‘Tis the season for Christmas decorations! My family and I love this time of year. The house feels so cozy when its all aglow with twinkling lights. We trim as much of the house as possible. My children get all excited at the notion of Santa, baking cookies and snow! (We rarely get snow down here in the South.) It’s just a wonderful time of year. But as much as I enjoy it, I know there are many people who do not enjoy it. The thought of lugging the tree out of storage, or the woods, depending on preference, setting it up, decorating it and taking it all down in a month is just exhausting. And then there are others who want their tree to look like it came out of a magazine but don’t know how to do it. And still others who just don’t have the time to mess with it. I understand all of you, whichever category you fall in to. I have some very simple tips that I follow and I will share them with you.
1. Keep in simple. Some of you are not going to like this, but I have a fake tree. A 7′, pre-lit stunner that I spent a fortune on. It is an investment, but I waited until very close to Christmas, got it for 30% off and it has a 10 year warranty. There are 800 twinkling lights already in place. If a light goes out or it malfunctions in any way, I take it back and get a replacement. It stores easily in a bag in the attic and goes together in 5 minutes. I light a Yankee Candle Balsam and Cedar scented candle and you could swear I have a real tree in the house! Simple.
2. Choose just 3 colors. That’s my rule for ornaments. My tree is green, white and red. I only use white lights. You can use any 3 colors. For a coastal look use blue, white and silver. For a woodsy look use brown, red and white. Think snow, burlap and cardinals.
Image via Coastal Living Image via Google
3. Theme-less is timeless. Nobody says that your tree has to have a theme. Glass ornaments do the trick. You can buy them by the dozen in all different shapes and sizes and colors. Glass ornaments never go out of style. I use glass ornaments all over the house. I have bowl of them just sitting on the kitchen table as decoration. My tree has tons. I have been known to even hang them from chandeliers. And since they are so affordable, I don’t cry if one breaks.
Image via Ebay
4. Don’t be too type A. Coming from me, that is quite a statement because “Type A” is my middle name. But seriously, your tree should be a reflection of you and your family. It’s a time to celebrate each other, our blessings and our love. Enjoy trimming the tree together and it doesn’t have to be perfect. It should just make you all smile.