4 Last Minute Ways to Prep Your Home for the Holidays

With just over a week until Christmas and the start of Hanukkah, the pressure to get a home ready for holiday gatherings is on. You may not have time to put up a tree or purchase new festive furniture, but by following these simple holiday home tips you can get your house ready in no time!

Deck the halls (with fresh greenery)

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If you don’t have the time or space for a full sized tree, garland and pine boughs can be just as festive! Drape garland across the mantle, wrap it around door and window frames, or twist it along a staircase. Place pine boughs in vases or other containers, or tie some together and hang them on the wall. You can even go a step further and hang lights and ornaments from the greens!

Make a mini tree

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You can also opt to create your own non-traditional tree. Use washi tape or lights to create an abstract tree shape on an empty wall. Decorate your own tabletop tree by buying a foam or paper cone and covering it in whatever materials that suit your personal style. You can even make a stand alone tree using a camera tripod or a ladder!

Use ornaments in unique spaces

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Ornaments can look festive on and off the tree. Hang inexpensive ornaments from light fixtures, arrange them on tabletops, or place them in a vase or container for a fun centerpiece. If you have valuable heirloom ornaments you want to show off, you can place them underneath a glass cloche.

Use lights to your advantage

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You can hang lights just about anywhere to quite literally brighten up a room. Use string lights to wrap around windows or along a staircase, or opt for candlelight to create a cozy setting on a tabletop or mantle (just be careful with them!) If you celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, you can find creative ways to make your own menorah or kinara, using unconventional items like votives, books, or even toy dinosaurs!

These are just some ways to give your home holiday spirit. Find what works best for your lifestyle and personal taste!

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