Brighten and Lighten up the Home

by - Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It’s time to get into the holiday spirit [http://glo.msn.com/relationships/10-ways-to-get-in-the-holiday-spirit-6041.gallery], especially with the holidays right around the corner. This means thinking about decorating, holiday entertaining and gift shopping. The first step to get both you and your family into the spirit is to make your home decorative for the season. The holidays pass quickly, so make the most out of your decorations and lighting before its time to pack it all up again.

Add some lighting.

Christmas lights are a popular choice, and they do not necessarily have to be on the outside of the home. Think about lining your holiday mantle or shelves containing decorations to bring more attention to them. You can choose themed LED lights or even light plantsup a candle to add a warm scent to your home. Some fun Thanksgiving and Christmas scents include Pumpkin spice, Apple Cinnamon, Sugar Cookie, Nutmeg and Evergreen.

Add plants.

Some green plants are another decorative addition sometimes people don’t think of right away in regards to the holidays. Mistletoe is a popular holiday plant, but those with pets may want to consider other options. Not only will a pretty plant brighten up your home, it will also help clean the air as a natural filter. Don’t forget to water and care for it!

Get out those holiday decorations.

This is a fun family activity if you want to get everyone involved. Get everyone together to decorate the Christmas tree with ornaments. Talk about memories of holidays past and watch Christmas movies. Set up knick knacks, wall hangings and other holiday furnishings.

Entertain your guests in style.

Set your table to the theme of the holiday. Serving Thanksgiving dinner? Put out Fall or Thanksgiving themed napkins, napkin holders, place mats and table runners. Serve food and appetizers in festive dishes. Serve drinks in festive cups or add holiday wine charms to wine glasses. If you don’t want to decorate for a specific holiday, think season themes—like snowflakes and acorns.

Decorate the outside of your house.

Put up lawn decorations [http://www.bhg.com/christmas/indoor-decorating/creative-holiday-decorating-ideas/] and outdoor lights. Hang a festive wreath or, if you really want to get into the spirit, make your own door wreath. Supplies can be picked up at craft stores. Place out window stickers, flags and inflatable snowmen. While decorating the outside may require more effort—not to mention being out in the cold—but you will be glad you did when your guests, family and neighbors are awed by your home’s appearance.

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