Christmas decorations have been in the stores since Halloween so it must be safe to decorate. The day after Thanksgiving is when I begin to get in the mood. Last year, well after the season was over, I finally found the pencil tree that I was looking for. Being the bargain shopper that I am, I just didn’t want to pay full price for it. I found a 7-foot pencil tree, also known as a slim tree for under $30, complete with lights. The slim tree is perfect for a corner or a narrow space. If you are looking for a unique tree Garden Ridge (near the Mall at Robinson) has trees of every hue. I would like to have a black tree. If you haven’t been to Garden Ridge it is located in the old Wickes Furniture store near the airport.

Now back to our holiday decorations, let’s begin with something on the front door. Stop by your neighborhood dollar store and pick up a wreath hanger. Hang it over your door so you don’t have to put a nail in the door. Sometimes you can find a duel hanger, that way you can hang a wreath on both sides of your door. The dollar store is also a great place for small decorations like bells and garland.

A little bit of Christmas in each room is my idea of Christmas. If you are anything like me and save most of your Christmas decorations you should have enough décor for every room in the house. I’m pulling out the Black Santa Clauses and spreading them all around. Here is a Black Santa alert. The only place that I have spotted Black Santa’s this year is at A.J. Wright in Edgewood Towne Center. I used all of my will power and passed on bringing any new ones home. Last year a few of mine didn’t make it out of the basement storage. This year no decorations will be left behind.

Everyone does not have room for a tree but that doesn’t mean you can’t decorate. As a matter of fact I like decorating outside of the box. Adorn the items that are already in your home with decorations. For instance hang ornaments from your ceiling light fixtures, put garland around your pictures frames.

Line the steps with poinsettias. Don’t forget the bathroom. Replace your hand towels with holiday fingertip towels and there are soap dispensers just for this time of year. If your lights are outdated Home Depot is offering a trade in on new LED lights. Bring in any old string of lights and you will get $3 towards a new string of lights. I don’t know how long that offer will last but check it out.

One of the best events I attended around this time of the year was a tree trimming party. It doesn’t take a lot of planning. Set up the tree, call your friends ask each person to bring an ornament and a dessert, you can supply the drinks. Speaking of drinks, I just found a lactaid Eggnog that should be good for those of us with a lactose intolerance. I can’t imagine the holidays without eggnog.

Find time to have fun this holiday season and enjoy your living space. Deck the halls and your walls.

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