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Holiday Decorating in 2013

December 6th, 2013

Happy mother and herHoliday Decorating in 2013

Have you pulled your decorations out of the garage yet? As you look through your bins, now is the time to ask: Is it time to try something different this year?

By doing so, you reconnect with what makes your holiday decorations special to you.

If you do decide to try something different, here are some holiday themes to think about:

  • Color Scheme.
  • Embrace Your Heritage.
  • Holiday Icons.
  • Nature Inspired.
  • Trending Design.

Once you have selected a new theme for your home,  create a consistent look for your tree:

  • White lights
  • Lights of the same family (dark purple, violet, white)
  • Theme related ornaments
  • Ribbon
  • Bead garlands
  • Topper (are you going for the star or an angel?)

If you don’t use all of your ornaments on the tree, think about adding them in other areas of the house. Also, string up lights in the room to add a warm glow. Look into devoting different areas of your home for different themes.

The White House revealed how they’re decorating for the holidays by having each room devoted to a Gather Around: Stories of the Season theme celebrating the stories and traditions that bring us together during this special time of year. “Our goal is for every room and every tree to tell a story about who we are and how we gather around one another to mark the holidays,” Mrs. Obama said. The custom of selecting an official holiday theme began in the 1960s when First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy created a nutcracker-themed Christmas for her daughter Caroline.

For your outside lights, you may want to think about converting to LED lights which glow brighter and use far less energy.

And new holiday themes coming out for 2013 are:

  • Retro
  • Ethnic
  • Beach
  • Kitschy

And red is the dominant color.

“When it comes to an ‘it’ color for Christmas this year, it’s red — a bright, cheery red like you find on traditional Scandinavian ornaments,” says Sara Peterson, editor in chief of HGTV Magazine. “Red may seem like an ‘oh, duh’ color trend, but there have been years when greens, blues and purples were more popular. This season, we’re seeing a ton of decorations in candy red.”

Have you started decorating yet? Will you do a theme or a free for all?

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