1. If you have the time and the energy, try making some of your decorations each year. If you do this every year, what you have to work with can really add up. My project this year is to make some wreaths for the windows. That used to be so common when I was little. I can still remember every window of the house had a wreath. I never said that I was going to finish the project this year, but I can sure start!
2. Add one little touch to each room of the house. It could be as simple as placing Christmas towels in the bathroom. A scented spray is also easy to use.
3. Light candles as night falls. There is nothing like the glow of candles on a long winter night and if you can find scented candles, even better!
4. Get out every Christmas book you own and create a festive little pile for your coffee table! And don’t be surprised if you don’t pick one up and learn something new about Christmas!
5. Fill a bowl with pine cones. I found mine by simply walking down the street. They were just laying on the sidewalk. It’s amazing how many natural items you can find to decorate your front porch once you begin looking. And then sprinkle with a smidgen of glitter!
6. Pull one of your Christmas movies off the shelf and then curl up with a big bowl of popcorn and a hot chocolate. And the earlier it is in December the better. You will have plenty of time to enjoy the story before the madness sets in.
7. Any chance you still own that sled you used to ride when you were a kid. I’m seeing them everywhere these days. Tie a big red ribbon around the runner and prop it up against the wall… close to the front door. Who knew that it would look so cool… years later!