Christmas has always been my most favourite time of the year and since having children, it has only become better. I have clear memories of decorating the tree when I was younger and now, we do that with our own kids. Here are my top tips for getting your home into the Christmas spirit.
- We have a big traditional tree but only use a few colours in terms of our decorations but with plenty of ornament layers and lights. I use white, gold and silver as my colour scheme. I plan on adding some natural wooden ornaments this year, like floral poinsettias to make the tree appear more rustic with our traditional star at the top. My decorations include baubles, star Christmas tree ornaments and mini reindeer.
- I invested in some Christmas trinkets a few years ago, which I use to decorate the living room. I have a few mini glitter Christmas trees which I put up around the house, some antique reindeer and a wooden gingerbread house which plays Christmas music. This year we will have a fireplace so will add some candles and greenery to make this the focal point of the room, where I will also hang the personalised stockings for Santa to fill.
- To create a magical space on the outside, we added inexpensive fairy lights all through our backyard last year that turned out really beautiful. This shows that you don't have to spend much to turn your home into a festive wonderland.
- We have a new front door/entrance this year, so I have been looking for wreath options to decorate it with. There are so many available out there that won't break the bank. The one I have my eye on is an extra-large wreath which has ivory poinsettia flowers, pine cones and a huge red bow. This will suit our home because we are surrounded by pines and it is a classic look on our provincial exterior. Alternatively, there is lots of DIY inspiration on Pinterest that you could involve the kids with helping you create.
- We love DIY activity so last year we had the girls paint pine cones as a simple Christmas craft. We will bring them out again this year and place in a bowl because they're unique and something money can't buy - perfect for celebrating the festive season.
- As I do with birthday wrapping paper, this year all presents will be wrapped in personal artwork courtesy of my children. I have always felt this is a nice touch, and they are obsessed with drawing, so we have plenty to go around.
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