Our family had a quiet and satisfying Thanksgiving week full of good food, time with everyone we love and the best possible weather! Seth was out of school all week, so we played and basked in the sun and finally finished reading the last volume of the Chronicles of Narnia (we’ve been working on them since he was in Kindergarten)! And we didn’t do a single bit of Christmas shopping. We did make our annual trip to the Christmas tree farm, though! And I really think that we found the prettiest tree we’ve ever had this time around.
I like to take the holiday season pretty slow. When it comes time to bring on the Christmas cheer, I prefer to do things that are really simple. Have you noticed how stressed out most people get over having a “perfect Christmas”? That really bugs me! I don’t want to spend the holiday season worried about all the things we’ve committed to our calendar, or buying all the stuff everyone else seems to be buying, or making sure our house is lit up brighter than all the neighbors’ houses (you’ll find no Clark Griswolds here!).
This week, I’d like to share some simple ideas to make this Christmas festive and memorable without a lot of fuss. Here are 20 holiday ideas that are sure to make your home feel cozy and bright:
1 | The best way to usher in that holiday feeling is to make your house smell like Christmas.
2 | Once that’s done, start up that holiday music playlist and let the memories start flowing!
3 | I prefer my holiday season curb appeal understated, so this minimal Christmas porch decor makes my heart feel happy.
4 | Hang this copper embellished simple and natural Christmas wreath on the front door for a cozy welcome.
5 | This fun Advent garland made from star-shaped trinket boxes is so festive!
6 | Celebrate the Reason for the Season: here are some free printable Bible verses for Advent.
7 | I love this classic and beautifully simple Christmas mantle decor.
8 | These DIY miniature Christmas trees are so adorable!
9 | I am loving these gilded woodland animals (either turned into tree ornaments or lined up on the mantle!).
10 | This year, we are going to make some simple clay Christmas ornaments.
11 | These paper candle Christmas ornaments are so beautiful.
12 | This colorful paper honeycomb and ornament chandelier would make a fun statement at your holiday parties!
13 | I like these mudcloth-inspired gingerbread cookies because they are unconventional and even my clumsy fingers could make those icing designs!
14 | This Christmas tree-shaped pull apart bread would be perfect to bring to a holiday potluck.
15 | I love this natural, minimal present wrapping inspiration.
16 | I’d like to make these festive string light sugar cookies with my kids on Christmas Eve!
17 | And let’s make some eggnog cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning.
18 | Go with a classy, understated winter tablescape for Christmas dinner.
19 | This is not your ordinary Christmas ham, and I think it looks delicious!
20 | My sweet tooth loves this season, can you tell? To top it off, this cake decorated with rosemary Christmas trees is a show-stopper!
Do you let the holiday season make you a nervous wreck? Or do you keep it laid back and slow? I’d really like to encourage you all to slow down and check your heart about this before we roll into December. Christmas time can be beautiful just like it is, if we can tame the voice of perfectionism that likes to taunt us this time of year. I’ve heard it, and I know you have, too!
Our children aren’t going to remember homes that were perfectly decorated for Christmas. And they’re not going to remember how many presents they got this year! Matching pajamas really are optional, it’s OK if the elf on your shelf decides to skip his mischief for a week, and your friends aren’t going to forget you if you say “no” to their invitations this time around because you already have a lot going. Do you know what people really want this time of year? They really want to remember feeling loved, so let’s do that. Just do today, love the people God has given you, and go make some happy memories! That’s what will make Christmas 2017 the best you’ve ever had.
Which of these holiday ideas is your favorite? Let me know, and tell me about some of your Christmas traditions in the comments below!