8 Tips for Peaceful Christmas Decorating | Midwest Living

8 Tips for Peaceful Christmas Decorating

Calm, cool, collected: Holiday decor doesn’t need to shout. Keep calm and carry on with burlap, fresh greenery and the sweet surprise of sculptural sheep.

1 Star attraction For an alternate tree topper, drop one, two or three Moravian star lights from chains secured to ceiling hooks right above the tree. Add battery-powered candles or light strands for glow.

2 Have you herd? In a soothing nod to the Nativity scene, concrete sheep rest in straw strewn on burlap beneath the tree. (Purchase small bales at crafts stores.)

3 Quiet, please! Solid-color ornaments eliminate the "noise" of zany notifs.

4 We three trees A trio of pines in baskets gives the feel of a mini forest. Minimal trimmings let the natural beauty shine.

5 Whispers of fabric Inexpensive burlap ($4 a yard) makes for crazy-quick window treatments. Stitch a rod pocket at the top; leave the bottom unhemmed to fray. Earthy burlap makes for wreath hangers and tree skirts, too.

6 Top flyer A wooden sled glides across two small stools for an impromptu seasonal coffee table.

7 Let it snow Place tree stands inside large baskets dipped in white paint to mimic snow. Line baskets with burlap and encircle with twinkling lights. 

8 Give more Before they're opened, use wrapped gifts as decor. They'll sparkle in surprising spots, like windowsills, bookshelves, tables, benches—even on chairs.

Buying Guide

Tree Moravian star pendants World Market. (877) 967-5362; worldmarket.com Jute rug Ticking in crimson, Dash and Albert. (877) 586-4771; dashandalbert.annieselke.com Sheep ornaments Baaing Cotswold lamb, Colin’s Creatures. (828) 215-6006; colinscreatures.com Red pillows on sofa and large baskets Crate and Barrel. (913) 469-5100; crateandbarrel.com Concrete sheep One of a Find Creations. (515) 282-0148; oneofafindcreations.com

Sunroom Grazing sheep and lamb lawn statues Plow and Hearth. (800) 494-7544; plowhearth.com Small sheep under cloche Galway Baaing Flock, Colin’s Creatures. (828) 215-6006; colinscreatures.com Wood sled Pottery Barn. (888) 779-5176; potterybarn.com; Jingle pillow Pottery Barn. (888) 779-5176; potterybarn.com

Create and enjoy your own holiday escape

Toasty toes A snowflake print warms in wool-and-cashmere-blend fibers. Ingrid Snow Flurries Crew Socks, $14. sockwizard.com

Game on Fuel family fun with Pucket, a fast-paced, puck-bouncing battle made for two. $65. uncommongoods.com

Good wool Colin Richmond captures 50-plus sheep breeds in porcelain and wool. 5 1⁄2-inch Irish Galway, $59 each. colinscreatures.com

Refills welcome Chill drinks in a hand-carved mango wood trough. $89. potterybarn.com

Off the shelf Letters from Father Christmas (Mariner Books) is a heartwarming collection of letters J.R.R. Tolkien wrote to his children beginning in 1920. $15. barnesandnoble.com


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