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We all know about typical holiday traditions like eating, shopping, waiting in line, sitting in traffic, cooking, cleaning and entertaining. The holidays can come with a lot of stress. However, you can turn your home into a haven for holiday cheer amidst all the stress.

When decorating for the holidays, you may leave your kitchen untouched. Too many decorations get in the way of the functional use of a kitchen. However, a few selective embellishments can add style without intruding on your workspace. Just limit the amount of decor and incorporate a few ideas that add festive flair to your kitchen.

Tidy the Space

When decorating a kitchen for the holidays, avoid clutter and keep it simple. If you normally keep cookbooks and small appliances on the counters, put them away for the season. You can clean more easily around fewer decorations, so you can keep the room sparkling with a lot less effort.

Remember: grime and fingerprints on the cabinets detract from your festive look. Don't forget to dust the inside of cabinets, light fixtures and drawers. The wall behind the trash may also need attention.

Dress the windows

If you want to avoid a cluttered feel to your kitchen, you can use one of the best ways of decorating for Christmas: wreaths. Simply hang them over your kitchen windows. They will look great from the inside or the outside. Complementing each window with a garland also adds style to the season.

Rich fabrics are usually impractical in a kitchen, but temporary decorations don't have to be practical. Switch out curtains with something metallic or velvet. You can also display ornaments, vintage cookie cutters or candles in your windows. Attach ribbons to the top of the window and let them hang with holiday ornaments attached on the ends. Seasonal flower like amaryllis can also stand alone on the windowsill for a classic holiday look.

Illuminate the cabinets

Kitchen cabinets offer several opportunities for holiday decorations. If they have glass fronts, fill the cabinet with china and string small strands of lights inside the cabinets to make them sparkle. If the cabinets have solid doors, you can remove them for the season or replace the knobs with something more festive. You can also add lights across the top of the cabinets if they don't reach the ceiling. For a more traditional look, accent greenery on top of cabinets with even more holiday lights.

Spruce up countertops 

Countertops usually attract clutter, so focus on a few accents and leave the rest of them clear for the busy season. An arrangement of poinsettias or a small Christmas tree makes a classy choice. Glass storage jars also add extra elegance and excitement to a kitchen space. Fill them with things that remind you of Christmas, like cinnamon sticks, fruit, ornaments, twisted candy canes or greenery.

Trim the table

A Christmas centrepiece on your table is a good idea, but make sure that it connects with the other decor in your kitchen. Green, gold and red always work well this time of year. Arrange some holly, pinecones or fill vases with cranberries and white pillar candles. If space permits, display a group on the table.

Deck the walls

If your kitchen already has art, consider replacing it with something seasonal. Cover a cork board with fabric to pin holiday cards onto it or display simple artwork with holiday scenes to add colour. Transform your home into a peaceful, festive haven, and don't let your kitchen stay bare while the rest of your home gets decorative treatment.


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