Christmas is getting very close! What a busy time of year, right? There’s gift buying and gift wrapping, and cookie baking and partygoing and lots and lots and tons of decking the halls! Sometimes, I must confess, I can get so wrapped up in all the “getting ready” I forget what I am getting ready for. How about you? I love this time of year and the reason for the season so I want to breathe in and take in and enjoy every ounce of this special time of year! I want my home and spirit to be filled with grace and love and good cheer! So that means being deliberate in choosing how much of my time and attention I spend on things like decorating and holiday baking! Today I’m sharing some easy and common sense ways to decorate our homes!
It’s Friday and that means PRACTICALLY SPEAKING.
Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart. I can’t tell you how many years I drug big, huge bins of Christmas decorations up and down the basement stairs. It was exhausting! But no more! Several years ago I got smart and changed the way I think about decorating for Christmas!
If you would like beautiful, tasteful and easy Christmas decorations this year, here is a little bit of practical wisdom to help you!
I used to think it was a sin against Thanksgiving to decorate before the bird was served! I called decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving CROSSHOLIDATION, a word I made up for decorating for a holiday before another one is over.
Let’s be honest… decorating is a process and most of us don’t get it done one in one or two days! And most years there are less than four weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas. So until Thanksgiving is moved to the beginning of November I think it’s only smart and practical to BEGIN the decorating process or at least begin transitioning into Christmas before Thanksgiving. There, I said it outloud! YIKES!
I know this might be a hard thing for many of us, but it is P-R-A-C-T-I-C-A-L! And if you need permission to start your Christmas decorating… I’ll give it to you! Start now!
PICK THREE OR FOUR AREAS IN YOUR HOME TO MAKE A CHRISTMAS BIG STATEMENT
Decades ago our home looked like Santa’s sleigh was dumped into it. Every nook and cranny was decorated. It was Christmas overload!
Now I choose a few areas to decorate and not the whole house!
Every year I decorate my mantel, tree, stairs and dining room table in Christmas festive finery. And in the recent past, I also concentrate on the open shelves in my breakfast nook. They get the most attention and decor.
The rest of the home gets a bowl of greens here and a few candles there and a sprinkling of cranberries! Easy and uncomplicated!
It’s important to think about what areas of your home you want to decorate extra special! Concentrate on them and use a light hand on the rest of your home!
CHOOSE A THEME
To keep Christmas decorations looking cohesive from room to room in your home, choose a Christmas theme!
Choosing a theme helps to edit decorations so you only work with what will work with the theme. Last year’s theme was STARS. I think it was one of my favorites! I called it A STARRY CHRISTMAS!
This year my theme is O, CHRISTMAS TREES. I have lots of pretty Christmas trees, so this year I am bringing them out and showing them off!
It’s so fun to have a theme each year! What will your theme be?
USE FAUX GREENS
I know, I know! But these days faux greens are beautiful and they are huge time and energy savers!
Collect the best quality faux greenery you can find and use them year after year! Here’s a post GREAT TIPS FOR CHOOSING AND DECORATING WITH FAUX CHRISTMAS GREENERY. A must read for Christmas decorating!
Add bowls of faux greens to table and buffets. Hang a garland across a mirror. Go for a natural, simple look!
INSTANT CHRISTMAS DECORATING… PILLOWS AND THROWS!
If you have been a StoneGable reader for any time you know my crush on pillows! Pillows and throws can magically transform a room! Add a fun, fabulous Christmas pillow and a coordinating throw and BAM!… Christmas cheer!
See CHRISTMAS PILLOW LOVE 2016 for a look at this year’s best Christmas pillows.
USE CHRISTMAS PRESENTS AS DECOR
This one easy Christmas decorating ideas can brighten up your whole home! I love to wrap boxes (empty) in Christmas paper and add special bows and trim to them and use them to decorate! So pretty and inexpensive and the gift wrap can be coordinated with your theme and colors for the year!
Here are some of my favorite Christmas elements to use when I’m decorating:
- boxwood anything
- faux greens
- Christmas trees
- citrus fruit
- mercury glass
- twinkle lights
Now, I’d love you to share easy ways you decorate for Christmas! We are all waiting to hear!
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