When do you decorate for Christmas?
Have you started decorating for the holidays? We will be full-on Christmas mode the day after Thanksgiving. We always get our tree from a local school. The profit margin goes right back into the school’s farm and farm stand program that teaches kids about agriculture, retail, customer service, and accounting all in one. No to mention that the quality of the trees far surpasses any other place we’ve gone. I can almost smell the balsam now.
My husband is pretty adamant about “one holiday at a time”. He especially grumbles about Christmas before Thanksgiving. (I grumble at back-to-school supplies next to 4th of July supplies but I love summer.) I used to feel the same way about the whole “Christmas starts after Thanksgiving” and refused to feel in the holiday mood until firmly in December.
But since having our daughter, I started to feel a little more nostalgic, more excited about the magic of the holidays, and more eager to share the excitement with her. She’s still little but is starting to understand the trees, cookies, presents, snow, carols, and did I say cookies?
This year, she’ll probably want to help put the decorations on the tree.
So, we are firmly getting our Christmas tree on Friday morning, turkey hangover be darned!
Whether your home is big or small, there are a lot of ways to decorate your home.
What you can decorate:
- a fireplace (woodstove) mantel
- windows (can be just your upstairs/downstairs or front/back of your house)
- table centerpiece (use a gourd, stainless steel bucket, lanterns, or a ceramic pitcher)
- seasonal framed art or sayings (check out Etsy for holiday printables you can frame!)
- front door with a wreath or bells
- window frames
- stairway railing (garlands or lights around the railing)
- dish towels, bath towels, guest hand towels (basically any towel!)
- cupboards (you could hang Christmas cards, little wreaths, or wrap them in bows like a present)
- Front porch (how cute would an antique wooden sleigh next to two poinsettias and a rocking chair be?)
Techniques for Rustic Christmas Decor:
- use natural elements (pine cones, trees, balsam strings, poinsettias are great but poisonous so be careful with pets and kids)
- incorporate different textures like fuzzy blankets, wooden frames, and smooth ribbon
- create a cozy atmosphere with gentle lights, candles (safely!), and spot-light areas
- tuck in some whimsy with homemade ornaments, hand-drawn pictures, and quirky reindeer cookie plate from your great aunt.
Tell me in the comments when you start decorating for the holidays and how! Are you the Grinch or the Elf in your family?