Easy Christmas Decorating Tips

Transforming your home from an ordinary place to a Christmas paradise takes some work, but there are several easy Christmas decorating tips you can use to make decorating faster, leaving you time to relax, bake or squeeze in some more shopping.

Store Everything in Labeled Boxes: The worst part about getting started for Christmas is not knowing where things are or what's in each box. When you pack up Christmas the year before, put things in plastic totes or boxes that are clearly labeled. That way, you can access what you need when you want it.

Use Natural Elements: Because so many Christmas decorations are glitzy and manufactured, use some natural elements to soften up the mood and add festive additions to your home for cheap or free. Gather bare fallen branches, clip pine boughs, locate pinecones and purchase holly wreaths to adorn doors, mantles, centerpieces and end tables.

Less Is More: It's all too tempting to pull out everything you have and cram the decorations into every available space. Use the modern decorator's approach, and give a strong focal point to a decorated area. Rather than set up a display of 35 Father Christmas figurines across the mantle, spread them throughout the house in meaningful groupings in such a way that each figure can be admired rather than all jumbled together so that nothing stands out.

Stick to a Theme: Whether the theme is Christmas bells, blue and white or a Victorian Christmas, you can ensure that your whole home looks welcoming and put together when you follow a theme. It can be as loose or as strict as you desire, but it will help the decorations look cohesive throughout the home.

Incorporate Family Traditions: Your home is the place where your Christmas traditions come alive, so incorporate your traditions into every space. If you are of German heritage and your family follows certain German customs, let that show in your décor. Feature an advent calendar, gingerbread house and a German pyramid carousel to reflect your version of Christmas.

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