Decorations for that X-mas Spirit
As we get closer to Christmas, everyone's
looking for their Christmas decorations to put
up along with new Christmas decorating ideas. It's such a
wonderful time of year, a magical season where thoughts of peace on
earth, kind feelings and laughter abound. Let's look at some
ideas to fire up your creative side.
Going to a production of the Nutcracker Suite is a
perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Many theaters in large
cities sell unusual, Nutcracker-themed Christmas decorations in
their gift shop.
Go to the mall, right after Thanksgiving. Their
lavish displays can help inspire you with new ideas for Christmas
Baking cookies can do double duty if you set aside
a portion of the batch to make into ornaments. Use a pencil to poke
a hole for ribbon hanging before baking. Cookies and Christmas
decorations in one fun activity.
Bake a gingerbread house. There are many recipes
and patterns available in magazines. Use a variety of small
candies, candy canes, gel icing, frosting and other edibles. String
popcorn to use as “lights” for roof edging.
Outside lighting is one of my favorite Christmas
decoration projects. If you have a porch or balcony, try weaving
strings of lights around railings. Trees can be transformed into
living Christmas decorations. There's no reason a potted plant on
your balcony cannot be given the same treatment.
If your apartment is on the fourth floor, and you
have no porch or balcony, use a staple gun (do not staple through
the wire!) to dress your windows from the inside. Very pretty!
Many communities have whole neighborhoods
participating in blocks of Christmas decorations and light
displays. Visit one for inspiration if you have the opportunity.
Kids love them.
The Nativity is one of the most beautiful Christmas
decorations. An oval-shaped mirror placed beneath brings this
display to life. Think of places in your home where this might be
shown to best advantage. A buffet, coffee table, mantel or entry
hall are good locations.
Make a wreath. Make garlands. String cranberries
and popcorn for garlands or the Christmas tree. Explore the dried
flower aisles of a craft store. You'll find many combinations of
colors and textures to make festive vase displays in each room of
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Poinsettia and Christmas cactus plants make beautiful Christmas
decorations. If you take good care of them, they last for years.
Craft stores carry many types of wreath bases, and
more Christmas decorations than you can shake a stick at! Many
craft stores, especially at Christmastime, have handouts with
pictures and instructions of many Christmas decorations you
can construct with their products.
Now' s the time to get ready and spread some
xmas holiday joy.