Decorating for Christmas

Decorating for Christmas is a fun way for you to express your take on the holiday season. If you're the type of homeowner who begins plotting their Christmas decor before the 4th of July has come and gone, if you well up with tears at the very thought of post-holiday January, or if your idea of the after Christmas sales centers around acquiring next year's decor, then you know the thrill of making every corner sparkle and shine with Christmas cheer.

Beginning in early November, before Thanksgiving envelopes your home, take an inventory of your interior decorations. Check your Christmas Tree frippery for any cracked bulbs, or broken ornaments. Plug in your lights to check for blown strands and make notes to refer to when you go to the store to replace those items.

Consider a theme. If you work alone, review some of the popular home interior magazine's Christmas issues. If you and your spouse are as festive as Mr. and Mrs. Clause, or if the whole family shares in your passion, deciding how to proceed can be a community event. Keep your focus on fun and go for it!

Of course, the scene stealer in any home interior Christmas decor is sure to be the tree although it is important to have a functioning air conditioning replacement unit to keep the home comfy. Your Christmas tree is the consummate symbol of this joyous celebration. Whether your focus is on the religious aspect of the birth of Christ, or a more secular Santa Clause theme, nothing says Christmas like an fashionably festooned evergreen. Once you have your decorated tree as the central focus of your holiday theme, everything else can complement the center of attention.

For further embellishment, attempt to keep up with the theme of your tree. If your focus celebrates family history-handmade ornaments, heirloom ornaments, commemorative decorations such as birth of a child, anniversary, and the like-you'll want to continue that theme throughout the room. Make sure that your meaning is clear and represent your ideas in items such as the manger scene, or music boxes and antique toys.

Consider the areas which are open to your guests. A splash of festive color and finery will bring out the yuletide appeal. Your living room and foyer, certainly, will experience a holiday transformation, but don't forget other areas of your home. You'll no doubt want to deck the halls. Be it boughs of holly or twinkling lights, take advantage of the ceiling and floor space to trim with festive garland. Reflect the spirit of the season on every available surface.

Your powder room can easily join in the yuletide celebration. It's the perfect place for a fragrant candle of the season or decorative bowl of potpourri in holiday scents such as spice, vanilla, or a woodland scent. Hang a small wreath in the room or on the door and don't forget the holiday hand towels.

A dining room table is ideal for a lovely Christmas runner. Perhaps adorned by simple brass candle holders, or a pot of poinsettias trimmed in a holiday bow for a classic touch. Sideboards and china cabinets lend themselves wonderfully to more precious decorations such as antique ornaments or holiday heirlooms. Pictures of children with Santa in ornate frames can proudly be displayed on available surfaces.

It's become fashionable to have complementing smaller trees throughout the home and if your home's size lends itself to that, go ahead. A small tabletop tree in your breakfast nook, trimmed with miniature kitchen gadgets and simple white lights is a great centerpiece. Decorating for Christmas in your home should be a reflection of your own holiday spirit. Above all, have fun with your decor and Merry Christmas!

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