11 Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas

Frazzled by how to get your house festive without the use of more f words?  11 easy and inexpensive Christmas decorating ideas for a fantastic holiday season.  

Vintage white, metal rusted toy truck with miniature wreath and red bow on the grill with garland in foreground.

It takes me 3 days to decorate my house for Christmas. I’m not sure if this makes me uniquely qualified or unqualified to give tips on Christmas decorating, but I have some of my best tips laid out for you in this post. 

The main reason it takes me so long to decorate my house is that I change it up every single year. Part of that is because I’m nonsensical and the other part is because I feature my house on my blog every year and figure you’ll report me to the bloggers authority if I don’t feature new and exciting things every year.  I don’t begrudge you that. It’s kind of your duty as a blog reader. 

You can see how I’ve decorated for Christmas over the past 8 years in my Christmas House Tours here. 

Even if you’re done decorating for the year I’m counting on there being one or two tips in here that you can still implement this year; like placing twigs around your flopping paper whites.

Or getting drunk.  Wait. No. Sorry, that’s one of my tips for getting through a timeshare presentation.


In no particular order,

11 Christmas Decorating Ideas

 as told by a Christmas addict.

White bottle brush trees on cake stands for Christmas decorating on an antique marble topped candy counter.

1. To hang a wreath from cupboard doors, install a screw in cup hook or a 3M sticky hook on the inside of the cupboard door.  Wrap fishing line around your wreath then hang it from the cuphook on the inside of the door.  To make it look like it’s hanging from ribbon just wrap ribbon around the wreath and attach it to the cup hook as well.  It’ll look like the wreaths are hanging by the ribbons but they’re actually being supported by the fishing line.

2.  FOR EVERY CHRISTMAS PIECE YOU PUT OUT, TAKE AWAY A REGULAR ACCESSORY. Keep a Rubbermaid bin or cardboard box with you as you decorate, placing all the regular accessories into it.  Then when you take Christmas away you’ll have all your regular stuff together in one spot making it easy to put out again in January.

Multiple red berry sprigs in a modern white base.


3. Sometimes all you need to do is add a little Christmas colour. I had these berry sprigs that I bought for a wreath but didn’t like them in it. Which is a good thing because they look a million times better bunched in a vase.

4. ADD SPARKLE.  I like a rustic Christmas more than anything else but even I make sure there’s some glitter going on.  You can get glitter from candle holders, a bowl of glittery pine cones, shaking an exotic dancer around your house,  wine glasses or using sparkly ribbon on top of a burlap table runner.

Gold sparkle branches surrounding paper white flowers to keep them from flopping over.


5.  Keep your Amaryllis or Paperwhite upright by surrounding the plant with twigs.  The twigs stop the leaves and flowers from toppling over when they get too tall.  Also … I get my glitter fix.

6. SCENTED CANDLES or plugins.  If it smells like Christmas it’ll feel like Christmas. I’m still looking for the world’s best scented candle.  I don’t even care how much it costs at this point.  If I could find a candle that smells as strong in the room once lit as it does when I smash my nose into the unlit candle I’d be a happy girl.

update – It turns out the world’s best scented Christmas Candle is Frasier Fir by Thymes.  It is OUTSTANDING.  They also make hand soap, car fresheners and reed oil dispensers all in the delicious Frasier Fir scent.

Sheepskin rug and mini artificial Christmas tree displayed in room with antique furniture.

7. Santa doesn’t have to barf on your room to make it seem festive.  In the case of my bedroom just adding a sheepskin mat to the floor and a cheap Ikea Christmas tree make it cozy and holiday-like.

8. PUT YOUR LIGHTS ON TIMERS. Just do it.  Inside, outside … doesn’t matter.  Do ’em all.

Greenery with gold leaves draped over hooks on painted white wall.


9. Ornaments you already own are the cheapest way to decorate. Put them in bowls, mugs, vases or baskets. In this case, my antique egg basket holds my antique ornaments.

10. DOME IT.  Glass cloches (otherwise known as domes) are available everywhere now.  Big, small, it doesn’t matter.  Slip a glass dome over just about anything and it looks great and makes the thing inside seem as special as 5 legged cat.  Only cuter.

Bottle brush trees in white sand in bowl for an easy Christmas table decoration.

11. The snowy scene on my sofa table is just a platter with white Dollar Store trees and plastic snow sprinkled in.  That’s it.  And everyone loves it when they see it.

12. Vintage metal trucks SCREAM Christmas. I have no idea why.  I blame Hallmark movies.  I can also tell you that this random white truck that I bought at an antique store is one of the most commented on things in my house.  Everyone love sit and no one really knows why.  So if you can, pick up an antique metal truck if you ever see one.  If you’re impatient Amazon has tons of replica vintage metal trucks. 



I still have the same glass ornaments I walked into this house with and I’ll never get rid of them.  I didn’t decorate with them this year but I did 2 years ago and I’m sure I will again in the future. So they stay.  But in the same box I have a bunch of older decorations that I loved at one point but kind of roll my eyes at now.  I used to try to find a place to just stick them but now I realize just because I own them doesn’t mean I have to put them out.  If I don’t like them or don’t have room for them I either don’t put them out or I get rid of them.


Pine Cones.  If you can shove, hang, prop or display a pine cone in or on it DO IT.  They’re cheap, festive and available everywhere from stores to the street.  If you’re fancy you can buy the big ones that are covered in gold glitter.

The most important thing to remember when you’re decorating for Christmas is, you really can’t go wrong. It’s pretty forgiving and pretty hard to make a mistake. I mean,  we put entire, full sized, living trees in our rooms and don’t think a thing of it. What other time of year would this seem sane to us?  Then we cover it with flashing lights. 

So no.  You really can’t screw up Christmas decorating.  Just have fun, make it cozy and shake that ho, ho, ho around.

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11 Easy Christmas Decorating Ideas


  1. Sally says:

    Yankee Candles are my Favourite! They have a huge selection of scents, always deals on seasonal ones and the pillar size are perfect for actually using my candle holders. You can smell them all day- the smell never fades.

  2. Laura says:

    Merry Christmas everybody!!!!

  3. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Amazing what a couple little touches do to brighten up your bedroom…When I do the smelly stuff in a pan I always add a sprig of pine or fir tree to make it even more Christmasy…Always…always…simmer…very..low.

  4. Cathy Reeves says:

    The twigs as a support was worth the price of admission! Love your home, Karen. By the way, I think Bath & Body Works has a Balsam candle that smells fabulous. Sadly they discontinued their Balsam hand soap. Not sure if they are in Canada.

  5. Vanessa says:

    For the first time, this year I bought a pine scented candle from Yankee Candle. My thinking was fake tree needs a pine scent. I love it. I actually can smell it with the lid on, but somehow it isn’t too perfumee. AND it crackles when lit. super fun candle. It was expensive when compared with the candles I buy at the Dollar Store, but not so expensive I lost sleep over buying it. Maybe $20. Well worth it.

  6. nancee says:

    I must have missed it, but how did you make the “Dollar Brush Trees”?

    Love the ideas. I’m going to decorate a pine tree I’ve had since it was a baby, dug up from my parents’ yard and given to me in a small pot. It’s now about 5 feet tall. And this year will be decorated with pine cones with bird seed & PB, and some cranberries, apple cubes and orange slices.
    Thank goodness the ants have gone into their deep dens!

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      Nancee, I think Karen bought those bottle brush trees at her local Dollarama, one of her favourite sources of inexpensive decor. It’s truly amazing what can be found there. Lovely idea on the outdoor tree! In my neighbourhood, the raccoons would be thrilled outta their little minds . . .

  7. Marina K says:

    Linnea’s Lights make the best smelling, incredibly fragrant candles. I have one in lavender, and it perfumes the entire room, even with the cover on. Not cheap at USD34, but absolutely worth it.

  8. Mary W says:

    I have my grandmothers (I’m almost 70) rolling pin she used everyday to make biscuits. It was carved by my grandfather who was a woodworker machinist. I want to hang it up over my sink on two hooks to use as a towel bar – with your cool chef’s knife showing. Just haven’t done it – why? Maybe I will this year. Love the twig idea and think it would look cute during the year as well – like a picket fence with a bird on it, or a May pole or flag poles appropriately adorned. Course that wouldn’t be rustic. Timers are like having a maid (for cheap) and just the sort of self indulgence my knees would welcome. Appreciate your bedroom change-out view. Yes just a few things do make a huge difference. I use a Yankee Candle called White Christmas. Before I shower for bed, I light the candle in my bedroom, turn down the covers, turn on a night light, then when I’ve finished getting ready to sleep I blow out the candle. It sweetly scents my bedroom as I drift off to sleep in a light, refreshing, Christmas smell. Maybe not the same as Idris but still pleasurable.
    My granddaughter keeps her playhouse in my living room window which I had extra wide sills made just for the kids to use. Karen, you inspired me to decorate it for Christmas with some tiny bottle trees I have owned in a craft room drawer for 3 years. Lot of good they are in there. I have a white tray that will hold bottle trees, ornaments and “stuff” that she can move around and play with on a child’s table right in front of her playhouse. They love to move decorations around and I’m one granny that loves to watch them do just that. Out from the drawers come those “special” things that I haven’t used waiting for the perfect time – which is now before they get sold at a junk sale when my body gives out. Your post today is very inspiring to me and obviously to the rest of the readers! THANKS.

    • Jan in Waterdown says:

      You sound like the special kind of Grandma every kid would love to have . . . especially at Christmas. You are in the business of creating beautiful memories for your little ones and instilling kindness in their wee hearts. Keep up the good work for all our benefit. Wish I could give you a hug . . .

      • Mary W says:

        Jan, I felt your hug and thank you so very much. What a sweetheart you are for taking the time to respond. I will think of you when I put up the wreath in her tiny playhouse. Have a great day and even better year.

  9. Lauren from Winnipeg says:

    Have you tried Voluspa candles? Gorgeous scents and beautiful containers. They are the only candles that I have found that make the room (and adjoining rooms-but we have an open style home) smell like your nose is pressed up to the wax. They also burn nicely and have a long life. They are truly amazing. Chapters/Indigo have them.

  10. Patricia says:

    Coal and Canary candles are great – they’re soy based, made in Canada (yeah Wpg!) and smell so nice while burning in a not too obnoxious way. And, they have 3 special Christmas scents. I can personally vouch for Ginger Bell Rock.


  11. Liz says:

    My favorite candle by far has to be Thymes brand, Frasier Fir. It’s seriously amazing. It makes people say “WOW! what is that smell?? I have to have it”

    On another note, umm thank you, Karen! It occurred to me this morning that I really really appreciate your blog and the work you do to keep us all entertained and learning. I know I love your blog and have been following along for a few years, but I literally said out loud when I opened my computer “Yay! It’s Wednesday!” and then I realized that I say “Yay!” every Monday, Wednesday and Friday…every week. That made me smile, and I just thought you deserved some appreciation, thanks and a cyber hug.


  12. Barbara P says:

    The best news I got today is that my first born niece announced her pregnancy.
    The next best news is that your blog is often the best news I get on a regular basis.
    You have such a gift and you share it so unabashedly. You’ve got me so revved up this
    morning that I’m going out to my misplaced pussy willow bush and pain in the rear Rose of Sharon trees to cut some twigs and stick em in a clear vase. KAH- RAZY, I know.
    Merry Christmas ya goof-ball.

  13. Karen says:

    1) This year I finally came to the ‘just because you own it doesn’t mean you have to use it or keep it’ AND the ‘put away the regular stuff’ realizations. My house looks and feels nicer, not stuffed.
    2) The twigs in the paperwhites is genius. I’m totally doing that this year.

  14. Kelly Wolfe says:

    Karen, tip #5 was worth the price of gas, parking, admission and snacks! Thanks for that. I just happen to have a sparkle bush in the backyard that I can prune a few branches off of to support my paperwhites.

  15. Jan in Waterdown says:

    For anyone lusting after sheepskin rugs, Ikea (in Canada, sorry I don’t know about elsewhere) has them on sale right now reg. $199 for $99… pretty good deal!

  16. Linda in Illinois says:

    I love your home, it is so beautiful and why wouldn’t it be, you are beautiful.

  17. Melissa Leach says:

    Love the idea of the sparkling twigs in my paperwhite container! What a great tip, thanks.
    Every Christmas I always have a pot of simmering goodness on the stove to create a lovely holiday aroma. A fresh orange quartered, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks, whole cranberries and a dash of nutmeg! Don’t let the water evaporate!

  18. Barb says:

    Karen, the awesome Fresh Balsam scent you’ve been searching for can be found at Bath & Body Works! Get their Wallflowers plug-in, and your home will smell like the pine forest you’ve been wanting to move to all your life. You’ll open your front door and think your home has been wonderfully invaded by hundreds of Christmas trees. The best thing? They’re on sale right now! YAY for sales!

    • Karen says:

      Oh! Bath & Body Works does have some good smelly things. That makes sense! ~ karen

      • Shannon says:

        I concur with Bath and Body Works; I don’t ever think to shop there, but my MIL bought me two holiday scented candles from there and they work very well (I keep one upstairs and one downstairs).

        • Amy in KC says:

          Yep, these are the Slatkin and Co. candles mentioned above! I love them and they last a long time. They’re often on sale…and one time I got one of the smaller sized ones FO’ FREE because I spent over $30 (which isn’t hard to do) and they were doing a free gift promotion. Woohoo!

          I also recommend the air fresheners for your car that come in this brand of scents at B&BW.

  19. Karin says:

    i love the first tip, so simple and effective, never even crossed my mind. we have white kitchen cupboards, so YES, i will attempt this.
    i have a confession to make, i don’t own any christmas decoration. i had a few in Germany , but those got left behind all those years ago.
    so off to goodwill and dollar tree i go. my house will be decorated, period.
    thank you Karen, you keep being an inpiration, the soft soled kick in the arse i need.

  20. #6 – smelly candles – Yankee Candle Co. has the best candles, room fresheners, wax-y melty thingies ever..hands down. They have a wide variety of Christmas-y scented candles. We love them, and use the ‘Holly’ and ‘Balsam and Cedar’ varieties to make the house smell like a pine forest with berries. A-frickin’-mazing.

    At work I currently have a plug-in called ‘Macintosh’..and holy apple-pie Batman, the entire room smells like apples…sweet, delish apples…

  21. Monique says:

    Karen did you mentione where you bought yur wire cloches?
    I love Wallflowers for scents.
    They seem to really only work well in smaller rooms though.
    Candles too.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique. I actually got the wire cloches at a local discount store 2 years ago. So not anywhere popular you’d be able to order/buy them from. ~ karen!

  22. Ron says:

    Picked up my paperwhite bulbs last night for planting today. Here’s a scientificly proven tip to stunt their growth so they don’t get too long & spindly. Not sure if it works on people as well :-)


  23. Jody says:

    Love all the tips, especially the bottle brush trees. Great idea to add sparkle. I would only add don’t use sparklers inside the house. May end up with too much sparkle.

  24. Kirsten says:

    You should look into investing in a lamp Berger, they smell wonderful and are plenty strong. I’m no expert but I believe I heard that people with allergies are not bothered by them and that they purify the air while in use? My favourite scent this time of year is absinthe, or pine. Your house looks great by the way.
    Merry Christmas!

  25. Beckie says:

    Your house looks lovely.

    As for candles, my pick is Yankee Candles Red Apple Wreath. It scents my entire space (smallish, at 850 sq ft) but a better endorsement is that someone at my work burns one on the first floor and we smell it on the 2nd floor (in a building built as a fall out shelter in 1939)

    I have scent sensitivities and the Red Apple Wreath doesn’t bother them a lick.

  26. Su says:

    love the support for the paperwhites!! what a great and awesome idea… thanks

  27. Kim C says:

    You’ve inspired me to finish decorating. The bare tree has been staring at me all week! I think a trip to the dollar store will inject just the right amount of newness into my tired old festive displays. Tip 5 is brilliant!! As for a smelly candle, I am pleasantly surprised by the long lasting fragrance of Fruits & Passion ‘frosted birch’ candle that comes in a frosted gold container. Would look and smell great in your decor.

  28. Danni says:

    I noticed the glitter twig stem supports the other day, because at first glance I was all “what the WHA?!? How come hers are standing tall gawdamit!”
    Well done! That is a stealable idea!!!

  29. Ev Wilcox says:

    Our Christmas melee will be right after the big day this year. The aromatics on the stove sounds great-going to give it a try! You sure do have a knack with your home Karen!

  30. Holly says:

    For Christmas smell, with no headaches that I usually get from all scents other than essential oils, I use Nest Fragrances NEST08-BP Reed Diffuser, Birchwood Pine but they also have candles, NEST01-BP Birchwood Pine Scented Classic Candle.

    • Deb says:

      I concur on NEST brand for the bestest holiday candle :-) I have the candle not diffuser but they are unreal (unreal how expensive too!) but truly the best. The Holiday scent and Birchwood Pine are amazingly wonderful for the holiday.

  31. Eileen says:

    I love this post. I seem to be doing a little “Santa barfing” routine, in spite of the fact that I just love the photos with the “less is more” feeling. I unpacked over 50 little ceramic houses after storing them for ten years. They are cute, but I’m not sure they’ll be out next year. I dread packing them up.

  32. Karen Too says:

    That cutting board you have on the wall is the best! Loverly!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Karen! It’s actually a pizza peel! But really now it’s just decoration since it’s too big to fit in my pizza oven, lol. ~ karen!

  33. Kim says:

    ” I mean, we put entire, full sized, living trees in our living rooms and don’t think a thing of it. What other time of year would this seem sane to us? Then we cover it with flashing ”

    Lmao. Seriously. Golden.

  34. Susan says:

    I have been collecting old rolling pins for years, but never could figure out how to display them all, besides drilling holes in the back, which I hesitated to do.
    Those rolling pins on your wall made me so happy! Tell me how you hung (hanged?) them! If you say “drill” I’ll drag out the Makita.
    I was so excited to find another nut out there, like me, who loves those beat up, ancient rolling pins! (Got some Old Amish ones-is that not cool?) As a woodcarver, I’ve carved a wood spirits into the pins, Santa’s too!
    I am so excited and look forward to your advice! BTW I really like your blog. Your sense of humor often has me Rotflmao. Thanks for that!
    PS: My Christmas present to myself was just delivered-Makita die grinder! A friend gave me a foot pedal for it…really…can Christmas get any better? Rolling pins and die grinders! Ho Ho Ho!

    • Beth says:

      Here’s where Karen posted about the rolling pins (great pics of the kitchen here as well). https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/my-kitchen-the-reveal/

      Don’t forget to love your librarians at this time of year (and all year ’round!).

    • Karen says:

      Hi Susan. Technically I haven’t drilled into the rolling pin … buuuuuut … I did screw a small cup hook into one end of each. The cup hook then hangs from the brackets. (which are actually antique French curtain tie backs) I couldn’t figure out any other way to do it. It barely makes a hole in the wood plus the cup hooks don’t get in the way when I’m actually using the rolling pins. So there you have it. :) ~ karen!

      • Vanessa says:

        Some how I have managed to amass a collection of rolling pins. I am now on the look out for interesting tie backs to hang them from. I have a wall of brick too, but it’s not white, so I’m not sure how they’d look hanging there. I have a olive green wall in the kitchen, might try them there…

      • Susan says:

        Oh Mama! That is so cool! I want to display mine the same way. Let’s me check my list:
        Have the wall space-check!
        Have the rolling pins-check!
        Have the small cup holders-check!
        Antique French Curtain Tie Backs? Gee… Good Will was all out of them and the 3 antique stores in town just looked at me funny.
        Karen…need your HELP here. You have the brains. Can you figure out an alternative, or how to make faux antique French curtain tie backs at a reasonable price?
        Counting on you, girlfriend. If anyone can figure this out-you can!
        PS: thanks go to Beth for directing me to Karen’s original rolling pin post, and, yes.. I love librarians all year long! They are heroes!

        • Karen says:

          Ha! Well, I don’t think that even I could figure out how to build antique French tie backs. Etsy actually has a bunch of them for sale but they’re around $150 US per pair. If I were you I’d just find new curtain tie backs that have an antique shape. And if they look too “new” just paint them white and be done with it. ~ karen!

  35. holly says:

    Slatkin and Co. candles……my favorite is Winter if it is still available. I stick my nose in them during 100+ summer days when they are unlit of course! just to bring back winter memories.

    • Amy in KC says:

      I second the Slatkin and Co. candles. There are so many great scents, but I have my favorites. We had a pumpkin one burning this fall and it smells heavenly, both lit and unlit. There are always great sales on them at Bath & Body Works.

      • Alyssandra says:

        I concur, that Winter scent is THE BEST!!!
        I buy sooo many Bath & Body Works candles – they really are wonderful. And in my little apartment, some of them are actually too strong to keep burning for long! Definitely recommend them. =)

  36. Elaine says:

    I love eveything you did, Karen! Keeping it simple really is the best way to go; a bit of restraint makes everything look classy, in my opinion. It really is quite surprising (and fun) to see what adding just a tiny tree and fur rug does to your bedroom!!

  37. brenda says:

    oh have I got the candles for you then … I’ve been coveting them for a few years now … and if cost is no object then you have to go to Sydney’s on Queen West in Toronto and sniff these babies (call first in case they’re gone)

    you can see three of them under the glass bell jars in this photo on their site https://sydneystoronto.files.wordpress.com/2015/09/551029_10150865926052102_257635026_n.jpg
    I first came across them in Paris in the Louvre store and I knew I couldn’t carry them home in my suitcase. To smell them, you life the glass off them and put your nose inside the glass … they will know you are an expert candle sniffer when you do that. I think they are $50 or $100 or something

  38. Kathleen says:

    All my peeps will be away for Christmas. So I was really debating whether to go to all that effort… Having seen your beautiful decor…. I think I should make the effort!

  39. MissChris SA says:

    The downfall of living in a hot climate over Christmas – our décor is never as awesome as yours!!
    However, we (the old man and I) have two grandbabies now so I will be making a concerted effort to make the house look magical!

    And yes, I have not even started my décor – that is my weekend project (still working and it is a busy time of year – and that sounds like a poor excuse!!).

    LOVE your Christmas home!!

  40. Pat says:

    Love the tip…put your lights on timers! Now why didn’t I ever, ever think of that. Instead, I crawl under the tree to switch them off and then debate about who is going to pop outside to pull the plug on the outside lights. Duh!

  41. Paula says:

    First Christmas in our century home and I have officially been ‘inspired’.
    Thank you for being you, and for sharing you, with all of us!

  42. Robert says:

    I think I just read my favorite sentence from you ever “JUST BECAUSE YOU OWN IT DOESN’T MEAN YOU HAVE TO PUT IT OUT” great for many occasions even sexual arrasment

  43. Ardith says:

    Great, inventive ideas, Karen. Still want to transport that one wall into my home, BTW. Meanwhile, may I suggest Thymes Frasier Fir fragrances? It does come in candle form, although I chose the reed diffuser oil. O.M.G. it smells like heavenly Christmas tree. A little goes a long way, and it lasts quite a while. In fact, I pored enough to fill a third of a small bottle, and I just keep turning over the reeds to refresh the scent. I bought it on Amazon. Cheers, Ardith

    • Sboo says:

      Frasier Fir is lovely! A local boutique always has it out this time of year and walking into the shop is like being hugged by a 10-ft Christmas tree while tiny reindeers prance in the snow around you.

      • Catherine says:

        Ha! Yes exactly. The shop near me sold out last year, so I went early this year to buy a few boxes.

        I never usually buy scented candles, the smell is usually too fake but the Frasier Fir ones are different. I love them.

    • Nancy in Atlanta says:

      Ditto for Thymes Frasier Fir. I have both the diffuser and the Wood Wick candle. My tree lights are on timers so when I get home from work, I’m greeted at the door with a lovely sight and a heavenly scent.

  44. Amanda says:

    Love reading about your Christmas preparations! Someday my 2 year old son won’t climb the tree and I can have glass cloches throughout the house again!

    • Gillian says:

      My mom had two at that age during Christmas one year (my older brothers, not me, I’m a perfect Angel. Then and now) who wouldn’t leave the tree alone. She put the tree in the playpen and solved the problem!

  45. Robbin says:

    Hi Karen:
    Love it all! Did you get those Ikea wreaths this year? I’d like them!

  46. Your home looks so cozy; a sleepover is in order!

  47. Mark says:

    Very nice.

  48. cc says:

    it is what it is, thank you

  49. sandra says:

    Karen your beautiful home and creative decorations have inspired me to get decorating. just the boost I need to move on from a very traumatic 2014 holiday season. Thank you

    • Karen says:

      Well good Sandra! Get your ass in gear and pull those decorations out. Even just half of them. By next year you’ll be happily hauling them all out. I am the voice of reason and experience! ~ karen

  50. Lynn says:

    You want your house to smell like Christmas. Try this put a pot of water on stove add 1 cinnamon stick , 1 orange peel an a apple peel boil as long or as little as you like . The smell will float through out your house better than any candle .

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lynn! I’ve tried that before and it never seems to work for me. But because of you I will give it one more shot! ~ karen!

      • Karen, add some whole cloves too.

      • Keith says:

        If you want the world’s best scented candle, basically Christmas with a wick, this is by far THE BEST candle. It smells of evergreen nirvana. Not Pine-sol. Not something that smells fake. And it permeates the room without requiring a gas mask.


        Seriously, I’ve tried them all. It is worth every single cent. The gingerbread is very nice as well. Not sickly sweet – warm, delicately spicy.

        Merry Christmas

        • Karen says:

          Thanks Keith. According to their website I just happen to have a few stores right near me that carry them. ~ karen!

        • Diane says:

          Yes! I agree. I buy them on clearance the year before and then I can burn them without worrying that they cost an arm and a leg. I have a stash for gift giving as well. FYI They still smell wonderful a year later.

    • Laura Bee says:

      This does work. Unless you are easily distracted. After creating orange cinnamon charcoal last year, I’ll be switching to my mini crockpot this year. ( I had it turned up to get it hot, then wandered away & didn’t turn it to a simmer. This is also why I have a kettle with an auto shut off now. )

    • Jenn says:

      I’ve found a small stock pot sized pot with 3 cinnamon sticks, one sliced up orange, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, and a half cup of cranberries really does the trick for us. We leave it on the lowest simmer setting on the stove. Top up the water so all the ingredients are always covered (it needs refreshing once or twice a day). Really fills up our open kitchen with the smell of Christmas. It lasts about 3 or 4 days before I refresh it with a new batch.

    • sarajane says:

      I use a (thrifted) mini crock pot with cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and dried orange peel. If I’m feeling sassy, I also add a star anise or two.

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