Countdown to Christmas – can you believe it’s only 7 short weeks away! Christmas is definitely the most wonderful time of the year! Today, I wanted to share Christmas decorating questions answers. These are some of my most frequently asked questions from you … my amazing readers. It may seem super early to start thinking about Christmas but because I’m a blogger, I like to share my ideas early to give you time to shop and plan your own winter wonderland. I also read that putting Christmas decorations up early makes us happier and I’m all for more happiness in the world! If you have any other burning Christmas decorating, entertaining, wrapping, or recipe questions, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below.
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This vintage gingerbread house cookie jar sat on top of my refrigerator all year long when I was a kid.
Q&A with Kelly – Christmas Edition
Q: How do you decide your theme each year?
A: First of all I want to say that you should not feel pressured to change out your Christmas decorations every year! I LOVE to change things up but I reuse most of my decorations and add in a few fun pieces each year. I also move things around each year so even the old decorations take on a new life.
With that being said, I think the best way to create a new theme is to start with a focal point. Mine is always my mantel and once I have that figured out, the rest of the house flows from there. Try using the same color scheme throughout your house to create a unified look.
When I found this Christmas wrapping paper, I knew it had to be the star of my mantel last year (and from the number of questions I get asking where it’s from, you loved it too)! It was the only new thing purchased for the mantel and I continued the snowy scene in the art onto the rest of the mantel. I can’t wait to share the ways I’m using wrapping paper in unexpected ways this year!
Q: What are your tips for using vintage items in my Christmas decor?
A: I love mixing old and new … especially at Christmas. In the posts below, I show how to put a Christmas spin on old soda crates, mason jars, rusty toys, antique windows and more! I’ve used antique hand mirrors as Christmas ornaments, filled my collection of loving cups with fresh greens and my husband’s childhood fire engine pedal car has held a mini Christmas tree and a pile of gifts.
See these posts for more creative ways to use vintage finds.
Q: I don’t have a lot of money to spend on decorations. Do you have any money saving tips?
A: You don’t have to spend a ton of money to have a festive Christmas! Twinkling Christmas lights that you can reuse every year (these are my favorite fairy lights), candles and a tree are really all you need. Use everyday items like plain white plates with an ornament or sprig of holly on top to dress things up. Fresh or faux greens scattered throughout the house is a simple way to add a little Christmas cheer. I also like using food like marshmallows, fruit and nuts throughout the house.
Below are some of my favorite, inexpensive Christmas ideas.
Personalized Song Lyric Plate (this makes the best gift!)
Q: I feel like I have so much to do but not enough hours in the day. How do stop yourself from stressing out during the holidays?
Planning is the key to a stress free holiday season! One of my favorite tips in the post below is to pick a few main focal points and forget about the rest. Read the post below for more of my tips to a stress free holiday season.
The countdown to Christmas is on and if you have any Christmas questions, please share in the comments. If you have any helpful tips, please share too!
With over 10 years of Christmas content stored on the pages of this blog, there is plenty of inspiration for every holiday and Christmas is my favorite.