Plan Your Christmas decorating
If you enjoy decorating for Christmas, it's never too early to start planning. Here are a few ways to inventory what you have and plan your Christmas decorating frenzy now.
Take stock of your decorations
Hopefully your Christmas gear isn't shoved way in the back of the garage. Wherever it is, however, do yourself a favour and find it now. Take a quick look to see what you have. Do your lights still work? Plug them in and check. Has anything broken? Shuffle through your things to see if anything needs replacing or fixing.
Make a list of decorations you would like
Firstly, do an inventory of all the decorations you already have and from that create a list of what you would like. Keep the list with you and you'll be less likely to buy things you just don't need. Those decorating displays in the store are meant to entice you to buy more than you plan.
So if you'd like a new wreath for the front door, write it down. That way, you can reference it when you're out shopping, and if you see one you like for a great deal, you can snag it and then cross it off the list.
Have your Christmas decorating done for you
We all know it's more fun to do it yourself, but if you really don't have the time, there are services that will deliver a fully decorated tree, straight to your door, and then come and pick it up again after Christmas. Try ElfHelp or ServiceSeeking .
Find your inner decorator
Do you want to go overboard with lights, reindeers and front yard decorations? Or is soft and subtle more your Christmas decorating style? Less is always more. Commission the kids to help decorate the house, even if you do have to wait until they go to bed to move the decorations into magazine-worthy placements!
There's a Christmas decorating simulator here to help you decide how Christmassy you really want your decorating to be. Heck, this website even has a quiz to help you formulate your Christmas decorating style.
Some ideas for theming your Christmas decorating could be:
- Dickensian Christmas
- Lavish gold Christmas
- Modern contemporary
- Sleek colour themes
- Modern colour pairings that complement or contrast with each other
- Mystical evening
- Cherubic angels
- Enchanted forest
- Vintage country
Decorating ideas with a twist
- Baubles aren't just for the tree; display different-sized Christmas baubles in complementary or contrasting colours in a clear bowl.
- Use non-traditional decorations to add sparkle to your Christmas. Try a glass candelabra, crystal bowls or silver candlesticks.
- Spell out festive words like "eat" or "merry" with three-dimensional wooden letters on your mantel or entry table.
- Layer all your Christmas cards in one place and make use of an empty alcove by creating a colourful collage. Simply stick up using Blu Tack, then add a few special Christmas decorations into the mix.
- Consider decorating a tree for each child's room. Most bedrooms are small so a small Christmas tree could be decorated with ornaments that reflect the child's interests or crafts.
Go homemade for great decorations
Homemade Christmas decorations not only look great but are frugal, eco-friendly, and involve the whole family. Paper chains hung on the windows, simple children's projects and the great ideas listed below make home look lived in for Christmas.
These Christmas decorations are easy to make with the kids
- Paper roll lanterns
- Paper decorations
- Cotton wool snowmen
- Christmas shapes
- Simple christmas tree
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