Dream Yuletide Décor for Your Festive Living Room

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For many of us, the living room is the center of Christmas: it’s where we put up the tree, where we entertain, or where we get our visit from Santa Claus! Give your living room a real Christmas feel with some of these ideas from Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com). For a stately formal living room, understated Christmas décor is the key: make the tree the focal point of the room, decorated with vintage and family ornaments, and keep the rest of the décor simple: perhaps plain stockings on a mantel or simple wreaths in the windows. On a modern white fireplace, add red berry trees and a large wreath; if your furniture normally faces the fireplace or a living room TV, you can turn it slightly to focus on the tree and create instant coziness.

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Use whatever space you have to advantage: clean off shelving and stack wrapped gifts on it to extend the “trimmings” upward and clear under-tree crowding. Boost a small tree with a beautiful table or pedestal; use your room’s basic color scheme in the trimmings on tree, stockings, or table toppers. Remember, too, that you’re not really limited in Christmas colors; your “red and green” can be pomegranate and lime — or other colors entirely, such as blue and silver, chocolate brown, cream, or gold. Delight the little ones who visit with jars of colorful Christmas candy — decorating that does double duty! — or bright ornaments, paper chains, and bead trims in every color of the rainbow. It’s the season to be merry and bright…so take some of these ideas and have fun!

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Written by Janet Butler

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Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).