Everyone loves the holidays. Time spent at home puttering around the house, making crafts and cooking... it doesn’t get any better.
Here are a few decorating ideas to give your home those jingle bells and Christmas cheers.
Though Christmas trees and candy canes are normally the mark of the holidays jolly season, veering kids away from candies and sweets remains to be a chore.
Instead of an advent calendar with sweets, fill 25 little bags with ornaments that you already have at home.
Assuming your Christmas tree is already up, let your little one open a bag everyday and hang an ornie on the tree.
A simple idea — it’s so simple and such a fun tradition to start. You could hang or place the little bags around the mantle or simply pile them in a pretty basket, and even adorn them with numbers from 1 to 25. All you need are the little bags, which are easy to find at craft stores.
Photo credits from Kai Ethier
Top the Tree with Bells
Bunch fresh holly from the yard and large gold temple bells on top of the Christmas tree for a bold use of traditional materials.
Experiment with different toppers using fresh greenery or flowers―nice decorating alternatives to the typical star.
Merry Mailbox Topper
Top off a square mailbox with an abundant bouquet of winter plants. Fill a wide, shallow planter with a mix of pansies, flowering cabbage, cedar, fir, lavender, and rosemary trimmed to resemble a Christmas tree.
Tuck in ornaments and oversize pinecones to add color and fill in gaps.
Add Color to Your Front Door
Accent a bright white door with the deep colors of an evergreen wreath and garland.
Tie on extra-wide red ribbons to complete the Christmas look and add graphic punch. Twinkling lights add a soft glow at night and allow the door and decor to be seen from the street.
Decorate Pendant Lights
Dress up pendant lights in a kitchen or over an island with garland.
This kitchen allows plenty of room for entertaining.
The open floor plan keeps the cook from being cut off from the festivities on Christmas morning.
Decorate with Colors That Match Your Décor
Plan Christmas decorations to work with your existing decor, even if that means using unexpected colors like cream and beige.
Accents in shades of gold and silver blend seamlessly with this room’s soft white-and-ivory color scheme and play off the tones of other metallic accessories, like the coffee table.