This Christmas my family is preparing to move to a new state to start a new church. The opportunity is an answer to prayer and something we are very much looking forward to, but packing to sell a house during the holidays can take a bit of the shine out of Christmas decorating. While we won’t be spending much time decking our halls with boughs of holly, we can dress up our holiday table in record time with a few creative touches.
Here are some simple things you can use to take your table from ordinary to festive!
- Candy Canes
Put candy canes in potted plants, vases or jars for an instant centerpiece or decorations.
- Cinnamon Sticks
Tie a pretty ribbon around a small bundle of cinnamon sticks to add an aromatic and festive touch to your holiday table-settings.
- Cookie cutters
Simply set them around on the table or on plates for holiday fun.
Fill glass jars with cranberries and add votives!
- Napkin rings
Tie ribbon, sprigs of holly, snips of evergreen, or pinecones around your napkins for a finishing touch. Or if you are feeling crafty you can make napkin rings out of paper towels tubes…simply cover with paper and embellish.
It is so easy to lose the joy of the season and become a Scrooge when life throws curves in our plans! But just like the humble manger where Jesus was born, Christmas decor doesn’t have to be perfect or elaborate to be special and meaningful. Remember the reason for the season.
…and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. –Luke 2:7 NIV