Tis’ the season to deck the halls! When it comes to getting in the holiday spirit, there are so many to-dos. From gift shopping, to writing cards, to making all the traditional holiday baked goods, one must not forget to turn their humble abode into a winter wonderland! Although the typical garlands, pretty wreaths, yummy candy canes, and fireplace stockings are staple classics, it’s always fun to mix in some new DIY holiday projects to take it up a notch this time of year. 

For those celebrating Christmas, consider putting up a non-traditional Christmas tree. For many, this is annual symbol is seen throughout many homes, however that doesn’t mean the tree itself has to be so traditional. If you prefer something a little more rustic, try making a tree out of branches and scrap wood cut from the backyard, tie it together with strong yarn and hang your favorite ornaments on it. For an eco-friendly approach, roll up recycled paper either in a monochromatic scheme for simplicity, or in all different colored rolls for something a little more crazy. Finally, for those that have shelves full of books, repurpose them for a holiday statement piece. 

 

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Another way to make things extra merry and bright is to set up a “Hot Cocoa Mini Bar.” Get creative and personalize this with any of your favorite chocolate accompaniments such as peppermint sticks, cinnamon sticks, or even some fluffy marshmallows. If you would like to add extra holiday cheer, you can equip your hot cocoa bar with the seasonal preferred adult beverages, such as Baileys or homemade mixed brandy eggnog.

 

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This time of year does get a bit hectic, so even if you don’t have time for the larger projects previously stated, there are still a few quick and easy ways to get creative when it comes to making your house festive.  Try arranging some cute ornaments into a cake stand, or simply mix together winter’s most seasonal nuts and fruits into a glass vase surrounding a lit candle. No matter what, this is a time of year to enjoy and be thankful, so don’t forget to take a moment to sit quietly by the fire and reflect. 

 

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