Decking the Halls

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When it comes to home decorating, nothing beats having a warm and welcoming holiday atmosphere for your friends and family.

Whether you start decorating after in November or December, a little planning can go a long way. A tastefully decorated home that's organized and neat is sure to bring in the holiday spirit.

Here are our top ten ideas for holiday decorating:

1. Keep first things first. The holidays are about spending time with family and friends and enjoying their company. It's easy to get sidetracked into buying the "perfect" decorating item or gift and lose sight of the meaning of the holiday season.

2. Take advantage of what you already have. It's easy to go overboard and splurge on more holiday decor, but even on a shoestring budget, your home can be made bright and cheery. Simple and low-cost (or free) decorating items like ribbons, evergreen boughs, fir cones can accentuate your existing decor and keep your holiday budget in check.

3. Think about decorating the whole house. Many families keep their holiday decor in one room, but nothing makes a home more inviting and warm than spreading Christmas cheer into your entire house. From scented candles in bathrooms to garlands on railings, a few simple decorations can spread the festive atmosphere all over your home.

4. Play it safe. Don't overload electrical outlets with plugs, and take advantage of cost-saving timers to prevent having lights on for too long. Pay attention to fire hazards, and keep anything flammable well away from fireplaces, electric outlets, and portable heaters. If you have a fireplace, make sure your flu is opened before you light a fire, use a fireplace grate to protect your home from sparks.

5. Decorate all your bedrooms. Whether you love traditional or more modern holiday decor, you can help bring a festive atmosphere to your home by putting simple decorations in each bedroom. If your space is limited, consider a string of Christmas lights in a window that can also serve as a nightlight.

6. Remember the scents. Nothing says Christmas like the scent of evergreen boughs, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, and vanilla. Pick up a multi-pack of plug-in scent diffusers, and use them generously around your home, including the bedrooms. To ensure a restful night's sleep, opt for lavender scented pillow sprays rather than holiday scents.

7. Decorate your front entrance with holiday items. To welcome visitors to your home, make sure your front entryway is decorated with cheerful, inviting holiday decor. Your friends, family, and casual visitors are sure to feel welcome the minute they walk in and see the care you've taken to make your home an inviting and warm place to be.

8. Do something new. Every holiday season is an opportunity to establish new traditions, and to lose the ones that aren't meaningful to you any longer. Remember that every tradition began as innovation, so learn to be an innovator and think outside the box.

9. Use (or make) handicrafts. A home decorated with tasteful (and not-so-tasteful) handmade crafts imbues a sense of comfort, hominess, and the perfect touch of kitsch to put a smile on your face and that of your visitors.

10. Keep your dining room decorated. Take advantage of the holiday season to display your seasonal plates, cups, and cutlery. There's no reason you have to reserve your holiday meal items for just one day. A table set with festive holiday decor denotes that the perfect meal is on its way. When a busy day of decorating and hosting is done, you'll need to get some rest.

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From all of us at GelFoamBed, we wish you the happiest of holiday seasons and a prosperous new year!