making it through the holidays - the basics of decorating

Yesterday, I talked about decorating the Christmas Tree... and I got to thinking this morning, I just SCRATCHED the surface on decorations. So, I want to add just a few more tips on decorating...

Just Some Basics

Sometimes the old saying is correct, Less is More.

When you are just starting out with a new home, money can be so tight and in these economic times, well... I suggest you 'invest' in Christmas Decorations, ones that will last a lifetime.  Take your time and choose decorations that really 'speak' to you, ones that represent you and your 'likes'.  There will be plenty of time in the future to add to your collection of decorations.  In other words, don't go out and just buy a 'bunch of stuff' to fill the house... buy quality and spotlight it in special areas of your home.

*Try to remember this tip throughout the year when it comes to the design of your home.

Think about decorations that can play 'double duty'. 

Candles are a great example of multi-purpose items.  Think of all the many design uses pillar candles offer throughout the year.  At Christmas time, just add some garland, a splash of red... and there you have it.

But don't discount all those tapers you have piling up in your junk drawer.  They can work just as beautifully in any Christmas arrangement.

Whether you choose an artificial tree or a real tree, be sure to purchase a few clippings of fresh pine. These can, not only, be used in so many different areas of your home, but can also add that great scent of Christmas.

Ever wonder what to do with those left-over ornaments that just don't fit on the tree this year. 

You love all your ornaments (I mean, that's why you have them, right?) and some of them probably have marvelous memories attached to them.  Don't pack them away for another year... display them 'center stage' throughout your home.

If you don't have room for a tabletop display of ornaments.... find other ways to display your treasures.  There are so many ways to add a touch of the season in little tucked away spots.

I think if I had one suggestion to offer everyone, it would have to be RELAX. This time of year can get totally out of control and before you know it, you are too tired to enjoy anything.  Slow things down, take your time, this is a time to be with loved ones.  Remember - LESS can be MORE!

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