Holiday Tips for Less Stress, More Fun
Experts share their best advice on how to enjoy a stress-free holiday season.
E-mail This Page to Your Friendsx
A link to %this page% was e-mailed
As festive and joyous as the holidays are, preparing for the brightest season of the year can drive us up the wall. We often feel more than our fair share of pressure. We have to find the "right" gift for a long list of loved ones, decorate as grand (if not grander) than our neighbors, and throw the greatest dinner ever.
Breathe. You don't have to do any of this. It's possible to enjoy the holidays without giving yourself a migraine. Our seasonal experts offer their top tips for helping you celebrate the season with a minimum of stress.
Pick one piece as the focal point, then decorate around it.
If it were just about the tree, Christmas decorating would be a snap. But if you're like a lot of holiday hosts, you long for a house that looks worthy of a glossy cover on the latest home magazine – but without the sweat and tears.
Julieann Covino, founder of Jace Interiors, says your ultimate priority should be not to overdo it. "In each room have one decorated focal point, whether it be the fireplace in the living room, dining table or foyer," she says. "Every inch of the room does not need to be visually overloaded."
Create a theme to keep you focused and less stressed, Covino adds. It's quicker and easier to pull together a room if you have a theme such as snowflakes, a color or a particular atmosphere (for example, rustic or modern).
Lastly, pull out your calendar and pick a decorating day. "Put on festive music, light some holiday scented candles and actually enjoy the process," Covino says. "You will be happier with the one day than trying to do a little at a time."
Need a few easy, breezy decorating ideas?
"These are quick and stress-free decorating tips that will have all of your guests talking," Covino says.
- Swap a few framed pictures with scenic holiday cards. Hang them with sparkly wire for a festive touch.
- Next, add energy to the family room by facing the sofa in front of the Christmas tree instead of the television.
- In place of a traditional table runner, center a holiday placemat on the table with vases of varying heights. Fill them with leftover ornaments that tie into your color scheme and theme.
- For a rustic look, use berry twigs to fill the perimeter of the vase, and in the middle, fill it to the top with pinecones.
Get Angelo's favorite ideas for getting ready and through the holiday season with limited stress and a whole lot of fun.
Step inside the White House at Christmastime, and get an exclusive look at what goes into making America's first home sparkle...(29 photos)
Karen McAloon, Frank Fontana and Erinn Valencich have the hottest new ways to trim the tree this holiday season. Check out the...(9 photos)