RING in the fes­tive sea­son with th­ese ir­re­sistible sea­son buys.

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IF you’re feel­ing more like the Grinch in­stead of a ci­ti­zen of Whoville when Christ­mas rolls around be­cause you don’t sprin­kle hol­i­day dé­cor around your home, this year calls for a change of at­ti­tude. ’Tis the most won­der­ful time of the year af­ter all! Cel­e­brat­ing and dé­co­rat­ing for the fes­tiv­i­ties shouldn’t be seen as a chore, but rather a host of fun ac­tiv­i­ties through which you can up­grade your home with ex­tra stylish sea­sonal cheer. Th­ese buys are so pretty you’ll want to leave them up year-round!

1. THE count­down to Christ­mas seems to be get­ting ear­lier and ear­lier each year, but on the plus side this means more time to shop for those must-have dé­cor items to get your home ready for the fes­tive sea­son. Count down the days to Christ­mas with an ad­vent cal­en­dar. This one has 24 num­bered draw­ers for spe­cial treats.

Sil­ver Ad­vent Cal­en­dar: R232, Next

2. THERE’S noth­ing more im­por­tant for your Christ­mas din­ing than a show-stop­ping cen­tre­piece. But what about in­vest­ing in one that can adorn the din­ing room ta­ble all year round? A clas­sic can­de­labra is a must-have for any home pre- or post-Christ­mas.

Three Arm Metal Can­de­labra: R399.99, Mr Price Home

3. ISN’T it such a waste to spend all that time wrap­ping beau­ti­ful gifts when you know, come De­cem­ber 25, it will be all on the floor? Show them off be­fore then! Line your stair­case with the metic­u­lously wrapped presents or ar­range boxes at the foot of the bed so you’ll wake up to a hol­i­day dis­play ev­ery morn­ing. It’s a sim­ple way to add to the am­bi­ence of a room.

Gold Glit­ter Washi Tape: R45, Must Love Party

4. ONE of the most en­joy­able ri­tu­als of the silly sea­son is no doubt dé­co­rat­ing the tree with co­pi­ous amounts of lights, tin­sel, plas­tic stars and an as­sort­ment of rein­deer. Tree or­na­ments could be ones that have been passed down through gen­er­a­tions or you could be start­ing afresh with a mod­ern take on the tra­di­tion. Our ad­vice? Make sure the tree is the fo­cal point of your Chris­mas dé­cor and that it re­flects your per­sonal and home’s style.

Wood­lands Christ­mas Mouse: R85, Wool­worths

Irides­cent White 1.8m Christ­mas Tree: R2 450, TakeALot

5. TAKE the fes­tiv­i­ties out­side too. Hang fairy lights over land­scap­ing fea­tures to il­lu­mi­nate your back yard. Drape them around trel­lises, bird­baths and foun­tains.

This also makes for a gor­geous out­door en­ter­tain­ing area.

Ici­cle Lights: R250, Glo Light­ing

6. IF you want to spend Krist­mas like Kylie would, don’t for­get to add rose-gold fea­tures to your setup.

Rose Gold Se­quin Ta­ble Run­ner: R150, Randz Dis­trib­u­tors

Rose Gold Vase: R999, UFO Fur­nish­ers Cham­pagne Flute: R85, Po­etry

7. GET bak­ing! If the smell of freshly baked gin­ger bread cook­ies doesn’t put you in the mood for cel­e­bra­tions, noth­ing re­ally will. Com­ple­ment the sea­son with a fra­grant back­drop of yummy sea­sonal scents.

Santa And Friends Cookie Cut­ters (Set Of Four): R149, Kitchen Craft

White Ba­sics Di­a­monds Three-Tier Cake Stand: R399, Maxwell & Wil­liams

8. WHAT’S more OTT and trendy than glit­ter and gold? Glam it up this hol­i­day sea­son with a palette of glit­ter and gold. Gold-dipped ta­ble ac­cents, a shiny ta­ble run­ner or all-out glit­tered un­der­plates – the pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less!

Katie Alice Stain­less Steel Cut­lery (Set Of 16): R999, Yup­piechef

Swank Round Side Plate: R99, Maxwell & Wil­liams

Fir Tree Dé­co­ra­tion: R369, Zara Home

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