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Dress Up Your Home for Christmas
Decorate your Christmas Tree
Fill Your Home with Christmas Spirit
There are unlimited possibilities and ideas (and budget levels) for dressing up your home this Christmas. If you make it a team sport, you can unleash your family's creativity and build memories for future generations that will outlive toys and games and doozy dinners.
In most countries, Christmas is one of the most celebrated times of the year irrespective of the dominant religion. So wherever you are, bring in the color, the bells and the festivities to your home.
When possible, most folks do what they can to dress up the living space, from a sprig of evergreen to a flashing nightmare of roof Santas and plunging reindeer.
Others go overboard and transform their homes into a Christmas wonderland. Some streets even require their residents to do a theme as they have built up a tradition of busloads of people coming to enjoy their Christmas decors. Nothing is left undecorated from roof to trees in the garden and the footpath as well.
Do what suits your style and what gives you joy. It is a time to be happy.
Decorate your Fireplace
Prepare your décor in advance
One of the most important things to bear in mind when dressing up your home for the holidays is to prepare everything in advance just like the mise en place before cooking. Clean up and clear up spaces for your decors. Detoxify overstuffed corners and put away knick knacks that gather dust and add sweet diddley to the season.
Start by assessing the area where you will place your Christmas tree and other decorations. Then, clean the furniture and have a common Christmas theme all over your home. This will make it look lively and a lot brighter, making it ready for your Christmas makeover.
Prepare your home in advance for Christmas - Make it ready for your Christmas makeover
Have a theme for your décor
Choose a theme for your Christmas décor. Visualize your décor, the shades of colour you want to use. Remember to use what you already have. You'll be surprised at how many of your things can be used. You just need to set your creative mind to look at these items differently.
You can have a traditional theme with the Nativity as the centre. You can have a winter wonderland or a country Christmas. Also, toyland if you have kids is a great theme to use. Christmas in the Park or Christmas in the Farm. Get that creative hat on and set your theme for a truly unique Christmas.
Christmas Tree Lights
Dressing up Indoors with Christmas Spirit
The front door to the living room should be the centre of your Christmas decoration. Think of what invites your guests to the theme you are following this Christmas. So, the entrance teases them to what more is offered inside. Since your living area is where you receive family, friends and guests to celebrate the joyous holiday season, this should get the most attention.
Look at where your guests' eyes will focus the moment they get into your house. Put there the big impact décor you have. Then, walk through your space as if you are the guest and start visualizing what would be just the appropriate décor to put there.
Indoor Christmas Decorating Tips
Choose a Unique Christmas Tree
1. Your Christmas Tree
Get one that fits.Your Christmas tree is the most important Christmas décor in your home. As such, pay extra attention in getting a tree that fits. A monster looks ridiculous and a shrimp looks like you cheapened out!
You can choose between a fresh and an artificial tree. Decorate it with lights, garlands, ribbons, flowers and other ornaments which complement the over-all look of your house. It is important to place the lights first which are then followed by the other decors.
Remember, it is NOT a random pizza. Give it some thought. Give the kids exclusive domain over the bottom 3 branches but slam dunk the angel yourself.
Place lots of Flowers - Get those that remind you of Christmas
2. Christmas flowers
You can place flowers whether fresh or artificial all over the house. Mistletoe, Holly and poinsettias are among the favorite flowers for the season but any bunches of cut flowers really can add a festive spirit.
3. Hang Christmas Stockings
Hang stockings for everyone and make this a party night.
If you have children at home, you can also hang colorful stockings on the windows or walls or the fireplace together with the children's letter to Santa Claus. The ritual hanging of the stockings should be a great family party the night before Christmas along with the yearly run of "Scrooge", the 1951 edition of Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim, please.
Hang your Christmas Stocking
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Dolls and Candles
4. Christmas teddies and dolls as accents
They look like they're celebrating with you. You can pretty up your teddy bears and dolls with Christmas decors and place them all over the house. You can group them together or place them around the Christmas tree. It will be more fun if you can dress them in Christmas clothes.
I just saw a big Christmas tree of all teddy bears. It was a crowd getter in the store.
5. Christmas Candles and Holly
You can do this for your Christmas table or any of the mantels in your home. I like to use fresh sprigs of holly because of its symbolism. Place candles in the appropriate places interspersed with the holies.
What would even be better is have a circular tray filled with sprigs of holly or evergreens and place 4 candles, one of which must be purple to celebrate Advent. You can prepare this 4 weeks before Christmas and at the start of each week light one candle. Your anticipation of Christmas will have even more meaning when you do this.
6. The Nativity Set
Make Christmas more meaningful by reminding yourself of the very first Christmas. This is, of course, if your family is Christian. Get a nativity set that matches your home décor. Invest in this set as you will use this each year.
You can start with the basic set of Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. Then, each year, add something like a shepherd or two, sheeps, the 3 Magi, a camel and whatever is significant or has special meaning for you and your family.
Add something international to your Nativity set. A famous addition is the "Caganer". This is a great conversation piece about Barcelona and Catalan culture where they have these figures just behind the crib. They even have important figures and celebrities added now. You can see the figure on top of stalls selling these in Christmas markets.
The Caganer on Top of the Stalls
7. Display your collection
A good centre piece for your coffee table are colourful Christmas balls in a glass bowl. You can also do a manger scene or a flock or miniature wooden camels with odd hats. Or place your collection on display.
8. Christmas Books
Place your favourites around your house to read once in a while. Christmas books can be placed on your side tables to commemorate favourite Christmas stories.
9. Give your dining room table a Christmas festive flare
Make your dining table look festive. Use sparkling and bright colours for your Christmas table. Bring out your best dinnerware because sharing meals with family, friends and guests is the centre of the festivities. In case you do not have a Christmas dining set, you can simply buy red set of plates to complement the season. Or just add Christmas decors to your table setting.
You can add candles and ornaments like cones, evergreens, mistletoes or small fir tree branches. Get the worst taste Christmas napkins you can find and really humiliate the entire family with crackers containing appalling festive hats. Remember, it's supposed to be fun.
Outdoor Christmas Home Dress Up Ideas
Outdoor Christmas Decors
For your outdoor Christmas décor you can hang Christmas lights in your porch and garden. Others even adorn their trees and shrubs with lights. Reindeer and Santa in plywood make a great early project for the handy-person and a few cardboard carollers with a few wireless speakers can give the old place Christmas street appeal.
Hanging a beautiful wreath on your door is also a great way to say to the world: "celebrate, be joyful and peace and good will to all."
Have a festive celebration
© 2011 Mary Norton