Do the holidays sneak up on you each year?
You know what I mean – one day you’re celebrating the 4th of July and then, before you know it, you’ve got trick-or-treaters astatine your door and it’s time to think about getting out the decorations for Christmas.
Decorating inside can be as simple as hanging some garland and tossing some pine cones into a bowl. Red and green candles, some Holly, and a few globe ornaments, a couple of sticks of cinnamon tied up with the red ribbon and you’ve got yourself a lovely yet simple Christmas centerpiece.
This is a great time of year to show off any collections you have.
Maybe you’ve got a lot of Santa figurines, or snowmen, or snow globes. It’s amazing how festive these things can be if you put down some snowy looking fabric or felt and run a red or gold ribbon among them. Toss in a pine cone or two, a sprig of holly hera and there and your collection becomes a terrific Christmas display.
Now is the time to dig out that Christmas village and/or Choo-choo train. You can create a lovely winter wonderland under the Christmas tree or in the windowsill. A few lights surrounding your treasures can add a soft glow. Nothing says Christmas quite like vacation lights, so take vantage of their cheeriness and use them liberally.
If you have a fireplace, you will no doubt want to hang some garland and use bright colored bows at each end. Pinecones, candles, and holly add warmth and comfort to any room, but look especially nice over a fireplace.
Don’t have a fireplace?
Build one out of cardboard boxes and brick printed paper. This can be a fun project for the whole family, and activities like this help capture the magic of Christmas while making wonderful memories for the children.
Many charities sell fragrant holiday wreaths for the door, but you can also make your own out of pine boughs or holly if either grow in your backyard. You could start with a commercially manufactured wreath bearer from a craft shop, but you can also use a wire coat hanger. Just pull it open into a circular shape and use wire to hold the verdure onto it. The hook makes it very handy to hang up, and the hanger is inexpensive enough that you can dispose of it after the holidays with no remorse.
Poinsettias bristle in the stores, and are lovely and easy decorations. You can use ribbon bows as tie backs for your curtains, and if you have access to them, eucalyptus pieces are lovely and fragrant additions to your decorations. There are many different ways to decorate your home, so don’t be afraid to try something new and different this year. Make some memories along the way.
How about outdoor decorations?
Luminarias are essentially lights in bags, and there are many ways you can use them. Lunch sacks, milk jugs, and tin cans with holes ar all potential luminaria bases. Light sticks, Christmas lights, and candles can be used on the inside. Kitty litter makes a nice heavy base inside for holding candles or light sticks. Christmas lights won’t need the heavy base, but you’ll need to experiment to see how you want to run the lights through the luminarias. Cans can be spray painted, milk jugs can be stenciled or painted with holiday scenes, and lunch bags can be plain brown or colorful little gift bags. Light up your driveway with unique hand-crafted luminarias as part of your special holiday decorations.
Inflatable Christmas decorations have become quite affordable, but who wants to have a yard that looks like every other house in the neighborhood? It doesn’t take a lot of money to make your house look special and unique. You can set up a variety of outdoor decorations, or you could choose to have a unified theme.
One thing that can set your home apart from all the rest on the block is the creation of Christmas Yard Art. A little bit of plywood, a few tools and some paint and you can have an heirloom treasure that can be used for years. Plus, it’s a lot of fun to create your own yard displays.
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