Avoid decorating your home into a festive mess by keeping things simply elegant. Follow our simple tips and you’ll see that it’s easier than you think

Christmas may still be some weeks away, but the shopping malls have been tempting us all to get on with our Christmas décor at least a month before we really should. If you’re itching to get started, keep these tips in mind for a classic and elegant Christmas:

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Keep it natural

It’s time we accept that South Africans celebrate Christmas differently from the rest of the world. While families overseas traditionally cut down real pine trees to decorate, most South African families have plastic trees we haul out from storage every year.

A plastic tree isn’t the most elegant décor imaginable, but getting a tree that looks as natural as possible is definitely a step in the right direction. Opt for smaller spaces between the branches, natural colour and shape and you’ll be well on your way to a better looking Christmas tree.

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Give the snow a miss

You can dream of a white Christmas all you want, but let’s face it, it’s just one of those dreams that don’t come true in Africa.

When we’re experiencing one of the hottest months in the year, fake snow around the house just doesn’t look right. Related to keeping things natural, giving the snow and the warm décor a miss makes for a less cluttered and confusing look.

Stick to 3 colours

It’s easy to go overboard on your Christmas décor; there is so much to choose from! The traditional green, red and white are a classic combo, but they don’t really set the mood for everyone’s Christmas.

Find three colours that go well with your home and your family’s mood and stick with them throughout your décor. Whether you’re going for shimmer, pops of colour or a simple colour scheme to complement your year-round décor, three is the magic number.

Avoid Christmas characters

Santa, the elf on the shelf and mother Christmas are all common symbols of festive cheer, but like other decorative dolls, these figurines can be kitsch and cheapen your Christmas décor one unmoving grin at a time.

Keep your décor in one section

Christmas is a notoriously messy holiday; jingle bells, tinsel and pinecones hanging from every surface is a great marketing tool in a store, but they can be overwhelming in a home.

Limiting your décor to one designated area will not only make packing everything up much easier, but it will also keep your space liveable through the festive season.

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