My daily life is a circus. Seriously.
I spend any given day trying to keep the kid from falling down stairs, jumping off the couch and breaking a limb, booty dancing on the coffee table, climbing on the dining room table and swinging from the chandelier, eating questionable items, pestering the dog, laying on the dog bed, coloring on the walls, playing in the toilet, pouring her milk on the floor, pulling heavy objects on top of herself—and somewhere in between it all, I try to make sure she actually eats more than a strawberry for breakfast and a chicken nugget for lunch.
And now I’m supposed to decorate for Christmas, too?
Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas. Gift giving is my domain.
Can my gift be a personal assistant?
Pretty please, Santa? Husband? Dad? Anyone?
Please don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t trade my little circus for anything. I mean, I totally understand her. She is 100 percent her mama’s child, God bless it.
But over here, this girl is all about quick and simple holiday decorating.
Here are my tips for quick and simple holiday decorating that will still leave time to keep the circus from inflicting bodily harm.
Throw some ornaments; make it rain.
My favorite Christmas decorating items are ball ornaments, preferably vintage ones, but I will take any. Anytime I see them at Goodwill, on clearance or in an antique store for a good price, I buy them.
So throw some of those bad boys everywhere.
In bowls. On Goodwill trays. On chandeliers. Unless you have a circus that likes to hang from chandeliers, then you shouldn’t do that.
Use wrapped gifts as décor.
The other day, I was talking with my mother-in-law, and she was saying how she read in a magazine about using gifts as décor.
It was like angels started singing.
Duh. You have to wrap presents. We usually try to make them pretty. Why do they have to stay under the tree? Spread those beauties around the house.
I even used mine as my dining room table centerpiece this year. This is also fabulous for keeping them out of reach of the little circus (until the little circus climbs on the table). You can see how I made those silhouette gift tags here.
Tinsel is my friend.
As you will see in my eclectic Christmas home tour, I love tinsel.
I drape it around wall décor, use it as filler in bowls and lay it out anywhere a little more bling is needed. There are some fab tinsel ideas here.
I think tinsel has a way of making it feel more like a party, instead of holiday decorations.
And I like that.
Curly gold ribbon makes everything better.
Go buy a roll of gold, or another color of your preference, curling ribbon. Cut pieces off and throw it on the ornaments that you rained all over the house. Instant glam.
Where ornaments won’t go, use greenery.
Not enough ornaments? Or they won’t fit in your containers? Fill them with live greenery!
I have an evergreen tree that I take clippings from, but Lowe’s gives away their greenery clippings from Christmas trees for free.
If I can, I love to pop a few ornaments on top of the greenery—I can’t get enough of that contrast.
Wreaths aren’t just for doors.
As you may have picked up on by now, I am a wreath-lovin’ fool.
I love to put my vintage elf wreath over the mirror in my entryway. I just use ribbon and a thumbtack.
Jenna LaFevor rants on at Rain on a Tin Roof about DIY projects, junk décor, thrifty finds, crafty creations and other decorating dilemmas. She went to UTC, where she got a teaching degree that now collects dust. When she isn’t trying to keep her kid from climbing out of the circus ring or making sure her husband’s shirts are taken to the dry cleaners so she gets out of ironing, she can be found with a paintbrush in one hand and a cheap beer in the other. But if you’re buying, she’ll have a cosmopolitan. You can email her at email@example.com; or you can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter @raintinroofblog or at her blog. The opinions expressed in this column belong solely to the author, not Nooga.com or its employees.