Creating A Stress-Free Christmas
children may break expensive decorations, can start out with simple Christmas balls,
inexpensive garlands and mass produced ornaments. As either your budget or children grow
you can ease into higher end ornaments of the same style and begin improving the quality of
your ornaments over time.
Country and Western Christmas Ornaments
If you‟re a little bit country you can have a whole lot of country charm come Christmas with the
right ornaments. Typically these types of ornaments are divided into two separate and distinct
styles: The western type based on symbols from the old west or the primitive country variety
often found at gift shops or craft sales.
For an authentic old west vibe choose Christmas ornaments such as cowboy boots, sheriff‟s
badges in place of stars or miniature horseshoes. Those who would like to stick with the
western theme but prefer a dressier look can decorate with turquoise beads or elegant dream
Primitive country Christmas ornaments usually consist of wood crafts which are decoratively
painted. This style can range from wooden signs to hang on your walls or traditional Christmas
symbols such as Santa or snowmen that have been painted with bright colors. These ornaments
create a very relaxed and cozy atmosphere and are perfect for those that enjoy country living
and want their decorations to reflect that.
Get Into the Spirit with Christmas Music
Nothing gets you into the holiday spirit quicker than Christmas music. Whether you‟re a fan of the
classics or love modern twists on Christmas carols putting on a little festive music makes the holiday
Make Christmas Chores Bearable
There‟s never a shortage of tasks to do at Christmas time. Baking, wrapping gifts and
decorating become much more enjoyable when you put a few Christmas tunes into the stereo
system. This is a great time to put on the classics such as Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra or even
some Motown Christmas music.
Christmas music is a must when you‟re hosting a holiday get together. For more casual parties
try putting some oomph into your carols. Depending on the musical tastes of your guests you
can choose from Boney M Christmas tunes, Martina McBride‟s White Christmas or the
Ultimate Christmas 2 CD featuring artists such as Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson and
For a formal gathering or dinner party your Christmas music should be a bit more subdued.
Soft background music is best so your guests aren‟t competing with your tunes. Try Il Divo‟s
The Christmas Collection or Martinis and Mistletoe by various artists. These will set a festive
mood for your dinner party but still allow your guests to enjoy a conversation.