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3. Christmas tree decorating
4. Colour block your home
5. Christmas décor
6. Yuletide colours
7. Kitchen décor for a Christmas theme
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There's a certain ring to the sound of the wind; a certain glint to the
rays of the sun; and a certain pep in the step of most everyone I meet.
I'm not quite sure, but it seems like everyone is now knee deep into the
Christmas spirit and experiencing the comfort, joy, and cheer that we all
love around this time of year.
This month's @Home is the last for 2015, and we have chosen to help
you put the final touches to your Christmas décor to enjoy this last
month of the year -- the month of the festive yuletide Season -- in grand
style with family and friends.
Look inside for techniques to add strokes of brilliant colour to your
walls, decorate the kitchen, think outside the box with some of your
colour choices for traditional decorations, a little DIY project, and some
ideas to bring the family together to decorate the Christmas tree.
The @Home team wishes you all the best for the Season and the New
Year. It's been a blast sharing ideas and information on home living with
you, and we look forward to doing it again in 2016.
Sunday Guardian www.guardian.co.tt
A Season of Cheer and Flair December, 2015 3
By Akiela Hope
If you asked anyone what was the most hated
chore or ritual around Christmas time, they would
probably say, having to clean all the ceramics and
teddy bears on the living room's space saver or the
washing of wares from the cabinet. However you
deemed it, ritual or chore, besides the fun fact of
playing in water, it was tedious, time consuming and
something the kids found just outright despicable.
Therefore, for this Christmas create a new ritual by
including the family in decorating the Christmas
tree. It can be something that will bring the family
together by making it exciting and fun-filled.
You just have to come up with entertaining ideas
that will cause the family to automatically draw to
this ritual. First, choose a night when everyone is avail-
able to decorate the tree. Inject some excitement into
the process by asking each member of the family to
come up with their own home-made tree decoration
(you can even create a winning prize for the best dec-
oration). While decorating everyone can also share a
story...but not just any old made up story. They can
choose a real life event that happened during the past
year and with the family that was sentimental, blissful
Now, here's how this can work! Each member must
take turns putting up their created decorations and
while they do so this will be the time to tell their story.
By the time each member is finished, the tree should
be filled with the decorations. Leave the lights for last
(it is not customary, but remember you are creating
your own ritual). This is the time where everyone will
work together on the tree and this could also be the
time where each member can quickly mention their
thoughts for a New Year's resolution. If you can think
up of other thing you can add to these suggestions
and come up with your own ritual that will get the
whole family involved in decorating the Christmas
• Do you have kids or pets? If your answer is yes,
then in reality your tree shouldn't be covered in
Tiffany & Co crystal baubles. Instead, use decora-
tions that are unbreakable, such as cotton-wool
balls, felt and feathers. Like all good design proj-
ects you need a plan. Create a moodboard to
help you recognise your decorative destination,
and more importantly, help you get there. Then,
do a stocktake of your existing decorations so
you know what you've got to work with and
what you'll need to update.
• Choose a team and stick to it. This is not as easy
as it seems but this is how the pros do it. It re-
quires commitment, dedication and willpower to
stay on just one theme. Keep any ideas you may
have that are outside your current theme for
next year's Christmas. It's all about doing one
• It's all about spacing and layers. Keep the hero
ornaments for feature positions, usually front
and centre at eye level, but don't forget to keep
them evenly spaced, too. Layer decorations deep
on branches as well as at the front to create
depth and richness to the overall look of the tree.
For the crowning glory, an angel or a star sits
• Your tree is best positioned in a low-traffic cor-
ner, but still pride of place, smack-bang in the
middle of things.
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