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Ideas for holiday decorating

By Lisa Moore

Christmas is almost here again, and it's time to start thinking about decorating your homes. It is a great time of year when the whole family gets together. Many homes will be filled to the brim with Christmas decorations. Over the years, more and more families have made a tradition of decorating their homes together. In some neighbourhoods, it's a bit like a competition, with each one trying to outdo the other. That approach can make the season an even pricier task but it does not have to be, if you just focus on making your home a festive and fun space, in keeping with your family's needs. It can be challenging to find the right details to create a cozy feeling in your home, which will require a bit of creativity and imagination when coming up with Christmas decorating ideas year after year. Before you go shopping each year or so evaluate your decorations and ornaments. Discard the ones that are broken, and donate those that you no longer want. By doing so you are freeing up your home for new decorations and giving the space more room to display the decorations you love. If decorating for the first time do not buy your decorations at once, because you can get better deals on decorations after the season. Whatever you do, have fun and let the children join in and help you. Christmas is about being together with friends and family.

Christmas wreath

Christmas wreaths are usually one of the important things on the list, after the Christmas tree, lights and presents. The great thing about wreaths is that they can be placed both inside and outside your home. You can choose to hang them on a door, window, or even a wall. Christmas wreaths are one of the easiest ways to bring the Christmas spirit into your homes. They come in varying sizes and styles. You can purchase a basic wreath and decorate it with ribbons, acorns, dried flowers, lights etc all in keeping with your theme. By doing this, you extend the life of the same wreath with different looks year after year. Secure wreaths placed on the front door so that they do not fall.

Christmas tree

Decorating a Christmas tree is a tradition that most people enjoy and look forward to year after year. The Christmas tree is the central point of all Christmas decorations and there really is no right or wrong way to put up one. There are many Christmas decorations filling the mall shelves currently and they come in a wide array of prices, colours, sizes, and styles. Shopping for Christmas decorations can be exciting. It is best before you go shopping to make a list of ideas to avoid making unnecessary purchases. Thankfully, we can now view a variety of sites online for great tree decorating ideas to make the task a little easier and result in a beautiful Christmas tree. For an added tip put your indoor tree in front of a large window that overlooks your front yard. It is an easy way of cheering up your front yard without leaving the house. When decorating your Christmas tree use white or off white lights and remember that ornaments should enhance and not dominate the tree. Do not forget to decorate the bottom of your tree. You can add depth by hanging ornaments closer to the trunk. Feel free to personalise your Christmas trees by making and using handmade decorations whether you knit, crotchet or sew them. (Check out the many "how to make christmas decoration" websites or YouTube videos). Do not put up a tree if you are going to leave it half done, finish what you started. Whatever you do have fun and let the children join in.

Hanging lights

Using lights is also an easy and impressive way to decorate your home without going over the top, and it is an easy way to show your Christmas spirit. These lights can be used both inside and outside your home, on your walls, ceilings, columns, hedges, railings, or trees. You can use icicle or multi-coloured lights and it's a great idea to incorporate a light-up reindeer or snowman as an added touch. Use only outdoor rated extension cords for exterior lights, and do not try to attach too many lights to one cord. Use safe methods of hanging lights; if you use a ladder, be careful and use it properly. It is wise not to leave your outdoor lights on 24/7. Outdoor lights should go on from approximately 6 p.m. until midnight, or when you are ready for bed. Indoor lights should go on when you put on your house lights until you are ready for bed.

Candles

Whether classically simple or ornate, candles look wonderful. Chunky candles bring real festive magic to tables or shelves being decorated. When using candles, you can mix and match. Group similar colours but mix up the shapes and sizes. Create an entrance. Put chunky candles in glass bowls or shade, and place them along a staircase or pathway to your house. When using candles close to a window, you may want to opt for battery operated or electrical bulbs to eliminate the risk of fires.

Holiday tips to remember

• Keep things simple. Many people have way too many decorations both inside and outside their homes. Remember less is more.

• When purchasing outdoor inflatable decorations consider whether your pets or the neighbour's may deflate them.

• Be original; do not copy your neighbours. If you like something they have done, you can mimic it adding a personal touch so that your display looks unique.

• Do not compete; no one else should decide what your yard or home should look like. It's your money, so do what you like.

• Be safe and use common sense when installing lights or inflatable decorations to your roofs. Installation can be dangerous.

Whatever type of Christmas decoration you decide to do, you should cherish every moment. This only comes around once a year...Enjoy!

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