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Deck the Halls for the Holidays with these Easy Decorating Tips!

When it's time to deck the halls and get your home ready for the holidays, you don't have to be Martha Stewart to make your home merry and bright.  With just a few special touches and a little creativity, you can celebrate the holidays in style without breaking the bank.  Whether you're decorating your first apartment on a shoestring budget, are looking for some new ideas, or have boxes and boxes of vintage decorations stacked in the basement, here are a few more ideas to get your creative juices flowing.  So crank up the Christmas music and throw on your favorite Santa plush hat, it's time to deck the halls and get ready to spread some Christmas cheer! 

Before you start decorating, do a quick clean of the house, dusting the shelves, cleaning mirrors and glass tables, and cleaning up any clutter that will get in the way of your decorating.  It doesn't make much sense to put out decorations over grit and grime, so cleaning beforehand makes the process less stressful!  You'll also want to gather any supplies you might need ahead of time, including scissors, extra ornament hangers, florist wire, stick tack adhesive, and newspaper or bubble wrap to protect any knick knacks you might need to pack away to make room for holiday decorations. 

Often times, people get overwhelmed wondering where to start with their holiday decorating.  Do you decorate every room of the house?  Stick with just the main living space?  Cover every surface with Santa figurines?  It's all a matter of personal preference so decide what style you like and use that as a springboard for your own decorations.  A classic choice that never goes out of style is pine branch garland.  You can wrap it around the banisters, hang it from the mantel, drape it across the top of doorways, mirrors, bookcases, or pictures, or twist strands of twinkle lights with it and use it outdoors on the porch railing or columns.  The possibilities are endless!  Add some extra flair with red flocked bows, pinecones, or ornaments, which can be attached with floral wire or hot glue.  Once you've got your mantel decked out with the garland, it's time to hang your stockings by the chimney with care.  If you don't have special stockings for the family, buy some plush Christmas stockings and add everyone's names with glitter paints, or, if you're really crafty, embroider their names on each stocking.  These stockings also add a festive touch to railings, bookshelves and windows.  And speaking of your windows, if you want to let your kids get in on the decorating fun, pick up some festive window clings for them to play with.  They can mix and match to their heart's content while you're getting the rest of the house ready for the holidays!  These window clings are also great for mirrors, letting you surprise your guests with special season's greetings in the guest bathroom! 

When you're decorating for the holidays, you don't want to forget the outside decor.  If it's not in the budget to put on a big light display, complete with dozens of strands of Christmas lights and huge inflatable lawn decorations, give your home a classic holiday look by placing battery operated LED candlesticks in each window.  Add a pine wreath above the candles and your house will look like a Christmas card when the snow starts to fall! 

 

Whether you're decorating style is understated and elegant or you feel the more tinsel the better, as long as you give your holiday decorations your own special twist, your house will look beautiful this holiday season.  All you need to do is let your imagination go wild, find your personal decorating style, and let the spirit of the season move you while you transform your home into a picture-perfect Christmas scene! 

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