How we holiday

How We Holiday: Make Your Most Festive Home This Season

The holiday season is something we look forward to every year, and not just for the food, gifts, and time spent with loved ones. It's also an opportunity to make our homes festive, cozy, and bring all of those holiday sights and smells indoors.

And no matter how you holiday, we've got tips for making your most festive home yet: from creating an ambience with holiday scents, to making your houseplant collection part of your holiday decor, to getting inspiration for new traditions for this year and beyond.

6 Natural Ways to Make Your Home Smell Like the Holidays

Make your home smell like the holidays

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Much of what makes our house feel like home over the holidays is the cozy accents, inviting wall decor, and festive ornaments—but there’s one aspect of decorating that simply cannot be overlooked: making your home smell like the holidays.

Whether it's cinnamon and clove mixed with warm vanilla, or pine and fresh tree trimmings, there’s a distinct scent, and keeping that in mind can help you design your home with intention and holiday cheer this season. Here are some tips from the experts on getting that smell naturally (and easily) into your space.

5 Easy Ways to Make Plants Pop in Your Holiday Decor Scheme

How to incorporate plants into holiday decor

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If you have a lot of plants, it can be tricky to know what to do with them when you decorate for the holidays. But this year, instead of moving them around, why not incorporate them into the decor as much as possible?

Try making your plants a focal point in your holiday decor in a few areas of your home. We asked plant lovers for their tips, so try these five easy ways to put your houseplants to work and to elevate your holiday style.

How Each Zodiac Sign Prepares for the Holidays

How each zodiac sign prepares for the holidays

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The holiday season is quickly approaching, and everyone is starting to prepare for the festivities. There's so much to be done, and it requires some forward-thinking to make sure everything is taken care of.

We all have our own favorite aspects of the season, as well as ones we focus on the most. While no one does everything the exact same way, our zodiac signs can give us a glimpse into our personalities and what might be important to us. Check out your zodiac sign below to see if this matches how you usually prepare for the holidays.

11 Ways to Make Your Home Holiday-Ready Without Redecorating

How to make your home feel like the holidays without redecorating

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As we inch closer and closer to the holidays, the urge to decorate for the season might make you feel like you have to buy all the things and follow all the trends. While it’s always fun to pick up a few new pieces to deck your halls, we’re here to assure you that you can still make your home feel festive without doing a giant overhaul.

We turned to a few of our favorite experts to ask for their top tips for elevating your home to holiday levels without redecorating entirely.

9 Experts on the Holiday Traditions They Look Forward to All Year

Holiday traditions experts look forward to

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For many, the holidays are associated with special traditions that make the season feel extra festive. When I was growing up, my dad and I would always take a nature walk on Thanksgiving Day and come back to the house with acorns and other objects to display as part of the dining room table centerpiece that evening. I'll always have fond memories of that little ritual!

We wanted to know what traditions lifestyle pros look forward to every year, so we talked to nine creatives to find out their holiday traditions that help to make Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Hanukkah feel extra meaningful.

16 Holiday Decor Items You Can Keep Up Through Winter

Holiday decor you can leave up all winter

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When to put up Christmas decorations and when to take them down has long been a subject of discussion among decorators and in homes across the country. Nothing is more magical than the twinkling lights, scintillating scents, and colorful displays of the season. So it’s no wonder some people want to keep the cozy feeling after all the gifts have been opened, the treats have been devoured, and the new year has begun.

Though Santa-themed decor might need to head to storage, many decorative items that are included in holiday scenes can remain in place throughout winter. Still, others can be shifted or adapted slightly and easily make the move from holidays to every day.