December Decor: Simple Last Minute Decorating Hacks For Christmas Break!

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Hosting Christmas this year? Don’t reinvent the wheel by having to redo all of your year-round decorations to make it festive, just add pops of color that you don’t normally use. Keep your same basic design, with a few replacement items to make it more holiday-specific. With a little bit here and there, you’ll have Christmas decor your guests will think you spent days on!

Set out hot cocoa packets by the coffee, Christmas books in baskets around the house and have soft Christmas music playing in the background with a Christmas movie on mute for holiday parties!

Keep reading for more Christmas decoration hacks you can set up before the in-laws arrive!


Add a Santa hat to something, and match your wrapping paper to the colors in the room. If your lights need to be replaced, but your tree looks fine, cut the cost in half by replacing the lights! This year I decided to go with red and white strands.
Highlight the room with bold reds. Keep a collection of blankets and change them out according to your color scheme.
Use items you already own and add a Christmas accent such as a tiny wreath or winter branches.
Change our your photos using past visits with Santa!
Christmas decor hacks
Add a Christmas songbook and something that personalizes your Christmas decor. Add lights to existing greenery.
Christmas decor hacks
Replace a sign or two with a holiday one. Add a Santa figurine and watch the whole scene transform.


Christmas decor hacks
Save some Halloween candy to repurpose in an Advent Calendar.
Christmas decor hacks
Set out a Christmas puzzle for everyone to work on whenever they walk past.
Christmas decor hacks
Buy Christmas themed paperware to save for movie nights or special treats. Set out a Christmas cookbook in your kitchen a keep a cinnamon candle lit to make guests feel cozy when they walk in. You can even have (store-bought!) cookies in a cake display on the counter to look like you really have it going on!


Christmas decor hacks
Make your displays interactive. Lay out an old table cloth or table runner and let your kids use random knick knacks and Christmas village houses to decorate a winter scene. Keep a glue guy handy for accidents, otherwise, let them know its ok to play if they keep them on the table.
Christmas decor hacks
Use a tiny Christmas tree to start your own Jesse Tree tradition with this free printable.
Christmas decor hacks
Place your Jesse tree ornaments in a jar next to your Bible on display.


Christmas decor hacks
Adding a prelit pencil tree in the corner and a buffalo plaid pillow cover makes movie watching even more cozy at bedtime.
Christmas decor hacks
Buy pillow covers for the holiday instead of replacing the entire pillow. Hang a pretty wreath on the wall and diffuse Thieves essential oil for an extra touch.


Christmas decor hacks
Find fun characters to hang on their doors for each holiday.
Christmas decor hacks
Look for sales on 3 foot Christmas trees and let the kids keep them in their rooms. Tie string on their Christmas crafts and let them use them as ornaments.
Christmas decor hacks
Set out Christmas books in baskets that they can read in their rooms at bedtime.
Christmas decor hacks
Stock up on a Christmas craft basket to set on the breakfast table. With Christmas crafts like Santa stickers, Rudolph coloring books, foam crafts, WASHI tape, paint with water books, metallic pipe cleaners and holiday stamps, your little ones will stay busy all week long!


I hope you enjoyed my Christmas decor hacks. Also check out:

Don’t forget to read The Night Before Christmas before you rush the kids off to bed! Have an awesome Christmas break!


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