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What Christmas Theme to Choose For Your Home or Office Party

Do you want to go all out when decorating your home or office for the Christmas holiday? With thousands of different ways for you to decorate, coming up with the perfect theme to select for the home or office could be a bit difficult. If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose because you are feeling uncertain and slightly indecisive, there are a few different themes worth choosing that will quickly turn your home or office into the perfect winter wonderland for everyone to enjoy.

Of course, while it’s fun to pick your perfect color combination, not all colors will be available in all types of Christmas decoration, especially perhaps the larger items, such as trees. If you want to go for a more unusual color theme, you could  make one of the colors a more traditional one, such as silver, gold or green, as it will be easier to find larger items in these colors. Alternatively, you could go for a three-way color scheme, with the third color being the neutral silver or white, allowing your dominant themes to form the accents.

Assorted Color Themes

When trying to figure out what Christmas theme to choose, you will need to decide if you would like to stick with a specific color theme. There are a few different colors that are commonly used in the winter, especially around Chrismas.

Red, White, and Green

The red, white, and green theme is commonly used by people who are decorating their homes and offices for the Christmas holiday because these colors are commonly associated with the holiday. Red represents the color of Santa’s clothes, white represents the color of the snow that is normally on the ground during these colder months, and green represents the color of the Christmas tree. It is just one of many color themes for you to consider.

Green, Silver, and Gold

Some people prefer using a combination of green, silver, and gold. While green is a color that represent pine trees that are often decorated and situated inside of homes and offices during the holiday season, the silver and gold colors represent the decorations that are often hung from the tree. Both silver and gold are festive colors that look stunning.

Red and White

If you want to eliminate the green, you can always choose a red and white color theme. A combination of red and white decorations will remind people of candy canes, which are often placed on trees and consumed by both children and adults during the holiday season. You may even be able to find red and white striped table covers, napkins, and other assorted decorations to go along with this color theme.

Red and Gold

These are the two “richest” colors that can be used in decorating for Christmas and you will be able to find many items available to create a happy, vibrant and colorful theme for your whole Christmas or for a party.

Blue, White, and Silver

Not everyone likes using shades of red or green when decorating for Christmas. If you want something a bit more elegant, try using shades of blue, white, and silver. These colors tend to match perfectly with one another and will remind people of a beautiful wintry night.

Less Common Color Themes

Lilac / Purple Themes

You may wish to go for a lilac or lavender or purple main color teamed with silver or gold. For something totally different, you might want to team this with pink.

Black and White

While unusual, this color theme may suit some decor schemes and is certainly unusual and will form a talking point.

Character Themes

Snowflake Theme

Aside from the color theme, you could always choose a snowflake theme. There are a lot of snowflake decorations that may be used by you to decorate the home or office, including hanging sparkling glitter snowflakes, snowflake string decorations to place in the front of the doors throughout the building, and even centerpieces that are designed to look just like snowflakes.

Snowman Theme

Another great theme for you to consider is the snowman theme. There are snowman decorations available that you would be able to hang on the walls, on the ceilings, and even tape to the windows of your home or office when sticking with this specific theme.

If you do not know what Christmas theme to choose when you are trying to decorate your home or office for a Christmas party, you should consider some of these different options. If you are interested in sticking with a color theme, there are quite a few different colors that are commonly used during the holiday season, including shades of red, white, blue, silver, gold, and green. If you would prefer some other type of theme, the snowflake theme or snowman theme are two of the other options worth considering.

How Many Days Until Christmas

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How Many Days Til Christmas?

Christmas Is Coming. It’s now nearly the end of September 2017 and only 93 sleeps to Christmas Day 2017. Check up on the top right of this post to see a Christmas Countdown Clock.

It’s HOW many days til Christmas? Yes, you read that right – only 93, and it will be fewer by the time you read this.

What are you doing to Prepare?

Do you know where you will be? Will you be having guests? How many? What about your budget? If you want a stress free Christmas, then start your Christmas planning early, ESPECIALLY budgeting. It saves that terrifying sinking feeling in January, when you look at your credit card bill.

Fun At Christmas

If you start planning early enough and your budget allows, you could get Christmas pajamas for all the family or Christmas sweaters. Some offices hold an “ugly Christmas sweater” competition each year. Start early for more fun and less stress.

You may also be able to plan a Secret Santa stash or discuss with your family that if budgets are tight all round, everyone gets a secret Santa gift, so you all can enjoy Christmas without worrying about purchasing expensive gifts you can’t afford. Some shops may have sales on now or shortly and you may be able to make some purchases early, to spread the cost.

Christmas Crafts can be very inexpensive, great fun and an easy way to keep children occupied for ages before Christmas. Many schools will help children from kindergarten on up to create decorations that they will want to display proudly at home. You can also make your own creations well ahead of time. The pine trees near me have been shedding cones all year round and I have a small box of them sitting nearby in a small wooden box that I got for free from a local shop, long with a large glass jar that had held pickled eggs. The wooden box already has red and green paper on it and the glass jar has had the label soaked off. One will make a good display and the other can hold pine cones soaked in a Christmas pot pourri fragrance, to make the whole house smell like Christmas for a very low cost.

What Sort Of Christmas Do You Want?

Whether you want a Bah Humbug! type Christmas, or a vacation away from it all or will have the whole family descending on you from far afield, start planning now and whatever your Christmas preferences, you will be able to enjoy them stress free!

Christmas Presents

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Getting A Christmas Gift

It sometimes seems that Christmas is all about getting, instead of giving, with children (and some adults) appearing to be totally consumed with the Christmas presents they are going to get from Santa this year.

Yet Christmas is supposed to be the season of giving, with a feeling of peace coming from providing someone else with something they have longed for, or could not afford or just plain needed!

Even giving can have its difficulties. I remember one friend telling me many years ago that the first Christmas after he was married, he and his new wife gave expensive presents to all their relatives, only to get embarrassed mumbles from the relatives and small token gifts in return. The following Christmas, of course, it was reversed, they gave token presents, each receiving a munificent Christmas gift back. It took a while before the ritual of giving and receiving among adults in that new, extended family settled down, so that there was some kind of equality in what was given and what was received.

One elderly relative will only ever give gifts, not money unless she cannot get out of it because she buys the gifts on special offer long before Christmas and puts them away, so that she can be seen to be giving something that looks more expensive than it actually was. Her other reason is that she believes children should have only toys for Christmas, she thinks that giving the parents money would mean them buying clothes instead! I think that is a left-over from her own childhood, over 70 years ago, when her parents were very poor and could not afford many toys.

Another friend starts her Christmas preparations and planning in January, buying items well ahead of time, so that she does not have a large expenditure around Christmas time. This of course is helpful – not having to still be paying in August for Christmas toys that may already have been consigned to the trash collection!

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I once asked this friend how she knew what her children would want the following Christmas and she said that the items she bought were what she termed “stocking fillers”, those small gifts that can add up in cost and are used to fill out a child’s stocking or Christmas sack to give them the pleasure of opening many presents. She felt that for many children, the pleasure came from opening many gifts, rather than just one big gift. She also bought clothes in a larger size, wrapping paper, gift tags and cards that shops were selling on offer in the January sales.

This is a totally different attitude from others who prefer to spend their budget on a single large item that a child can enjoy for Christmas and a long while after, such as a bicycle or an electronic gadget, maybe a computer or a music player.

Secret Santa

business06Buying presents for other adults can be difficult and it can be expensive unless you KNOW what they want. This is where Secret Santa comes in. In many offices, the Christmas season not only brings decorations, Christmas music on the music players and carols in the bandstand in the city center, it also brings those agonizing decisions over what to buy office colleagues. Secret Santa gifts are a useful way of ensuring people spend roughly the same amount on each other and as they are opened in public, there shouldn’t be any embarrassing items you can’t take home to your partner, of course, there are some highly funny and embarrassing items out there that you CAN use as Secret Santa items! Never heard of Secret Santa? Everyone in the office writes their own name on a slip of paper and one person collects these in a tin or cup. Then everyone removes a slip from the tin. It should contain someone else’s name and that is the person you buy a single Christmas present for. There is usually a monetary limit on what can be spent, maybe $10 or even less and a lot of the fun is finding something unusual within that limit and wrapping it so no one can guess what is inside until it is opened. All the gifts are stacked in one place (with the person’s name on the outside) and “Santa” distributes them at the office party.

I know one large family that uses the Secret Santa technique among the adult brothers and sisters. Again, their names go into a hat and each person draws out a name to buy for. They also decide on a budget limit. Each person gets one good gift and family members are not left feeling out of pocket by trying to buy for every single other adult sibling.

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Of course, you (almost) cannot go wrong by giving money. Everyone likes it. It means that several gifts of money can be put together so the person can get a larger item if they want. I also believe that by giving money to parents with very little of their own, while the children may not get as many presents, they may get food or heating or clothing that is just as important as a toy. Don’t get me wrong, I like children to get presents as much as anyone else. I also remember being given wellington boots as a birthday present (they were needed) and underwear for a Christmas present (WHAT!!!) neither of which I appreciated at the time but I would have appreciated hunger or cold even less.

Possible Christmas Gifts

Of course, these can only be suggestions  for those who are desperate to find something unexpected for someone but have no idea what to give.

Radio Controlled Vehicle

These are great fun for children and adults alike. Most males (and not a few females) from the age of 3 years up to 43 years (and older) get great fun from playing with a radio controlled car or helicopter or plane. Cars or ground running vehicles are better for young children, with less likelihood of a damaging crash before they have really got playing with it. I know one adult who never got flying his new plane because an “expert” insisted on showing him how to use it and crashing it before he got a go! There are radio controlled cars suitable for young children who can learn good mastery of fine control by playing with them. Adults may like a racing car model (these can get quite expensive) but will need a large area of flat ground available for running them. Some areas have tracks where children and adults can run their cars over a miniature racing track at the weekend. If you have one of these near you, there will always be plenty of expert advice available on models, running and maintenance. The radio controlled helicopters and planes need plenty of room outside for flying and if you have a big model, you may need to check out any local laws about height and aerodromes. Of course, the latest versions of these are called drones, taking aerial photographs and videos and there are many enthusiasts involved in this.

Flowers, Perfume, Chocolate, Biscuits, Scarf, Books and Gift Tokens

These are good stand-by presents to have available, ready-wrapped under the tree in case of unexpected visitors or if you just do not know what to give someone. I only get those items that I can unwrap and use after Christmas if no one gets them! If you are likely to get young children visiting, a coloring book and pencils or crayons is a useful stand by, even if they are getting a separate present. I used to keep craft items available to keep children amused while dinner was being prepared.

Children’s Traditional Toys

Children still love teddies, teddy bears, a soft toy, balls, books, humming tops, board games, toy trains, a doll perhaps with a dolls’ pram, dolls’ houses and bikes or trikes as much as they ever did. Some of the newer traditional toys include Lego, Meccano and other construction toys, all of which can have age appropriate versions.