I find it so much easier to transition decor from fall to Christmas instead of taking all my fall decor down in one or two days and then putting up all my Christmas decor. PHEW! Lots of work and lots of shuffling and schlepping decor! Let me show you a much easier way to gently float from fall into Christmas without losing your Christmas spirit!
I have such an aversion to pulling down all of my seasonal decorating at one time! I’d rather slowly, gently, and beautifully edit and replace, edit and replace. I’ll show you what I mean. You may love this type of decorating too and decide to embrace it in your home.
Time To Take Down Any Remnants Of Fall
If you have been following StoneGable, you know I’ve been talking a lot about transitioning decor. The day after Thanksgiving is the perfect time to get rid of any pumpkins. faux or real. My real pumpkins go into my garage, so I can keep them until they get squishy so I can pop off their stems.
I might take away pumpkins and leaves and acorns one day and Indian corn and fall wreaths the next. In several days my home will transition from a fall palette to a clean slate.
Here are things that get put away. Just make sure they are in great shape and look very in style.
- Faux pumpkins
- Autumn leaves and garlands
- Autumn colored tartans
- Indian corn
- Fall wreaths
- Fall inspired pillows
- Fall inspired tableware
I keep things like…
- Dough bowls
- Warm throws
- Chunky lanterns and candlesticks
- Dried hydrangeas
- Faux apples and pears
- pheasant feathers
My Go-To Transitioning Decor
Once the fall ornamentation is neatly packed away, I like to start in one area of our home and lightly decorate it for Christmas. I’ll add more as the calendar moves closer to Christmas.
I usually start decorating with two areas in our home, the foyer and the mantel.
I like to style early Christmas decor and add to it the first week of December. Because I start Christmas decorating right before Thanksgiving, I don’t want our home to look like our home is ready for Santa, at least not yet.
I love using Evergreen even in November. I just don’t want to add that extra layer of snowy branches, shiny ornaments, or other Christmassy decor. Decorating like this saves me from bringing twenty-three blue bins and countless boxes.
At the beginning of December, when I recovered from Thanksgiving, I’ll start to add more Christmas decor to the mantel and other areas of our home.
I’ve used this transitioning method for several years, and it is just so much less stress!
Create A Centerpiece For Each Room In Your Home
Create simple decor like centerpieces and vignettes that are organic and beautiful. But the key to transitional decor is to keep it simple, at least when you start Christmas decorating.
The best way to do this is to use natural elements. Here are some easy ideas for Christmas decorating right after Thanksgiving.
- Think about using lanterns, candles, and chunky candleholders.
- Sprinkle a little snow on a table and in the bottom of hurricanes that hold candles. Adding fairy lights to lanterns is also a very magical look.
- Fill bowls with pinecones, greens, and ornaments. Choose metallic ornaments now and replace them with more colorful ones closer to Christmas.
- Use boxwood balls to top off terracotta or mercury glass pots down the center of your dining room table.
- Fill a pitcher with pheasant feathers and add to a transitional vignette.
- Use lots of votives in gold and silver mercury glass votive holders everywhere.
- Fill a bowl with pinecones and snow and put it on a side table.
- Sprinkle pinecones and moss balls across the center of a table or mantel
- fill glass cylinders… one with metallic balls, one with pinecones one with pheasant feathers and one with snow… group on a buffet
- hang small boxwood wreaths on pretty ribbons over dishes hanging on the wall
- add a white creamer with pheasant feather and greens to your nightstand
- add neutral pillows to your sofa, chairs and bed.
Transitioning is a much more gentle way to go from one season or holiday to the next! And it’s sooo pretty too!