Many people find Christmas to be a hassle, but often these people just don't know where to begin, or where to go next after they've begun. This article will help guide you as you prepare your home for Christmas.
Clean the House: The decorations won't look nearly as pretty if they are give the house a deep clean, dust, vacuum, mop, and polish. Do all the laundry, or have everyone do their own if they're old enough. Bring in any potted plants from outside if they won't survive the cold and rake up any leaves left over from fall. If you have children, have them clean their rooms just as thoroughly. You can also use this as a time for them to go through their toys and pick a few to donate to a charity or thrift store.
Set The Lights: If you already have lights, use them. There are no right or wrong lights, it's just a matter of personal taste. Be sure to buy plenty of light hooks and nails while you are out. If you are buying new lights, understand what you want to do with them first. Know approximately how many feet you want to cover and shop accordingly.
Put The Tree: You can buy one at a Christmas tree lot or use an artificial tree if you prefer. Put the lights on the tree first, wrapping them in and out of the branches for a fully "lit-up" look. Next comes garland, if you're using it, and then the ornaments. If you like, do the actual decorating as a family, letting everyone put on their favorite ornaments. Put the tree topper on. This could be a star, an angel, or something else entirely. Again, it's a personal choice.
Bake: Christmas is all about Gingerbread Men, Sugar cookies and other special baked goodies. Don't think it's just the children who look forward for cookies and other baked goodies. So display how good of a baker you are on a tray and welcome your guests
Buy Presents: Make a list and check it twice, of who you're buying for and what you want to give them. Once you're bought the presents, wrap them up! Store bought wrapping paper, newspaper (especially the comics pages), brown paper from grocery bags, and gift bags are all options. Ribbons, raffia, or fabric scraps can be used to top them off. Don't forget the tag saying who it's for!
Remember Christmas is all about cherishing the holiday spirit, decorating the house and most importantly spending quality time with your family and friends.