How to Prepare for a Great Christmas Season
Do you want to have a stress-free Christmas that unfolds naturally? Do you love bringing the scents and colours of Christmas into your home?
The Christmas season is a time to go wild. It may be the only time you'll add red and green decor to your home. Or maybe you'll try something different with ice blue or purple balls and ribbon. Christmastime is the only time of year to put up a tree and hang garlands, ribbons, and bows in strange places. It's the time to indulge in adding to a Christmas…
The Christmas season is a time to go wild. It may be the only time you'll add red and green decor to your home. Or maybe you'll try something different with ice blue or purple balls and ribbon. Christmastime is the only time of year to put up a tree and hang garlands, ribbons, and bows in strange places. It's the time to indulge in adding to a Christmas village setting.
For Christmas to unfold naturally, you need to start early. Start with evaluating what needs to be done and then take small steps daily to work toward your goal.
Pause and think about a theme for your decorating. Perhaps focus on a mood you'd like to create. Would it be Christmas fun? Would you prefer a religious theme of Christmas nativity? How about a house of elves?Or maybe you simply want your family or guests to gain a sense of peace. Make it a house of calm and healing.
Whatever you choose, decorating for the season has the potential to offer mood-enhancing benefits both to yourself and visitors. It's a time when your imagination is cultivated. Don't look at decorating as a chore. Look at it as a gift you're giving yourself and those who visit.
The Christmas season helps break up the monotony of dark fall and winter days as well. Why not light up the outdoors for the neighbours with sparkling outdoor lights? Add splashes of your favourite winter colours and textures and transform your space.
Start early and let your imagination soar throughout December. Here are a few tips for getting ready:
1. Clear Spaces
De-clutter your home to allow space for new decorations. Remove items that might be out of place once your Christmas decor is placed.
2. Make Transition Easy
Put the items you're removing in a convenient location so they'll be easily accessible in the New Year. Perhaps put them in a bin in a closet or behind your sofa.
3. Consider Downsizing
Styles continue to change. Décor can quickly become out of date, dull, or boring. Use this time to downsize. Sell or donate tired items.
4. Tidy and Clean
Next, clean out the cobwebs, dust, and wipe off window smudges. Make cleaning easier with a window washing robot or rotating scrubbing brush. Tools like this can motivate you to get things done.
You might want high-priced collectibles to add to your décor. Alternatively, you might find unique décor at a thrift shop or liquidation store. A novel way to decorate is to purchase decor from a second hand store and re-donate it later.
6. Bring the Outdoors In
Bring the outdoors in for simple, free decor. Collect and display pinecones and evergreen boughs from a nearby forest. Put them in a nice vase and add colourful ribbon from a discount store.
7. Choose Kitchenware
Prepare your table setting by digging out and dusting that hand-me down dinnerware you inherited, or make life simple by having disposable dishes on hand. If you have green bin service in your community, used paper plates can be disposed of there for composting.
8. Do Self-Care
Prepare your mind and body to handle possible stress. Exercise and stretch in the comfort of your own home. Indulge in facial masks and detoxification products to remove toxins and release stress. Do your nails and feel confident during the season.
9. Update Your Wardrobe
Organize your closet and update your wardrobe with simple seasonal clothes that are comfortable and cozy. Have ample socks and slippers on hand for colder days. Change over your entryway closet so boots and gloves are easy to locate.
10. Create an Entertaining Atmosphere
Create magical vignettes to share with others who may visit your home. Add entryway décor and, inside, wafting inspiring aromas, candle light, and Christmas music. Plan for simple social gathering times that are relaxing. Perhaps have a few puzzles or board games on hand.
11. Focus on Invoking Peace and Love
Don't give into a push to overthink or overdo it. Christmas memories are less about spending money on expensive gifts and preparing lavish meals and more about making simple memories. Go out and see the lights, build a snowman together, roast marshmallows indoors, and perhaps have an open house rather than a large dinner.
Spending time to clean and downsize before Christmas approaches will help you feel refreshed and prepared. Feeling organized is empowering. You'll be left to simply enjoy special moments. Start with a theme, and let your imagination go. You can do this.
by Joy R. Calderwood