Posted by Andie on November 25, 2017
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time for me to get serious about decorating my house for Christmas! Ha! I know that's old news for many of you, but as much as I wish I could, I just can't get on board the whole decorating for Christmas before Thanksgiving thing. So, whether you're done decorating already, or just starting, here is a a checklist of 10 essentials when it comes to decorating for the holidays...
1. Christmas Tree
This is no surprise to any of you. Obviously, you want a Christmas Tree! Whether you prefer live trees or artificial, natural, flocked, or colored, bushy or sparse- there is something in the Christmas tree department for everyone! While Christmas trees adorned with one style of type of ornament can look flashy and nice, they aren't original. Christmas trees shouldn't look trendy! The happiest Christmas trees look curated and collected. Decorate your tree with ornaments that you've collected over the years that are meaningful to you and your family.
2. Evergreen Garlands
When in doubt, say yes to evergreen garlands anywhere and everywhere in your home! Nothing smells or looks better for the holidays! Hang them on your staircase banisters, your fireplace mantle, over windows, etc. I think they look especially pretty when they are decorated with ribbon or Christmas bells.
3. A Wreath on Your Front Door
You could have every room in your home packed to the brim with festive decorations, but if your front door is neglected you are really missing the boat! Your porch is the very first thing guests and visitors happen upon, so make sure that you give it the proper tender love and care it deserves! A pretty wreath, a Christmas sleigh, a small tree, a basket of pine cones- get creative!
If you don't have a fireplace mantle to hang your stockings from, try hanging them on the staircase banister, or on an empty wall!
5. Ornaments Used as Decor
If you're like me, you've got so many Christmas ornaments that half of them don't even make it onto the tree (or trees!). Don't put them back in their cold, lonely box- USE THEM! Hang them from chandeliers and garlands, or simply place them in a pretty bowl to display- they are great conversation starters and can add some real glitz to your Christmas decor!
6. An Advent Calendar
It doesn't get better than looking forward to an advent calendar at Christmas time if you're a kid. Not only are they fun, but you can find or make really really cute ones these days too!
7. Blankets and Throws
This isn't necessarily just for Christmas, but more winter in general. Pull out your thick afghans, blankets, and throws and layer, layer, layer! Throw them on your sofa's and chairs, and pile them into cute baskets throughout your home to give off warm, comfortable, and festive vibes!
This is what Christmas is all about! I've collected Nativity sets since I was a little girl, and one of my very favorite parts of the season is displaying them throughout my home. Each one conjures up memories of Christmas's past, and I love it.
9. Winter Scents
Christmas isn't Christmas if it doesn't smell like it! Pick up a few candles to place around your home (this one looks nice!), and light those babies all month long!
10. Christmas Music
"The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear!" - Elf
Does it get better than Rod Stewart Christmas music? I submit to you that no, it does not. There's a LOT of good stuff out there, and if Rod doesn't do it for you, find what does! Crank up the volume on your favorite Christmas albums this holiday season!