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Deck the Halls……….


The speed with which Christmas arrives each year never ceases to astonish me. The Christmas season is my favourite time to decorate. Decorating puts me in a cheerful and sentimental mood. Whether you enjoy decorating or would prefer not, here are some festive decoration ideas for your home.

Begin with the exterior of your home. We often overlook this aspect since we are focused on the inside. When people come to your house, the first thing they notice is your door, so make a nice first impression. Decorate the front of the house with two little Christmas trees that’s if there is enough room. Pre-lit ones are easier to manage. These outside trees are quite appealing and can be viewed from the road. Some, love to further decorate and really get into the festive mood with lavish Christmas themes including visiting the “North Pole” or taking a walk through a “Winter Wonderland”.

Invite your guests in with a welcome mat. You probably haven't given it much thought, but now is the time. A huge one with snowflakes, seasonal flowers, or other festive embellishments is a good choice. Welcome mats with "Merry Christmas" written on them, are joyful.

Step inside. Houses with entryways are ideal places to decorate. A illuminated Christmas tree can be placed in a large doorway. This tree would be used for both adornment and entertainment. The primary family tree can be displayed in a different location, such as the living room.

Hang fabric banners on the entry way walls if an extra Christmas tree is too much labour. Allow the youngsters to make felt Christmas shapes and attach them on the banners. Glittering the shapes and the banner adds to the overall appearance. Banners can even be put on decorative poles that can be used for various year-round wall hangings.

Changing the colour scheme of your Christmas table may be as simple as purchasing a new rug and investing in linens in red, green, gold, and silver. Get creative, create snowflakes or winter sceneries on your kitchen tops and cupboard doors. Washable pens are reasonably priced, and a little creative magic in small amounts go a long way. A line of lights should be strung around the mirrors. This may also be used as a night light for both children and adults.

Don't forget about the bedrooms. If you don't want to buy new bed linens, use seasonal bed coverings or quilts instead. Spreads are less costly and may be just as warm as comforters. If you're a quilter, you can make your own with the design you've always wanted for a fraction of the cost of buying one. Take them out around the holidays and keep them on your bed for the rest of the winter. Get you and your family in the mood in the days leading up to Christmas and purchase matching pyjamas for the whole family.

Food Crafts - What could be more adorable than a child-made craft? Cooking/baking is something that most children like doing. They want to assist you when you're preparing cookies or cakes. No, I'm not talking about licking the batter dish. Put on a kid-sized apron, grab a stool, and get ready for some quality time with the family. You can never have too many edible crafts because they are popular with family members alike.

Here are some craft ideas that your children may help you make.

Many bakers build gingerbread homes over Christmas. Alternatively, you can buy a build a gingerbread home kit. Some kids will need help putting the parts together, but they can decorate the home with frosting, and sweets.

Create edible decorations as an alternative. Once the biscuits are baked, punch a hole in the centre, scribe the recipient's name in icing on the biscuit and feed curly ribbon through the hole. This is a fab idea to hang from your Christmas tree, providing you don’t have a dog or two.

Food crafts are delicious and a lot of fun to make. Making them allows youngsters to go in the kitchen and learn all about baking while also relieving you of some of the tension that all of that cooking may bring when you're doing it alone.

Gift Wrapping with a difference! One of the most enjoyable aspects of Christmas is seeing all of the presents beneath the tree and attempting to predict what is inside. We don't have to use the bright, colourful paper we buy every year to wrap a present. Gifts come in all shapes and sizes, and not all of them can be wrapped in traditional paper. Some items are unusually shaped and require a little extra ingenuity to wrap. Look into various methods to surprise those folks on Christmas morning this year.

Gift wrapping is a great way to show off your sewing skills for anybody who enjoys it. Consider a bottle of wine as an example. We've all seen the pre-made bags for holding them, so why not save money and have more fun by making our own? A drawstring bag can conceal a bottle of wine, a bottle of bubble bath, or other giftable accessories. There is more than one way to present a gift. If you have an idea, try it to see if it works. No one ever turned down a gift because it was in a shoe box or wrapped in brown paper. Besides, it's the thought that counts remember.

This year, the jingling of bells, the Christmas soundtrack on loop, and the never-ending supply of mulled wine will undoubtedly make us all feel joyful and appreciative of all we have

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas……

Article by Mamuna Arshad – Aesthetic, Lifestyle Specialist & COMPS Lecturer

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