Easy Ways to Add the Holiday Spirit to Your Home

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If you are like most people, you don’t have much time at the end of the day to do anything extra. But at this time of the year you want to do something to make your home look festive and special. Here are some quick and easy ideas to create a holiday atmosphere that will leave you with time left over to really enjoy the holiday season.

Hang holiday wreaths.
· Put a wreath on every door you have. Of course start with the front door to welcome guests.
· Remember over the mantle and in all your front windows.
· Use real pine, holly or grapevine, decorated with bows, berries, raffia, ornaments, birds or candy.
· To keep wreaths year after year, buy artificial wreaths that last.

Use lots of special colour
· Drape garlands either real or artificial on railings, over mirrors, on top of armoires and along the mantle.
· Use ribbons and bows to put wonderful colour around you home for the festive season.
· Don’t even think about not putting out your special holiday ornaments.

Add gifts of nature
· Place small holiday arrangements in a bookcase, beside the powder room sink, on the kitchen windowsill and on side tables in your family room.
· Pile pinecones with ornaments and bows in a bowl or in a basket.
· Decorate your powder room or kitchen with small poinsettias.
· Hang an evergreen swag on your bedroom doors.

Add sparkle and shine to everything.
· Sprinkle artificial snow across your tabletop, buffet or on your mantle.
· Place shiny ornaments in a clear glass bowl or vase.
· Embellish indoor plants or trees with shiny ornaments.

Create memories and bring happiness.
· Plan a time in the day when the whole family is home to open an advent calendar.
· Holiday baking with your children is a tradition they will always remember fondly.
· Make a family time of preparing holiday cards, taking family photos and addressing the cards. Offer to help a friend who cannot do this task alone.

By keeping things simple, you will find that you can enjoy the season, the lights and the traditions with family and friends without getting tired out in the process. Merry Christmas!