Decorating for the holidays is one of the great joys of the season. Transforming your home into an even more enchanting version of itself adds to the details of Yule.
#1 Adding faux fur rugs and blankets creates a warm, cozy feel.
Even if the children have moved out, or if you never had children, still hang the stockings. One for each kid, or one for each dog, it matters not. No nails or hearth? Hang them from the curtain rod!
#2 Decorate as if your home were filled with children. Your inner child will thank you.
Oh yes, this year we have a fence around the tree! You can get inexpensive, folding fencing at an agricultural store like Big R. It keeps puppies and toddlers out, but the kitten is still in the tree! This year we opted for a faux tree. It is decked with ornaments from our travels and beautiful creations our children made.
#3 Choose a tree. Faux trees are easier to put up, last many years, hold onto the ornaments better, are a little sturdier, and don’t die in a few weeks. But I don’t know if they ever decompose. Real trees are fun to pick out, make the home smell nice, create a woodsy feel, and can be used as firewood after the holidays. But we always get one with a crooked trunk, have to tie it to the wall and since I love putting up a tree right after Thanksgiving, it does look pretty shabby by Christmas.
#4 A wreath symbolizes unity and strength, family and wholeness. It is the universal symbol of welcome. Make sure you put one on the door!
#5 Greenery is one of the key ingredients to a festive home. This stuff costs five dollars at the hardware store. Once floofed and placed around it instantly becomes Victorian style decor. The front porch with the ristras and my old grandfather clock look festive with their draping of faux swags.
The bar is set up in festive glow ready for visitors and guests.
#6 Tuck photographs of Christmases past into mirrors around the house.
#7 Amaryllis bulbs tucked into potted plants burst forth with tropical Yule flair.
#8 Scatter twinkly lights and tea candles everywhere. Winter is ever lovelier with lights. If it’s going to be dark at 4:30 the indoors ought to be inviting!
#9 Have plenty of firewood on hand for chilly nights. I do adore the glorious smell of wood smoke.
#10 Make sure you get out and enjoy the holidays! Go see the Christmas lights around town, go to the zoo and see their light show, have dinner by a roaring fire. If you are in Pueblo make sure you see the Riverwalk, eat at The Place, see our darling zoo, and enjoy the beautiful weather. And pop by to say hello!