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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas

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By Samantha Nicole Alarilla

Christmas is just around the corner, with less than forty days left until the much-awaited holiday.  Chances are, everyone’s getting ready with their Christmas lights, tinsel and mistletoe to spruce up their homes with everything holly and jolly.  Where and how to start decorating though?  If you’re at a loss on what to do for this year’s decor, here are a few things that might guide you or give you inspiration:

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Decide on a theme.

It could be a color or a color combination (red and gold / red and green/white and green, etc), an icon associated with Christmas (Santa, angels, reindeer, snowflakes – you get the idea), or anything that strikes your fancy and everything that means something to you and your family.

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Based on the theme, start with the most obvious, most conspicuous decoration: the Christmas tree.

Think of a theme. Do you want to go the old-fashioned way and follow the red and green color scheme with little touches of gold or silver? You can never go wrong with such a festive palette. You could also take things to another level and personalize your tree. Try something different and buy a white tree for a wintry feel or perhaps hang handmade ornaments instead of store-bought ones. Why not purchase a fresh Christmas tree instead? There are many ways to make your Christmas tree uniquely your own.

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Consider a holiday wreath.

Just thinking about all the possibilities of how your wreath would look like would make anyone dizzy. You could have green leaves with red ribbons, or wreaths adorned with fruits, or maybe even an entire winter scene with Santa riding on his sleigh. Go all out or go minimalistic with your wreath – anything is bound to look good. Hang it up proudly on your door for everyone to see!

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The stockings.

When the Christmas tree is overflowing with gifts, Santa will rely on your stockings for his extra goodies. So better make sure they look great! Embroider your name on your stocking for a personal touch, or glue felt figures of reindeers or even St. Nicholas himself. Hang it up all in one line in a communal area with lights and you’re good to go.

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The lights.

There’s nothing that screams Christmas more than Christmas lights. However, before you start decorating with lights, make sure there are no faulty wirings and that you only use the lights that are meant for the area you are decorating – i.e. for indoor or outdoor use.  Overheating Christmas lights have been known to cause fires. Proceed with caution and make sure you turn them off before you turn in for the night or when nobody is home.  Aside from your Christmas tree, you can hang them up artfully from corner to corner in the living room or any other preferred area. If you want to take it a step further, arrange your lights to spell something out or form festive shapes.

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Table centerpieces and other festive decor.

For an extra cheery touch, replace flowers and their vases with Christmas-themed ones. Put Yuletide figurines at the center of your dining table or coffee table. You can also change throw pillow cases in the living room to red ones, or those decorated with a Christmas theme. There are a lot of ways to sneak in a little bit of Christmas everywhere!

In the end, you can never go wrong decorating with items that please you and those that mean something to you and your family and/or friends who share your space.  Whatever theme, style, or materials you use, if it makes you happy, it’s the right choice of decor.  Happy decorating!

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