There’s no place like home for the holidays. I’ve always loved the magic of Christmas, and some years, it’s harder to find that magic. We all go through hard times, and this year, I’m reminded of the year I spent Christmas alone. I walked to a nearby lot on my own, carried my tree home, and got it up to my 3rd floor walk-up apartment. It was the. year I decorated by myself, too. And while it wasn’t the moment I expected, I’m glad I did it. 

Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Getting your home ready for the holidays can be as simple as a cozy throw, holiday candle, a little greenery, and a favorite holiday movie. If you’re on a budget or will be flying home for the holidays but want to do something, pick one or two small things to focus on. If a tree doesn’t make sense this year, opt for some simple greenery and find another way to make your home smell like Christmas. You can see my holiday home tour here. Read my posts on how to hang garland and wreaths, too.

Add festive decor

This may come as a surprise to you, but I actually like touches of red around the holidays, especially when tartan plaid is involved. First up will be a tree, putting wreaths in the windows, and lighting one of my favorite Christmas candles.


Hang a wreath or two in your living room window.


Watch a movie while sipping some cocoa.



On a tree, in a bowl on your coffee table, or stacked on a book. The options are endless.



Festive Treats

Stock up on peppermint bark and snowflake pretzels. It’s nice to have something on hand for guests.



And finally, dress your dog up like Santa.

Don’t have a dog? Can’t think of a more magical time to rescue one.


feature image via Steph Sterjovski