As darkness falls earlier and the calendar creeps closer to December 25th, our days fill up with errands, parties, plays and activities. The merriment is a joyful part of the season, but we also long for the cozy images that fill our minds during the holiday season. By the time we trim the tree and deck the halls we collapse into bed without ever really soaking in that peaceful feeling we are working so hard to create!
What if this year we do it a little different? Let’s make this Christmas beautiful AND meaningful! Rather than running around for the perfect gift or garland. Let’s spend time thinking about what means the most to us and do those things with our full heart!
I’ve created this Holiday Decorating Checklist to help me really focus in on how to make our Christmas home decor just right for us! You can get a printable copy of this sent right to you!
Here are just a few changes I made when I planned out my holiday decorating using the planner. Maybe these ideas will help get YOU started. Even if you are done decorating this year, fill out the planner and tuck it away to get out next year and start fresh!
- Edit and repurpose: I donated some garlands and tree skirts to the church. I’m repurposing my fall swag I love by adding cedar greens. I stored away some of my family photos and everyday decor to keep it simple.
- Deck the halls: I planned to decorate my piano, mantle, entryway and centerpieces. This gave me permission to skip decorating bedrooms and the kitchen.
- Trim the tree: We put up two fresh trees this year (one upstairs and one downstairs) BUT we love the downstairs Fraser fir with it’s simple lights by the fire, so we are leaving it undecorated. We will get those family ornaments out next year. It’s all good!
- Make it memorable: I have wonderful pics of our kids enjoying the snow and some vintage snow warning signs and sleds. As soon as the flakes fall again, I’m going to take an hour and decorate celebrating these memories! I have it all ready to go (in my mind — ha!)
- Collect cheer: Bells, pinecones and Christmas cards! Those are my collections I’m displaying this year. I’m skipping some ornaments and vintage plaid. It will be fun to get them out again next year.
- Honor the Season: I LOVE Christmas music and cooking for my family. So, the dining room (although small) boasts the most holiday feels with a fresh tree, decorated piano top and a table ready for feasting! I hope to still get a cozy corner for reading ready for winter.
Too often I feel like there is no end to decorating our home, because I do love doing it! But when time, energy or budget is limited using this holiday planner helps me celebrate the season in ways that are both beautiful and meaningful to me! I would love to hear from YOU how you used the holiday planner.
Be a blessing!