So I am fully aware everyone is slamming you with holiday guides (don’t worry, mine are coming), but I decided to serve you up this afternoon with a little something different…
I don’t know about you guys, but my hubby is NOT wanting Christmas all the way up just yet. I have tried and tried to get some decor out and he isn’t having it. I think for me, I am just so ready for some happy and we all know, Christmas is so happy, but for my hubby he doesn’t want to pass up Thanksgiving and isn’t quite ready to go in full Christmas mode. He will, however, let me sprinkle a little here and there which is where this post came from in the first place.
I was trying to look up if anyone had written on how to seamlessly combine fall and Christmas, but unless I was searching wrong, I couldn’t find a thing. Even Pinterest somewhat left me hanging, so I was left to my own devices to figure it all out.
Now, I WON’T go any longer once Thanksgiving is over, but for those of you that aren’t quite ready or have a resistant family member like I do, I thought I would give you seven simple ways of adding a little Christmas cheer without changing the feel and vibe entirely.
- Add a few warm yellow Christmas lights outside – if you follow me on Instagram, you know this is the first thing I did. You could simple do your front porch or maybe a few trees in the front yard and by simply adding these lights you slowly begin to see the magic without all the red and green. Warm yellow lights are so special and really could be left up in lots of different ways all year round. I truly just picture your family arriving on Thanksgiving and in seeing the touch of warm yellow lights sprinkled throughout, feeling the warm fuzziness of the holidays.
- Add gold Christmas trees to your Thanksgiving table or mantle – I accidentally stumbled upon this idea when I had bought a few gold Christmas trees for my holiday decor and I left them on my table. I went to put them away and saw how perfectly they went with my golden leaf garland and sweet mini pumpkins that I decided to leave them out. You can see a picture of this in the main photo. I think the gold just accents the warm fall colors that it makes it a perfect pairing!
- Use a Christmas garland, but keep the warm fall colors – jumping off of my idea from above, I love how a simple holiday garland begins to bring winter vibes to a space.
- Put up your tree and add lights, but don’t place your ornaments – this is another fabulous way of adding those warm fuzzy feelings that will make this Thanksgiving season so special. Typically, we don’t put up Christmas as early, but given everything we have all gone through this year, it is hard not to want some of that extra joy. A Christmas tree with lights is a very special way you can bring coziness to your Thanksgiving meal, without making it feel like there is a full on Christmas tree up. I imagine eating by warm light from the tree and the candles you sprinkled throughout your home filling your house with warmth, good smells, and intimacy – it sounds magical!
- Use soft, warm tones – playing off of the warm light and gold trees, another great way to start incorporating Christmas is to put out decor that also has warm colors. Many times we think of Christmas as red and green, so by adding whites, creams, and golds, you are able to accent your fall colors of orange, yellow, and burnt reds perfectly.
- Put out only some of your decor – this is a great compromise option for those that really just can’t win either way. I think decor that works well during this transition time would be your outdoor decor, your Christmas, tree, and garland pieces. Rooms that do really well in a seamless transition include outdoor spaces, living rooms, kitchen, etc. The key is to choose only one or two, however. Also, by keeping very obvious seasonal decor (Santas, elves, etc.) you will be able to achieve the same effect.
- Lastly, when all else fails, just turn on the Hallmark channel and watch a Christmas movie. This always puts me in the spirit and I know it will for you too!
I hope you enjoy this post and I can’t wait to watch all of your holiday decorations come together. Decorating this year, has been such a light for me, and I hope it can be for you too!