You cannot have a christmas dinner/lunch without bon bons. You just cannot. I've taken to making my own bon bons these days (quick tutorial here) because that way I get control over what goes in (um, no dud gifts please) plus you get to match them to your table. The monochromatic textural look given to these bon bons are SO much cooler than anything you can buy in a store, right?
You know what engineers were like born to do? Wrap presents. The black and white prints will pretty much look awesome when teamed with oh, anything? I went for classic brown paper and hid the engineer 'wrapping paper' on the inside so that friends get a little surprise pop when they open their pressies. Double surprise!
Gingerbread is such a huge part of my christmas game. I think I may like the smell and the decorating more than the actual cookies so I usually end up with mountains of gingerbread to..redistribute. Cookie bags are therefore a must. Brown bags look good but a brown bag with a tag made from engineer print cut offs look way okay-er.
Finally, this is the tree that you can have up all year long if you wanted to. If you subscribe to the 1st of December rule, you could just take the lights off and it becomes a tree poster but come fairy light time it's like Bang! Christmas is heeeeeerrrrrreee! Personally, I intend on leaving the lights on forever but let's not talk politics at this time of year.
Well I think that covers the magical christmas trifecta: cookies + dud gifts + fairy lights. Did I miss anything??