Christmas Decor Made Simple

Christmas Decor Made SimpleMy favorite way to decorate utilizes simple things that I have on hand, making displays of collections, fresh finds from nature and using the colors in the room.
Take out your decorations and look at them with fresh eyes: what items/collections can you layer together to make a statement, rather than scattering things all over the house.
Group things of like colors and color compliments together. Fill in bare spots with fresh greens, berries, pine cones, flowers etc.
Use bulbs in arrangements and on gifts, not just on the tree.
If you do purchase new things, consider things like ribbon, burlap, material, candles  and items that can be used throughout the year in different arrangements. It’s just good stewardship of your resources.
By keeping the colors a compliment to your home’s design the decorations will flow and make the space comfortable, as well as allowing you to enjoy them more!
Consider starting traditions that will help your family have together time and focus on the “reason for the season”: Advent Calendar; Baking and Cooking special dishes; Creating ornaments to hang on the tree (so many ideas at your local craft store); Adding to the Manger scene during the course of the month of December, instead of all at once, each time reading the next part of the Birth of Christ, this builds the anticipation of Christmas keeping the focus on Christ; Wrap the gifts in themes for each recipient and use the colors you decorate your home with (simple wrapping is brown paper with colorful bows or simple burlap, tie on an ornament instead of a bow); Bake gifts for neighbors and loved ones, wrap in foil or tin boxes with simple ribbon, let your children be the delivering elves; Adopt a cause or a family that you as a family can bless and work together to accomplish and deliver the gift…. The ideas are limited only by your imagination…

Included is a photo collage of some decor ideas. Be observant of all the Christmas displays and ideas you come across this season, check out sites like Pinterest and start by creating with what you have… Have FUN!

Abundant Blessings!
Heidi Wilt

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Apricot Squares

Love these because they look fancy, yet take little time! They store and stack well, which is a pretty way to wrap them in clear wrap with a string to tie the tower of cookies and gift someone.

3c Flour
3/4 c Sugar
3 Egg yokes
1 c Unsalted butter, melted
1 Lemon, grated rind
1 12 oz Jar apricot jam

Heat oven to 350*. Butter a 13x9x2″ baking pan. Beat flour, sugar, yokes, butter and lemon rind in medium-size bowl until dough forms. Set  aside about 3/4 c dough. Pat remaining dough into bottom of prepared pan and slightly up sides. Spread with jam. Sprinkle reserved dough over top for crumbs. Bake in 350* oven for 45 min. Let cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into 32 squares. Store in tightly sealed container, or wrap in foil.

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