Christmas is now a little over a month away and while some of us think nothing of starting our Christmas decorating and planning, others feel as though we’ve just set out our fall decor.
For those of us who want to enjoy Christmas with less stress, here are a few ways to plan ahead for a more enjoyable Christmas season.
1. Inventory your Christmas decorations
Take out all your Christmas decorations and sort them in three piles: use/keep, broken, and donate. If you’re like me, you buy a few things each year, and your Christmas decor can get out of hand. Go through your things and purge them before you decorate, so you won’t have to worry about it later.
2. Decide whom you’re shopping for and map out your Christmas budget
Of course, the easiest way to manage Christmas gift shopping is to start early and plan a budget and stick to it. I like to write out a list with the name of each person I’m shopping for and a gift idea and suggested price. I don’t always stick with the gift idea, but I do usually stay within budget.
3. Plan tablescapes and menus ahead of time
It may sound crazy to plan ahead how you’re going to set your table, but planning your table decor and securing all needed items ahead of time will make things much easier. Planning out menu items will also help you to stick to your budget and your shopping list as well.
4. Take your Christmas card photo and order cards now
Take your photo now so you can get the Christmas cards ordered in plenty of time. Once your cards are ordered, you can address them a few at a time before dropping them in the mail, or for a little extra money, pay someone else to address them. It will be much less stressful!
What do you do to ensure a less stressful holiday season?
It’s been a long time since I’ve done a free printable Friday, so I decided to start off our weekend with a little free Valentine’s gift for my dear readers.
I created a few Valentine’s themed printables that are available to you for free. I love how simple and cute they are, and I hope you will, too.
First up, we have cold hands, warm heart. I once had a co-worker who used to say that every time one of us would complain of cold hands.
I also created “all you need is love” in two fonts.
And, if Valentine’s Day isn’t your jam, I created a simple, winter-themed printable for you.
For best results, please print them size 8×10. Due to the resolution, printing them larger than 8×10 may result in a highly pixelated image. Dowloading them is easy- simply right click on the picture of your choice, and save it to your device.
Have an amazing weekend!
My home always feels so naked and so bare after Christmas time. We do so much decorating for Christmas that I feel like our home needs an opportunity to breathe when we take it all down.
For this reason, I like to keep my winter decorating very simple and natural. I even reuse some of my Christmas decorations, and since I’d rather decorate for seasons rather than holidays, I can leave all of it up until Spring.
Today, I’d like to share our simple, yet elegant farmhouse winter home tour. Basically, I’ve taken my favorite things about Christmas decor and incorporated them into our winter decor.
1. Candlelight and evergreens
One of the best ways to decorate for winter is to keep it natural. Here, I’ve used some realistic evergreen floral picks with winterberry and pine cones to decorate our china hutch. I picked these up a few years ago from a local craft store and I’ve used them every year for Christmas and winter. Candles remind me of Christmas lights, and they just make our home feel so cozy and comfortable.
Also on our china hutch: some red berry sprigs and a red berry wreath. The berries match the red in our winterberry, and they’re so versatile. I use them when we decorate for fall as well. There’s also a galvanized pail of “snowballs” as well. I love incorporating sentimental items into my decor, and this stoneware pitcher belonged to my great grandmother. I love using it to show off these pretty floral picks.
2. Lanterns add a cozy glow
I love lanterns! If you’re familiar with my blog, you know we don’t have a mantle (stay tuned), so I decorate this pass through in our dining room as if it were a mantle. I continued our winterberry and evergreen in here, but I also added a terrarium, a pitcher with frosted berry picks, two lanterns with candles, and two small candle holders with fake snow on them.
3. Natural elements go a long way
I love the outdoors, so it isn’t surprising that I love bringing the outdoors inside. Pine cones are versatile because you can use them to decorate for winter, spring, and fall. Either buy some pinecones from a craft store, or pick up your own. You can find realistic looking evergreens and berries pretty much anywhere. I use these year after year and I love how realistic they look. This vignette is brightening up our entry way.
Our dining room table contains this vignette made from a Pepsi crate I found in the mountains last spring, a gallon jar with more evergreen picks, a milkglass bowl of pine cones, and a scale my grandmother gifted to me.
Well, folks, that wraps up our 2018 winter home tour. I hope you’ve enjoyed it!