Christmas is almost here – How do I decorate?

I’ll admit it: I hate decorating. The garlands around the doors are the worst part. My arms wind up over my head for so long they go numb, and it’s a b*tch trying to get them up without nailing big holes in the walls.

I’ve heard there’s a franchise that will decorate for you called Holiday Lights (here’s the link for the local one.). I may consider using them next year. I’ve also considered just throwing out all the decorations we’ve got and starting fresh with new, easier-to-execute ideas.

Here are some inspirational ideas I’ve found. Lots of them involve big trees—which is one of the things that will have to go if we make the kind of changes I’m considering. But the color schemes and other out-of-the-box ideas are making me consider the possibilities (although be forewarned—this is a slide show from some years ago and it includes a Melania-style blood red Christmas tree. . . )

First off, consider including your favorite colors. You don’t need to stick with red and green. Go with the color scheme you already have in your home and they will likely make the tree fit better into your home’s decoration. The slide show here offers violet as one option and turquoise with green accents as another. I personally might favor blue and orange (I’m serious),

Second, try playing with shapes and proportions. Make the most of what you have in order to invite the holiday spirit into your home. For example, if you have a low ceiling and not a lot of breathing room, a small Christmas tree will fit the place in a cute, perfect way. We went with a three-foot Norfolk Pine ion top of a tonsu and it worked great.

Third, get Hygge with it.  In Scandinavian design, simplicity is everything. That means ditching the sparkly colors and ornaments and using white and natural materials. You can also play with texture (burlap? wood grain?) and throw some greenery around instead of killing your arms (and your walls!)

Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!