This year we have embraced enjoying the simple moments in life. And treasuring time spent with loved ones. We've had some new additions to the Opal family, this year we want to keep our holidays simple, so we can continue to cherish traditions nd make memories with friends and family without getting caught up in the chaos that sometimes accompanies the Christmas season. By choosing not to freak out in August, not shop until November or December, and instead to leave room in your schedule for those magical moments of togetherness, your holidays can be simpler and happier too. We'll show you how! 

Decorate less! Easier said than done for some, but by making the decision to decorate fewer parts of your home, or to put up fewer decorations than normal, you’ll simplify your holiday almost instantly. We suggest picking 3-5 areas in your home and sticking with those as your holiday zones. Not every surface needs to be covered in tinsel and garland. Consider these areas as main focal points when trying to cut back on your holiday decor:

Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree is pretty much the staple of the holiday ready home. Keep it simple by remembering that it doesn't have to be perfect! Not all of us are Pottery Barn stylists, we've been guilty of re-stringing the lights on our tree 2 or 3 times before it looks "right" and that attitude has to stop! Hang the lights however you want- put on the ornaments that you like, don't let Pinterest make you feel inadequate. Here are some adorably, imperfect trees: 

Mantle/Fireplace

If your home has a fireplace take advantage of it. Simple ways to adorn your mantle for the holidays include hanging stockings or a garland. We don't love the look of a cluttered mantle so the simpler- the better! Check out these great holiday mantles:

Front Door

A wreath or garland is all the exterior of your home needs to say, "Hey Ebenezer Scrooge doesn't live here!" You do not have to be a Clark Griswold, we repeat your house doesn't have to cause a neighborhood power surge to be festive. Last week we shared some lovely wreaths in our favorite things post, but we like these ideas too:

Dining Table

The dining table is a great surface to include in your holiday decorating, especially if your home doesn't have a lot of other surfaces. We keep it simple by putting a few candles in the center of table. If you use your table constantly and don't want something on the surface you could hang some greenery from your chandelier, or consider hanging a small wreath on the back of the dining chairs.

Coffee Table / Console Table / Shelf

These surfaces are great for sparkly votives or a nativity scene. They are also great if you collect a holiday item- nutcrackers, snow globes, you know who you are! Remember, the goal is to keep it simple so you don't have to put out every holiday accessory you've ever accumulated. 

Now that you have all this time on your hands go to bed early, snuggle under blankets, drink hot chocolate, and enjoy your simplified holiday season!

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