Walk into any retail store and you’ll see bustling employees gearing up for their busiest season, Christmas.
They are busy as elves, hanging wreaths and ornaments on the shelves and erecting artificial trees down the aisles.
Some customers roll their eyes in disbelief that Santa Claus’ red carpet is being rolled out onto the sales floor, before the Halloween costumes are put away. I’m not one of those customers.
I admit the music can grow tired, but I’m a fan of Christmas decorations. I like that the holiday stuff springs out early, because it allows me to budget and purchase decorations during a different time frame than gift shopping.
The key to any great holiday décor is theme. This year my wife and I are decorating our place around penguins and reindeer. She was also raised in a home where tinsel and snowy treasures exploded from boxes the day after Thanksgiving.
Here are some ways to prepare for the holiday season.
The simplest way to change the vibe of a room is to rotate the decorative accents. Items like throw pillows, the coffee table runner and other trinkets can be replaced with similar items featuring holiday patterns, characters or colors. Stick to a theme though, whether it’s the Nativity or “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.”
Choosing the best scents for your room can also boost your holiday spirit. A lot of people are using Scentsy devices to create seasonal fragrances throughout their living space. The aroma of candy canes, pumpkin spice, sugar cookies or vanilla are perfect for the holidays.
I’ve invested in “jollying-up” our kitchen and bathroom, too. Decorative hand towels, soap dispensers and oven mitts are easy to rotate and add holiday flair to the rooms.
Winter can be cold, cruel and hard. We can combat it by embracing the holiday spirit and allowing the joy of cartoon penguins and Christmas elves to thaw away the frost.