holiday secrets: decorations

December 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm Leave a comment

it’s after thanksgiving, which means you’ve got your entire house covered in lights and inflatable santas in the front yard, right? everyone in our neighborhood does, which is cool if you’re into it, but if you don’t looove it, don’t tax yourself {or the power grid}.

really, you don't have to go all out

if you want to know the secret to getting all those lights put up? hire people. in our town there are several business that rip people off specialize in holiday light installation.

wanna know another secret? you don’t have to do this if you don’t want to. even if you’ve done this every single year since forever, you can opt out. those piles of the animatronic masses will stay snug in their boxes. feel free to change your mind next year, but if you’re overwhelmed by this monumental task? give yourself a break.

personally, i like a few lights outside, like these adorable diy christmas trees, made from tomato cages and lights. you could even wrap garland around it to give it a fir-y look during the day. {these could go inside of course, but i’m planning on doing three in the front yard…just as soon as we tear out the dying tomato plants in the back yard.}

in terms of other decorations, i think about places that people will be. i like to welcome guests with a wreath on the front door, like this simple one.

then i scatter a few decorations throughout the house, including the tree {which i personally love, decorated with ornaments collected through the years. no theme trees for me. it’s topped with my handmade owl tree topper, never fully finished but oh well.} hint: if your house looks like the north pole, that’s not a few decorations. i’m talking a swag on the hearth, candles, and a few unexpected touches, like candy canes in a glass.

and you know me, i like to put flowers in the places my guests will visit, like the bathroom and guest room. poinsettias top my list this time of year because a.) they’re cheap and b.) they last forever. {they are extremely toxic to pets and children, so keep ’em out of reach of anyone likely to chew on the leaves.}

oh look, you’re done. now remember to keep those appointments with yourself!

 

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