December SMART Design Tips

Want to put some nostalgia back into your Holiday Decorating? Here are some SMART tips to capture a bit of that childhood spirit.

Start with smells & sounds:  Decorate with fresh pine boughs and/or simmer cinnamon stix and cloves in a pot on the stove. Live in a warm climate? Seasonal scented candles work well also.

Nothing beats the aroma of fresh baked cookies. No time? Buy pre-made cookie rolls, slice and pop into the oven on a moments notice.

Dig out your favorite Holiday music and play it on the radio, IPod, piano or just hum along.

Make a family craft:  String popcorn and cranberries or cut snowflakes from white paper for simple and decorative garlands.

Get creative with DIY tree ornaments so all age groups can contribute.

Decorate a gingerbread house. Do-it-yourself kits make this craft simple enough so even the little ones can join in the fun.

Add a little sentiment:  Bring out some photos of holidays past, frame for the season and place around the house.

Group some vintage toys such as dolls, teddy bears, trains, wooden blocks, drums, etc. Display anywhere you want a touch of nostalgia.

Gather the family’s favorites holiday books and display them on coffee tables, shelves, in bathrooms, etc. Need some? Check your library or a local used book store for bargain sales.

Remember the less fortunate:  Gather unused blankets or old winter coasts and take to a homeless shelter.

Do you know someone who is alone for the Holiday? Invite them to dinner.

Donate toys for tots or time to the elderly in convalescent homes.

Take time for tasty treats:  Include steamy soups or hearty crock-pot stews as part of your quick-fix, yet healthful, holiday fare.

Have a cookie exchange with friends —less work and more cookies for your family to enjoy.

Brew up a beverage of the season; cocoa, grog, spiced tea, cider, mulled wine, or your favorite hot toddy.

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