Most are our ideas are very easy, many are free, and none takes more than a minimum of time and effort.
1. Decorate Everything With Bows
- Tie generous ribbons to chair backs, candlesticks, picks in plants, wreaths, garlands, basket handles, drapery tie-backs, stair railings, and doorknobs.
- Bows look festive and the ribbons you choose should tie together with the rest of your decorating. Choose ribbons in colors and patterns that coordinate with your decorating scheme.
- You don't have to stick with red and green. Choose plaids or florals that tie in. If you can't find anything that looks quite right, then choose metallic silver, gold, green, or red.
- Choose a ribbon that you can untie and re-tie each year. This will save money in the long run, and you'll end up with a good collection.
- When the holidays are over, untie the ribbons and press them lightly. The bows won't get crushed and the ribbons will be ready when you want to take them out the next year.
- See instructions on how to make your own floral bows of all sizes using wire. By using wire to make your bows, you'll be able to attach them to many objects.
2. Use holiday tableware for every meal in December.
- Look through your cupboards and get out any dishes that look festive.
- Discount stores often carry seconds of name brand china, as well as fun designs that are not so common.
- Start a set of holiday dishes with dinner plates that coordinate with your everyday dishes. Add new pieces each year, like salad plates and mugs. Note: Be sure the pattern you select will be continued from year to year.
- Buy 1 or 2 place settings each year. Before long, you'll be able to serve a feast.
- If you're adventuresome, choose a different pattern and one place setting each year. Arrange the different dishes around the table and get lots of comments and rekindle memories. When they're not in use, the dishes can be displayed around the room.
3. Turn off the lights.
- Arrange lots of candles on the dining table and dine by candlelight, even if you're just having leftovers. Every meal will feel special.
- Burn a fire in the fireplace each evening and encourage family members to gather around and read, do homework, write Christmas cards, or snooze.
- Arrange pillar candles in your bathroom, on the sink or around the tub. Take time to soak and enjoy! If you have little children in your home, you should be very careful with candles around the house. Always have an adult in the room.
4. Hang holiday wreaths.
- Put a wreath or swag on every door you have. Of course, start with the front door to welcome guests.
- Go on to the back door, inside and out. Remember over the mantle, and in all your front windows. Don't forget bedroom doors, inside and out.
- Use real pine, holly, or grapevine, decorated with bows, berries, fruit, pinecones, raffia, ornaments, birds, photos, or candy.
- To keep wreaths year after year, buy artificial wreaths that will last. Remember, you'll need room to store them!