Getting Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is done, and the weather is getting colder. Twinkling lights are popping up around town. It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

First let me say that you don’t need to celebrate Christmas to still enjoy many of the things in this post. Holiday light displays and handmade decorations are great no matter what you celebrate! The important thing is to spend time with your family and have fun!

LIGHT DISPLAYS

It wouldn’t be the holidays without brilliant light displays. Simple decorations or over-the-top light explosions, seeing those pops of color and light on a dark night just makes everything cheery. Never underestimate a drive or walk around the block – or further! The closer we get to Christmas, the more homes will display their cheer.

To drive or walk through a larger, more elaborate display, you have plenty of options. Here are a couple of free ones to check out:

Free events incorporating light are around, as well. Here are a couple:

Check with your town to see if they are offering a tree lighting event or other holiday activities. For more holiday events, be sure to check out the events calendar on the website.

DECORATIONS

Holiday decorations don’t just consist of lights. Trees, wreaths, ornaments, candles, and so much more can make your home feel festive and fun. And with a few supplies you already have at home, chances are you can make your own festive decorations. Here are some project ideas:

  • What do you have lying around? Maybe some cardboard boxes, foam packing pieces, random paint or tape? Use this post for inspiration to create over-sized decor using whatever you have on hand: Giant Candy Garland
  • Whip up a batch of salt dough to create ornaments to hang on your tree or around your home. (A few optional ingredients will even make it smell like Christmas!): Salt Dough Ornaments
  • Have some craft sticks floating around? Turn them into giant snowflakes: Popsicle Stick Snowflakes
  • This garland uses coffee filters – and even used ones are OK! Coffee Filter Garland
  • How about this wreath made from cardboard tubes? Honeycomb Wreath
  • Do you keep cards you’ve received in the past? Or have this year’s cards started coming in? Turn them into a tree for your wall: Holiday Card Tree
  • This article has tons of ideas that kids can make. Take a peek, see what you have at home, and create to your heart’s content: 50 Easy Christmas Crafts for Kids

Need more ideas? Do a quick Google search for “DIY holiday decorations,” and you’ll get plenty of options to choose from. Add “kids can make” to the end of that for lots of great craft ideas to keep kids busy, too.

GIFTS

It’s hard to think Christmas without thinking about presents. Stores are filled with shoppers trying to get their fill! But you don’t have to spend much, if anything, to give a thoughtful, meaningful, and appreciated gift. In next week’s post I will be putting together a roundup of many projects you can make and give this holiday season. Here are a few simple ideas to get you started:

Stay tuned for lots more ideas! And happy holidays!

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