Call us biased, but preparing a home for the holidays can be the most exciting time of the season. After the drudgery of travel plans and hectic holiday shopping, coming home to a welcoming and festive environment just can't be beat! We've listed five heartwarming rituals that will have you yearning to get a head start.
Treat Yourself to a New Ornament
We know, you probably have plenty, but think of it as extra motivation to go out and get that tree! We have our eyes on this Katniss Everdeen-inspired option!
Go Tree Shopping
Bonus points if you're picking your tree up in a sweet little vintage ride! If you're buying a precut tree and live close by, see if the dealer can cut about an inch off the bottom of the tree — it helps it to absorb even more water, which makes for a healthier, long-lasting tree!
Make an Entrance
While a single pot of festive posies looks great on a mantel, we're inspired to line up several on our front steps!
Introduce Some Greenery
Christmas trees aren't the only way to enjoy your greens. Spread the love to other rooms by indulging in a fragrant bay leaf garland or a fresh wreath.
Set a Table to Remember
It's easy to get menu tunnel vision, but taking an afternoon to pull together linens, candles, dinnerware, and a simple centerpiece will make your holiday meal much more memorable.