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Being creative this Christmas holiday means that you do not have to use the traditional Christmas decorations or traditional Christmas colors. If you really don't like your home filled to the brim with red and green decorations or Christmas lights, then don't do. The same with the outside of your home. Stop following the pack every year and thinking you must conform to what everyone else does. It's time to step out of that Christmas box and take a look around at other options. You will find that people will be stopping by your house during the holiday season to enjoy your simple and creative holiday decorations. You can purchase fake trees in various colors or buy a small tree for your tabletop or fireplace mantel and spray paint it in your favorite color or the color to match your existing home decor.
Giving Instead of Receiving
The holidays are an important time of year to bond with the people you cherish in your life and to not only think about receiving gifts, but giving them too. It doesn't mean just material items, but giving of your time and energy.
Teach your children about the importance of thinking about other people, not just about themselves. It is never too early to teach children the habit of gift-giving. It doesn't mean you must spend a lot of money on gifts to try and buy another person's friendship or love, it can mean sending handmade Christmas cards with heartfelt sayings on them, or volunteering your time at a homeless shelter or local animal shelter that may be in need of supplies and food.
Sometimes handmade gifts will be cherished more than store-bought gifts that people tire of or want to return to the store. Spend some time with your children to learn crafts or drawing and painting pictures to hand out to family as gifts this year. It's important to sit down with your child and brainstorm some ideas about how they can help someone this holiday season or create their own gifts using their imaginations.
Make Your Own Decorations
Holidays are normally stressful because we over-complicate them and feel we have to outdo our neighbors or put on a big show. All this is unnecessary because the spirit of the holiday season is what is important, not how much money you spend. None of us want to face those credit card bills that will hit our mailboxes after the holidays are finished. Get creative this year, use your imagination and work with what you already have. Do not completely change your entire decor in your house and then only have to pack away all those Christmas decorations and find a place to store them for another year.
How about creating a wall art Christmas tree? Or, maybe have a small artificial tree on a bench, a table, or on your fireplace mantel. Then you can either make your own decorations for the tree or purchase a few that you really love, creating a theme for your Christmas. If you like animals, find some unique ornaments with animals on them. If you use a smaller size Christmas tree, you will easily be able to store it for another year, or give it away to a charity and think up some new creative holiday ideas for next year. The point is to make Christmas fun, not stressful.
Christmas Trees in Your Home
You do not have to kill a tree this year and drag it inside your home hoping it fits and that it doesn't get knocked down. It's time to be creative with how you want to display your Christmas tree, whether it's a real tree or an artificial one.
Place it in a basket, wheelbarrow or inside a child's red wagon so that the tree is inside a container. It will keep kids and pets away from the tree and if it's an artificial tree, you can easily slide it inside of a storage closet waiting for next year's holiday season. Be creative with the decorations and don't have too many dangling ones close to the bottom so as to not attract cats this season that think they are play toys.
Tabletop trees are a simple and easy option and you can find them in discount or craft stores. Then you can decide on a color scheme and the theme of your tree, such as, maybe Christmas toys or anything you like, like tiny toy cars as Christmas ornaments.
The point is to not break the bank while having a lot of fun. Think about placing your tree in an empty corner of the room or on a tabletop or shelf and you'll see what types of new design ideas it will inspire. It will also be very easy to store for next season and you will not spend a lot of time worrying about the work and cleanup as the New Year unfolds.
Set a Simple Holiday Table
There is no need to fuss and bother this Christmas season, it will only drain your energy and you won't enjoy the holiday season. The point is to relax, have fun, and spend time with friends and family. Even if you are alone this Christmas, cherish the time you have to rest and relax and plan for the New Year. If you are having a dinner party, guests enjoy being in a relaxed atmosphere and not worried they may break some valuable item or dinnerware. Use what you have and include small holiday touches like small ceramic reindeer or Santa Claus figurines on your tabletop settings. Small trinkets will be conversation starters for guests at your dinner party and spark ideas and you may find that love of your life sitting across from you that you only happened to meet by chance at that Christmas dinner party.
Safety Around Kids and Pets
Always remember that if you have a home with kids and/or pets, you'll need to be aware they will be attracted to Christmas decorations. Either place burning candles inside metal holder so they are completely covered, or a simple option is to use battery operated candles. These can be stored and reused every year whereas wax candles will burn down and be thrown in the garbage and it's like throwing money in the garbage too. Teach kids about safety around any of the larger trees you bring into the home as well as any decorations so they can be a part of the setup and tear down and storage each year of your decorations and learn about safety first.
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