One of my favorite times of the year is Christmas season. And by Christmas season, I generally mean the day after Thanksgiving until a week or so after Christmas. I admit, sometimes I will start listening to Christmas music earlier than that and each year, I debate if I want to take out the decorations sooner. So yes, I am one of those people that will start decorating early. Will you decorate for Christmas this year? Do you have traditions that you uphold? What about homemade decorations? Over the years, my decorating style has changed but I still have a few tried and true decorations that have stuck with me over the years. Each year, it seems, I add new decorations though I tend to stick with the same type of style. And as Squeaker gets older, we’ll start including more homemade decorations as well.
I tend to use more traditional colors when it comes to decorating, but I’ve also thought about going with a blue and silver theme. Still, I tend to go back with the dark reds and dark greens as it just feels more Christmas like to me.
On my desk, I’ll probably add in a small string of lights and a little Christmas village scene. Or I might use a more winter themed one to keep it seasonal instead of just holiday restricted.
I have a tri-fold wooden screen type of thing that sits up there normally and a few teddy bear themed nick-nacks.
We do outdoor decorations as well, and this year, I think we’ll be adding an outdoor display piece. But nothing too big or obtrusive as that just doesn’t fit with our overall decorating style.
Decorating your home for Christmas doesn’t have to be stressful. There are many things you can do and items you can use to dress up your home for this wonderful season. One suggestion when decorating your home for Christmas is using ribbon. If you have a decorating theme for Christmas, regarding color, choose ribbon to correspond with your theme. You can tie ribbons to all sorts of items in your home such as chair backs, wreathes, basket handles, stair railings and even doorknobs. Ribbons and bows are very festive. A good idea is to choose ribbon which can be easily untied and retied. This way you can reuse the ribbon another Christmas season.
Using holiday tableware is nice when decorating your home for Christmas. Search your home for anything Christmas, plates, bowls, mugs, glasses, any piece of tableware that has a Christmas theme. Make sure to use these items each and every meal, every day throughout the Christmas season. Another good idea is to buy a few pieces each year. In time you’ll have enough tableware to serve the entire community.
Lighting is important when decorating your home for Christmas. During the month of December turn off your lights. Make use of your candles in every room of your home. Place candles on the dining table, on the coffee and end tables in the living room and perhaps place a nice scented pillar candle in the bathroom. Don’t just put them there for decorations but also make sure to light them each night. If you have a fireplace, make sure to light it and enjoy it. A fireplace creates a cozy atmosphere which is nice when guests are visiting.
Decorating your home for Christmas should always include a Christmas tree. After decorating the tree with your homemade ornaments and strung popcorn, use the leftover branches to make arrangements for your home. Put the greens in a basket or bowl, add pinecones, bows and ornaments. Use the branches to make swags to hang over doors throughout your home. Take the evergreen sprigs and place them around your home, on windows, on a bookcase shelf or on a ledge. Evergreen branches and sprigs certainly reflect Christmas. Not only do they look nice but they spread a lovely aroma throughout the home.
Christmas is a time for celebrating. It’s a time to pull out all the stops. Snow is always nice for Christmas. When decorating your home for Christmas, why not use snow, artificial snow to add a sparkle to your home. Sprinkle it on the dining table, the hutch or the fireplace. Use ornaments which reflect light and hang them around your home, from doors or even indoor trees and plants. This will definitely look dazzling at night as the candle light flickers off the ornaments. Decorating your home for Christmas shouldn’t be a dreadful task but a delightful experience. One thing to remember when decorating your home for Christmas is not to over-think your plan. Keep it simple because simplicity is elegant and beautiful.
How will you decorate for Christmas this year?