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Holiday Decorating Do"s and Don"ts

There is something about the holidays that make most people want to deck their halls and adorn their homes with festive decorations.
But, in the excitement of it all there are a few do's and don'ts you should consider when it comes to holiday decorating.
Take a look at this list and see if you agree.
Don't wait until the last minute to decide on a color scheme.
Everything doesn't have to be red or green.
Do plan ahead so that you are not caught off guard even though the holidays arrive at the same time every year.
Take a look at other vibrant hues like gold and blue and incorporate them into your decorating plan.
Don't run out and buy new decorations.
Remember to reuse, repurpose and recycle.
Do call a friend or family member and exchange decorations you both may be weary of displaying in your own homes.
Don't be scatter-brained with your decorating.
Do focus and create eye appealing focal points in high traffic areas.
Don't expect everything you've packed away last year to work this year.
Do take a day to go through all of your decorations and make sure all the lights work and the bulbs for your candles have not been damaged, etc.
Don't assume the batteries in your "junk drawer" will work.
Do purchase a new batch of batteries to have on hand, just in case.
Don't be predictable and place the same old decorations in the same old places.
Do be creative and use your decorations in different spaces in your home.
Don't compete with your neighbors' outdoor decorations.
Do decorate the outside of your home with what works for you.
And, most importantly...
Don't make decorating a chore.
If you don't feel like decorating this year then don't.
The decorations are not what make the holidays special.
Do take time to simply enjoy the holidays and all that it represents with your family and friends.

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