The holiday season should be the best time of any family’s year. Yes it can be a lot of work, but if planned correctly and started early enough it should simply be a time of fun, special moments and celebrations.
This article guides you through the process of turning Christmas from a thing of last-minute stress to relaxing family joy.
Pick your color scheme early
Christmas is all about creativity and color. But choosing a color scheme early means you can coordinate all your décor around the same theme. You will be grateful you did, because the stylish edge you will give your whole home will quickly be apparent.
The choices are endless. Whether you prefer bold or subtle, there are festive colors to suit everyone. You can then match your exterior lights, interior decorations, and Christmas tree decorations around your chosen color scheme to wow your festive guests.
Christmas lights are also one of the most important decisions you will make. They can be arranged to add special, unique light to even the darkest corners of your home. This can open up new spaces and exciting areas for the kids to play or to add some new decorative pieces.
Balancing style and spending
Everyone could create an amazing Christmas home with unlimited budget. The reality is a lot different for many people, and finding ways to make things look beautiful while watching the cash is the reality.
This can also make it a lot of fun. With a little forethought and planning, you can create a great approach to your Christmas décor this year. Involve the whole family to brainstorm some ideas, and then get to work hustling together the bits and pieces you need to make it happen!
You can raid almost everything from the sewing box to the kitchen to find things to help you create great decorations. The garden is also a goldmine of festive goodies from sticks to berries. Start collecting early to create a good stock for when you have your creative juices flowing. In the kitchen you’ll find everything from shiny tinfoil to snowy-looking flour. The kids’ art and crafts box can also give you most things you need.
Next, think about what you want to make. A table centerpiece can be a great project! You can use it to make almost anything from a gingerbread Christmas cottage to a subtle infusion of spices and berries. You can also make ornaments and other simple finishing for the lounge, kitchen, bedrooms and even the bathroom!
Think of Christmas as a blank canvas!
Christmas can bring out the Rembrandt in everyone! From the youngest kids to the oldest grandparents, making some decorations together and feeling part of it can really bring families together. If everyone feels invested in the Christmas project they are all sure to get behind it and make it even more fulfilling than if you simply buy everything in.
Get your tree sorted early – decide whether you are going to dust off the artificial tree, invest in a new one, or go for a natural pine this year.
Once you have the most famous centerpiece of them all in place, you can plan everything from baubles to bows, tinsel to angels for it.
Light the way
Lighting is a vital part of making Christmas magical. Even the most standard, functional room can quickly be brought to life with some well-placed sparkling lights.
You now have the choice between incandescent lights or LEDs. The former are a tried and trusted favorite, but LEDs have been winning a lot of popularity in recent times. This is because they tend to last for longer, and place a much lower demand on your electricity supply – and by extension, your pocket!
The night before Christmas when all through the house….
The festive season itself should be peaceful, relaxed and joyous. By following some of the tips in this article, you can save yourself the last-minute hassle of trying to do too much.
Once all your decorating is done you can sit back, pour yourself a glass of your favorite festive tipple, and enjoy spending time with your loved ones. What could be better!