“The month of November makes me feel that life is passing more quickly. In an effort to slow it down, I try to fill the hours more meaningfully.”
— HENRY ROLLINS
It’s hard to believe but just as I’m thinking about what to write for a little last minute fall inspiration since it is November, Christmas is around the corner! I’m well aware of this but in a last-ditch effort, I decided to go ahead and write for those of us that are still hanging on to every bit of fall after Thanksgiving.
Don’t get me wrong, I love taking part in the aesthetic aspect of this festive turn of events, just not before its due time! And there is a way to make transitioning your holiday decor from Autumn to Winter seamless. Whether you’re the creative type that likes to go nuts with holiday decorating or you’d rather watch The Tonight Show, there are simple ways to make it a smooth transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas without tearing down one season to put up another.
The Full Duration Of Autumn
It seems every year we get more and more rushed into the holiday season before the previous holiday has even arrived. It’s like we’re blending into Christmas way too soon. One day we’re “giving thanks” and the next day it’s a frenzied shopping spree for Christmas gifts!
Maybe we need to start implementing National Holiday Meditation classes for the season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. “Be present and enjoy the full existence of every season and its holidays to completeness. Be mindful, focus on the current holiday, take it all in and don’t forget to breathe.” Let’s not be in denial here, it has become a national epidemic. They should label it Holiday Panic Disorder. The overlapping of seasonal decor is clever but the actual holidays, not so much.
It’s as if we’re starting to blend the two holidays together, oh dear God! Before we know it, it’s going to be Thanksgiving and Christmas in one observance. Let’s take note: As Henry Rollins said, fill the hours more meaningfully.
Just relish with me for a moment… Autumn decorating’s ritual is long underway and almost to pass, the days are shorter and there’s a crispness in the air in many portions of the country. I live in Florida so I have to improvise with fall home decor to really get into the season. The warm aroma of pumpkin chai candles and the sound of fireside crackle candles, decorative pumpkins, faux fur throws perfectly draped across the edge of the sofa, and throw pillows to match. There’s still time to enjoy fall home decor at least through Thanksgiving until the end of November!
What would the full length of autumn be without cinnamon sticks and round orange and white beauties with the natural stem sticking out of the top of them right? Pumpkins are the epitome of fall, so why not enjoy them for the full duration.
With that said, this is also the time when you can start overlapping your decor from pumpkins and shades of mocha by adding more natural elements of winter to the scene:
Then once December hits, you can toss out all the autumn orange and bring in the full spirit of Christmas sparkle and vibe.
Ok, I’m seriously ready to move on… I just needed a moment to relish in the current season and say what everyone else was thinking. Let’s get into the transition, shall we?
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.”
— GEORGE ELIOT
Transitioning From Thanksgiving To Christmas
Since fall is on its way out and the Christmas holiday spirit is in full swing, here are 5 simple ways to transition your home from autumn to winter without having to swap out your sofa and living room set or tear down your current interior decor to set up another.
It’s all about the natural elements for the holidays. Stick close to nature as much as possible and you won’t go wrong. Aside from the Christmas tree going up, keep the greenery going with your existing plants and add more. If you don’t have any, you should really invest in some. They transform a room from bland to bam in a heartbeat no matter the season or holiday. A wise investment they are, and come with many health benefits for you and your environment; not to mention how aesthetically pleasing they are to the eye.
Greenery is one of the easiest ways to transition your home from fall to winter and is a home decorating hint to bear in mind any season of the year.
Lights, lights, and more lights! We needn’t restrict string lights to the tree; dress your larger plants, garland, and even a wreath with strings of white lights laced throughout for a warm lit Christmas glow.
Oh, how we love our metallics. Gold and silver have been the ongoing trend for quite a few seasons now and it’s not stopping any time soon. Continue to incorporate these shiny metals into your holiday decorating to make your Thanksgiving into Christmas shine on.
4) Layers of Throws & Pillows
Rule of thumb: Just as we dress in layers for the cold winter months, our home is no exception and should be decked out in layers as well. Draped across the edge of the sofa it’s an instant transformation. Think chunky cable knits, cashmere, chenille, and faux fur throws in neutrals, reds, and Christmas colored plaids.
Layer them over a chair or draped over a basket for extra storage and appeal. Swap out your throw pillows for that cozy winter look and feel. Winter bedding is not complete either without layers and a throw blanket spread across the edge of the bed. It’s all about the layers when it comes to decorating with throws and pillows. Be mindful as if to translate what you wear on your body into your home interior.
Keep in mind that Christmas holiday decor does not mean just the classic red and green we are so accustomed to. Make it easy on yourself, expand your horizons and go with what you already have year round. Transitional decor means incorporating what you already have and overlapping it without having to completely rearrange and take apart one decor setting to put up another. Keeping it neutral and taking it to the next level with natural elements that blend into the theme of Christmas is my personal favorite way to go. Think classy and chic not trashy and cheap.
Candles are the easiest way to transition the vibe in your home from season to season. If you live in a warmer climate like I do where it doesn’t get very cold or feel like fall/winter, an aroma will definitely set the tone for the season. Aromas evoke a feeling and create an ambiance to put you in a certain mood in your home environment. A few good classics are:
A fragrance has no personal significance to us until it becomes connected to something that has meaning. Candles not only fragrance your home but they give off a cozy warm glow. If candles aren’t your thing, natural oil reed diffusers or aromatherapy sprays are a great alternative to transform your sanctuary from fall to winter.
I think we can all agree on one thing… the holiday seasons are too rushed and lack meaning. The moment autumn sets in and November rolls around, Christmas trees are on display. Am I missing something here? I’m still enjoying my pumpkin chai candles and autumn decor. December is another story waiting to happen, just not quite yet. It’s still November.
Savor every moment left of fall, enjoy your interior surroundings set up through the Thanksgiving festivities and don’t be in such a hurry to put up The Tree just yet. Make the transition from fall to winter meaningful and don’t forget to breathe in the process.
I would love to hear from you! What is your favorite transitional home decor for the holiday season?