I hear there’s a sleigh soon headed our way. With only three days until Christmas, I imagine everyone who wants to decorate for Christmas has already done so. But if you are still looking for a little inspiration, I have 5 easy Christmas decorating ideas to share—ideas that are as practical as they are festive.
Yes, to practical!
5 Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas (to do today)
Hardwood floors and fragile ornaments don’t mix, so rather than risk breaking one, I display my most fragile / heavy / vintage ones in glass bowls and pedestal dishes. And those ornaments I can’t hang because they are mysteriously missing the cap and hook part, I display them in bowls too.
You’ve seen Christmas with the Kranks, right? I watch it every year, and every year I am amazed by the fact that when the Kranks tally up the money spent the prior year on Christmas, $63 went to ornament repair.
Ornament repair? I didn’t know that was a thing. It’s hard enough to find someone to repair a major appliance or reupholster a chair.
Nora Krank could have displayed those ornaments in a bowl and bought herself a new Christmas sweater with that money.
Don’t underestimate the decorating power contained in a bag of tangerines. Arrange cuties in your mother-in-law’s vintage red Pyrex mixing bowl and you have an instant and nostalgic Christmas decoration.
Don’t underestimate the health benefits of a tangerine either. Vitamin C for the win!
All those beautiful Christmas cards you’ve been receiving in the mail? Place them in a pretty dish for a simple decoration. Again, those tiny ornaments in the dish? They are missing their caps but still very usable.
As a writer and reader, I’m sure my love of decorating with books is no surprise. I like to gather up my winter- and holiday-themed books and make a display in the entryway.
A stack of books can also provide height to a small tree, potted plant, or other decoration.
A live plant spiffs up every space no matter the season, and a poinsettia provides instant decoration. (Note: poinsettias are poisonous to pets so keep them away from your dogs and cats.) If you prefer a plant that will last year after year, treat yourself to a cactus or jade or other low-maintenance houseplant.
Having something to nurture (besides your people) is a fantastic and healthy way to start the new year.
That’s it for my 5 Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas ~ Ornaments, Fruit, Christmas Cards, Books, & Plants. What simple ideas would you add to the list?
Also, a burning question: have you ever paid for ornament repair?
No judgment, I’m just curious.
Merry Christmas Eve Eve Eve, friends!
Grace Grits and Gardening
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