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Let’s Enjoy the Holiday Season! (Tips for Shopping, Decorating and More!)

Hello friends! Welcome to the Saturday Spotlight, where each week, I like to highlight a different theme or topic to inspire you.  Now that it’s the holiday season, I’ll be sharing all kinds of Christmas ideas for you!  Yes, I know that some of you are way ahead of me but I had to get through Thanksgiving first!  Today, I’m sharing ways to enjoy the holiday season with some ideas for shopping, decorating and celebrating!

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Decorating to Enjoy the Holiday Season:

Just like every year, I spend the weekend after Thanksgiving decorating for Christmas!  Later this week, I’ll be sharing some of those decorations on the blog.  *Update – here are my latest kitchen decorations.)  In the meantime, here are some holiday decorating ideas from previous years…

If you want to keep it simple this holiday season, here are 7 Simple Ways to Decorate with Ornaments.

Red Christmas ornaments on tiered tray - enjoy the holiday season


While we’re looking back at previous holiday seasons, here are some ways I’ve decorated with red at Christmas time.

Red berry wreath hung on window pane mirror - ways to enjoy the holiday season

If you like decorating with traditional Christmas colors, I think you’ll enjoy this Christmas house tour from a few years ago.

Christmas tree and stair garland in foyer - ways to enjoy the holiday season

Christmas Shopping Finds:

Since I’m a bit behind with creating holiday gift guides, I’ll just share a few random things I’m liking this holiday season…

This year, I have fallen in love with this beautiful bedding!

Black and white rustic bedding - holiday decorating

Don’t you think it’s gorgeous?  Yes, I’ve mentioned it to my husband for Christmas but now I think I want it before Christmas so I can enjoy it right away… Not only is it perfect for the holiday season but it would look great all winter too!  

If you love more color, this duvet cover is another beauty!  (and is on sale now!)


For storage, you can’t go wrong with these classic seagrass baskets!

Instead of wrapping a gift this holiday season, fill up one of these baskets with a bunch of goodies and tie a bow around it.  Plus, everyone could use a pretty basket.  In my kitchen, I organize my cloth napkins in these baskets.  Recently, I also bought a bunch for my office bookshelf.  Stay tuned to see how I decorated with those.


If you’re looking for a subtle cologne to give as a gift, this has been my favorite in recent years!


How adorable is this Christmas tree cookie platter?

Now I’m wishing I was invited to a cookie exchange party so I could show up with this!  If you like the cookie platter, be sure to check out all the items in this “Christmas in the Country” line!  

For even more ways to have a great holiday season, here are some finds from around the internet:

Hopefully, I’ve inspired you with plenty of ideas to enjoy the holiday season!

How are you planning to celebrate the holiday season?

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  1. Gosh Shelley – there is so much to unpack here!! Lots of great ideas and links to even more!! I especially like how you decorated your two-tier tray – not too full yet it still looks festive!!

  2. Oooh – love your Christmases Past! Now to see what you did this year! 🙂 You always inspire me – thanks for your great ideas. Happy December!

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