Christmas day is almost upon us and before the holiday escapes us all, I'd like to post some visual Christmas cheer. I hear more and more how little time people have to make their home festive for the holidays. With the clock ticking until old Saint Nick arrives, there are still a few days to make your home feel like "home" for the holidays.
I've managed over the years to perfect my own style for Christmas, often to my kids utter dislike (NO rainbow blinking lights, inflatable reindeer's on the roof or Hallmark Batman and Robin ornaments on the tree - I'll save those for their own home). I just tend to be drawn towards and stick with the simple classic things that stand the test of time. My tree typically has a color theme I stick with for a few years, but my ornaments are all eclectic. Lots of white lights everywhere. (sorry kids) I've added a few white doves this year to the tree....last year some glass Eiffel Tower ornaments. Pick items that are meaningful to your life or that remind you of good times or events. Add a few each year, retire a few.... to keep the tree eclectic and up to date. As time goes by, you may find its time to bring back some ornaments from the past.
One of my favorite things is to take a clear glass urn and fill it with Christmas ornaments, pine cones or both. Simple colors and different textures make for a bold Christmas statement but allow for a clean and compact display. They also keep little hands away from breakable items.
I also like to to use monograms in my displays around the home or on my trees. It personalizes a home. We have a few Vintage "S" letters that we use around the home that look seasonal in a display.
Many people like to collect Christmas Santa's. Personally, I have strong weakness for vintage or vintage styled snowmen. I've been collecting them for a while. I find that if you start collecting items, a few at time, it will add up quickly. Check on holiday clearance of Christmas items now - most stores have already started to reduce prices and true boutiques have the more unique ones. Why pay full price?
I usually replace some regular art in my hallways with Christmas themed art and bring out some of the kids pictures of visits to Santa. These little changes pull the theme of Christmas throughout the home and again, personalize you holiday.
So before you watch Elf for the last time this year or visit Snow Flake Lane, pick a few items to make your home your "home" for the holidays. You will be glad you did. And what ever you do, just keep the Batman and Robin ornaments for the "other" tree in the basement :-)
May the season bring you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Happy Holidays to you and yours!