We are nearly to the end of what has been a long and strange year. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or Winter Solstice is going to look much different than in years past. Fewer people are traveling to see distant relatives, and gatherings for folks that are in town are likely to be smaller and much more intimate.
Yet the spirit of the season should not be diminished. This year is a wonderful opportunity to embrace the magic of the season and get back to what is most important to each of us.
Less is more this year. Editing your existing holiday décor will make your favorite pieces feel fresher and more special. Instead of bringing out all the snowmen, find two are three that just make you happy and let them shine.
Pinecones, berries, twigs, eucalyptus and fresh greenery not only harken back to simplicity, but can be enjoyed all winter long. Bringing nature into your home has health benefits, as well, by lowering you blood pressure and heart rate, and creates an overall sense of well-being.
The cozy comfort of this Danish way of life seems to be made for this time of year. Hot cocoa, snuggly blankets, a favorite scented candle, and time alone or with your favorite person make the holiday season that much more delicious.
Many of us have warm, happy feelings of the holidays that trace back to our childhoods. Your grandmother’s centerpiece, that Christmas carol your family sang every year, the special cookies you made with your aunt. Vintage ornaments and décor can evoke those wonderful feelings.
You can give twice this year, by not only gifting your loved ones but by shopping locally to support local businesses. Even gift cards to local restaurants to use at a later time can be the lifeline to keep some small businesses open. While some folks are leery of shopping in person this year, there are many wonderful online small businesses to support, as well!
Handmade gifts, wrappings of used specialty papers or fabrics, and reusable gift bags are all a way to reduce our footprint this season. Add a sprig of greenery and twine or beads and jewels from an old broken necklace will add that special touch.
Traditions Old and New
Enjoy your loved ones all the more this year by celebrating with your favorite traditions. Or maybe going back to traditions you loved long ago that have gone by the wayside these last busy years. This year is also ideal for starting new traditions.
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Built on the foundation of a 30-year, family-owned Interior Design business, Jill Tran and Carmen Thomas opened Tran + Thomas Design Studio in 2011 bringing a combined 36 years of experience to their projects. They work on both residential and commercial projects across several styles. Interested in their services? Call (913) 268-9595 or schedule a consultation below.
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