At Christmas, our goal as the holiday host or hostess is to create an atmosphere that inspires joy and helps create lasting memories. However, the holiday is celebrated for so much longer than just one day. Decorations often go up early and are enjoyed for several weeks leading up to Christmas. There is a deep sense of pride when thinking about our homes and how we deck the halls. As a Utah home staging expert, this is this year’s list of top five of the most popular must-have Christmas decorations for December:
You can’t go wrong with greenery. Green is great to have all year long, actually, because it creates a warm and inviting atmosphere. There’s something about bringing the outside in that makes a house into a home. Just remember, keep any live plants watered! Try these foliage ideas this holiday season:
Who doesn’t love the sparkle of Christmas? If you are as obsessed as we are, include some in your home decor! The extra shine has a way of capturing the eye and drawing us into the magic of the season. Glitter and crystals are great ways to make those holiday lights sparkle in all different colors and reflect throughout the room. You have to have the element of glitter and shine- it’s part of the magic of the season. Pro-tip: enjoy the light dance with a cup of hot cocoa for the full effect.
Small votives and candles of all sizes are definite must-have Christmas decorations this year. Having several warm and inviting smells to your home is a must-have for 2019. You and your guests will absolutely love walking into your house full of delicious scents. However, not everyone enjoys having candles burning in their homes for a variety of reasons. Mulling spices can be an excellent alternative to adding a delicious aroma to your house and a great way to personalize your specific likes or those of your guests.
Everyone enjoys visiting the home of a host or hostess who always has something refreshing to offer. Having a separate drink area set up not only adds a classy, upscale feel, but it keeps your guests entertained and warm. Design your own holiday beverage or serve your favorite drink in fancy glasses for fun. To complete the experience, keep some light snacks or holiday cookies at an arms reach to fuel long conversations into the night. Serving them on a gold-trimmed plate can boost the elegance, or use Santa’s cookie plate for a comforting feel. If you’re at a loss for what to serve on your beverage cart, our family absolutely loves this pomegranate “Chrismas Punch” recipe from Cooking Classy!
Don’t forget the Christmas tree! Couldn’t this be THE most essential must-have decoration this December? It totally depends on your family and your tradition. However, REAL LIVE trees are in this year. So, if a Christmas tree is your thing, ditch the one in the box from years past. This year, gather the family and start a new tradition of choosing and cutting a fresh one together. Christmas tree farms are a favorite at our home! Fresh cut trees provide weeks of that lovely evergreen aroma. A Christmas tree honors a lifelong tradition and adds nostalgia to the environment. Decorate your tree with ornaments from throughout the years or the tree topper you had as a kid to really boost the sentimentality. Or, choose a theme or color scheme for a well-put-together effect. Either way, the combination of lights and ornaments will be enjoyed by you and your guests, both young and old.
One thing is for sure: tradition never grows old. This year, keep your holiday traditions while still incorporating what’s new for this season by trying out some of these must-have Christmas decorations. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, out of time, or generally uninspired, a sitting down with a Utah home staging company can help. You have enough on your plate, from the cooking to the present wrapping, not to mention your typically busy daily activities. Our Nest Designs can help you create an inviting yet memorable home, from the front door to the dinner table. Find out how we can help today! Call us at 801-913-8962 to schedule your initial consultation!
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