On my website this month, you’ll observe how I will be highlighting some holiday décor needs along with some tips. I promise you, it will be exciting and there will be something in store for most of you, still making last minute holiday preparations.
I’m starting off with a few items that I believe a home should invest in. Through there will be a lot of changes over the years, these few choice products will help you make Christmas memorable and even stress-free.
1. Christmas tree
A sturdy, made-to-last Christmas tree won’t fail to ring in the holidays at home. The cost to buy a new one every year would amount to more than just splurging on something that’s made to be with you for many Christmases. You can change the tree decor every year without worrying about the tree being able to handle it. Also: don’t forget to find a tree that you can easily store, given the space you have in your home. Make sure it’s stored in a way that won’t gather dust for the rest of the year.
2. Fine dinnerware
When entertaining guests over the holidays, or simply having that family Noche Buena, have a dinnerware set that is of high-quality. Since you’re going to use it for many years, you need something that has a classic design. This way, if you break something, you can easily replace it, rather than buying a whole set entirely. Limited edition sets may be a nice addition, but you need to have a set that’s almost a signature piece in your home. Pick something from brands like Spode to be assured you’re getting the top choice.
3. Classic Christmas balls
As the years go by, you’re bound to amass a lot of different tree decor. You may also buy a new set every year to match the theme you have in mind. But whenever you want to change it up, have something you can build on. Classic Christmas balls in a color you feel you can easily incorporate when changing a theme will be best.
4. Santa stockings
When you have kids at home, invest in nice, durable Santa stockings. Something that might even be with them until they have children of their own. It’s where you are going to place Santa’s gift anyway. Make it feel like a piece they will associate good memories with.
5. Family Christmas cards
When sending out gifts as well as sending out thank you notes, it’s best to have a bulk stock of family cards. Find a design that you can use even as the years go by. Avoid printing all the names of the members of your family printed on the card if you’re still planning to have kids. Go with something that will be timeless despite the changes in your clan.
Ria Prieto is an editor, columnist and consultant who loves all things fashion, beauty and lifestyle. To read more of her musings, log on to www.riarecommends.com.