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'tis the season for festive decor

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December has nearly arrived which means I am officially allowed to decorate for the holidays. For me, the holiday season makes the snow and cold all worthwhile.  I could not imagine Christmas without the smell of cinnamon and pine and certainly couldn’t imagine it without the white stuff outside. It truly is a beautiful time of year, if you can get over having cold toes! Besides setting up the tree and hanging the stockings, there are several ways to make your home feel festive. Garland: Bows of garland strung throughout the house is a great way to decorate. You can drape it along the top of your cabinetry in the kitchen; wrap it around the stair railing or in door openings between rooms. Garland has more options than just the typical (yet classic) faux greenery as there are now tons of ideas online for DIY garland made of Christmas balls, burlap and/or scraps of festive fabric.

Spell it out: Create your own festive message with a banner. Cut triangles (or another shape, if you prefer) out of fabric or paper and draw a letter on each piece then simply hang on a string and drape your message wherever you’d like. Or go big with oversized letter cut outs and lean against the wall on your shelf or mantle. Use your favorite colors, textures and sparkles to add an extra special personal touch.

Trinkets: There are so many festive trinkets to make your home feel special at this time of year. Snowmen, reindeer, owls, nativity scenes, elves, Santas, nutcrackers… the list could go on and on. Tuck them into corners and layer them on shelves and buffet tops.

Lights: String lights inside and out. Combine small string lights with garland or use them as a standalone feature in place of garland. Outside you can use lights to trace the outline of your home or decorate trees in the yard. I am not a big outdoor light-show kinda girl but I enjoy seeing creative use of lights to make your house shine.

Wreath: Nothing says “welcome to our home” during the holidays like a wreath hanging on the front door. Whether you purchase one or create your own there is no way you can go wrong with a wreath!

Outdoor décor: Topiaries and greenery on the steps or along the path to the front door offer a sense of warmth and welcome to your outdoor décor. You could even wrap your archway (if you have one) with garland and lights and hang decorative ornaments like balls or giant snowflakes.

When decorating for the holidays almost anything goes. I would suggest deciding on a theme or set of colors and then going for it whole-heartedly! If you love owls, then by all means, decorate with owls. If red and gold is your thing then let it be your thing and red-it-up! Stock up on the egg nog and hot chocolate, play some Christmas classics and enjoy spending quality time with your family this season as you decorate like pros!

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