5 tips for easy, breezy Christmas decorating

Got the tree trimmed? Stockings hung? Wreath on the front door?

Wait, no? Not yet?

Well, if you haven’t decorated for Christmas yet, perhaps one of the following applies:
1. You don’t do Christmas.
2. You hate Pinterest.
3. You’re lazy.

Or, as a friend once told me, you don’t decorate because it’s too depressing to take everything down at the end of the season. Your joy gets shoved into a box in the attic, along with all the tinsel and holiday goodness.

Or, on a lighter note, maybe you’re just overwhelmed by the thought of decking the halls. Because your life involves a new baby or a sick toddler or a likes-to-pee-on-the-Christmas-tree cat.

5 tips to survive holiday decorating - including kid-friendly tips to deck the halls with minimum effort

Enter easy, breezy Christmas decorating.

Several options exist. None involve Pinterest.

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1. Outsource. Recruit your friends and family to do it for you. And don’t forget to bribe them into un-decorating come January.

My mom decorated our house when my first son was born (in December). What a gift to arrive home from the hospital and set up my nursing station beside a tree filled with twinkling lights and peacock feathers. I don’t remember who untrimmed the tree that year. Maybe no one. Maybe this year is so easy, breezy because those decorations are still up – four years later.

this peacock-inspired wreath my mom made for baby #1’s 1st Christmas is the bee’s knees, plus it’s a good candidate for tip #5 below

2. Do the bare minimum. As defined by you.

I was beyond thrilled to find a small box in the attic this year simply labeled, “easy x-mas.” I thanked my 2015 genius self for having such forethought, and curiously opened this box I’d completely forgotten about. It contained: handmaid stockings, heavy-duty stocking holders and a plethora of non-breakable ornaments. For the kids, ya know?

kid-friendly ornaments in the box: fuzzy plastic snowflakes and wooden ones adorned with stickers

In approximately 20 minutes, I was Christmas-ready! The stockings were hung by the chimney with care.

other easy additions: fresh-fir wreath from my MIL (the smell!); P Buckley Moss print I hide behind the bedroom dresser and pull out every December; nativity-scene, decoupaged plate from my sister-in-law (I stash this in the kitchen cupboard the rest of the year); random stars and candles per tip #5 below

3. Keep it kid-friendly. You can decorate your tree with fun, child-dazzling things. Or you can make your kid do it.

Every year we drag a small, pre-lit tree out of the attic for the boys. It’s the perfect height and full of sparkle – what kid can resist that? This year I handed the easy x-mas box to my oldest and told him to “have at it.” He was super excited to hang 3 ornaments before he moved on to legos, stating, “Mommy, I’ll leave the rest for you to do.” Um, thanks?

I also found an adorable wooden nativity set at Target for $15 (or you can get a similar nativity set on Amazon) Because you haven’t lived until you’ve listened to a 2-year-old scream-sing Away in a Manager.

yes, I staged this scene – in real life, baby Jesus is typically riding around on Thomas the Train

4. Leave the angels out all year long. Also known as: repurpose what you already got.

I like angels. And stars. So I never bother to put these things away. At Christmas time, they are completely appropriate. At all other times, well, I’m just that lady who likes angels and stars.

for a festive foyer, I added this cute JOY sign that I found for $20 at a craft fair – everything else is there all year round

5. Cut corners. For when the bare minimum just won’t do.

I have a couple cute Christmas photos I only display during the holidays. I simply swap out pictures in frames found throughout the house. And by “swap out,” I mean I just put the Christmas photo on top of the non-Christmas photo. At the end of the season, I remove the holiday pic and life goes back to normal.

the mantle in the formal living room was easy, breezy with the festive family photo, plus two random bottles I found at goodwill, which I filled with some of the snowflake ornaments; all other mantle pieces live there year-round

Don’t bother displaying Christmas cards. Find a basket and just fill it with cards as they arrive in the mail. This is completely kid friendly, too. Your kiddos can manipulate all the goodies in the basket and recount fun memories when looking at photos of cousins and dear friends.

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Christmas cards. Plus, I keep all the photos because it’s fun to watch my kid brother’s kids grow up year after year. To do this, I literally keep them in the basket and put the entire basket into the hall closet for safe keeping til the next December rolls around.

it’s such fun to flip through this ever-expanding collection of cards and photos every year

If you’re hosting a holiday party, you can always add a giant, pre-lit tree for extra pizazz. Decorate it or not. And just toss some Christmassy hand towels in the bathroom and kitchen – you’ll be good to go! (And check out your local Goodwill store to get some cute towels on the cheap!)

I’m pretty sure I’ve had these towels for 16 years – I hide them in the bathroom drawer and pull them out every December

Merry Christmas, y’all. Share your easy, breezy Christmas decorating tips below or on Facebook at MothersRest.

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