Soft snow is falling outside your window, the smell of hot cocoa is wafting from the mug you cradle in your hands, and your family is sprawled out on the living room rug in Christmas pajamas sorting through their favorite ornaments to hang on the tree. The holiday season is special, a perfect harmony of comfy and festive when the world outside pauses and joy fills every nook and cranny of your home. Since so much of the holiday season is about just that – home – it's so important to bring that holiday magic into every room of your house. While there are some obvious essentials when it comes to decking out your home in all things merry and bright, sometimes it's the little touches that can make your holiday season feel complete.
Twinkling lights aren't just for the Christmas tree! Adding some festive lighting to your home is an easy way to make any room feel magical. You can find simple string lights with soft-white bulbs to border your windows or opt for string lights in a star shape to dance through your halls. What's great about string lights and lanterns is that many come in LED or battery-powered options, meaning you can add this festive touch anywhere in your home, regardless of where your outlets are. One great trick is to take an empty vase or several mini vases and use them as a vessel for a string of mini LED lights. On the right shelf, this can transform a corner you wouldn't otherwise notice, or bring a warm-hued glow to a windowsill. Creative lighting can be the trick you need to turn any room into a comfy winter wonderland.
There's nothing quite like waking up on Christmas morning. Presents are still piled beneath the tree, you have a hot, delicious breakfast to look forward to, and even the dog seems to be in the spirit. Christmas morning starts while you're still warm in bed, which is why seasonal sheets are the perfect comfy touch to make the holidays feel special. Christmas sheet sets can make every bedroom in the house feel festive. The right material, like velvet flannel, can make this decorative touch as functional as it is charming. It's the right time of year to swap out your linen or cotton sheets for something a bit cozier, and adding a fun Christmas pattern like red and green plaid or emerald trees to the mix will get the entire family ready to celebrate.
The right candle or essential oil can set the stage for some wonderful, lasting holiday memories. For a classic scent everyone will love, opt for a Fraser Fir pine-scented candle. This is also a must-have if you're opting for a faux Christmas tree this year since it mimics the distinct and pleasing scent of a real Christmas tree. Other holiday candle options include snickerdoodle for families that bond over a shared sweet tooth (fair warning, this might prompt several spontaneous baking sessions) or a cinnamon stick candle for a slightly more subtle festive aroma. While a candle is a great way to add a cozy and warm touch to any room, essential oils can be just as effective. Blending several essential oils you already have can create a Christmas-in-a-bottle-effect, like cypress, pine, clove, orange, and vanilla. Holiday scents are an easy and impactful way to bring both comfort and joy into your home this season.
The holiday season is the fireplace's time to shine. While gathering around a warm fire is cozy no matter how you spin it, nothing beats a crackling fire as a backdrop to opening presents or watching your favorite Christmas movies on repeat. That's why it's so important that you add the right touches to your mantel this season. To get your fireplace holiday-ready, opt for a garland that matches the overall decor of your living room. Nestling ornaments, string lights, or holiday candlesticks in the garland can be a fun way to upgrade your mantel. If you're going for more of a farmhouse look, add tasteful pinecones to your garland, or swap your garland entirely for Christmas bunting or felt pom poms in white, silver, and gold. Of course, the tour de force of any holiday fireplace glow-up is the stockings. Stockings are a Christmas essential and a fun way to evoke dreams of Santa all season long. Personalized Christmas stockings can be the perfect touch to make everyone in your home feel festive.
Decorating for the holidays can be a great way to ring in the season. These are just a few ideas of simple touches you can add to your home to create a comfy and festive space that's perfect for celebrating.