This year’s pandemic has turned our world upside down, so it’s no wonder so many of us are looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year. Since we’ll all be spending more time indoors this Christmas than in the years past, taking the time to make your home cozy and festive will surely pay off. Holiday decorations are a big part of this, but creating a warm, comfortable space for family activities is more important than ever.
Start by finding holiday traditions and family activities that involve everyone, so you can make your home comfy, cozy and full of fun. Here are 10 tips to make your home the best it can be for this year’s holiday celebrations.
1. DECORATE THE UNEXPECTED
Decorate your bar cart, coffee bar, office, bedroom, bathroom and other unexpected places with small accents and custom touches. Bring the holidays to every room.
2. USE TEXT SPARINGLYUse your favorite holiday quote, saying or Christmas song lyric in your holiday decor. But make sure you do it sparingly. A wall full of things to read can seem a bit overwhelming. Think: one per room.
3. COUNT DOWN THE DAYS
Create and display your own Advent calendar to start the countdown to Christmas on December first. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a chalkboard or dry erase sign can work nicely! Tip: See if you already have one you can reuse for Christmas.
4. HOMEMADE = BETTER
Make your own DIY Christmas ornaments and decorations, like popcorn garlands, snowflake cutouts and more. Homemade is always more special. Tip: Pinterest has tons of great ideas for DIY holiday decorations.
5. GET YOUR TREE UP EARLY
Decorate your Christmas tree as a family and do it early. Think: Thanksgiving Christmas tree. If you have small kids, consider a smaller Christmas tree for them to decorate.
6. DECORATE WITH FAMILY ART
Create art with your family name, individual first names, initials or even photos. Get creative. Use your family established date, birthdays and special milestones to display in your home for the holidays. Frame your kids’ favorite art pieces. Display your most cherished souvenirs and family mementos. They make great conversation starters!
7. DECORATE IN & OUT
Don’t forget to also decorate the outside of your home with Christmas lights, garlands, wreaths and more. If you have the space, create a Christmas themed porch or backyard space near a fire pit to enjoy on milder days of winter.
8. USE FOOD AS DECOR
Decorate a gingerbread house or a whole gingerbread village and use it as a holiday display. Put up a hot cocoa bar, complete with toppings and healthy snacks. Put your baking efforts on display in the kitchen and living areas for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.
9. REPURPOSE, REUSE
Make a creative display for your Christmas cards so they become a part of your Christmas decor. Turn wine glasses or jars into candle holders or luminaries for your outdoor space. Cake stands and cheese domes are perfect for displaying your holiday collection, or even just evergreens and pinecones.
10. HAVE FUN
The most important thing about creating a holiday look you and your family will love is to have fun and do it together. Turn decorating into a family activity and let everyone help out. If you live alone, invite friends and loved ones to help you get your home the most festive it can be for this season.