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Create a Holiday Haven This Christmas

As the days grow shorter and colder, having a comfy chair next to a sunny window can provide a lovely place to warm your toes and your heart. As evening approaches, the glow of the tree twinkling along with the stars marks the end of each full day.

The hustle and bustle of the holiday season is blowing in like a cold winter’s breeze. There is so much to do in a short window of time.

Contrary to popular believe, wrapping presents can be fun and inexpensive. Use mix-and-match papers and add ribbons in cheerful colors; then add a special touch like a small ornament to the package.

For many people the holidays pass so quickly and with so much chaos that the enjoyment is all but lost. Why not try a new approach this year?

Take time to find joy in each and every day. Planning is a big part of making the process more enjoyable and less stressful.

Slowing down does not mean accomplishing less. It allows time for reflection and peace during a season that never seems to stop.

One homeowner has carved out a peaceful spot in her home, a holiday haven where she can plan for the upcoming holiday events as well as take in all the season has to offer.

A diminutive antique writing desk is hiding in the corner behind the tree. It is a quaint spot to sit and write holiday greetings to friends and family.

There must be a place in your home where you find peaceful solitude. This cottage-style home has a small sitting room tucked into the top floor of the house beneath the sloping roof. This space may be small in size, but it has an abundance of character.

A few select furnishings were needed to fill the space. Mix-and-match thrift shop finds were brought together to make the suite complete: a down-filled wingback chair, a small antique desk, a loveseat and a coffee table. This sitting room doubles as a makeshift library, with gardening books stacked all about as part of the delightful décor.

Check Your Lists Twice in this Holiday Haven

It is common practice in this home to decorate the sitting room first, long before the holiday festivities ever begin.

Collecting vintage ornaments is a year long affair. Scour thrift shops, garage sales and auctions for wonderful old beauties. The variety is simply mind- boggling. 

Transitioning into the holiday season can feel like a burden when life is already hectic. But decorating this small and personal room first helps the family get into the holiday spirit.

This cozy sitting room provides a great place to plan out the hectic months ahead, and it also is the perfect spot to sit and reflect at the end of each day.

One easy way to make a plan is to create a schedule.

First, mark the calendar with important dates and events. Then fill the days with things that bring joy: making wreaths, baking cookies and reading Christmas stories.

As each day passes, retreat to your cozy corner to reflect on the day and look ahead to what tomorrow’s schedule holds.

Decorating with a Purpose

Decorate your home with enthusiasm and purpose this holiday season.

First look for inspiration. Get motivated and find a cozy corner you can dress in festive fashion.

Holiday ephemera are not only fun to collect for their inherent beauty, but old pieces like books filled with holiday adventures are delightful to read throughout the season. Reading a story or two can be a tremendous source of holiday inspiration.

Next, make a schedule by filling a calendar with everything you hope to accomplish in the months to come.

Lastly, find a few moments at the end of each day to sit and reflect in the glow of the holiday’s twinkling lights.

Fill your home to the rafters with holiday décor that makes you smile. Enjoy the season to the fullest and make it your own by surrounding yourself with delight. The joy will be contagious, so don’t hesitate to share.










Staci Dumoski

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