Holiday Countdown is On! {The Finale}

Christmas is less than a week away and I can’t believe we’re already on week 9 of the Holiday Countdown. This is it- the big finale! I hope you’ve been enjoying yourself along the way, such as indulging in a cup of cocoa here or there! Later this week I’ll be doing a reader round-up of holiday projects you’ve been working on over the past two months. Thanks to everyone who sent me their submissions. I still have room for a few more, so let me know what you’ve been up to!

Hot Chocolatevia

Note: For a full recap of the Holiday Countdown Series, go here!

How did I do?

Create a tablescape. We’ve had our table for the past 15 years and it has served many purposes. When I stop and think about all the meals, crafts, homework, games and other activities that our table has hosted, it kind of chokes me up. However, there’s a time when we outgrow our furniture and it’s time for a change. In the new year, a table will be on the top of my list of furniture purchases. Our current one is too small and it’s difficult to create a gorgeous tablescape on because there’s no room left for all the necessities. This year I added a simple table runner, some greenery, and a concrete bowl with ‘snow’ and antique ornaments. I’m hoping next year I will be able to create the layered look I adore so much.

Get ready for overnight guests. We won’t have any overnight guests this holiday season, so I got a pass on this one. However, because I never know when someone may call at the last minute, I always keep supplies on hand just in case!

Wrap gifts. As mentioned in my Gifts {Almost} Too Pretty to Open post, I really enjoy wrapping gifts. Over the weekend I tackled the majority and I’ll hopefully finish up today or tomorrow.

This Week:

Add fresh flowers and greenery.

There isn’t anything that can bring a space to life more than adding fresh natural elements. Back on week one I recommended that you plant amaryllis or paper white bulbs. My amaryllis has really taken off and will hopefully bloom for Christmas. If you didn’t plant bulbs, no worries. These plants are available at many locations for next to nothing. You don’t have to spend a fortune on fresh materials for them to look fantastic. Consider mixing less expensive materials with only a few luxurious blooms.

Here are some ideas:

Christmas Tablescapevia Canadian House & Home

Christmas Flower Arrangementvia Traditional Home

Garland on Banister via Centsational Girlvia Centsational Girl

Mini Christmas Tree Plantersvia

Enjoy the events of the season.

Often in the past I’ve been so focused on shopping, cleaning, baking, wrapping and all the other holiday preparations, not to mention work and family responsibilities, that I forget to enjoy myself. When was the last time you went to a holiday movie or took the family to look at all the gorgeous Christmas lights? This week do something fun with your family or friends.

Treat yourself.

You’ve probably been working non-stop taking care of everything for Christmas and now it’s time to take care of you! Get a massage or manicure or take time to sit down with a friend for tea. A little time for yourself will give you the energy to enjoy the festivities ahead.


I’d like to send a big shout out to everyone who has followed this series . I’ve thoroughly enjoyed writing it and it has kept me on track for the most part. Remember I’m doing a reader round-up, so send me your photos and/or ideas asap and you may be featured. I would also like to know what you liked best or found the most helpful in this series.


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