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40 Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Bring Joy To Your Home

40 Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Bring Joy To Your Home

Christmas is right around the corner and with it come trees and ribbons and ornaments and lights and … oh goodness, what are you supposed to do with it all? Don’t let stress over Christmas decorating make you lose the Christmas spirit. Here are 40 Christmas decorating ideas that will bring joy to your home this holiday season.

1. Incorporate lanterns into your design.

You can use put candles inside or (as shown below) fill them with ornaments and lights for extra holiday spirit.

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    2. Embrace different color schemes.

    Holiday decorating isn’t restricted to just red and green. Try out different color schemes that are still festive but refreshingly unique.

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      3. Make a banner for your fireplace.

      You can use paper or fabric, but making a simple banner to hang over your mantel adds a special homemade touch.

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        4. Add natural elements to your design.

        Incorporating pine cones and other rustic elements into holiday décor make for a homey, wholesome feeling.

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          5. Get crafty with the kids.

          The holidays are about family and what better way to emphasize that than having your little ones help out with decorating? This reindeer craft is an adorable example.

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            6. Make an ornament wall.

            Talk about a conversation piece! And all you need is ribbon, ornaments, and a staple gun. It’s a bit time-consuming, but the result is a contemporary holiday piece.

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              7. Use old Christmas cards.

              Not sure what to do with all of those old Christmas cards? Make yourself an adorable holiday collage.

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                8. Use pictures instead of name tags on your presents.

                This is a small, personal addition that will make your presents a design element and touch your loved ones this holiday season.

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                  9. Fill your apothecary jars with Christmas goodies.

                  A simple and affordable way to put a “holiday spin” on items that are already sitting around your home.

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                    10. Put your stockings in different places.

                    For Christmas dinner, you can put your family members’ stockings on their respective chairs. Or, consider putting them on your entryway staircase. The options are endless!

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                      11. Try an alternative Christmas tree.

                      If you are in a smaller space, allergic to pine, or just want to try something different, consider a modern take (like this driftwood option) on your holiday tree.

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                        12. Add subtle holiday elements that match your room’s preexisting color scheme.

                        For a more understated (but still festive) design, use colors already found in your space.

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                          13. Make ornaments from your favorite holiday book or sheet music.

                          Use papier-mâché and a little bit of glitter to create a truly unique ornament for your tree.

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                            14. Use mason jars for a rustic holiday theme.

                            Mason jars are an adorable and cheap addition to your design. You can fill the bottom with Epsom salt to look like snow, like in this example.

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                              15. Make your fridge a snowman.

                              Super easy and super cute—this little addition will make both kids and adults smile.

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                                16. Use Christmas music as design inspiration.

                                What are the holidays without some Christmas carols? If you are a musically-inclined family, use your instruments to create a beautiful metallic mantel display.

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                                  17. Turn your stockings into silverware holders.

                                  You can either knit some up on your own or purchase pre-made mini ones. Either way, you have a creative addition to your Christmas table.

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                                    18. Fill your wreath with pine cones.

                                    Green wreaths aren’t the only way to go. Shake things up (in a good way!) by adding more natural elements, like pine cones and berries, into your wreath.

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                                      19. Put your candy canes to use!

                                      The candy cane has become an instantly recognizable symbol of Christmastime. Hang them above your windows for a quirky, sweet holiday design.

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                                        20. Use extra ornaments for a modern take on wreaths.

                                        You can use whatever color or size of ornaments match your design.

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                                          21. Make your own Advent wreath.

                                          While there is nothing wrong with the traditional design, incorporating your personal design to the wreath can make it extra special. This one made from pottery candle holders is lovely.

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                                            22. Find inspiration from your location.

                                            Whether you are from the outback of Australia or the beaches of Florida, use your surroundings in your design. For example, this beautiful tree was inspired by the coast.

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                                              23. Scatter “presents” around your home.

                                              A super easy and cost-friendly option to spread a little Christmas cheer. You can use leftover boxes from your Christmas shopping.

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                                                24. Decorate white ornaments as “snowmen” and use as a cute centerpiece.

                                                Another easy craft that your kids will also enjoy.

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                                                  25. Birch wood is a beautiful design element.

                                                  Touches of birch wood, like in this example, bring a woodsy, cabin-like feel to your Christmas decorations. Don’t you just want to curl up around the fireplace?

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                                                    26. Pair vibrant wreaths with graphic pieces for a contemporary mantel.

                                                    Limit your color scheme to two or three colors and choose elements with clean lines to create a truly unique holiday display.

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                                                      27. Make a “hot cocoa bar.”

                                                      There’s nothing like a delicious, warm cup of hot chocolate around Christmastime. Find inspiration from this absolutely beautiful setup.

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                                                        28. If you have shutters, fill the slits with garland.

                                                        Use the architectural elements of your home to your decorating advantage.

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                                                          29. Create a life-size, interactive Christmas calendar.

                                                          As much as I like those pop-out chocolate cardboard calendars, there’s something fun about this display. Fill each bag with a special Christmas treat—your kids will love it!

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                                                            30. Use your holiday cards to make a Christmas tree.

                                                            Another easy way to display this year’s Christmas cards. All you have to do is tape them to the wall!

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                                                              31. Turn pine cones into mini trees.

                                                              Stick a star on top and place the pine cone into candle holders to create a lovely table centerpiece.

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                                                                32. Decorate your piano.

                                                                Drape some garland over the top of your piano or set up a Christmas village display and you have a Christmas-carol-ready instrument!

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                                                                  33. Hang ornaments from your windows with matching ribbons.

                                                                  A simple way to add a bit of holiday whimsy to your window treatments.

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                                                                    34. Add holiday-inspired pillows to your home’s seating areas.

                                                                    Whip up a few slipcovers to throw on pillows for your couches, chairs, etc. You can even add some to your mudroom like in the adorable example below!

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                                                                      35. Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your front door!

                                                                      Many people put garland around the outside, but why not add a bit of zest to the inside as well? Now you can remind people of the holiday spirit as they come and go!

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                                                                        36. Surprise your guests with a decorated headboard.

                                                                        Put your visitors in the Christmas mood by adding a bit of garland or Christmas lights to the headboard. You can even throw on a personalized stocking to make them feel right at home.

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                                                                          37. Bring Christmas to the kitchen.

                                                                          I don’t know about your family, but mine spends a lot of time in the kitchen during the holidays. Buy a small Christmas tree for your kitchen island or hang wreaths from your cabinets.

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                                                                            38. There is such a thing as elegant cut-out snowflakes.

                                                                            Cutting out snowflakes is no longer just for kids. Dangling a few large snowflakes above your table can be a chic and beautiful option.

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                                                                              39. Use your leftover wrapping paper to create a wreath.

                                                                              Follow the instructions at the source to create a truly unique and striking holiday piece.

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                                                                                40. Put presents in your unused fireplace.

                                                                                Even if you won’t be roasting chestnuts over an open fire, it doesn’t mean the space has to be neglected. Place some wrapped boxes (or suitcases, like in the picture) for a wonderfully festive display.

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                                                                                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                  8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life

                                                                                  In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.

                                                                                  Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.

                                                                                  Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.

                                                                                  Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?

                                                                                  Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological

                                                                                  The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.

                                                                                  There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about.[1] Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.

                                                                                  How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.

                                                                                  According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.

                                                                                  Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug

                                                                                  Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation.[2] Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.

                                                                                  The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.

                                                                                  Listen carefully:

                                                                                  We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.

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                                                                                  The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!

                                                                                  Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.

                                                                                  8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing

                                                                                  There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there.[3] In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.

                                                                                  Are you ready for it? Let’s go!

                                                                                  1. Pray Daily

                                                                                  You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.

                                                                                  When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.

                                                                                  Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.[4]

                                                                                  Pray. You won’t regret it.[5]

                                                                                  2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts

                                                                                  A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.

                                                                                  By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.

                                                                                  Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.

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                                                                                  If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.

                                                                                  This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:

                                                                                  How to Stop Automatic Negative Thoughts When You’re Overwhelmed

                                                                                  3. Smile Often

                                                                                  Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.

                                                                                  Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.

                                                                                  Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.

                                                                                  The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.

                                                                                  4. Organize Your Working Desk

                                                                                  A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.

                                                                                  When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.

                                                                                  Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.

                                                                                  Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.

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                                                                                  5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories

                                                                                  I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.

                                                                                  Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!

                                                                                  What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.

                                                                                  6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner

                                                                                  God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.

                                                                                  I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.

                                                                                  I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.

                                                                                  7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology

                                                                                  You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.[6]

                                                                                  How do you do that? This is my formula:

                                                                                  First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.

                                                                                  If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.

                                                                                  If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.

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                                                                                  If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.

                                                                                  Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?

                                                                                  8. Go Exercise

                                                                                  Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.

                                                                                  The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.

                                                                                  You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:

                                                                                  12 Benefits of Regular Exercise You Should Know

                                                                                  The Bottom Line

                                                                                  It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.

                                                                                  It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.

                                                                                  Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.

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