Call it a Country Christmas

Christmas is celebrated and enjoyed by many countries and cultures around the world. Every family also have their own personal traditions and ways in which they celebrate one of the most anticipated holidays of the year!

Use your surroundings for your Christmas design ideas…

Living in the country means having many natural resources around us available for all things Christmas. From fresh cut greenery to pinecones to branches, the countryside offers up creative inspiration which knows no boundaries.

Use what you already have…

Look around and try to reimagine the accessories and design elements you already have. Could an antique wood box displayed somewhere noticeable hold Christmas cards? 

Could a swath of ribbon become a garland for that hallway or bathroom mirror? Could ornaments become table setting place cards? It’s nice to enjoy a new take on the decorations you already have, with a refresh.

Adding simple touches of greenery to end tables, chandeliers, mirrors and console tables creates elegant and traditional vignettes. Consider adding white florals to further emphasize a more formal look. These ideas create a more neutral and pared-down aesthetic if glitz isn’t your thing.

Outdoor scenes make cozy vibes…

Sometimes the best holiday decorations are not necessarily meant as décor but rather winter flair.  A country setting provides an already natural winter wonderland and by adding a few touches, your outdoor space can become as warm and inviting as your indoor space.

Arrangements on outdoor patio tables allow you to replace your summer theme with something festive by using greenery. Place cloves and cinnamon in your arrangements for a welcoming scent. Use a plaid throw over your Adirondack chairs to update your summer accessories. Make a snowman for another way to add a seasonal fun touch that doesn’t cost anything. Having a fire pit adds a cozy vibe and by adding café string lights you suddenly have an understated look that can flow into the next season. You don’t have to have the most lights for tasteful and spirited Christmas curb appeal!

Home is where the hearth is…

Sticking to a seasonal classic style for mantles allows rustic charm to still take center stage. Lush pine garland with simple ribbon detail ties everything together. Black accents are a way to break tradition and try something new. Using ribbon is a safe way to add a modern hit without sacrificing the traditional approach.

A Community Christmas for everyone

As you let your personal style shine through this holiday season, whether nostalgic, rustic or sophisticated, seasonal decorating can be a rewarding endeavour. Christmas in Kawartha Lakes has many enchanting holiday events and markets to find new ideas and products for your seasonal needs, including dining and festivals. This year it will be even more important to support the communities of Kawartha Lakes by buying local. As you begin your holiday planning think of all the award-winning products and businesses from which you can purchase  to help boost the local economy.

The many charming communities which make up Kawartha Lakes will all have their own unique holiday COVID-safe experience for visitors and locals to enjoy. Coupled with the history and culture of each area there is a lot to discover to make the Christmas season memorable. More than ever this year, let’s be inspired, let’s support local and let’s decorate our homes as a reminder of all the holiday has to offer even if it is just to ignite our own personal creative spirit!

By Joanne Clark
Main photo from Lockside Trading