Do you remember when you were a kid how you actually got a few weeks off from school during the Christmas season? Wouldn’t it be great if that could happen (with paid days off) at work now that you are an adult?

Unfortunately, that’s probably not a wish that Santa is going to bring you this year, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t be in the festive spirit while working at home. As a matter of fact, we have a few holiday decorating tips that are sure to keep you excited about the holiday season—even if you only get a couple of days off:

Decorate your door. One mistake that a lot of people who work from home tend to make is that they act like since their office is in their house that it doesn’t have to be treated like one. That couldn’t be further from the truth. While you may have already decorated your front door for the holidays, putting something like a wreath, a paper snowflake, some garland or even wrapping your entire door of your office is not only an extra “visual treat”, but it can remind those living within the house that it’s a working space.

Get some Christmas accessories. Thanks to places like Wal-Mart and local arts & crafts stores, you can pick up decorating accessories such as a Christmastime mouse pad, a holiday-themed pencil holder and even a picture that has a holiday message for a fairly economical price. The wonderful thing about these options is that you can keep them (and reuse them) for years to come. Christmas never goes “out of style”.

Purchase some “Instant Snow”. Are you aware that there is a company that makes “fake snow”? Just by adding a bit of water, it produces a non-toxic substance that looks very close to the real thing that you can place on your bookshelf, window sills or even on your fireplace mantel (if you’re lucky enough to have one in your office). You can purchase it for a less than $20 (including shipping) at websites like Amazon.

Use candles creatively. Candles are a “décor staple” for Christmas and so it can always be a nice touch to purchase some that have holiday scents like pumpkin and apple spice. If you’re Jewish or you’re someone who observes Kwanzaa, a creative thing that you can do is to purchase your own menorah or make your own Kwanzaa display complete with a kinara (an arch design candle holder) and even some corn, a cup and a decorative mat.

Get a tree. How could we possibly do an article like this and not discuss the importance of having a tree? If you already have one in your home, you probably don’t want to go all out and purchase a large evergreen, but a little miniature one would be cute for your desk or you can even do something as simple as get an evergreen branch and place it into a glass vase or a bowl of water. It’s a subtle holiday touch that can create the scent of pine for your entire office. Happy Holidays!

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