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Last Minute Christmas Decorating: Quick and Pretty Decorating Ideas for the Holidays

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Every year the arrival of the Christmas season seems to come sooner and sooner. With so much to do—shopping, wrapping, partying, traveling—it is hard to get everything done by the time Santa comes to town. If decorating has fallen to the bottom of your to-do list this year, don’t worry about it too much. You’ll be surprised at what you can do with everyday items and classic Christmas décor you already have. Read up on the following quick and pretty decorating ideas and find inspiration on how to get special spots in your home dressed up for the holidays.

Easy Tabletop Arrangements

If your Christmas china is packed away—or if you don’t have any—just use whatever china place settings you have. Even everyday dishes will work fine. Set them out on a simple white tablecloth and add a single ornament on the top of each plate. Use ball ornaments in a single color for a unified look or mix it up with ornaments collected over the years for a whimsical look. Finish with a glass pedestal cake stand filled with ornaments in your color scheme to add height and sparkle.

Decorating with Greeting Cards

Greeting cards are a time-honored holiday tradition and a no-brainer when it comes to decorating your home. They come in different shapes, almost any color and they give a personal touch to last minute decorating. Nestle the prettiest, shiniest cards in classic green garland along your mantel or on top of a table in your entry. Or, try this festive photo exchange using popular picture cards many people send out. Take your regular framed photos and swap them for cards with images of family and friends. You’ll have an updated picture display that incorporates the colors and themes of the Christmas season.

Gifts, Gifts, Gifts

Pretty paper, beautiful bows—sometimes the packaging is better than the gift itself. Use this to your advantage for easy Christmas decorating because under the tree isn’t the only place to stash the presents. Organize gifts in groups of similar colors but varying sizes. Stack some by the front door to give guests a festive welcome. Group gifts under side tables or in empty corners to bring Christmas cheer to often-neglected areas. Smaller presents can dress up your dining table as a three-dimensional table runner, or place the tiniest of packages alongside your greeting cards in a customized mantel display.

Christmas is coming soon. With these simple ideas to inspire your last minute decorating, you’ll be able to welcome guests—and Santa Claus—in merry style.

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