The “Christmas countdown” has just started and with less than 15 days left before the “24th time”, it’s high time to start thinking how to Christmas up your place!
Alright, red ribbons and a Christmas tree will do just fine, but – don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas threes – how about trying something new? Here some cool tips to go Christmas, with style!
The Christmas Tree: Christmas tree’s classic, no need to say It’s something that really can’t miss! Anyhow, how to decorate a Christmas tree – without making it look like a big pile of Christmas stuff – seems to be something still hard to understand.
Fake snow, ribbons, lights and Christmas balls as there’s no tomorrow, it all creates an outstanding “punch in the eye” effect no one is really willing to take. Here the trick is as simple as effective: do not overload it, show some green and keep it clean. An old, good Christmas three.
Christmas Symbols: once done with the tree, it’s time to take care of the rest of the house. Spread some Christmas all over the place creating original combinations of typical Christmas symbols as red ribbons, mistletoe, holly, candles and so on. If you’re good enough, take paper, colors and glitters, embrace scissors and create your own ones.
Place one at the entrance and some in each room; rule 1’s still valid: do not exaggerate, or you’ll give your guests the feeling a Christmas decorations flood will get them any minute. As for the kitchen, a wooden basket with ribbons and fruits, like apples and pomegranate –
I’d avoid pineapples and papayas, they’d look just a little bit out of context – would be perfect.
Candles: candles are great to create a warm and cozy atmosphere. Red, brown and white are the best! You can even place candles to resemble a fireplace if you don’t have one, just place a small plate under each one to avoid wax to stain your floor.
Again, take it easy with those things, or your house will look like a sanctuary! Second, for God sake watch out: don’t place them near curtains or inflammable things – exactly, inflammable things do take fire – and out of dogs and children’s reach.
The Nativity Scene: the nativity scene is another Christmas’ evergreen and it’s usually placed on top of furniture or in a corner, on the ground. Here’s something new: how about placing it in an old portmanteau?
Fill the trunk with plywood or polystyrene and cover the top with a nice blue-paper starry sky. Definitely something you don’t happen to bump in that often.
Outdoors Lights: when it comes to Christmas decorations, outdoors and terraces are the best! Those big, empty spaces allow you to unleash your creativity and show that cocky neighbor who’s in charge over Christmas decorations! Lights games and lanterns will make it shine, just be sure your energy supply is big enough.
Table Dressing: we all know, your dining room table is where you’ll probably be spending most of your Christmas holidays accordingly, you don’t really want to overlook that.
Red, white and gold (just a bit of this) are perfect for cloth and napkins. A nice and clean centerpiece will do the rest: try with a simple composition, using red or green apples on a plate as little candles holders; easy to realize and definitely original.
There just one last thing: place a couple of big, shining Christmas presents under the tree, because, let’s be honest: nothing looks better than Christmas presents! 🙂
Author: Davide Nastasi