Creating the perfect home decorations every year can seem like a thankless and potentially stressful task. But the rewards are endless, and enjoying seeing your kids and family having fun in your home makes it all infinitely worthwhile.
Making your home into a special Christmas hideout is all about infusing light, colour and some special touches inside and out. The good news is that if you approach it right and early enough, this process can be a lot of fun. You can also reduce the hit on your pocket by getting a little creative!
This article helps you do just that and brings the fun and creativity back to every home this holiday season.
When to get started
You can start on Christmas as soon as you like! The last time we checked, there was no hard and fast rulebook telling people how early they could begin planning for the special season.
The sooner you get your preparations rolling after Thanksgiving, the better you will be for it. As the weather gets colder, you will also start to thank yourself for it – after all, as well as looking nice, festive decorations are all about creating a warm and cosy feeling.
Get your priorities right.
Think about how people live in your house, where they tend to gather, and where they spend time. Then focus your Christmas decorations on those areas.
By doing so, you can guide people on a kind of journey throughout your home, with welcoming notes on the outside of your house and in the hallway. The kitchen and lounge can then have the centrepieces, such as the tree and the famous Christmas table. Do not forget to add some festive touches to the bathrooms, too – you do not want your bath to be a chilly experience compared to the warmth and relaxation of the rest of your house!
You can create these subtle changes without hammering your credit card too. In the kitchen, foods make for incredible decorations in themselves. Oranges, cakes and sweets can be neatly arranged to create a festive spirit without too much effort at all. Use some well-placed decorations, festive towels, and cinnamon soap in the bathroom.
The table can also be souped up to be very festive. As well as an eye-catching centrepiece, you can create unique decorations for each family member.
Brightening the place up
Christmas lights are one of your most important decisions after your tree. You can create a memorable, relaxing glow in place of the standard lighting.
Use carefully positioned lights to bring more of your home into play and add seasonal sparkle. Join a few strings of lights together to cover even more ground and create a consistent light throughout your home.
The choices of lights are LED or incandescent. The running costs of LED lights are significantly lower, and they give off more heat. You can also interlink LED lights reasonably quickly.
Secure your lights with thin wire to keep them in place – especially advisable if you have dogs or small kids that may accidentally pull them down. You should also consider securing other ornaments if they are positioned in positions that could be reached quickly or particularly delicate.
Focus on the enjoyment, not the stress of Christmas!
Instead of focusing on the negative points, costs and stresses of Christmas, a little preparation and planning gives you a different perspective! You will be able to relax, unwind and focus on creating some memorable moments with your family.
When you get in creative mode, nothing is impossible. You can make some creative Christmas gifts and decorations with almost anything you can find around the house or garden. Involve all your family members to make it a team effort! By doing so, you will also make the family proud, as well as creating many talking points in every room.
Getting some prep in early, stockpiling some bits and pieces and getting your creative juices flowing will mean you can transform your Christmas more than you thought possible. You will also have much more time to enjoy the holidays – what’s not to love?