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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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.
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.
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.