It’s the most wonderful time of the year! If you’re in a festive state of mind, chances are you already broke out your Christmas tree well in advance of Thanksgiving — and it’s possible you started decorating your home even before that. With holiday cards going on sale as early as the summer these days, you certainly can’t be blamed for wanting to infuse your home with some of that spirit a little earlier than normal.
If you left it until the last minute, though, you can’t be blamed. Life is enormously busy for everyone. You’ve got family duties, work responsibilities, and a household to maintain. It’s hardly surprising that it might be difficult to carve out time to decorate in the midst of all of that. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to decorate your home for the holidays without much effort. In fact, it’s downright quick! With fun and festive Christmas décor and a few extra touches here and there, you can transform your home into a real winter wonderland. Here are some ideas.
It can be quite a task venturing out in search of the perfect Christmas tree. With only a little while to go, this is a good time to consider the benefits of a smaller and more compact tree. Maybe you’ve seen these in storefront windows or in your favorite restaurant. They add a little festivity to the space without occupying too much room — or requiring too much work, which is the key factor that will make all the difference to you.
You can even find some that are pre-decorated! There are beautiful options that are all set to go, complete with ornaments and lights and other bells and whistles. You can also find bare trees, in which case you’ll have a blast decorating with miniature Christmas ornaments. These pint-sized details are not only adorable, but also quite fun for adding a little personality to your new tree. Children love it, too!
It’s amazing what placing a little bit of décor here and there can do to infuse your home and heart with the holiday spirit. As you glance around your living space, consider where you might be able to infuse some cheer, such as Christmas throw pillows or festive blankets.
Maybe you could drape a colorful garland on the mantle or set a few over doorways throughout the home. Hanging a wreath on the front door is another easy and effective way to make a holiday-worthy statement — but wreaths aren’t just meant for the home’s exterior! Why not place one in your dining room or living area, where it will bring an immediate smile to your face every time that you walk by it? There are many artificial options available, brimming with everything from faux poinsettia to gleaming LED lights. Once you have one, you can rely on it year after year to bring a little of that seasonal charm to your space in a hurry.
Yes, ornaments are customarily suspended from Christmas trees, but there’s no reason you can’t branch out and be a little bit creative in your holiday designing efforts. ‘Tis the season to decorate in a hurry, after all, and if you’re pressed for ideas, you won’t find one more festive than setting out some ornaments on a festive platter. Fill a bowl of any kind with colorful ornaments and set it out on the table. Voila — you’ve got yourself a makeshift Christmas centerpiece.
The beauty of this idea is that it works anywhere in the home. You can set out a few on a festive dish on a side table in the den or the coffee table. Place one on the table in your breakfast nook. Set one in the upstairs hallway. The very presence of a few ornaments can be just what you need to elevate your home’s holiday-worthiness, and it takes very little effort on your part at all.
What conjures up magical memories of the holiday season better than snow, spruce, and ornaments? They’re the ingredients you need to create a little magical wonderland of your own — and you don’t need to be an artist or even especially creative to make this pretty concept a reality. Using a glass bowl with tall walls, fill it with Epsom salt. The salt resembles snow and even sparkles a bit in the light to capture some of that seasonal magic.
Now, fill it up with all of the little festive details you can think of, whether it’s a sprig of spruce or a small bundle of miniature poinsettias. Add some of your favorite pint-sized ornaments. A few Christmas figurines are perfect for this, whether you’re showcasing a lovely nativity set or Father Christmas or elves or miniature gift boxes. Kids will have a blast putting this together too!
There are many ways to make a little extra merry each Christmas, and they don’t call for you to spend an inordinate amount of time on them either. When you’re busy, busy, busy, that matters the most. You’ll be delighted with the end result, though — and it will look as though you had it planned for months.