Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, OregonThe holidays are here. Isn’t it grand? Oh, how I love the sappy Christmas movies, traditional carols and ringing bells. The red and green makes my heart sing. Walking through the city, checking out the holiday window displays and enjoying a cup of hot cocoa as I watch people bustling about. Shopping, baking, gifting and merry making throughout the season. It’s all such fun with a little planning and self-care. It is easy to get overwhelmed. Stay in control with these seven tips, and you’ll not only survive — you’ll enjoy and have fun throughout the holiday season.

Practice the 30-minute rule. Cleaning house can take all day (or all week). Pare down to the necessities, and get it done in 30 minutes. Make the bed, shine up the bathroom and fluff the throw pillows. The goal is to spiff up the house, not to create a showroom. 

Pick a color and stick with it. Narrowing your choices makes it easy as you prepare your holiday décor. What do you need? A red centerpiece, please. Add a red table cloth, red ornaments and even a bowl of beautiful red apples. Voila!  Instant holiday beauty.

Add the scent of Christmas. Fragrant evergreens, hot apple cider simmering on the stove and cinnamon scented candles will add beautiful ambiance to your home. Just a little aroma therapy goes a long way in creating holiday happiness.

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Turn on the tunes. You may get tired of the Christmas music (I don’t!). If so, find a station that plays uplifting happy music perfect for you. Maybe a bit of country, or could it be pop? Big band, rap, reggae or show tunes? What will make you dance about the house like a Christmas elf?

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Get sappy. With all the extra time you carve out, you’ll be able to sit down and watch a Christmas movie. Pick one filled with cute kids and lots of love. The Miracle on 34th Street, The Christmas Story and It’s a Wonderful Life are all on my agenda.

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Bring the outside in. Take a walk and gather a few treasures. Pods, cones, branches and foliages abound throughout the winter months. If you are lucky, you may find fabulous berries as well. Foraging is on-trend and such fun. If dragging the Christmas tree through the woods and into the living room is making you crazy, don’t! A tabletop tree is the perfect (and manageable) addition to the décor.

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

Delegate. This is the absolute most important. You can’t do it all nor should you. Make it easy for friends and family to pitch in and help. It may not turn out Instagram perfect, but it will certainly be more fun. Call your florist and let them deliver holiday flowers to your door. Whimsical or elegant, woodsy or traditional? You get to choose.

Christmas Flowers - Photo Courtesy Leanne and David Kesler, Floral Design Institute, Inc., in Portland, Oregon

The holidays are grand fun when you are in control. With these tips, you can easily bring the spirit of the season into the home and enjoy the holiday with family and friends. Fill the house with flowers, add friends and family (the more the merrier) and have fun.

How do you survive the hustle and bustle of the holiday season?

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