The holiday season is coming up, which means it’s time for family, friends, and festivities! There’s just something about the holiday season that brings out our inner child, no matter how old we may feel. However, as adults, decorating for Christmas can feel like a double edge sword. Although it may feel wonderful to see your home transform into a bright and cozy space, the actual process can feel like a pain.
If it’s your first time taking the reins for holiday decorating, and need a place to start, here are some things to keep in mind when thinking about how to decorate for the holidays.
Select Christmas decorations that are timeless
When picking out your first set of Christmas decorations, think about what you would want to see for the next several years. Of course, it’s different for everyone and every situation, so think ahead when buying or making your own Christmas decorations. Like most interior decorating, some trends come and go, and while some things may work for one year, it may end up becoming impractical the next. So rather than picking out items that you think are trendy, think about what can stand against the test of time.
Go for meaning rather than just aesthetic
Tradition plays a significant role in the holiday seasons, whether it’s deeply sentimental or just an ongoing inside joke with the family. As mentioned before, it can be easy to fall into the trap of picking out items for the sake of trends. But if you really want to capture the joy of Christmas, prioritize décor that brings meaning to you and your family. For example, if you’re brand-new parents, you can do a DIY project with your little one to mark their first Christmas celebration or spend the day doing some arts and crafts with family and friends. In years to come, seeing a space filled with memories will add that sentimental value to your holiday season.
Start off small
If you’re on a tight budget or are just starting out, don’t worry about going all out for the first year. While Pinterest and Instagram are great places to find inspiration, it can also feel overwhelming looking through the picture-perfect decor in someone else’s living room. Instead, don’t be afraid to start small and stick to the basics. For every year after, you can add to the collection until you’re happy with your own little Christmasy home.
It’s called the most wonderful time of the year for a good reason. No matter how you choose to celebrate Christmas or any other holiday, don’t let the stress of creating a perfect space get in the way of the time spent creating happy memories. When it comes to your celebrations, keep them personal.
Quick starter list:
- Home Holiday Decoration
- Christmas tree
- Fairy Lights/Tinsel
- Christmas topper (Star, Angel, etc.)
- Outdoor wreath
- Festive candles
- Centerpiece for dining table