I thought this survey was pretty interesting because I always struggle with when to take down "Christmas"!
But as soon as the big day is over.....it starts to feel cluttered.
When we entertain between Christmas and New Year's Day it is easy to make the case for leaving things looking festive.
Since we have no parties planned this week. I am starting to get twitchy about taking things down and getting it packed away.
One strategy to use when "undecorating" is to ease out of full on holiday into a comfy cozy winter look.
You can actually leave a lot of the holiday decor items out and achieve that look just by tweaking things a bit.
Here is a list of the "stuff" NOT to put away.
The birch in the porch pots look nice all winter. Why not replicate that indoors? Chunky birch sections can be placed on a bookshelf or mantle. Skinny birch looks great in a vase with some greenery and flowers.
All those branches and twigs that looked so wonderful in you holiday arrangements can be turned into minimalist natural decor. Curly willow, red dogwood, skinny birch all work this time of year. Think of them as "no care" plants.
Put away all that greenery that screams "Christmas Tree". The greens that look feathery and airy give a fresh look to winter decor. I especially like these Lemon Cypress trees. I am giving myself big pats on the back for keeping them from drying out....they need lots of hydration. White Pine is another type that looks more wintery than Christmas!
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Candles and Twinkle Lights
Those battery powered twinkle lights can continue to add sparkle around your house. This time of year it is dark when I get up and dark by 4:30 in the afternoon. A little twinkling can be mood changer.
Those Pointsettias can still work as lovely accents if they are off white or if red is a color that works in your decor. Take them out of the holiday foil and get rid of the cute little ribbons. Find a ceramic pot or even bunch them together with some other plants. They will last as long as you remember to keep them watered. (Note to self: keep them watered.)
Holiday Themed Family Photos
Take a minute to have some of those amazing holiday snapshots printed. The deals for photo prints make this a particularly good bargain this time of year. Frame them in simple frames or display on a chalkboard. Seeing those reminders of the holidays is a great way to extend the season without leaving the tree up until February.
There is something so cheery about a cardinal. If you have any redbirds that are part of your christmas stash, they can make a nice wintery vignette. Look for these when you are shopping the after Christmas sales. This lovely glass friend was a find at a "before" Christmas mark-down sale. The cardinals inside are almost as fun as the ones on the bird feeder outside the front door.
And a few other holdovers!
Hey, if the Amaryllis bulbs are still blooming for real, then this Amaryllis tea towel can still "hang" around for a few weeks.
This "permanent botanical" seeded Eucalyptus I scored at the thrift store looks nice and wintery with some glass winterberries which were another thrift store find.
This year I am gradually "undecorating" instead of big marathon undertaking. That means a big mess in the storage area while I gather and put away. My goal is to do a lot(or little) weeding out as I go. It always seems so hard to part with holiday decor even if I don't use it all each year.
In the meantime.....remember when you take your tree down: