The holidays are always a whirlwind—dinners, parties, houseguests, events—the world truly comes alive at this time of year, celebrating joy, thankfulness, and being together. The meaning behind the holidays is beautiful, but it can easily be swallowed by the less-than-gracious aspects of the season—consumerism, greed, comparison, and keeping up with the Jones’ holiday light display.
As we build a more intentional life, it’s important to keep our holidays focused on what we value. I absolutely love this time of year and I love decorating my house and making it cozy and warm for my family and guests. Here are a few ways that you can keep things minimal, impactful, and sustainable this holiday season:
Hygge [hue-guh] has been the word of the moment for the past year or so, with good reason—it’s a Danish concept that encompasses all of the feelings of warmth, comfort, and belonging that we associate with things that are “homey.” During the holidays, this feeling is even more pronounced and we can use our decor to draw it out.
Ideas to Hygge the Holidays:
- Add throw blankets and pillows to your seating and sleeping areas
- Light some candles
- Light a fire
- Dim the lights
- Hang some twinkle lights indoors
- Pour a cup of tea
- Invite friends or family over for a meal
- Display only meaningful holiday decorations
Homemade Holiday Decor
Holiday decorations don’t have to be expensive, despite what you might see in the catalogs. Some of the most cherished holiday decorations end up being ornaments that the kids made or wreaths crafted together over good conversation. Spend time making memories while you’re making your holiday decor this season, and it will be more special than anything you could buy in a store.
Ideas for Homemade Holiday Decor:
- Put together an advent calendar
- Craft some homemade ornaments
- Cut paper snowflakes
- Make a pennant banner
- DIY a pinecone wreath
- Craft a rustic Star of David using twigs and twine
- Sew a pillow cover or a tree skirt
- Paint some mason jar candle holders
Natural Holiday Decor
Using natural materials for your holiday decor has multiple benefits—it’s cheaper, more sustainable, it doesn’t require storage, and it looks a whole lot better too! Artificial holiday decorations are so common that it’s refreshing to see [and smell] real, natural garlands and wreaths. Best of all, these decorations are compostable at the end of the season, and won’t take up space in a dusty box in your garage until next year.
Ideas for Natural Holiday Decor:
- Craft a wreath from tree scraps [available for free when you purchase your tree]
- Fashion and hang real garland from your mantle or staircase
- Display cranberries in a vase
- Dry and hang orange slices
- Collect pinecones, scent with cinnamon essential oil, and use them throughout your home
- Buy a real tree instead of an artificial one
- Wrap presents in brown packing paper and use twine and plants to decorate them
Simplicity in our decor lets us set a festive atmosphere while leaving room for what’s truly important during the holiday season—family, friends, gratitude, and joy.
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