After the Election, it’s Time to Stimulate a Little Joy. Christmas Decorating Bonanza!

I love the holidays.

If you follow me on Snapchat (TheMikeValletta), you would have seen a great preview of this column!

There’s just something about a Christmas tree twinkling with white shimmering lights while dressed in a warm comfy sweater sipping on a whip cream topped hot chocolate that makes the cooler months, well, warmer.

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This year, I got a head start on holiday decor for the home. I felt with all the negativity that is going on across our country with the election, it was time for a little joy. In past years, I would have spent hours hovering the boards of Pinterest looking for just the right look to accommodate my home for the season.

This year, things were just a little different.

I decided to figure things out on my own. After compliments I had received regarding my summer decor, I decided to whip up my own magic again for the holidays. The term simple came to mind, nothing too over the top. After all, I’m not living in Santas workshop.

As I started my shopping adventure at my neighborhood Target, I wanted to line things up with the color plaid. Plaid is the new duvet cover I picked out while adding a warm white throw blanket and pillow as a pop of color to brighten up the room.

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Pinecones? Pinecones go with plaid. They also smell as festive as the holiday season is. Who needs lavender to fall asleep at night when you have cinnamon sceneted pinecones.

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For the first time, I also added a tree to the room. I normally only have a Christmas tree in the main room of the home, but this year, we’ll add a couple more. For less than the price of a tank of gas, ($20, I have a hybrid.) I found this simple yet stylish prelit tree at Target. Add a few rose gold pine cones to the mix and you have yourself a 2016 Christmas tree.

Rose gold is the color of the year. Stick with it.

I also really love adding candles to any holiday atmosphere. There’s just something about a gently roaring candle to add to the ambience.

Yes, the holidays are rapidly approaching. This year, more than ever, we all need a little cheer a lot sooner in our lives.

Let’s get festive. Don’t forget the wine.

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