It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year-Christmas Decorating Ideas

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It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year-Christmas Decorating Ideas

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With the Christmas holiday fast approaching,  it is time to bring the Christmas spirit into our decor. I don’t know about you but I love all of the twinkle lights, trees, snowmen and other festive decor items that help to turn our ordinary spaces into spectacular winter wonderlands. But we can achieve all of that without stressing and without spending a fortune. Can you believe that half of my home is already decorated? Well, it is. I realize there are several schools of thought on that. Some say it’s too soon others, like me, don’t mind. I am more concerned with being caught behind the eight ball with nothing done on December 15 and getting stressed out.

I do not actually turn my lights on until the day after Thanksgiving but I will not be stressed. So I started earlier than ever this year and I’m pleased with the progress. The tree is next. Don’t judge me. 🙂

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Many families reuse decorations year after year. Others go all out and try to change their design style with every passing season. Personally, I enjoy adding to my decor and changing it up a bit every year without spending a fortune. The good trick is to take a picture of your Christmas decorations and that way when Christmas rolls around next year, you know what you have and what you may want to change. You can also see how and where you placed items the year before and that will make it easier to place things differently as-well-as let you know which of the new items of the current season can be added to what you already have. Now you have something new settling in with something you had before. Win-win!

Some people enjoy themed decorating for the holidays. For example, one may create a candy cane themed kitchen or a more traditional style family room. Still, others love the beachy themed Christmas, while others want that rustic farmhouse style. The list is endless and depends on the style one may be drawn to. Personally, I gravitate towards the modern farmhouse look with a bit of the eclectic showing as well. My decor styles mix because some of my decor was purchased years ago and holds sentimental value, and my taste has changed over the years. But I find a way to make it work and you can too.

If you are planning to have guests over during this holiday season, consider trying something new. This year we are planning to host a charades party during the holidays. With that in mind, I know I must include a lot of words in my decor. I will be adding DIYs to my styling this year because words will play a major role in my one party this year. Yes, just one. I am not overdoing. Nope, not this year. I have decided that signs (modern farmhouse) will play an important roll in my decor. I will DIY a few and purchase a few as well. I will also DIY a few of my ornaments this year as well. So you see, you do not have to spend a lot to make your holiday decor dreams come true.

With that said, do know that those are my plans but if I DO NOT get it all done, I will not beat myself up about it. My friends and family will not be disappointed if I DO NOT have to make or even shop for more signs. And I will not allow me to beat myself up either. But I digress…back to tips. 🙂

Another resource – you may want to check out local thrift stores. I found some great bargains at my local thrift store to help transform my home into a comfortable, cozy, winter wonderland with a pop of candy cane, wordy holiday space.  Whew! I realize there is a lot going on there but I know it is going to turn out just fine.

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Decorating your home really helps get your family and friends into the Christmas spirit. We usually put on some Christmas music, fix a hot chocolate, put on some cozy PJs and decorate until our hearts are content. Hubs and I really make a production of it for just the two of us. One year we even had champagne while we decorated. 🙂

Another idea is to swap decorations with your friends. Before you begin decorating, host an ornament/decor exchange party. Have an evening together with your friends and everyone bring the decor they will not be using that year and trade it out. It is a great opening holiday party and it can save you a bit of money as well. Get creative and exchange cookie or other holiday recipes, while you are at it. What fun and what a way to start your holiday season off with a bang.

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Finally, another great past time while decorating for the holidays is Christmas movies. I love to decorate or make holiday crafts, or address Christmas cards or wrap presents while watching Christmas movies. Not only will they make you feel sentimental and festive, but you can also get some decor ideas because these movies always have beautifully decorated spaces. 😉

The most important tip is to make it fun and festive. No matter your decor style, find ways to execute it without over-spending or over-stressing. Always remember hacks are a great way to get the look you want on a budget. And it is not practical to break the bank for a season that is supposed to be all about peace, joy, and love. Do not give yourself the January bank account blues decorating for the season. Remember the reason for the season and just make sure your home is cozy and filled to the brim with love and you will be the best decorator ever.

I hope these tips will inspire you to get the holiday decor you want or as close as you can without spending a fortune and will also get your creative juices flowing.

So, tell me, what is your Christmas theme this year? Do you have one? Are you okay with mixing and matching your style or do you change your theme every year and purchase all of the different decorations. Are you okay with hacks or DIYs or do you purchase all of your decor new each year?

Happy decorating.

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6 thoughts on “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of Year-Christmas Decorating Ideas

  1. Such great ideas, Clearissa to not stress out over the decorations, to have fun decorating and to take pictures to remember what you have!! I love the word Joy and am feeling it especially this season!

  2. I’ve got Thanksgiving and Christmas both out. Trying to stay calm!

  3. Haha…you are on the ball. 🙂 Just remember you are supposed to enjoy the season. Hugs.

  4. Hi Debbie,

    So glad you enjoyed the tips. Taking pictures and videos really help me not to do the same thing year after year but it also shows me where everything was so I can make a change. It really works. Thanks for stopping in. Hugs.

  5. I’m starting to do Christmas decorating in the living room and a little in the dining room.It’s too much to do all at once. Great tips my friend. Wishing you a blessed holiday season!

  6. I’m with you Carol, I do it in bits at a time. And that is one reason I started earlier this year. And it has worked for me. I am wishing you and your family a blessed holiday season as well my friend. 🙂 Hugs.

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