With Christmas just around the corner it is a good idea to plan ahead and be prepared to avoid the rush. This can be done easily because shops start selling Christmas stuff before Halloween is over! This year, because of the small baby in the house, who has just started walking and grabbing everything, we won’t have a large tree. I will make up for that with plenty of other decorations out of the reach of little hands.
Some Xmas decorations to consider
- Christmas wreaths – I’m thinking of getting one this year to hang on our front door.
- Xmas tree: fresh or artificial one – For us it will be little fresh one that can stand somewhere high or none as I’m not a big fan of plastic trees.
- stockings / socks for little gifts and sweets
- advent calendar – Kids absolutely love them! We will be making our own this year again, this time from matchboxes, just like when I was a child myself.
- Christmas flowers, poinsettia – I would love to have one on our dinning table.
- received Christmas cards – They look fantastic attached to the thread with little pegs and hung over the fire place, but if you don’t have one, hanging thread on the wall can do the trick.
- lights for the tree or in windows
- scented candles (apple, cinnamon, orange etc.)
- Christmas crackers
- Santa / gnome & reindeer figurines
- mistletoe – I have never had one yet but I plan to hang it this year in the middle of our living room.
- Christmas tree decorations – You can hang them not only on the tree but as well windows and all other possible places. They are also great to make with kids during holiday season, for instance bead decorations.
- ginger bread house – Another great project to do with kids during holidays.
- Christmas cookies – They make beautiful decorations and won’t rest on the shelf once the holidays are over.
- fruit basket or fruit bowl full of festive fruits – Not only pretty but also healthy.
Common Xmas motives
- reindeers / goats
- wrapped gift boxes
- candy canes
- pine cones
- Christmas wreaths
- Santas / gnomes
- ginger bread men
- cinnamon sticks /spices
- poinsettias / Christmas flowers
- hearts / swirly hearts
Most popular Xmas colour themes
- purple & golden
- golden, cream & red
- burgundy & golden
- white, red and navy blue
- silver & black
- light blue & red
- green, red & white
- green, red, cream & golden
- white & silver
- red & golden
- straw & red – I think I like this one the best.
- cinnamon: Cinnamon & Vanilla Cookies
- cardamom: Mulled Orange Wine
- ginger: Ch’tiramisu — Tiramisu from North of France
- clove: Pierniczki – Traditional Polish Cookies with Honey and Spices
- nutmeg: Potato Dauphinoise with Nutmeg & Onions
- coffee: Italian Coffee & Chocolate Chunk Biscuits
- poppy seeds: Brudas – My Mother’s Poppy Seed Cake)
- nuts: Chocolate Peanut Butter Triple Layer Cake with Pistachios and Hint of Orange
- chocolate: Sernik Czekoladowy z Kruszonką — Polish Chocolate Crumb Cheesecake
- apple: Szarlotka – Polish Apple Pie
- orange: Orange Poppy Seed Cake with Cranberries
- cranberry: 10 Minute Cranberry & Orange Sauce
- popping candy: Popping Candy Sparklers
- mushroom: Mushroom & Sour Cabbage Pierogi – Polish Filled Dumplings
- rosemary: Roasted Turkey Breast with Rosemary, Thyme & Sage
- sage: Savory Cookies with Rosemary, Thyme & Sage
- thyme: Roasted Carrots and Beets in Balsamic Maple Syrup
And of course don’t forget about sending out cards, wrapping gifts and the Christmas menu. I don’t have mine quite ready yet but you may find some inspirations above.
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