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Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Survival Guide for Holiday Decorating #12daysofchristmasideas

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I have been very fortunate to be asked to be on two different Christmas tours in two towns that I have lived in. I was excited to share my home and holiday enthusiasm with my friends and neighbors. One tour had nearly 800 people tour my home, and the second just over 300.  Both tours were benefits for the needy in our community.  I have learned a few great survival tips for decorating!

1. Begin early.  I am a firm believer that each holiday has its time. However, I can decorate my bedrooms and the upstairs rooms and not interfere with all there is to love about Thanksgiving.  If you need permission to decorate early, then I GIVE IT.  It is practical to start early!

2. Decorate areas, not rooms.  I used to decorate every ROOM in the house and truly, that's what it was. I would pack up all my usual decor and replace it with Christmas decor. Now I make sure I just decorate specific areas of the house, such as, the mantle, the main tree, my kitchen table, and the banister that leads to the upstairs. Then I will tuck in some fresh Christmas greens, some cranberries, and festive candles into existing nooks and crannies in the house. I add some holiday soap and fresh greens in the bathrooms and that is it.

3. Printables!  I find free printables all through the internet!  I have a few favorite places that I like to go to see what is available.  I usually use these wonderful decorations to add a few accents or to even give as gifts.  Check out

Following these three small tips will help you survive the decorating anxiety that many feel over the holidays.

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As For Me and My Homestead  ~  Cookies, Coffee and Crafts  ~  The Aspiring Home
Practically Homemade  ~  The Fresh Cooky  ~  Simply Inspired Meals 
Love My Little Cottage  ~  Mom Home Guide  ~  Faeries and Fauna  ~  Blogghetti
The Stress-Free Christmas  ~ Nourish and Nestle  ~  My Family Thyme  ~  Simple Nature Decor
Interior Frugalista  ~  Elle Marie Home  ~  DIY Adulation  ~  Through My Front Porch
Weekend Craft  ~  Our Crafty Mom  ~  For the Love of Food  ~  Tikkido
Home on the Corner  ~  Adventures of a DIY Mom  ~  My Hubbard Home  ~  Hello Central Avenue
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Radiant Pearl Living  ~  Super Mom - No Cape  ~  Little Vintage Cottage  ~  Christmas Tree Lane

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  1. My daughter puts up four trees and she is done with decorating. She loves to enjoy the holiday season as long as possible. I haven't started decorating yet so this holiday decorating survival guide is perfect for me.

  2. Your decorations are gorgeous. I've never been any good at fixing things up pretty like that, but I'd love to learn. (Rena)

  3. Great ideas! I usually decorate after Thanksgiving and I do it by room so I don't get overwhelmed!

  4. My son is always wanting to put decorations up. He's are some really good ideas and I think we might just do a few.

  5. I always like to decorate early too. The season is short enough, I usually want to enjoy the Christmas decor as much as I can.

  6. Sadly, we won't be decorating much this year because we won't be spending Christmas at our home. I cannot stand decorating and then coming back when the holidays are over and being SAD that they're over - and having to take down decorations! NOPE! ha!

  7. These are really helpful tips. I love the idea of decorating early and just decorating an area.

  8. I will be needing these survival guide so much! We already started decorating for Christmas and there are still more left to do. Thanks for sharing.

  9. I agree with you! Christmas is easier when I just pack up a few of my regular items and instead decorate around them. What a time saver.

  10. I'll start my decorating the day after Thanksgiving. Now that my girls are older, we don't put out as much, but I love that you utilize the free printables that you find online and incorporate them into your holiday decor.

  11. Great tips! As a person living in a cold climate, I can definitely agree with the getting started early. If we wait until after Thanksgiving to try to put up outdoor lights, it's literally freezing, and such a terrible experience.

  12. Interesting approach to the subject, it's all good, you keep going!
    Greetings from Saint Nicholas La lettera di Babbo Natale

  13. These are great decorating tips. Your house will feel full of Christmas cheer, but it won't take days to decorate.

  14. I like the idea of decorating some areas and not rooms. We have a small space here and I am excited to put up some christmas decorations.

  15. I always decorate the weekend before Thanksgiving, but last year, I decorated a week before Thanksgiving. And I think I'm going to do it again this year. Can't wait! :)


  16. I love decorating for the holidays. It's one of my favorite things to do. I always wait til after Thanksgiving.

  17. These are some wonderful decorating tips! I'll start decorating my house after Thanksgiving!

  18. This is an awesome guide! I can't wait to decorate my house this Christmas! I'll be traveling this Thanksgiving so I am going to keep the house clean and simple.

  19. Decorating is the most important part of the holidays! Thanks for this useful guide!

  20. I can't wait to start decorating for the holidays. I'm just biding my time until after Thanksgiving.


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