How was your Thanksgiving? I hosted my first Friendsgiving last weekend, filled with good food, great friends and lots of laughter and some surprises which always make for an eventful evening. We then spent a lovely Thanksgiving day with my husband’s family. My heart (and stomach) are full!
In our home, the day after Thanksgiving means PJs all day, endless mugs of hot chocolate and of course, holiday decorations! This is how I spent the day growing up, and I love passing on this tradition to my children. (A day devoted to decorating, family and staying in is always a good one in my book.)
I’m usually a “less-is-more” type of gal, but when it comes holiday decorations, I can’t help myself! I love it all, from the traditional decorations passed down through my family—like the train set and Christmas village that I played with as a child—to the handmade decorations my children have gifted me. Throw in other items I’ve purchased over the years, and you end up with
too MANY boxes of holiday cheer.
Honestly, my mood and energy level determine the extent of my holiday décor each year. Some years I go all out and decorate without abandon (wreaths on each window! fresh garland everywhere!), while other years I do “Christmas lite.” Yet no matter how much—or how little—I decorate, it always feels just right.
Here are a few of my tried and true holiday decorating tips:
• Declutter, then decorate. Put away most of your everyday decorations BEFORE putting out your holiday décor. (Remember, you can always add items back in the mix once you finish decorating.) This will make your home feel more cohesive and streamlined.
• Group work. Sort your holiday decorations according to design style and destination (e.g. living room, kitchen, outdoor, etc.). Try to maintain a consistent style and color scheme from room to room.
• Edit away. Like anything else, personal styles and preferences change over time. Something we loved five years ago might look tired or out of place today. Don’t feel obligated to use every holiday decoration you own. If something feels off, donate it or take a page out of my book and give it to your children and let them use it to decorate their own room (trust me, they’ll be thrilled!).
• Start fresh. Fresh greens and garland are a quick, easy way to get your home holiday ready. My go-to place for affordable fresh greens on the Main Line is Produce Junction in Broomall. Keep in mind that fresh garland won’t survive as long indoors, so you might want to hold off until mid-December to ensure it lasts through the new year.
Here’s to the most wonderful time of year!! I’d love to hear your best holiday decorating tips. Leave a comment below and tag me on Instagram when posting photos of your holiday home decor.
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