It’s a few days ’til another holiday rolls in! Are you ready to welcome the Christmas spirit into your home?
Trying to carve out some time for holiday cheer and arranging festive decorations a few days before Christmas can be a feat, you know, with the hustle and bustle of life– and all that cooking! So, if you’re looking to find ways to celebrate the holidays that meet your budget AND schedule, you’ve come to the right place!
To treat your family to a spectacular Christmas atmosphere (without having to go outside!), here are a few tips to make your home feel cozy and decorative this upcoming holiday! All these suggestions are quick and fuss-free to add a lovely festive look and feel to your abode that will make everyone truly enjoy the meaning of the season!
Bow up everything!
Decorative bows are cheap and easy to find, so tie generous ribbons to chair backs, candlesticks, picks in plants, and wreaths, for the perfect, fuss-free Christmas look! You can also tie ribbons to garlands, basket handles, drapery tie-backs, stair railings, and even doorknobs! No need to stick with the usual green and red colors, but be sure you choose ribbons you can untie and re-tie each year to help you save money in the long run.
Bring out the holiday tableware
A festive dinner table is a must, so look through your cupboards for any dishes that will fit the holiday theme! Discount stores often carry many name-brand China and fun winter designs that are not so common, in case you’re looking to build a set of holiday tableware with dinner plates that coordinate with your everyday dishes.
Turn the lights off
You can never go wrong with candles, no matter the season!
Arrange a generous amount of candles on the dining table. Dining by candlelight brings meals up a notch, even if it’s just a simple sandwich! 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 all extra special around the fireplace!
Don’t forget the wreaths
Wreaths can easily put holiday swag inside and outside your home, so be sure to put one 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.
Music is life
Christmas songs are truly music to our ears– literally and figuratively! Whenever your home, turn on your favorite Christmas tunes and blast them up for the whole house to hear! 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 also wake them by jingling bells or give them a jolly “ho, ho, ho” in the mornings leading up to Christmas.
Give in to the sweet cravings
Holidays are the perfect excuse for having sweets around the house, so make sure to prepare a bowl of fresh fruits, candies, or holiday cookies to snack on for the family 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. If you’re feeling extra crafty, you can prepare a gingerbread house for decoration and snacks.
Add in the gifts of nature
Decorate your home with some natural ornaments like pine cones and greens arrangements in simple bowls, and place them in bookcases, along with the bathroom sink, on the kitchen windowsill, or the table. You can also gather sprigs of holiday greens and put them together with a bow, and hang them from the inside of your windows.
Make it sparkle
Add some sparkle into your home 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.
Remember the true meaning of Christmas
Plan a time in the day when the whole family is home and enjoy a quick holiday activity, like lighting the Christmas tree each evening and creating holiday cards for your friends and extended family. You can also add a personal touch by taking a family picture together, addressing the cards, and getting crafty.
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