Are you ready for Christmas? It will be here sooner than you think! And when it does, you’ll want to be enjoying your family, listening to Holiday music, and sitting beside the fireplace, enjoying looking at your Christmas decorations. But how do you get there?
It’s important to break decorating down into steps. It’s a lot easier if you spread it out over a few days. Most people like to start right after Thanksgiving, but it is possible to start even earlier if you like! Several people on our block even leave their Christmas lights up all year round!
The first place many people want to decorate is outside their home. It’s the first thing that people will see as they come to your house. So it’s only natural to want to make sure that it looks the best. However, if the weather is bad right after Thanksgiving, you can start with an indoor display.
Outdoors, you always want to start with your roof, if you are putting decorations up there. It’s the hardest place to get the decorations up, and it will dictate how you lay out the rest of your design. So start there first, even before you string your lights. Place Santa, his reindeer, or any other roof decorations up first, making sure they are secure. Break this down into a few days if necessary, as hauling these decorations up and down a ladder can be hard work.
Next, you should hang your lights. Hang them around the rooftop and in trees first, making sure you have allowed enough length for the cord. On bushes and small trees, net lights can be a real time saver. LED lights are also nice to avoid fire hazards, as they are cool to the touch and last longer than regular lightbulbs.
If you have a nice, Christmas tree like evergreen outside your home, you may want to decorate it like an indoor tree. String lights and tinsel. Or you can go more traditional and use pinecones and popcorn lanyards. These will clean up themselves naturally, which makes your job easier after Christmas.
Indoors, make sure you put up your tree, garlands, and wreath. Lights on the tree are always nice, as well as the heirloom ornaments. Keep mind that if you have small children or cats, you may want to place the breakable items higher up in the tree. Or you could place the tree where the children cannot easily get it.
One trick to making sure everything looks Christmas-y is to replace normal decorations with Christmas ones. Get out your Christmas knickknacks and put away the normal ones. Set out some Christmas books on your bookshelf. You can even change your rugs for ones with a Christmas theme!
Before you know it, you’ll be relaxing in front of the Christmas tree, enjoying the peace and tranquility that comes with a job well done.