6 Tips for Perfect Christmas Decorating

It’s that time of year in our house, it’s time to start planning my Christmas decorations. Every year I make all these big plans to make my home a Christmas wonderland, and every year I add a little something, but my Christmas decorating hasn’t gone too far. I will get there one day.

For the past 3 years, we have lived in different houses at Christmas, so each year it’s a new process to figuring out where everything will go.  Am I the only one that looks at a new home and tries to imagine where the Christmas decorations will go?  It’s just how I operate, lol.


So, even though it’s not quite snowy here in Northern Michigan yet, it is getting cold and Hallmark is already showing their Christmas movies, so it’s time to start planning and decorating for the season.  If you’re a Thanksgiving lover and wait, then this will be handy in a couple weeks.

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Get Organized

One of the biggest projects for me each fall is getting organized for the winter. Making sure we have everything we need out where we can get to it.  This means getting winter coats and gear out and then put away all the summer stuff.  There’s no much more annoying than trying to dig through flip-flops and beach toys searching for winter gloves and hats.

I also make a push to get all my Christmas decorations organized. That way, as I go through the motions of decorating I’m not digging for that one thing. Each thing has its own spot and everything is labeled.  I can easily see what I’m grabbing.  I tend to take a few days to completely decorate everything, which means I don’t want all the boxes cluttering up valuable space as I work.

Make a Plan

I put a lot of time into planning out the furniture layout and location of every Christmas item in my home.  Each year, having to decorate a new home, has made this harder.  I am always looking around my living room and trying to squeeze out the best location for the tree, and where furniture should go in order to have the best view of the tree and not impede the flow of traffic through my home.


This plan is never something that is unchangeable, it seems as though every year something ruins my first plans.  This year, our home has 2 sliding glass doors in the living room, one by the wood stove and the other across the room. I had wanted to put the tree in front of the door by the wood stove, but as my husband pointed out, a flammable tree next to a wood stove isn’t very great, and we would be carrying wood across the whole room instead of right next to the stove.  So I had to adjust my plan, I have been moving things around, taking more and more toys to Peanut’s room, and making way for the Christmas tree.

Christmas Decorating on a Budget

One of my favorite ways to decorate is quite old school, I buy a small roll of wrapping paper, usually from Dollar Tree and wrap my picture frames, doors, cupboards, and decorations. Doing so adds more of a Christmas flare around the walls of my home without needing to redecorate everything.   I also think using craft paper and ribbon would make it really stand out. You can also wrap empty boxes to use as decorations throughout your home.

Dollar tree is a great place to get many different kinds of decorations (and gifts) cheaply, you can also get them at places like Walmart & Amazon for good prices. My decorations are more the whimsical colors- Red, Green, Purple, and Teal- so I can get many different things to match my decor.

Go for Lights & Garlands

When you’re looking to add that special ambiance to your Christmas Decor, adding in more lights and pine garland will help to add that special Christmas glow to your home.  Lights are such an affordable way to add warmth and glow to your home.  I always use a mix of colored and clear lights to add that extra sparkle to my decorations.

Lights are beautiful when you make them into a canvas wall decoration like these on Pinterest if you want to DIY it, or Like this one on Amazon if you’re more of a buy it girl. There are tons to choose from, and they really add such a pretty sparkle to the room.


Themed rooms

If your decorations have reached that winter wonderland phase, you can totally decorate each room in its own theme.  There are a few ways you can do it, by making each room themed to match – kitchen decorations in the kitchen, a movie tree in the living room etc.- or by each family member. You could buy ornaments that match each of your children’s interests or even use the ornaments they make for you.  Doing your decorating to match each member of your family will give you more autonomy over your big focal point tree.  You can have that Instagram worthy tree and then all of your fun ornaments can be on separate small trees.

Make it a Family Affair

Set up a Cocoa bar with all kinds of fun toppings, put on some Christmas music or movies and make a fun time of getting your tree set up.  Again, Pinterest is loaded with ideas for hot cocoa stations and even cookie recipes you could make as a family to go along with your decorating party.  Share your plan, write it down, give everyone jobs, whatever it takes to get it done. It is definitely something that could easily become a family tradition.


Most Importantly

The most important thing is to have fun and teach your kids your traditions and why we celebrate., It’s a season of family, and traditions which we all share. Which is why I put out my decorations before Thanksgiving, they’re both about family to me, so I don’t look at it like combining holidays or skipping Thanksgiving.

What is your favorite Christmas tradition?

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  2. Mollie

    November 12, 2017 at 9:11 pm

    3 moves in 2 years? Wow! These are great tips. I love having a day of decorating with my husband! We put on a Christmas movie, have hot chocolate and decorate away! I’m super excited to continue this tradition with our future kiddos one day! 🙂

    1. Becky Miller

      November 13, 2017 at 6:43 am

      That sounds like a really fun tradition. This time of year you can find my husband in the woods any free moment, so I usually put everything up while he is gone so he can’t complain that it’s too early. HAHAHAHAHAHA! He does help with some things, but it will probably become more of a family thing as our daughter gets older and can help more.

  3. Allie

    November 11, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    You have great ideas for decorating on a budget! I really like the wrapping paper on frames – simple but so festive!

    1. Becky Miller

      November 13, 2017 at 6:41 am

      Thanks Allie! I love wrapping everything in wrapping paper, it just makes everything look a little more festive.

  4. Cassie

    November 11, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Great advice! I love the tips on making a plan and organizing decorations! It makes the progress so much smoother! I’m actually just finishing a book on Decorating a Christmas tree. I would love for you to join my launch team!

    1. Becky Miller

      November 11, 2017 at 5:23 pm

      Thanks Cassie! I would love more information on that! I will be in touch. 🙂

  5. Sheri

    November 11, 2017 at 12:08 pm

    Love your tips! I can’t even imagine having to live in a different house each year for three years! Wow! You are a trooper and I’m sure your family appreciates all you do!

    1. Becky Miller

      November 11, 2017 at 5:49 pm

      Yeah, 3 moves in 2 years wasn’t my idea of fun, but it happened. Now we are where we want to be long term so that’s exciting. Thanks so much Sheri

  6. Eliza

    November 11, 2017 at 10:15 am

    I love your tips, especially get organized & decorating on a budget. I love the holidays.

    1. Becky Miller

      November 11, 2017 at 5:57 pm

      Eliza, Thanks so much. I hope the tips helped inspire you for decorating this holiday season.

  7. Megan

    November 11, 2017 at 10:12 am

    We are pulling down all of our Christmas decor down this weekend to go through everything. I know 80% if not more will be tossed so this is a great post for us to start looking to decorate again.

    1. Becky Miller

      November 11, 2017 at 5:59 pm

      WooHoo Megan! There’s so much you can do on a budget to really enhance your decor, especially when you’re looking at decorating beyond the tree.

  8. Jenn

    November 11, 2017 at 9:45 am

    This just got me so excited to start decorating!! First NEED to get organized!

    1. Becky Miller

      November 11, 2017 at 6:01 pm

      That’s the key Jenn! I hope you have a wonderful Christmas.

  9. Jocelyn

    November 11, 2017 at 9:35 am

    Great tips! Especially organizing everything and having things easy to find and labeled. We have also lived in a different house every Christmas for the past EIGHT years! (We move ALOT) But I am the same as you, I walk in a plan where Christmas and decor is going to go! LOVE IT! And I love your idea on wrapping picture frames and stuff. So cheap and easy but adorable!!

    1. Becky Miller

      November 11, 2017 at 6:02 pm

      Oh wow, 3 houses in 3 years has been bad enough for me, lol. Kudos to you! It’s the first thing I think of with each home we look at.

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