If you want to lighten your Christmas “To Do” list, here are some simple decorating ideas.
Instead of putting up a tree, you can take out a few of your favorite ornaments and put them on a wreath to hang over the fireplace or on a wall. They can also be displayed in a glass urn or bowl. They could also be placed in Christmas tins.
Some other ways to showcase your favorite ornaments are to place them on top of candleholders or napkin rings. Placing these on top of a mirrored tray will give more impact. These can be set on a table, used as part of a centerpiece or placed on the bathroom counter to give a festive feel to any room.
You can also use ribbon to hang them inside window frames. If ribbon is too expensive, or takes away from the ornaments, use filament or fishing line available in the hardware or sporting goods section.
Be sure to stagger the length of the ribbon to add interest. You can create a repeating pattern if you prefer a symmetrical look or a random pattern for a more casual feel.
If you still want a tree but don’t have the room or time to decorate a large one, buy a small living tree and put it in an urn or on a table. Instead of a traditional skirt, buy some red tulle or a red and white toile or Christmas print and scrunch it around the base.
If you entertain and want to provide your guests with a small gift, here’s an idea that will liven up your table as well. Purchase round glass ornaments and small mirrors, available in most candle sections or a craft store. Glue the ornaments to the mirrors, remove the hangers from the top, fill with water and add fresh flowers and greenery or use holiday floral picks, if you don’t enjoy arranging flowers.
Be sure to make time to relax. Go for a walk, listen to Christmas music, light some candles and soak in the tub, curl up with a snuggly throw and a good book. Have fun with your family, baking, playing games, working on a puzzle, watching your favorite Christmas movie – whatever is fun and relaxing for you. Take some time each day to enjoy what’s most important.
Sharon Stika is the owner of Village Interiors in Fallbrook. She has worked as an interior designer for more than 30 years.