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Holiday Decor Ideas

Although various safety precautions are going to be taken by people during the upcoming holidays, through participating in decorating their homes for the winter time, people can still enjoy the holiday season.
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The holiday season is a time for friends and family to gather together and celebrate what they cherish most in life. The practice of gift giving and the multitude of delicious foods present are added bonuses. Due to a recent surge in covid cases, many people are reluctant to celebrate the holidays at all this year. Although these are unfortunate circumstances, simply decorating one’s home can indubitably put someone in the holiday spirit and uplift their mood.

 

Wreaths brighten up homes during the holidays. (CREDIT: Credit | Pexels)

One of the first things that may come to mind when thinking about winter seasonal decor is wreaths. Unfortunately, shopping in stores for a holiday wreath that is satisfactory, in regards to the appearance one is going for, can be tricky. A simple alternative is purchasing a plain, unadorned wreath and embellishing it yourself. This can be done by hot gluing pine cones, ornaments, ribbons and various other furnishings of that sort around the wreath. This way, one can easily customize a wreath to their liking so that it may appear to match their already existing decorations. The same technique can be applied when decorating with garlands.

 

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Another way to decorate one’s home is by incorporating winter greenery. Sprucing up fireplace mantels, staircases, shelves and wall mirrors with greenery can make even the smallest of places feel as bright and refreshing as the great outdoors. Artificial greenery is recommended since it is easy to manage and can be stored for further use.

Rich plaid is not only a bold fashion statement but also an eminent staple of the holiday season. Furnishing one’s beds and couches with plaid throw pillows and blankets can result in a homey and comfortable environment. Other items in a home that commonly showcase the plaid design are curtains and tablecloths. 

 

Giving gifts is a staple of the holidays.

Gift giving is often associated with the holiday season. Purchasing festive gift boxes and placing them around one’s home makes for wonderful decorations, even if they are empty. Setting up a display of several gift boxes of various sizes is especially aesthetically pleasing. 

Depending on their existing decor, one can easily customize a chandelier by tastefully hanging ornaments from it with string. This allows for endless possibilities. For example, if the majority of furniture and winter decorations in their home appear white and snowcovered, one may choose to hang a few sparkling snowflake ornaments from their chandelier. Another possibility is pairing the ornaments hung from a chandelier to those hanging from one’s Christmas tree. This brings cohesiveness and ties together the decorations throughout the home.

 

Hot cocoa is the perfect drink for the winter months. (CREDIT: Pexels)

A hot chocolate bar is not only a source of sweet and tasty treats but can also be a very visually appealing display. When setting up a hot chocolate bar, it should primarily consist of hot chocolate, hot milk, mugs, toppings, spoons, stirring tricks and thermos or coffee dispensers. Topping ideas include marshmallows, caramel, peppermint candy, chocolate chips, cinnamon sticks and maple syrup. When displaying these various items, it is recommended that one use serving trays and jars along with a festive tablecloth. To take it one step further, one can create or print labels for the various toppings and items included in the hot chocolate bar.

 

On a table or shelf, one may also set up a miniature winter village. To achieve this snowy scene, evenly disperse a substantial layer of cotton ball material onto a surface. Then, place bottle brush trees, figurines of woodland creatures and miniature houses and buildings onto the layer of cotton. For added intricacy, one may choose to line the display with small lights.

Another way to decorate one’s home is by placing fairy lights into decorative jars. As simple as this sounds, these luminous jars make wonderful decorations, as they add warmth and brightness to space. One can further customize these embellishments by adding various other items, such as pine cones, artificial snow and small twigs into the jars.

During these uncertain times, it is understandable that a large number of people are hesitant to celebrate the holidays this year. It’s important that people find ways to keep their spirits high, not only for their personal enjoyment but also for their mental health. Through decorating their homes for the holidays, people can still enjoy the holiday season.

 

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Angelina Gevorgyan
Angelina Gevorgyan, Executive Editor
Angelina Gevorgyan is the Executive Editor of The Mirror newspaper publication and website. She is currently a senior, and this is her fourth consecutive year in the journalism program. As a writer, organizer, strategist and visionary, she strives to elevate The Mirror to its highest potential and aspires to make a lasting impact on her school and its surrounding community. Her endless passion for storytelling has fuelled innovation, determination and a relentless pursuit of excellence, leading her to place a gargantuan emphasis on celebrating her community’s diversity and promoting social justice, equity, and inclusion. Her devotion to representing suppressed voices is carried with her in every avenue she pursues, and will translate seamlessly into her career as a trial attorney. Aiming to earn a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, she will be majoring in Business Law at CSUN. Harnessing an interdisciplinary education from this university, she aspires to utilize her knowledge and drive to empower marginalized individuals and to help them communicate their stories and overcome adversity. She is motivated to learn about how to skillfully navigate legal complexities while championing justice for people whose voices have been silenced and stories have been overlooked.
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    HomedekarApr 6, 2023 at 1:31 am

    Great post about home decor.

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    gold kitchen faucetFeb 8, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    Way too late but happy new year Angelina!
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