5 tips for a no-fuss stylish Christmas season
let’s keep Christmas simple, fun and personal
The holidays can be overwhelming and stressful. Between advertisements trying to convince us that we must have the perfect Christmas and our crazy expectations, no wonder so many people nowadays loath Christmas. Why make it more stressful with complicated and time-consuming decor? I promise it doesn’t have to be hard.
here are my 5 tips for a no-fuss stylish Christmas season
1.Fake It Out
I grew up always having a real tree. My family would pile into the station wagon and drive halfway to Charlottesville, VA. We would go and cut down a tree from my Grandparents property. I wish I could say it was a spruce or a douglas fir but alas it was always a pine tree. We would choose one that was at least 8 feet tall if not more. What I’m getting at is this was a massive pain in the arse!
I love the smell of a live tree, but sometimes it’s just not worth the aggravation. If you’ve ever had to wrangle a live tree into your house by yourself, you know what I’m talking about! (Yes, I did this one year, with a fair amount of cuss words and tears!)
If you can’t buy a real tree (with someone to help you put it up!) then buy the best fake tree you can. It’s better than not having a tree at all.
2. You Can Never Have Too Many Lights
Make your Christmas tree the center of attention. Add lots of lights to your tree, even if you have a pre-lit tree. When you think you have put enough lights on, add another strand or ten! To keep things interesting and a bit unexpected mix up the sizes of the light bulbs you use.
Warm up your Christmas tree with a few stands of gold string lights. The gold lights will give your tree a magnificent glow and help add a little warmth to the cool light that the new LED bulbs give off.
3. Theme Free
Unless you are Martha Stewart, a movie set designer or a rock star, I advise staying away from overly themed Christmas trees. Unless done right, they tend to look horrible in ordinary peoples homes.
If you want your Christmas tree to coordinate with the design of your home add some ribbon to your tree, that has the same colors as your space.
4. Time To Get A Little Sentimental
Don’t be afraid to pull out and use the decorations you have collected over the years. If you love it use it! Part of Christmas is remembering the past. I love hanging up the ornaments my kids have made over the years along with the ones my friends and family have given to us. New is not always better.
If you are afraid to hang some of your more delicate ornaments on your Christmas tree, try and think of other ways you might be able to display them. Fill a bowl with some of your favorite decorations and display them on your dining room table or fireplace mantle.
5. Fresh & Simple
Fill your home with fresh evergreens instead of flowers to last all season long. You can also use fresh evergreen leaves to help fluff faux wreaths and trees to make them appear fuller and more realistic. Use whatever greener you may have throughout your home on your fireplace mantles, stair railings, and centerpieces.
Besides clipping your neighbors magnolia trees or Leland Cyprus trees, you can go to any box store that sells real trees and gather the extra leaves and branches that have been clipped off, usually for free.
Stop trying to keep up with the Jones or the Kardashians. Keep it real and be true to yourself and your family.