Welcome to week 2 of our Handmade Christmas Challenge! Last week, I shared with you our mantra for this holiday season…
I talked about the fun of selecting a theme for your Christmas decor, and I reminded you of the importance of a welcoming wreath on your front door. This week I’m diving right in to the core of holiday preparation – TRIMMING. Putting up the tree, dragging out the ornaments, and dressing up the mantles.
If you feel overwhelmed just thinking about all those tasks, don’t fret. I give you official permission to reduce the number of candles and garlands and bows you usually display (assuming you’re like most of us who feel pressured to place a decoration in every available space in the house.) My advice? Stick with a few traditional basics: an inviting front door wreath, a lighted tree, and a festive mantle. A centerpiece for the table is optional; grabbing a bouquet of fresh flowers from the market will work just as well. Remember, this year is all about CONNECTING. It’s not about the gifts under the tree but the people around it.
I’ve rounded up a few ideas for whimsical trees – without all the effort. You can also check out more of my favorite decorating ideas in my post Deck the Halls.
Evergreen boughs – Love the nostalgic smell of a real tree but not all the mess and work? Opt for just a few evergreen boughs placed in an old jar or rustic container. Add a few of your favorite ornaments and you’re done.
Chalkboard trees – Seeking a super easy and space-saving substitute for a traditional tree? If you have a chalkboard or chalk-painted wall in your home, that’s your answer! You have to admit, these chalk-scribbed trees are pretty darn cute.
Rustic ladders – Have access to an old ladder? Couldn’t be any simpler than this! Ladders make the perfect display for Christmas ornaments.
Card collages – I love the idea of transforming your Christmas card collection into a tree.
I’m not sure if I’m going the traditional route this year or not… what about you?