Gold and platinum plates from Alchimie collection by L'Objet
Alchimie collection in Gold and Platinum, L’Objet

A long, indulgent meal is one of the main focuses of the day – what better excuse to dress the table with fine tableware?


Three Rosendahl traditional style wooden soldiers marching with drums
Rosendahl Guardsmen, Skandium

Traditional wooden toys make beautiful, timeless gifts for children.


Image from English National Ballet's The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker, English National Ballet – Photo: Shiori Kase © Jason Bell

A trip to the theatre or ballet is a fabulous Christmas gift that will be enjoyed by adults and children alike.