Almost before the Halloween candy is marked 50% off, stores are filled with holiday décor. If the idea of hauling boxes of holiday decorations and spending hours decking the halls makes you feel like Ebenezer Scrooge, then it might be time to simplify your holiday decorating.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or both, decorating can get out of control, especially as years pass and you accumulate “keepsakes” and other nostalgic hand-me-downs and decorations from family members.
Here are a few ways to simplify your holiday decorations while still maintaining a festive and celebratory feeling festive in your home:
Decide what really matters: If your children have grown and flown the nest, you probably no longer need a 7-foot Frasier Fir with its limbs laden with handmade ornaments and baby’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and more ornaments. While decorating the tree with your young children may have been a wonderful tradition in the past, it may be time to downsize to a smaller tree and let the memories warm your heart instead of clutter your living room.
Choose a focal point: Consider making one room the focus of your Festival of Lights decorating rather than trying to work the menorah motif into every room of your home. Your Hanukkah celebration can burn just as brightly with a shimmering silver and blue table setting and a vintage menorah rather than dreidel décor on every surface.
Scale back gradually: If it feels a little too overwhelming to cut back all at once, that’s understandable, but you can pare back a bit at a time. Maybe consider cutting back from 4 trees to 3. Perhaps let each of your children pick one favorite decoration to display and leave the rest boxed up. Instead of using all the ornaments you’ve accumulated over the years, maybe this year you can do a themed tree with all gold balls or buffalo plaid bows.
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