9 simple ways to get ready for the holidays

By Nahid Holmes


Select a theme or style for your holiday decorating. It makes shopping for decorations simpler and gives your space a professional touch. Is your style more traditional, rustic or chic?


Let your nose tell you it is the holiday season. Introduce seasonal scents into your holiday decorating. Potpourri and scented candles are great accessories that can enhance your space. Place candles or containers of potpourri in your foyer and throughout the house. An even better option is to bake some cookies. Popular scents such as pine, pumpkin and cinnamon are great for a festive decor that exceeds expectations.


Choose two or three accent colors for your holiday palette and keep it consistent throughout. Example of colors would be silver and blue, white and red or gold and brown. Use this color palette around your fireplace, entry table and Christmas tree.


Create new memories with your family by creating a family tradition that involves the kids. Purchase a simple evergreen wreath and gather items to decorate it. Use pine cones, ribbons, crystal beads, garland or paper snow flakes. Whatever the project, just have fun so that the kids will want to do it again next year!


Give your space a different layout for this special time of year. Rearrange your furniture so that your focal point is your fireplace. If you don't have a fireplace, rearrange the furniture to create the best cozy space for conversation or facing the Christmas tree.


Strengthen your holiday accent color selection with lighting. Color lights are beautiful, but white lights are a classic touch. Red, green, blue or multi-color lights add a bit of whimsical interest. Try adding a strand of lights in your centerpiece! (You can hide the extension cord with a garland or scarf.)


Start investing in a collection of decorations, something that can continue to grow throughout the years and that you can pass on to the next generation. For example, your collection could start with ornaments or statues.


Use candles. Nothing is more beautiful and can make a room feel warmer and more inviting than candlelight. Make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy if you are forgetful like me!


Remember, the holiday season is definitely one time where less is more does not apply. Have fun and do it up big. Eat, drink and be merry!

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

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