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A Very Simple Christmas

Updated: Aug 27, 2023

The most wonderful time of the year! Or the most stressful? That’s how a lot of people see Christmas today. Rushing around to buy gifts for everyone, setting up times to see family, getting your tree ready, wrapping presents, cooking, and… decorating! Because at the end of the day, when people stop by or you take a photo of your Christmas tree to share on social media, you want your home to look festive! We know this time of year can be hectic, but don’t stress, because it’s actually super easy to have a lovely looking, Christmas-y feel to your home with limited effort… and the limited spare time you have this time of year.

We made a lovely rhyme to help you remember how to keep it a very simple Christmas!

The 12 Days of Christmas Decorating

1.) A mantel makes a statement with garland or lights;

Or you can go simple with varying heights!

2.) Hang ribbon on your tree to add some personality;

Use plaid and hang it horizontally or vertically!

3.) Lights are always a topic of debate;

colored or white?

White is the winner here,

it makes the room so bright!

4.) Now let’s talk about your tree;

Work with a single theme, or even three!

5.) Why settle for only one Christmas tree; Add a few snow-covered ones and your space will feel oh-so wintery.

6.) To make an easy center piece, think simple but jolly;

Use pine cones and candles, a runner or holly!

7.) Display Christmas china and mugs for festivity;

Use vintage pieces to add creativity!

8.) Add festive plants like poinsettias, rosemary, and pine;

We mentioned holly, a staple that

always looks divine!

9.) Stockings on a mantel make a great

space to gather;

No mantel? Use a banister, curtain rod, or a cute ladder!

10.) Wrapping is so easy, go simple with plain paper;

Dress it with a ribbon or sweet your loved one will savor!

11.) If you have an empty space and you just can’t think what to do;

Turn to the basics like lights and candles, you only need a few!

12.) And here we end with the most important design advice we can give; The best decoration is laughing with family, moments you’ll cherish and relive.

In the end, classic always wins, so if you’re nervous to go bold, stay simple with neutral ornaments and red or jute ribbons. We are so lucky minimal design is in, because it makes life SO. MUCH. EASIER. You can really focus on each display you have without cluttering it with small things that take away from your decorations. Not to mention, less dusting.

Merry Christmas from Joshua Allen Design and Happy Decorating!

As always, we appreciate any ideas, input, and feedback from our community and clients. So drop us a line in the comments below, chat with us on our Facebook page or email us at!

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