It’s happening earlier and earlier every year, that itch and twitch I get to decorate the house for Christmas. While we always wait until after November 12th to decorate, typically I have December 1st as the decorating GO day. But, probably due to Instagram, Pinterest and holiday advertising I find myself ready to decorate earlier each year. So far, I have a few items here and there, but the tree itself will be going up this weekend. On Saturday I’m having a holiday gathering at my house, and I can’t wait! There’s something so special about friends coming together around a Christmas tree, don’t you think?
I don’t have a long list of criteria for holiday decorating, but a few of my tips include:
1) Stick With a Colour Theme
If red plaid is your jam, you will find a ton of great decor items in stores already! Accent it with gold and you’ve got a beautiful, traditional holiday look to work with every year. I had a love of purple and silver for several years, and this year I purchased new decorations for the tree in my new favorite colour – seafoam green – and probably overspent on seafoam green and gold wrapping paper to match. Having clashing colours creates chaos in an already more-crowded-than-usual-room.
2) Less is More
About that crowding…While having every cute holiday decoration on your mantle makes you grin, when Christmas trees and gifts start to crowd out a living space, the decorations can start to look more like clutter. Pick your favorites to display near the tree and then consider adding a touch of decor to other rooms (don’t forget the bathroom!)
3) Celebrate the Senses
Bring out cozy warm blankets and create ambiance with a warm fireplace to help put everyone in the holiday spirit. Use scent to help bring everyone back to their childhood Christmas (it’s crazy how scent does that!) with fragrances like pine or berries. Don’t let cooking smells or uh…crowded-room-smells ruin your Christmas vibe! Febreze products work well to not only eliminate those smells but also leave behind scents that aren’t overpowering.
In fact, Realdoug E. Fresh and Doug The Pug have created a cute and fun video to highlight the #12Stinks of Christmas! Yep, it’s a thing and once you watch the video you’ll agree on how very real those stinks are for all of us!
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