Decorating your Home for Holidays

Christmas mantleby Barb Hopkins

Festive holiday decorating ideas don’t have to be complicated or expensive. Creative holiday decorations can help make your house feel like a home, adding warmth and charm. Here are some simple ideas for decorating your home for the holidays.

Entranceway décor

The entranceway of every home should be warm and inviting to guests, especially during the holiday season. A lighted wreath on the outside of the door, an accent rug to step onto once inside, and ample but warm lighting are easy ways to make guests feel welcome. Never allow your entranceway to be dark for arriving guests.

Bring the outdoors in

Nature-inspired holiday décor can include garlands, grapevine wreaths and swags of greenery to adorn a fireplace mantle. Dress up basic pine garlands with small wooden picture frames filled with family photos, and accent with ribbons in red and green. For a nature-inspired centerpiece, fill a clear glass bowl with pinecones, weaving a length of holiday ribbon throughout for a festive touch.

Use family heirlooms

The holidays are the perfect time to bring out Grandma’s crystal candy dish or the beautiful vase you received as a wedding gift. If you’re hosting a sit-down holiday dinner, consider using the good china and silver. Begin your own heirloom tradition with a Holiday Village collectible set. Kmart features both traditional and fanciful designs to fit your personal holiday style.

Lighting

Holiday lighting ideas don’t have to stop at outdoor lights to trim the house. Battery-operated candles, LED lights and indoor icicle lights brighten homes during the holidays. Include battery-operated candles as part of centerpieces and place decorative candleholders atop the mantle or coffee table.

Theme trees

Share your style, collections or passions with your holiday guests with a themed Christmas tree. Decorate a tree with ornaments to represent your family’s favorite vacations, hobbies or even sports teams. For a vacation-themed tree, be sure to collect a new ornament at each vacation destination. Reminisce while decorating, and bring back fun memories of each vacation. If you have the space, allow the kids to have their own small tree filled with ornaments to represent some of their interests.

 

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