Ways to add Classic Christmas Charm

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Christmas is a very busy time for me wrapping up lots of projects from renovations to just getting people's homes ready for the Holiday parties and company. But I wanted to bless you all with some Christmas Decorating ideas from my friend, Tracey Clayton. 

Here she is with her WAYS TO ADD CLASSIC CHRISTMAS CHARM.

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching and we can almost touch the magic in the air. But are you prepared for this jolly season? What are you missing? The turkey? The recipe for the gravy? The Christmas pudding? Oh no, you still haven’t considered how to treat your home to that good old Christmas charm? So, if you are wondering how to introduce a festive atmosphere into your home, here are a few helpful tips.

One tree to rule them all

A Christmas tree is the heart of the holiday, and that’s why it is the first thing you need to get to bring the spirit of Christmas into your home. Depending on the style you want, you can go for the traditional lush real tree, artificial tree, or an alternative such as a pile of books shaped as a tree or a tree made of planks. The choice of the tree is only the beginning… After that, you need to decide about the color scheme of decorations. Do you want it in traditional red and gold? An elegant white and gold palette?     

Back in the old days

The most beautiful Christmases were the ones spent at our parents’ or grandparents’ house. They had a unique unpretentious way of sharing love and joy with everyone, and they did that through décor too. Evoke these wonderful times with nostalgic and vintage Christmas decorations. You can scatter some bottle brush trees and snow globes around the house, add a Christmas village display, hang a garland and gift stockings on the mantel, create a retro mantel, and use tartan for bed throws and tablecloths.

Warm, cozy and filled with love

It’s snowing outside, the fire in the fireplace is crackling and the delightful aroma of hot chocolate is spreading throughout the house. The perfect Christmas is a warm Christmas, so make sure your home is as cozy as possible by covering the floors with soft floor rugs, throwing faux fur or sheepskin on the sofa and/or armchairs, adding throw pillows with holiday inspired designs and introducing knitted details. You can also amplify the warmth of the space by scattering candles throughout the house and hanging some Christmas string lights.

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Holidays are in the air…

You shouldn’t just be able to see that it is Christmas from looking at the decorations. You should also be able to sense the smell of holidays in the air. And what does Christmas smell like? It smells like oranges, hot chocolate, gingerbread, roast chestnuts, brandy, cinnamon, turkey, and gravy. While some of these scents will come naturally from the food that’s being prepared, the others can be introduced to scented candles, essential oils, and incense sticks.

Go ahead, have a treat

Speaking of the food you will prepare for the holidays, you should know that a traditional Christmas is always improved with sweets like the old-fashioned apple pie, pumpkin pie, holiday roll, fruit tart, candy stripe cookie sticks and honey cookies. If you have some of these on the table, no one will have a doubt in their mind that Christmas has arrived at your home. At the same time, the treats will serve as decorative elements or even a centerpiece on your table.

Music for the mood

Music is the biggest mood changer out there, so you should use it to get you and your household members into the Christmas spirit in time. Put on a CD or a YouTube channel and listen to Christmas music. For more classic entertainment, you can also watch traditional Christmas specials on TV or make a holiday movie marathon that includes the inevitable holiday movies such as It's a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, and The Santa Clause.

And now you can say that you are truly prepared for the jolliest season there is. However, don’t forget that Christmas isn’t in the shiny and sparkly stuff. It is in the relationships between people, and nothing decorates a house better than mutual love and sincere laughter.

About the author:

Tracey Clayton is a full-time mom of three girls. She’s passionate about fashion, home décor, and healthy living. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.”  You can catch her at Highstylelife.com