Christmas by Chantal: Advent Sunday

Panik Designs Advent Candelabra by Charles Wilson

Christmas is a time of year I always look forward to. At Rococo we’ve been busy behind the scenes planning our Christmas collection for months and this is the time we start to see all that hard work paying off with a beautiful new range of products for the festive season.

At home, on the First Sunday of Advent, I head down into the cellar to collect our stunning advent candlestick, a gift from Britta who does Rococo’s PR, by Charles Wilson for Panik Designs. It’s made of silver, which has become tarnished over the year, and the job of polishing it is handed to my husband James while I hunt for candles. Lighting the first candle always gets me in the festive mood.

As December approaches and the cold weather draws in the garden in our square starts to need a little extra care. I am first on a three line whip to take care of the fallen leaves.

Then it’s off to the Chelsea Physic Garden for the Christmas Fair. We are great supporters of the garden and have had a stall this weekend along with various other Artisan producers. It’s one of my favourite Christmas fairs as they have such a beautiful range of stalls and the atmosphere is lovely as everyone starts to look forward to Christmas.

Every year we also take our little Rococo Ape van to serve hot chocolate from. James and Richard, Rococo MD, did the honours this year to keep the shoppers warm, providing mini mince pies too, along with a little help from my daughter Millie.

As the day draws to a close we head home for the usual Sunday night activities of preparing for the coming week. I feed the family and organise my diary as December is shaping up to be another busy month.



  • Reply December 2, 2014

    Joan Remnant

    Just discovered you, Chantal. Someone from MDGS saw an article in the Financial Times and posted it on the Datchelor Facebook page. Laura /Woodruff and Meera Kohli both remember you, and I’m sure Mary Rose Seldon and Sheila Rogers will do to – I’ll be seeing Miss Rogers on Friday when some of us meet for a Christmas Lunch, and will see MRS at Carols on 14th.

  • Reply January 13, 2015

    Freddy Falck

    I would love to try out your award winning hot chocolate since I have a sweet tooth. Christmas collection exhibits look lovely and mouth watering. Would love to visit your shop and try your Christmas goodies and take back home a few. Could you suggest me a few more Christmas fares that are equally homely and festive around the city?

    • Reply January 16, 2015


      Chocolate Week is the UK’s biggest Chocolate celebration ran from Oct 13-19 2014, culminating in The Chocolate Show, 17-19 Oct at Olympia West, London.

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