Written by Vince Ohare

So you want to make your home look special for Christmas but you don't know what you want to do as far as decorations. Just remember everyone is different when if comes to holiday decorating. There are lots of different ideas to come up with when it comes to decorating your home for Christmas. Some people like to decorate according to their own style and then there are sometimes other people just like to put out their family ornaments that have been around for years even if they do not match their style or d�cor. There is no right or wrong way to decorate for the holidays, after all, it is supposed to be fun and beautiful for you and your family.
If you are someone who likes to decorate around the theme of your home, then this can be somewhat time consuming. When you are trying to incorporate your holiday decorating to the design of your rooms, you probably want your decorations to match and coordinate with the rest of your home. You may want all of your decorations to match from room to room or you can decide to make each room different in color and theme. Like I said this can be very time consuming to say the least.
When you are trying to achieve a certain look for Christmas decorating, you may have to search around for a certain color of bulbs, lights and ribbons. This can also be time consuming and in some cases depending on the color and style of the decorations, it may be harder than you think. The best thing to do is go around to the different stores in your area and shop around. Chances are you will probably find something close to what you want. If you do not have any luck with the stores, you can always turn to the Internet stores. I get my decorations at http://www.shop-for-christmas.com/ornaments.html
When you are decorating your home for the Christmas holidays, you do not want your home to look cluttered. Having beautiful Christmas decorations around your home make it feel warm and inviting. Place your decorations around your home in areas that they will not be bumped or knocked over. Do not put many items in one location to make it look cluttered or thrown together. Space your ornaments out throughout the room to make it look more thought out and spacious.
Incorporate the same thought out plan throughout your home and think about where you want to place each decoration in your home. Think about what decoration you want in each room. If you have small children, make sure that you keep the breakables out of their reach. You do not want your precious decorations broken or anyone cut or hurt.
If you have older ornaments that have been used by other family member or passed down from generation to generation, do not be afraid to use them. It will not matter what your theme is, these family traditions should be included and shown throughout your home. They are special memories and deserve to be shared with your whole family. Take your time and do not rush your holiday decorating. Bring the whole family in on the fun and have a good time with them while you are decorating and getting ready for the Christmas season. You should relish these special times and make special memories that will last a lifetime for you and your family.

Vince OHare is an free lance internet writer currently writing about Christmas for http://www.shop-for-christmas.com

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Written by Philip McDonald

A prelit artificial Christmas tree can be the savior of your holiday season, with all you have to do at this festive time of year from attending office Christmas parties, buying the perfect Christmas gifts for each member of the family to planning your family christmas party, owning a prelit artificial Christmas tree can save you time and your sanity.

Of course, the greatest thing about getting an artificial Christmas tree is that you'll also save money. Not to mention an Artificial Christmas Tree is less likely to catch on fire. Unlike a fresh tree, an artificial Christmas tree is perfectly symmetrical, and this is an important point for some decorators. This is one more reason why the artificial Christmas tree is preferred. The best part of purchasing an artificial Christmas tree is that the height isn't guessed, it is dead on, is another reason why some people like the artificial Christmas tree. This artificial Christmas tree is advantageous as it makes transportation and replacement very easy.

The best time to order an artificial Christmas tree is about 6 weeks before the Christmas season actually begins. An artificial Christmas tree is not a fire hazard because they are usually made of fire retardant material. A prelit artificial Christmas tree is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to avoid a fight with an evergreen at any cost. The big fat round artificial Christmas tree is out and the slim artificial tree is in. And today's artificial Christmas tree is made to look just like a natural tree. One of the biggest pros to having an artificial Christmas tree is this convenience. An artificial Christmas tree is an investment that you'll want to protect so make sure that you pick a stand that can support it.

A prelit artificial Christmas tree is very convenient. A custom made artificial Christmas tree is a useful, beautiful gift for a senior citizen, a December wedding, birthday or wedding anniversary. Buying an artificial Christmas tree is similar to purchasing a real one. An artificial Christmas tree is a lifetime investment, rather than a one time cost that comes around every year. Choosing between a natural and an artificial Christmas tree is first and foremost a matter of personal taste, space and budget. An aluminum artificial Christmas tree is great if you're after a retro-look. One of the big disadvantages of having an artificial Christmas tree is that they don't have the Christmas Tree smell; however the advantages of the artificial Christmas tree can offset the lack of smell of the natural tree. One way to solve the lack of smell situation is to purchase pine air fresheners and strategically place them around the room in which you have your artificial Christmas tree.

Another advantage of your artificial prelit Christmas tree is storage, it can be protected in plastic storage boxes that stack atop one another in a corner of the basement. An artificial Christmas tree is cheaper and lasts longer. When buying your prelit artificial Christmas tree make sure it is certified fire resistant. Another case for the artificial Christmas tree is that you can buy a prelit artificial tree or even an artificial tree with fiber optic lighting. Whether or not to use an artificial Christmas tree can be a hotly debated topic in your household during the holidays.

To lengthen the life of the bulbs use extra household extension cords to plug in each separate section of your prelit artificial Christmas tree. This year, I am investing in a prelit artificial Christmas tree to save my sanity. Prelit Christmas trees are a great choice, especially when you're pushed for time during the busy holiday season. After struggling with wires and outlets for a couple of hours I decided that it was time for me to invest in a prelit artificial Christmas tree. Of course, when you do get a Prelit Artificial Christmas Tree, you should take a great bit of care in picking it. A prelit Christmas tree instantly brings festive cheer to your home. Unlike the natural Christmas tree, the prelit artificial Christmas tree doesn't require extra work once you have it put up.

The only question remaining now is, which artificial Christmas tree is right for you? Well only you can answer that, but keep the following in mind, your budget and the size of the space in which you are going to erect your artificial Christmas tree.
With artificial Christmas trees coming in so many sizes and lighting capabilities from fiber optic lit to traditional lit it should be easy for you to find one that fits your taste and expectations.

Philip McDonald maintains http://christmas-alert.blogspot.com/ This content is provided by Philip McDonald. It may be used only in its entirety with all links included.

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Written by Barbara Thorp

Interior Christmas Decorating

Spending this time together with your family, and using everyones ideas to make your home look beautifully festive will be a joy to the children and adults alike. Construct a lovely setting to put the Nativity scene. Make it the centre of attention and place candles of different heights around it. Either hang a big golden star over the top, or if you havent the facilities for that, then place it on a piece of strong wire, make a base with the wire by turning the bottom portion into a ring so that the star can be seen at the rear of the Nativity scene.

Decide where you want to buy online and check out the prices, compare, and buy up on specials; sometimes they can be as low as 75% off. The ChristmasWarehouse.com.au have hundreds of ads in their classified pages, just join, log in, and begin to search. So many sites you visit not only have an overabundance of trees, lights, decorations and more, but will also deliver Australia wide. So when you get you Christmas goodies make lots of bows, big and small, with colourful Christmassy ribbon, bright red and green ribbons and clear sparkling ribbons. Adding fake snow on the windows is great too,

Use safety pins and attach them to the curtains, cushions and all over the house. Dont forget the bathroom, kitchen, and dining room either. The children will love doing their bedrooms, so make sure to buy lots of tinsel. Hang pretty ornaments from curtains, on picture hooks and anywhere you want to make your home look bright and beautiful.

All you need is an enthusiastic family with loads of ideas and energy and you will have your home interior Christmas decorating done in no time at all and, the best thing of all, it wont cost much, and you will all have a great time.

Outdoor Christmas Decoration

So now, it is time to decorate the outside of your home for Christmas. Where do you start? I always start at two of the best online sites for my decorations, the first is OzFreeOnline.com, where you join up, and search through the hundreds of free ads that have just about every conceivable item you would want to track down. Dont waste any more time, because if you want to pick up something special at a good price, then its time to log on and start your shopping.

Outdoor Christmas decorations can be overwhelming if they are done well. With so many styles to choose from, there is no excuse for having a dowdy house front over the Christmas period. I love to see the amazement in childrens faces when they see coloured lights flashing, Santas sleigh, and reindeer cruising across a housetop sparkling in the summer breeze.

My family love Christmas and everyone helps with the decorating, inside and out. You can make it simple, or you can make it as convoluted as you will allow your imagination to run. Most of the houses around us in Melbourne have put up Christmas outdoor decorations and lights over the past few years and it seems to be catching.

Im glad, because somehow it seems to initiate a bonding between neighbours. It amazes me that people stream past the houses in the street to look at the Christmas decorations when they have been totally illuminated to the point where the street become almost daylight with the thousands of different lighting combinations.

You can make your own outdoor decorations and once again, even tiny tots can enjoy making their own decorations to go on display in the front garden. If you are crafty then you will find many uses for cardboard rolls, tin foil stars, plastic bells, spray painted in the traditional colours of green, red, and gold, and hung on string or wire as a garland. Striped candy canes can be hung in bushes and trees and the children can cut out gold stars and hang them from branches as well. Let their little minds run wild and you will be surprised with the ideas.

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Written by Henry Gallant

Christmas trees are a long time symbol of the Christmas season, but improperly cared for Christmas trees are unlikely to make it through the entire holiday season. Properly cared for fresh cut Christmas trees, on the other hand, can last several weeks.

First and foremost, the key to long-lasting Christmas trees is to give them plenty of water. Many people have developed outlandish concoctions for Christmas trees, ranging from mixing things such as bleach, sugar, syrup, 7-up or vodka in the water. Research has shown, however, that plain water is the best bet for caring for Christmas trees. Furthermore, the water doesn't have to be distilled or bottled or fancy in any way. Tap water is just fine.

To further ensure the longevity of Christmas trees, it is helpful to make a fresh cut at the base of the trunk. This cut should be straight and made about an inch from the end of the trunk and the tree should be placed in water quickly. This cut helps Christmas trees better absorb water from within the tree stand.

If the tree is not to be put up right away, it is still a good idea to cut the trunk of the tree and place it in a bucket of water. The tree should then be stored in a shady, protected area that is unheated. When the time comes to set the tree up, the end of the tree should be cut once again to further aid in water absorption.

The type of tree stand used with Christmas trees is also important in their ability to last. For most Christmas trees, the water reservoir should hold at least � gallon of water, but the more water the better. Keep in mind that freshly cut Christmas trees will absorb up to one full gallon of water, or even more, in the first 24 hours after a new cut is made. They will continue to absorb one or more quarts each day, depending on the room temperature and the amount of lights and other decorations on the tree.

Recognizing Christmas Trees that are drying out:

One of the surest signs that Christmas trees are beginning to dry out is water absorption. For a tree that is drying out, water use substantially slows down or stops altogether. The needles of Christmas trees that are not watered regularly will dry and fall off as the tree dries. In addition, the boughs will droop and the tree will lose its fragrance. Trees kept near TV's, fireplaces, air ducts, and radiators have a tendency to dry more quickly.

It is also important to keep Christmas trees watered because a dried sap seal will form over the end of them within four to 6 hours after the water drops below the base of the tree. This makes it impossible for the trees to absorb water, even after the reservoir is refilled. This problem can be remedied by cutting the bottom of the tree once again, but this is difficult to do with a tree that has already been decorated.

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Written by Enid Edginton

Does your christmas tree look too old fashioned? When it comes to decorating christmas trees there are some style tips to follow so that they look more up-to-date and stylish.

Christmas TreeSTYLE TIP #1:
The big fat round artificial christmas tree is out and the slim artificial tree is in. This is because when it comes to decorating christmas tree the trends lately lean more towards tall and conical shapes rather than fat and round shapes.
This style is more reminiscent of the modernist trends from the seventies and strangely, the tall conical trees that were in favor during the Victorian era. It was Queen Victoria who insisted on the tallest tree possible for her living room and the narrow tree girth was also necessary in order to fit these tall slender trees into Victorian homes. The same could be said of modern day "cozy" condo lofts and apartments which often have tall ceiling heights but less floor space and suit a slim artificial christmas tree much better than a chubbier version.

Natural trees that tend to be tall and slim are the spruces and firs. They just have a slimmer girth than pines and cedars. When it comes to fake xmas trees, more and more manufacturers are releasing slim artificial trees that can fit more easily into our cramped urban lifestyle.

STYLE TIP #2
Artificial is in and natural trees are out. Okay, so maybe real christmas trees will never go out of fashion but if you are a bit of style snob then the trend is towards an artificial tree in the wildest color you can find. Basically the idea is to find a tree that looks like it would go well in Lieutenant O'Hura's bedroom on Star Trek.

Every year, artificial trees are looking more and more cartoonish. You can buy them in a spectrum of colors and in many different materials including PVC, vinyl and tinsel. The slim artificial trees in wild colors are very popular with younger people. Some sites sell xmas trees that are nothing more than a coiled spiral of yellow pink and blue lights that are free standing and merely emulate the shape of a christmas tree.

Probably the two most trendy colors for trees are the red and white. The red trees have an offbeat look to them that is reminiscent of a bad Kodachrome photograph from the seventies. However that is part of their appeal. The white artificial trees are just simply gorgeous, especially the prelit artificial trees with branches that have glowing fiber optic tips.

STYLE TIP #3
One of the secrets to decorating christmas trees in a stylish way is to be minimalist. To be truly fashionable, stick to decorating the tree in just one or two colors. For instance you could decorate a natural evergreen with only gold bows and natural crystals. A white christmas tree looks great with uniformly sized christmas balls from top to bottom. A sky blue artificial tree could be decorated in monochrome with glass balls that are a deeper shade of blue.
The minimalist approach also goes for the style of decorations that you choose. Stick to one or two shapes to keep the look of the tree uncluttered and sleek. For instance, forget the round glass balls and choose conical glass balls and flat spheres only to decorate an entire tree. By the way the craze for slim artificial xmas trees is similar to the current craze for slim conical christmas decorations. Conical decorations are very much identified with retro seventies styles.

STYLE TIP #4:
One of the first rules of fashion and also interior decorating is to break all the rules and the same applies to Christmas trees. This means deliberately ignoring christmas traditions with the idea of putting a new spin on them. For instance instead of using the classic angel or star as a tree topper you could try topping it with a spray of fibrous waving multicolored diodes or a design that you have constructed using christmas rope lights. One interesting idea is to make a star out of red velvet and decorate it with peacock feathers, faux gems and gold bows.

Another way to break a traditional rule is to decorate your tree with just one color. To be different you could also forget about putting largest decorations at the bottom and the tiny ones at the top, put the large ones on the top and the tiny ones on the bottom. Another idea is to make all of your christmas tree decorations the same size.

One big trend that has dominated Christmas style and design for the last few years is to hang your Christmas tree anyway you can think of, as long as it is not standing up. This includes hanging it upside down from the ceiling, suspending it sideways from the ceiling and buttressing it against a wall.

STYLE TIP #5
One of the secrets to decorating christmas trees is that the more personal it is the better. A good example is the chef who decorates his tree using only plastic forks and knives or the new mom who decorates her tree with baby bottles and baby toys. If you celebrate the Chinese New Year you might want to decorate your tree with Buddha figures and fortune cookies.

Another great way to personalize your christmas tree is to use baked goods. Tree ornaments made of pink and yellow gumdrops and toothpicks look nice on an artificial white christmas tree for example. Home made gingerbread men and short bread snowmen would go well with a red artificial prelit christmas tree.

One place to get inspiration is the candy store. Choose your favorite candies that you loved as a kid. A smaller tree looks fantastic decorated in candies wrapped in foil. However once again the key is to be minimalist. Don't decorate the tree with seven or eight kinds of candy. Decorate it with two to three kinds to give it a kind of uniformity.

If you haven't figured it out by now one of the keys to decorating christmas trees is repetition on a single theme. If you like teddy bears than decorate the entire tree in teddy bears and one other design element, such as red glass balls. Keeping it simple yet elegant is the key to decorating christmas trees.

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