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DECORATING FOR THE HOLIDAYS

'Tis the season to be jolly and to decorate your home with Christmas cheer. As soon as the cold breezes of winter are upon us many households will begin preparing for Christmas by decorating their homes. Christmas decorations are popular across America with many towns having competitions for the best Christmas Lights and even prize giveaways. Whether you want to go for gold or are simply looking for a way to add a little joy to the home, nothing gets you quite into the Christmas spirit like decorating your home.

Christmas Decorations for your Home

There are so many different ways to decorate your home for Christmas that it can be a little overwhelming knowing where to start and what to buy at the store, kind of like flying with your pet. Start with the basics - lights, a Christmas tree and a wreath for the door. When looking for lights, try to stick to a theme - perhaps an all-white light theme or green and red lights only. Only for LED lights that are energy efficient and can help reduce your Christmas electricity output.

Make sure you discuss your Christmas decorations with your landlord if you are poking holes in the wall or stapling lights to the gutters. You don't want to start the New Year off with a big argument and an eviction letter. Most landlords are happy that their tenants are getting into the Christmas spirit.

When choosing your Christmas tree you can opt for a fake tree or a real one. This will depend on your tastes. Many people love the smells of a fresh Christmas tree but many others despise the clean-up involved after the holiday so much that they opt for a fake alternative. Decorate your Christmas tree with a string of small lights, some Christmas ornaments, balls, tinsel and anything else you want. Get the kids involved in decorating the tree for an excellent way to spend a family-filled Sunday.

Lights and tree aside, there are countless other ways to decorate your home for the festive season. Place mats, tablecloths, oven protectors, tea towels and Christmas-themed cutlery will all spice up your kitchen and dining room area. Throws, stockings, pillows, wall art, cuddly Christmas bears and other animals that sing and dance will add some cheer to your living room. You can even find Christmas-themed towels, toothbrush holders and wall art for the bathrooms these days.

When it comes to decorating for Christmas, the possibilities are endless, as long as your budget is as well. Every year you may find that you acquire more Christmas decorations, especially as the New Year sales bring 50-75 percent off lights, Christmas ornaments and other Christmasy items. Continue to add to your collection and in a few years you will have a house full of Christmas Cheer just waiting to be unwrapped each December.

Seasonal Decoration Ideas

Christmas is the holiday where most people will decorate their homes but you can also get creative for other festive seasons but as Valentine's Day, Easter and Halloween. Decorations provide you with the perfect way to get crafty with your children and let them explore the wonders of arts and crafts. Construction paper in red and white will make beautiful hearts to decorate the window; plastic Easter eggs can be painted in blues, pinks and yellows for the Easter Bunny's visit; and black garage bags, some glue, black construction paper and some imagination can turn a regular rubbish bag into a witch. Look online for other excellent tips on holiday decorating your home for the holidays and getting the kids involved in the process.

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