Putting the tree up is a big part of decorating, but the real fun comes from the ornaments. Everyone loves to hang them, so why keep them to the tree? Bring some holiday spirit over the dining room table or the entryway by using a small garland or a piece of ribbon as a place to hang your left-over ornaments.
As long as you don’t make the chandelier too heavy, there’s no reason not to spread the decorating cheer everywhere you can. With a little bit of thought and some careful planning, you can create spots all around the home that are festive and cheerful.
Kid Gift Checklist
Kids love getting gifts, and when they know that there are gifts on the way, they might not be able to stop themselves. A few days into December they'll probably have a long list of items they want.
The best way to deal with this is to make a kid gift checklist with a couple of categories. Some options include something they want from their list, something to wear, something you know they'll need, something to read, something for outdoor play, or something artsy. There are plenty of categories to come up with – but every family is going to be a little different.
Hanging Wreaths Doesn't Have to be Difficult
Around Christmas time, there are decorations to fill the yard, but when it comes to entering the home, the wreath is the first piece. From real greenery that is here today but gone tomorrow, to plastic options you can use year after year, they're classic.
If you don't have a hook on your door, however, they can be a hassle. Don't get a drill. Instead, get a sticky hook and put it upside-down, then tie the wreath to a ribbon, hanging it over the top to face the world. It's the kind of thing that will come in handy all year long.
Keep Christmas Cards Front and Center
Sending out Christmas cards might be hard work, but we all love receiving them in the mail. There are lots of fun ways to show off the cards you get, but this option really lets them shine.
Hang pieces of bright, colorful ribbon from the top of your walls, around cabinet doors, or anywhere else is great. They'll be sure to catch everyone's eyes when they arrive for your party. Choose a mixture of colors to match your decorating style, or go with classic colors like gold or silver.
Candy Cane Card Holders
Once the last month of the calendar appears, it's hard to miss candy canes appearing everywhere. They're treats for the kids, coffee stirring sticks for adults, and much more. Now you can even use them as cardholders for your next holiday gathering.
All you have to do is take three of them, tie their bottoms together, and then turn them over. They'll stay upright on their rounded edges, and you can easily fit cards into the spaces between the canes. Once the party has kicked off and people know where they're sitting, they can then enjoy candy canes the traditional way to make cleanup a little easier.