50 Gorgeous Holiday Mantel Decorating Ideas

Decorating the mantel in your home adds such a brilliant touch of elegance to your home. While we don’t have a mantel in our home, so I use ideas like these on our sideboard, dresser & bar. It takes so little to decorate a flat surface like a mantel or sideboard. They aren’t very wide so I like to work with height. A touch here, a touch there and TA-DA! Christmas beauty abounds! And such a Simple Joy!

This tips & decorating ideas come to us from Midwest Living.

Christmas Mantel

31 Easy, Homemade Christmas Ornaments

When I decorate our Christmas tree each year, I am filled with memories as I hang various ornaments on our tree. The pin & white knit stocking made by a co-worker for The Child on her first Christmas. The bicycle ornament I gave Mr. D. when we were first married. The ornament the church gave me when I was a toddler. And especially, the wax filled ornaments my great-grandparents brought with them from Germany.

As beautiful as those ornaments are, the ones I love the most are the handmade ornaments from friends & made by The Child as she was growing up. Do you have handmade ornaments on your tree? If not, it’s time to add some! If you do, you can always make room for more!

Country Living shares their selection of 31 easy to make ornaments. Many can be made with & by your kids. Prepare them for your tree this year. Then, enjoy the memories they stir up each year as you decorate your tree!

What is your favorite ornament on your Christmas tree? Tell us about it! Share the history & why it means so much to you!

Easy to Make Ornaments

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving Part 12 Never Forget Gratitude

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this episode, Jean Ann reminds you it’s not Thanksgiving without gratitude.

Holiday-Inspired Outdoor Decorating that Lasts

Many of us like to decorate early in the season for Christmas. The problem then is: how do I make sure my decorations last that long? No one wants a wreath that begins to droop before Christmas. Or a display that just begins to look tired & worn a week or so later. We want our home to look as fresh & beautiful the last day as it does the first. BHG shares a selection of outdoor displays that stay fresh looking throughout the season. Give your guests a warm welcome this Holiday with these beautiful, and lasting, ideas!

Lasting Decorations

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving #11 Never Overestimate Your Abilities

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this episode, Jean Ann warns you about biting off more than you can chew.

12 Wreaths to Get You in the Christmas Spirit

As you may have guessed, I LOVE making wreaths! I work to keep them simple so my clients may add their own personal touches to their wreaths. A wreath welcomes guests to your home & should reflect your personality & your home.

While I would be THRILLED to have you (& everyone else) purchase their Christmas wreath from me, I would also be happy to know you have created a Christmas wreath for your home. Good Housekeeping shares 12 wreaths you can make yourself. If you are like me, you will make more than one to decorate your home! Enjoy!

DIY Christmas Wreaths

35 Easy Christmas Crafts

I enjoy having a bit of Christmas spirit throughout my home. This can be expensive if you continue to buy new decorations for your home. It can also get, well, a little boring. If you spend a lot of money on decorations, you don’t want that expense to go to waste. So, you keep using your decorations year after year. This year, add Christmas spirit to your home without the expense or bother by making your own Holiday touches. Midwest Living has 35 projects to tickle your Christmas fancy! That should stop you from becoming bored!

Christmas Crafts

The 12 No-no’s of Thanksgiving #10 Never Shop without Your Lists

Thanksgiving can be incredibly stressful. So much to do & very litle time in which to do it, no matter how late it is in the month. You can take much of the stress out of the season when you avoid these 12 No-no’s for Thanksgiving. In this series, Jean Ann points out some of the things we do that create our stress, then offers ways to make the Holiday more joyful.

In this episode, Jean Ann explains why your shopping lists are so very important & why your must ALWAYS have them with you.

Christmas Crafts for Kids

Get into the Holiday spirit with these Christmas crafts for kids. Oh, I know it’s still a bit early but Thanksgiving falls late again this year, leaving us less time to prepare for Christmas. Also, you must begin early if you are making any Christmas gifts. these crafts can be made by you FOR kids or by kids themselves to give as gifts to family & friends. From BHG

Kids’ Christmas Crafts