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It is the holiday season and you own your own home or rent a home that you want to decorate. Decorating is a great way to bring the family together and create memories in your home and make it feel more like HOME! You can buy a house but not a home!

Interior decoration goes far beyond the traditional Christmas tree. Your Christmas tree should not only be the beautiful centerpiece of your home interior, but it should be a keepsake that the family enjoys as they look at souvenirs of special ornaments, children’s artwork, or small items that they may have made at school. while growing up. Make your tree one where the whole family gathers and feels the warmth of the holiday season.

The centerpieces on the tables, especially your formal table that is not used daily, can be made into a beautiful decorating area with Christmas napkins, rings, tablecloths and glitter that are beautiful for your dining table.

Place scented candles, wreaths, string lights, and bulbs around the house along with scented pinecones or photos from Christmases past. Hang the stockings by the fireplace or in another special place if you don’t have a fireplace. Many Arizona homes do not have fireplaces, so homeowners have found many other ways to hang their stockings, such as the stair rails or the walls around the tree, which have become popular spots. Real poinsettias bring out the beauty of your home in any room and really make your home feel like it’s vacation time.

How about the exterior? Nothing is more like parties than houses and entire neighborhoods that decorate the exterior of your homes and you can create your own tradition of charming exterior decorating or something different each year. Trimming the roof of your home with lights, trees, arches, and windows is popular with homes around the world. Although most areas of Arizona won’t see a drop of snow, it can still make your home feel like the holiday season. The outer crowns, Santa’s sleigh and reindeer and snowmen are among the popular choices. If you have cacti in your yard, decorating them with lights or ribbons is unique to the southwestern United States and gives it that desert Christmas flair.

Some neighborhoods have made it a great tradition for each home to go overboard with its d├ęcor and even bring groups of people out every year to see the exhibit. Some of these areas will have a real Santa Claus on Christmas Eve and carols singing his heart out. You will even find double-decker buses that run through some of these neighborhoods and others practically need to be seen on foot so that you can look inside the garages or open the doors to see the incredible displays within them.

Obviously these traditions are for those who actually celebrate the season like Christmas, but other cultures or religions may differ in traditions or beliefs so this may not be for everyone.

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