Christmas – the season of Christ’s birth – is truly the most wonderful time of the year!
Most families who celebrate Christmas pass down cherished traditions as a way of creating special memories and staying connected to past generations. Kids of all ages look forward to their favorite holiday activities, treats and gift-giving rituals. We don’t want to miss a single moment of fun thinking about last minute guests, gifts and preparations. We want to stay fully present, enjoying our time with family and friends!
The best way to ensure that the holidays do not turn into a major stress fest is to start planning and preparing for the season early. Keep things as simple as possible. Don’t try to do everything yourself. Let your family be involved in the process of making the Christmas magic happen!
Inspiration Is Everywhere!
Are you celebrating your first Christmas in a new home? Are you looking for ways to update your Christmas decor? How exciting!
Christmas is the perfect season to express ourselves creatively. Look around – you’ll find an endless array of ideas and inspiration everywhere!
To get your creative juices flowing, think about how you want your Christmas home to look and feel. Do more contemporary Christmas décor make your heart sing or are you a traditionalist at heart? Are there any particular color schemes that appeal to you? Instagram, Pinterest and Google are great resources to discover what appeals to you.
Once you pick a theme, envision what you would like your home to look like, both inside and out. What small changes can you make and what decorations can you add that will help you create the look and feelings you want to evoke?
Have you ever been tempted to splurge on Christmas decorations because they’re so pretty and sparkly? Have you then tried to justify your splurge by telling yourself that the holiday season only comes once a year? If so, then remember – January brings us a New Year and a fresh start. This year, reward yourself with the gift of financial freedom instead of maxed out credit cards!
One way to do this is to start the tradition of creating a few new Christmas decorations for your home each year! Explore your favorite DIY and craft blogs and identify a few fun projects like these delightful Candy Trees that the entire family can make. Not only will this lighten your budget, it will also create the type of quality family bonding time that you and your children will cherish for years to come!
You can also breathe new life into existing decorations and ornaments with a little paint or glitter here and there! Embellishments like shiny ribbons, leaves and berries, and twigs and branches can also be used to freshen up aging décor. If you weave similar elements throughout your old and new decorations, you’ll end up with a beautiful streamlined look, regardless of when and where your decorations came from!
Natural Is Beautiful
When it comes to artificial trees, natural green finishes are an increasingly popular choice, and with good reason! Green is a beautiful natural color that perfectly complements with browns, reds, golds and other metallic shades. Natural colors bring sophisticated style to any home.
Natural decorations can work in perfect harmony with either a synthetic Christmas tree or a natural one. If you choose an artificial tree, however, make sure you have ample space to store it during non-holiday season. If your storage space is extremely limited, a real tree may be a more practical solution for you!
If you choose a live tree, be sure to look for eco-friendly options that indicate a tree is planted every time a Christmas tree is purchased.
Whatever tree you end up with, be sure it’s the tree that makes you happy!
Build Your Décor Around Your Tree
Once you have selected your tree, set it up in your home and start planning the rest of your decorations around it. Whether you’re buying everything new, making everything from scratch, or doing a combination of these approaches, planning your tree is sure to get you in the holiday spirit!
Be sure to place a skirt around the base of your tree as well. Not only does a Christmas tree skirt cover up the tree trunk or the unsightly metal base, the skirt also adds festive charm to your home. You can pick up these Christmas tree skirts for reasonable prices or even make one of your own. If you’ve never added a skirt to your Christmas tree before, you will be surprised at the difference a simple touch like this adds to your tree.
No Time Like The Present
Before you get started, make sure you stock up on some practical supplies like staplers, tape, and wire to hold everything in place. Feel free to put your tree up and decorate it as early as you like – there are no hard and fast rules!
Once Thanksgiving ends, the Christmas season begins, so don’t wait – the earlier you start, the more time you will have to relax and experience the real reason for the season with your family!
When you plan and prepare your Christmas season early, you enjoy the holiday season a whole lot more!
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