• Mandy Meyer

Home and Office Décor: Decorating for the Holiday Seasons

Updated: Dec 2, 2018

Decorating your home and office for the holidays can be both an exciting and daunting task. On one hand, it is thrilling to see all of the pretty lights and fun holiday decorations strewn about your home and office. On the other hand, holiday decorating can be a lot of work, especially if you want your home or office covered in Christmas lights. Be this as it may, decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be a pain! Take the guesswork out of your holiday decorating plans and read on for some great holiday home and office décor ideas and tips!

Let your personality shine. Just because you are decorating for the holidays doesn’t mean you have to decorate your home as a carbon copy of all the other decorated homes in your neighborhood. Let your personality shine this holiday season with unique decoration items that personally speak to you. Have you always been a fan of the Grinch? Consider turning your yard into Whoville for the holidays or put the Grinch on your roof instead of a more traditional Santa Clause decoration. Do you prefer rustic holiday décor? Whip out the burlap and holiday printed material to make a wreath (or buy one). Whatever it is you and your family enjoy for the holidays, try finding a way to incorporate it into your décor.

Sometimes less is more. Feeling overwhelmed by all of the things you will have to do (and buy) to decorate your home and office this holiday season? Well, don’t! There are no rules saying you have to dedicate a significant amount of time (or money) to decorate for the holidays. Your décor can be as simple or complex as you’d like! If you want to cover your home or office in Christmas lights from floor to ceiling, then that is awesome! If you want to set out only one or two festive home decoration items and call it a day, that is also cool! Don’t feel obligated to do it up for the holidays in terms of decorating if you just aren’t feeling it, but also be weary of overdoing it if you’re abundant in holiday cheer. You don’t want to clutter your yard, home, or office with too many holiday decorations as too many decorations can come off as busy, cluttered, or even tacky, especially in the office. Decorating at work should be done tastefully and should not interfere or distract you or others from working, as your office should maintain a professional atmosphere at all times.

Consider culture. When it comes to decorating your home and office, consider decorating with your culture in mind. Holiday décor comes in a variety of items and styles and can reflect the culture in which you belong. For example, if you grew up believing in Santa Clause, a decorative cookie plate that says “cookies for Santa” might be something you would enjoy as a holiday decoration. If you have Hispanic roots and prefer “Feliz Navidad” to “Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays,” consider getting a “Feliz Navidad” sign to welcome your guests. If you celebrate Hanukkah, perhaps a decorative menorah would look good on your desk or as a centerpiece for your table. If you celebrate Christ during the holidays, consider incorporating Christian holiday items into your décor. Whatever culture you derive from, consider working it into your holiday decorations.

Be aware of your company’s policies on religion and decorating in general. Prior to purchasing any holiday office décor, you will want to review your work’s handbook or check with your boss or other co-workers to find out if you are permitted to decorate your work space for the holidays. Some companies do not allow employees to indulge in holiday decorating or have certain restrictions and rules on what kind of décor is permitted. While religion is a part of your culture and you should feel free to decorate your home with religious items however you see fit, your office is a shared space and a place of business where all religions (or lack thereof) are welcome. Because of this, you may want to check your company’s policies on religion in the workplace before adorning your office with religious holiday décor. Many companies will have no issue if you want to celebrate your religion with religious décor in your office and encourage employees of all religions to express themselves however they so choose; however, other companies may prohibit religious items of any sort being displayed at work in order to keep the company separated from any religious affiliation and to not potentially offend any customers or co-workers with different religious views. Whatever the case may be, it can’t hurt to review your company’s policies or simply ask your boss what the rules are on decorating for the holidays in the office.

Take your pets into consideration. If you have a big, dopey dog like I do, or perhaps a cat that gets enthralled with all of the lights and baubles dangling from your Christmas tree, it would definitely be wise to consider your furry friends when decorating for the holidays. My dog is a giant Great Dane and Labrador mix and she loves sniffing around the Christmas tree. Her curiosity is fine, but her big tail likes to whack around and tends to knock off ornaments hanging on the lower branches of the tree. Because of this, we now know not to hang any glass ornaments too low on the tree so she won’t knock them down with her tail. If you have cats that like to climb your tree or paw at ornaments, maybe think about using only plastic ornaments or ornaments made out of other durable materials. You also want to be careful with setting out candy dishes for holidays treats if you have dogs because a dog with a belly full of holiday chocolate is not something you want.

Don’t break the bank. Decorating for the holidays is fun, but it shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg. Before shelling out a ton of money on holiday decorations, make sure you can afford it. Creating a budget for holiday spending can help you save money and prevent you from overspending. Take all of your holiday expenses (such as gifts, big family meals, decorations, festive activities, etc.) into consideration before blowing your entire budget on décor. Another great way to save on holiday decorations is to buy your décor after the holiday has passed and all holiday items in stores are marked down from 50% to 90% off!

Browse stores, catalogs, Pinterest, and other websites for inspiration. Do you have the desire to decorate your home or office for the holidays but don’t know where to start? Take a walk through local stores and see what they have to offer. Not only will you spot festive items you might want to buy, but you can also check out the store’s holiday displays for inspiration. Web searches, especially on Pinterest, are an amazing way to discover fun, unique holiday décor ideas and can inspire you to decorate and create all sorts of holiday things from food, to gifts, to décor, and more! Think about what sort of theme or items you must have and start building from there!

Bring on the nostalgia! Still have a box or two of seemingly ancient holiday decorations lying about? Break out those boxes or totes and take a look through them because you just might find holiday gold. Perhaps you’ll find ornaments or festive items that have been passed down through your family for generations, or maybe you’ll stumble across some old holiday items from years past that your kids made when they were little. Taking a trip down memory lane and examining Christmases past might be just what you need to add to and inspire this year’s holiday décor, both at home and in the office.

Think about all of the options! The reason holiday decorating is so enjoyable to so many people is because the options are endless! There is no right or wrong way to decorate for the holidays and there is such a variety of holiday décor items available. Think about all of the different types of holiday décor and what would fit in well or look right in your home or office. There are lights, Christmas trees, ornaments, figurines, signs, stockings, stuffed animals, inflatables, trinkets, garland, tinsel, dishes, wreaths, elves, mistletoe… The list goes on and on. If you want to decorate your entire house, have at it! If you want to keep your décor to one or two rooms, that’s awesome, too! The great thing about decorating your own space is that you can do so catered to your tastes. If you love snowmen, turn your home or office into a winter wonderland! If you think Santa is adorable, decorate your desk with a gang of Santa figurines! Decorate however you see fit and be sure to have the happiest of holidays!


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