Wow, is it almost Christmas again already? It always catches me by surprise. If – like me – you haven’t decorated yet then here are a few easy ideas for giving your home a Christmasy holiday feel.
Holly, berries and pine cones all give a seasonal feel – just make sure you have permission to pick them. For a jollier look you can use red or metallic indoor spray paint on them. Or you could just buy artificial holly instead.
One upon a time candles were for providing light. Now they’re items of decor in their own right. Not only can you buy candles that look cheerful and Christmasy, you can buy ones that smell Christmasy. Mulled wine is the one I like best.
Always take all safety precautions when using candles. If you want to be extra safe – or if you have children or pets – you might like to consider buying artificial battery powered candles. Some of the best ones are very realistic and even flicker nicely.
I use the word “applique” rather than “sticker” because I’m talking about the sort you can remove easily. You can buy packs of Christmas themed stick ‘n’ peel appliques at very affordable prices and some can even be stored for use next year. Another advantage is that they’re simple enough for kids to use, letting them feel part of the holiday decorating. Just make sure you really do buy ones that will come off easily!
Ribbons and Bows
Almost anything can be made to look seasonal if it’s wrapped up like a gift! Get some Christmas ribbons and bows and wrap them around cushions, chair backs, towels, etc. to make them shine and sparkle. Be careful not to place ribbons or bows on electrical equipment or anything else that could be a fire risk.
Not everyone has the space – or the desire – for a full blown Xmas tree, natural or artificial. However a miniature Christmas tree or two placed on a strategic shelf or tabletop can be extremely effective addition to the decor. You could even wrap up miniature presents such as small chocolate bars to go underneath.
There are many more ways to display your Christmas cards than simple putting them on shelves – there are a variety of greeting card holders available to buy. Or you could just string them together with twine. You can also use those you bought but didn’t send – no point letting them go to waste. And why restrict yourself to the cards you’ve received this year? If you receive a particularly attractive card, you can keep it to display again next year. Over the years you can build up a collection that’s not only pleasant to look at but also full of memories.