The annual ceremony of dressing the Christmas tree ranks highly in our top moments of the year; with a fire blazing, festive music booming and mulled wine flowing, it’s just about as magical as it gets… And yet, what with the howling winds and seasonal illnesses coming thick and fast, hanging decorative snowflakes onto branches can feel a bit like rubbing salt into frost-bitten wounds. 

So then, indulge in a little blue-sky thinking and allow your tree to be a portal to more soothing tropical climes (and become a total treat for the eyes in the process). Metallic blue-lensed St. Tropez sunglasses, a juicy slice of watermelon and a cheesy floral Hawaiian shirt all make for fun, kitsch additions to the holiday centrepiece. 

If you listen very closely, you’ll almost be able to hear Rupert Holmes’ “If you like Pina Coladas” replacing those tired festive tunes...

To dip your toe into the salty beach sea, head to Harrods to shop its Insta-worthy selection of tropical decorations: