Decorating your home for the holidays should be fun!

The holiday season is a joyous time to spend with family and friends. But it can also become stressful trying to get it all done – round up all the gifts, entertain family, and perfectly decorate your home.

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Here are 6 of the best tips to add some festivity to your home, while leaving time to enjoy the holiday season!

1. Pick a theme. To make sure all your decorations coordinate, it’s always helpful to pick a theme.

Christmas decorations can go beyond the traditional red and green with beautiful results. Need some inspiration? Try a holiday decorating theme such as vintage, all-white, gold, natural, or even beach-inspired. Read more at bhg.com.

2. Involve your kids. Along with having your kids help you decorate the home (if they are old enough), there are so many DIY projects that you can do with your kids on a weekend.

Who doesn’t love homemade Christmas ornaments? These festive ideas will keep your little elves busy for hours. And did we mention they make great DIY Christmas gifts? Read more at parents.com.

3. Match your wreaths to your home decor color scheme. Natural wreaths, snow-covered wreaths, glittery wreaths… the decorative options are endless!

It’s important to consider your interior decorating style and color scheme when buying front door wreaths. The front door wreath is an introduction to your home’s interior. It’s a good idea to coordinate your front door wreath with your home’s interior color scheme. If you have a hard time finding a wreath in your color scheme, pick a wreath that has at least one of the colors that match your home interior. If all else fails – Pick a neutral colored wreath – those are always a safe bet. Read more at uniquelywomen.net.

4. Pick a focal point for outdoor lights. One of the best and most sparkly ways to create some holiday spirit in your neighborhood is to put up outdoor lights.

But before your mind starts whirling with visions of that blue ribbon for “best neighborhood lights,” it’s best to step back and develop an overall game plan. Resist the urge to simply “wing it.” Pick a focal point. For example, if you have columns that frame your entryway, this may be where you want to start. Without a focal point, your house will just look like someone blasted lights out of a cannon all over your lawn. Read more at lowes.com.

5. Bring the indoor decorations out to your backyard space. Take advantage of the central Texas mild winters by decorating your back patio or backyard.

Bring decorative Christmas cheer all the way out to your backyard, [creating a] retreat that is beautifully decorated for the Christmas season, and serves as a perfect place to cozy up with a blanket on a brisk winter night. Read more at southerliving.com.

6. Personalize place settings and decorate your table spread. One of the best parts of the holidays is breaking bread with a table full of family and friends. Don’t stop the decorations at the centerpiece – add some personalization and holiday charm to your buffet table.

Serving holiday dinner buffet style? Wrap each dish in a sheet of parchment paper and tie with a length of ribbon before stacking it. Guests will be rewarded with a pretty presentation (not to mention a little gift-opening practice). Read more at realsimple.com.

Most importantly – have fun with your decorating your home! Turn on the holiday music, bring out the egg nog, and make it an activity that the entire family can enjoy.

For our NewLeaf Homes family, we wish you a magical holiday season.