Come Christmastime, it can be difficult to carve out some time for holiday cheer and putting up festive decorations. With the hustle and bustle of life, it's important to find a way to celebrate the holidays that meets both your budget and your schedule. To get a wonderful Christmas holiday atmosphere, there are a few things you can do to make the home feel cozy, special, and decorative. Below are some ideas for quick and simple ways to add a lovely holiday look and feel to your home that allows you to truly enjoy the winter season.
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Decorate Everything with Bows
You can get cheap bows at dollar stores and discount shops. Tie generous ribbons to chair backs, candlesticks, picks in plants, and wreaths. You can also tie ribbons to garlands, basket handles, drapery tie-backs, stair railings, and even doorknobs. Bows are an easy and festive look, and the ribbon colors and patterns you choose should go together with the rest of your decorating scheme.
When it comes to colors, you don't have to stick with red and green. Choose plaids or florals that tie in with the Christmas theme. If you can't find anything that looks quite right, you can also consider metallic silver or gold.
It's also important to choose a ribbon that you can untie and re-tie each year. This will save money in the long run, and you'll end up with a good collection of ribbons over time. When the holidays are over, untie the ribbons and press them lightly. The bows won't get crushed and the ribbons will be ready when you want to take them out the next year. You can also look into making your own floral bows of all sizes using wire. By using wire to make your bows, you can get crafty and attach them to many objects.
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Use Holiday Tableware for December Meals
For a festive dinner table, look through your cupboards and get out any dishes that fit the holiday theme. Discount stores often carry many name brand China as well as fun winter designs that are not so common. This is a great way to start a set of holiday dishes with dinner plates that coordinate with your everyday dishes.
Every year, you can add to your theme by adding pieces like salad plates and mugs. To keep the theme going, purchase one or two place settings every year until you can serve a full feast. If you're feeling adventurous, choose a different pattern and one place setting each year. Then, arrange different dishes around the table and use them as decor when they're not in use.
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Turn off the Lights
Arrange a generous amount of candles on the dining table. Even if you're just having leftovers, you can dine by candlelight and feel that your meal is special. When it comes to lighting, you can also burn a fire in the fireplace each evening, and encourage family and friends to gather around. Activities like reading, homework, writing Christmas cards, and even a brief snooze are great around the fireplace.
In your bathroom, you can also put together a pillar of candles on the sink or around the tub. Take some time to relax, soak, and enjoy. Keep in mind that if you have little children in your home, be careful with candles around the house and make sure to always have an adult around.
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Hang Holiday Wreaths
Put a wreath or some type of holiday swag on every door you have. Start with the front door to welcome guests, and then go to the back door. You can also hang wreaths over the mantle, in front of windows, and on bedroom doors. With all of these options, you can put wreaths on both sides of the door if you wish.
Wreaths can be used in various forms, such as real pine, holly, grapevine, or decorated with bows. They can also be decorated with berries, fruit, pine cones, raffia, ornaments, birds, photos, and even candy. To keep wreaths year after year, buy artificial ones that will last a lifetime, and remember to store them properly.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Of course, it's imperative that you put up a Christmas tree for the right holiday vibe. You can use an artificial tree, a real one, or a very small desk tree if you are concerned about size. For decorations, drape real or artificial garlands on railings, over mirrors, on the top of armoires, and along the mantle. Use additional ornaments to add wonderful color to your home to make the season extra special.
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Whenever you're home, turn on a CD or the radio and listen to Christmas music. For an extra jingle jangle, tie some sleigh bells onto the front door, and listen to the cheery welcome every time the door opens. If you have kids, you can wake them by jingling bells or give them a jolly "ho, ho, ho" in the mornings leading up to Christmas.
For classic entertainment, check the schedules ahead of time so you don't miss Christmas specials on TV. Make some family time to watch shows together, invite a friend over, or cuddle up with your pet. If you really like holiday movies, start a Christmas theme collection with classics like A Christmas Story, It's a Wonderful Life, Scrooge, or The Santa Clause.
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Have Something Sweet Around
Prepare a bowl of fresh fruit or holiday cookies to snack on for yourself and any guests. You can also bake little loaves of tea bread and wrap them in holiday wrap for a festive look. Set them in a pretty basket for decoration and take one when you visit friends or have guests over. In fact, if you're having guests stay overnight, put some goodies in the guestroom to make your house guests feel really welcome.
Add candy to your wreaths and keep scissors handy to cut them off when friends and family arrive. You can also fill a pretty basket with traditional candy canes and set it on a coffee or entry table. If you're extra crafty, you can prepare a gingerbread house for decoration and snacks.
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Use leftover greens from your Christmas tree to make a few quick arrangements in simple bowls. Place them in bookcases, along with the bathroom sink, on the kitchen windowsill, or on the table. Pile pine cones with ornaments and bows in a bowl or basket. Gather sprigs of holiday greens together with a bow and hang them from the inside of your windows.
You can also decorate your bathroom or kitchen with a small poinsettia. Additionally, you can collect branches of evergreen and make a simple swag for your bedroom doors. Simply tie evergreen sprigs onto candles with a pretty ribbon and add colorful, small ornaments for a festive touch.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Make It Shine and Sparkle
Sprinkle artificial snow across your kitchen tabletops, livingroom ledges, or around houseplants. Add some sparkle by placing shiny and bright ornaments in a clear glass bowl or vase in a visible area for guests to enjoy. You can also add a festive look around the house by embellishing indoor plants or trees with shiny decorations. For those celebrating Hanukkah and the Festival of Lights, make it shine by setting up a menorah.
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Create Happy Memories
Plan a time in the day when the whole family is home to open the doors of an advent calendar. Make a ritual of lighting the Christmas tree each evening, and create holiday cards with friends and family. You can add a personal touch by taking a family picture together, addressing the cards, and getting crafty.
For friends and family who need extra help, you can offer to bring them a small decorated tree or do a simple activity together like baking Christmas cookies. By keeping things simple, you'll find that you can enjoy the season, lights, and traditions together.