Although winter brings cold weather and drastically shorter days, it also brings one of my favorite morning rituals: starting my day with a run and seeing all of the holiday lights and decorations in the early morning calm. Some of the houses in my neighborhood go all out with decorations – lights synchronized with Christmas music; roofs topped with all of Santa’s reindeer; yards full of candy canes, waving Santas and inflatable snow globes. Then there are the less invested folk – me included – whose holiday “decorations” consist of store-made wreaths and pumpkin pie-scented candles (and, let’s be honest, those are actually leftovers from Thanksgiving).
- Crate and Barrel has quite the selection of holiday ornaments and indoor decorations, many of which are on sale right now. An ornament tree is a great low-maintenance alternative to a real Christmas tree, while an ornament-photo chandelier would lend a festive, personal touch to any room in the house. Horchow is another good source for holiday décor. From traditional nutcracker figures to more contemporary pieces like the “Alpine” Twig Centerpiece, you should be able to find just the piece to spruce up any room.
- If your holiday décor isn’t complete without a tree, check out Lowes, where you can purchase a nine foot artificial Christmas tree and all the trimmings to go with it. The Home Depot also has artificial trees of various heights – some of them even come pre-decorated with lights. If you’re decorating the tree on your own, take advantage of Pottery Barn’s 20% off all ornaments promotion. And although Hanukah ended yesterday, you can still purchase décor in anticipation of next year’s celebration. Horchow’s Golden Menorah features a gorgeous twig design, and Pottery Barn’s Mercury Glass Menorah is now on sale.
- Are you jonesing for the distinction of “best decorated house” in your neighborhood? If so, consider investing in an inflatable holiday decoration like this 16 foot inflatable giant lighted sleigh or four foot airblown outdoor Frosty the Snowman. While you’re at it, add some animated grazing deer to your yard, or maybe an animated Santa in sleigh – though we should warn you that this will set you back a pretty penny.
Photo credits: horchow.com, homedepot.com, potterybarn.com