The leaves are changing colors and there’s a bite to the wind that blows. When you stop and pause outside, you can smell the difference in the air. The holidays are coming! Get ready to get up in the attic and get those indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations down and head to the store for some new ones, too. It’s time to get started on decorating the rooms of your home and your lawn and rooftop so that’s they’re dressed in their holiday best.
There are many fabulous indoor Christmas decorations and great ways to showcase those decorations. If you’ve been doing the same thing every year, traditions are good, but you can also bring in a few new ways of decorating inside.
We’ve all seen the pinecones spray painted gold or silver and the green garland draped over the fireplace, but you can rev that up a few notches to make your decorations really catch the eye.
Do you have a favorite Christmas collection? Some people collect Santa figurines, some collect snowmen and some people collect Christmas villages. This year, take down anything that’s not Christmas related (including pictures on the walls) instead of just adding Christmas decorations to existing inner décor.
It does take some extra work, but the end result is a gorgeous winter wonderland. Think of those year ‘round Christmas shops where you step in the door and you feel like you’ve been transplanted into a different world. That’s the magic you want to capture for your own home.
If you have a fireplace, keep the decorations simple on it. A swag of garland wrapped with cranberries and tied at each end with a brightly colored bow works. On the top of the mantle, set either tapered candles or the shorter ones on flat ceramic tiles. Use candle glue on the base of the candle to keep them from leaning.
You can use ribbon bows as curtain tie backs, poinsettias as stair decorations, eucalyptus pieces in vases or as a wall wreath (and the scent is fragrant). There are many possibilities to decorate inside your home. But don’t forget the outdoor Christmas decorations for your home, too! Your home’s curb appeal is what greets visitors first.
Decide if you want to use inflatable decorations or decorations made from other types of outdoor material. There are a lot of products to choose from and if you’re not sure exactly what you want, take a drive out to your county park. Many county parks put up huge outdoor Christmas displays and you can pick up a few ideas there.
You can have a variety of displays or you can choose your outdoor Christmas decorations according to a theme. For example, one home was dressed up as Santa’s workshop and each display featured some aspect of a workshop.
There were elves working on toys, elves baking cookies, some checking the naughty and nice list for Santa, and so on! Whatever decorating choices you make for inside or outside of your home, you don’t have much time left until Christmas, so get those decorations ready!