Holiday Home Decorating!

It’s the holiday season and you own your own home or rent a home that you want to decorate.  Decorating is a great way to bring the family together and make memories at your house and make it feel more like a HOME!  You can buy a house but not a home!

Interior decorating goes way beyond the traditional Christmas Tree.  Your Christmas Tree should not only be the beautiful center of your interior home but should be a memory that the family enjoys looking at memories of special ornaments, children’s artwork or little items they may have made in school while growing up.  Make your tree one that the whole family comes together and feels the warmth of the holiday season.

Centerpieces on tables especially your formal table that does not get daily use can be made into a beautiful decorating area with holiday napkins, rings, tablecloths and glitter are all beautiful for your dining table.

Place around the home scented candles, wreaths, strings of lights and bulbs along with scented pinecones or photos of past Christmases. Hang stockings by the fireplace or another special place if you do not have a fireplace.  Many Arizona homes do not have fireplaces so homeowners have found many other ways to hang their stockings like stair rails or walls around the tree have become popular places.  Poinsettias real bring out the beauty of your home in any room really makes your home feel like it is Holiday time.

How about the outside?  Nothing feels more like the holidays than homes and whole neighborhoods that decorate the exterior of their homes and you can create your own delightful exterior decorating tradition or somoething different every year.  Trimming the roof of your home with lights as well as trees, arches and windows is popular among homes everywhere.  Although most areas of Arizona won’t see a drop of snow you can still make your home feel like the holiday season.  Exterior wreaths, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer, snowmen are among popular choices.  If you have cactus in your yard, decorating them with lights or ribbons is unique to the southwestern United States and gives it the holiday desert flare!

Some neighborhoods have made it a huge tradition for each home to go over the top in decorating and even bring groups of people strolling along each and every year to view the display.  Some of these areas will have real Santa on Christmas Eve and carolers singing their hearts out.  You even find Double Decker buses touring some of these neighborhoods and others virtually need to be seen on foot so you can look into the garages or open doors to see the amazing displays inside of them.

Obviously, these traditions are for those that actually celebrate the season as Christmas but other cultures or various religions may differ in traditions or beliefs so this may not be for everyone.