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Cozy for Christmas: Tips & tricks on how to decorate for Christmas at college!

Decorating for the holidays can be so much fun. I have always found decorating for Christmas to be one of the best times of the year. There is just something so different about bringing down ornaments from the attic, picking out a tree, and making your living space feel way cozier and more festive. Here are some tips on how to do just that!  

  1. Christmas Lights. Whether you like warm lights, white lights, blue lights or multi-colored lights, find the Christmas lights that fit your style and incorporate them into your space. This can be done by wrapping them around the railing of a staircase, around an artificial tree, stringing them up on your room ceiling or laying them around other decorative pieces. 
  2. Garland/Winter Decor. Next, add in some winter garlands, whether that be evergreen branches or shimmery tinsel and place these around your space similarly. This will elevate your space and make it look more wintery. I like to make my space look “woodsy,” so I like to add pinecone branches.  
  3. Textures. Textures are one of the best ways to incorporate coziness into your space. Waffle-knit and shaker-knit are my two favorite textures that add fun dimension. These textures can be found in blankets, pillowcases, candle covers and more!  
  4. Ornaments. There are so many colors, styles and pattern sets of ornaments to choose from. Find colors that fit your aesthetic or mix and match for a more traditional look. If your space does not allow for a big tree, there are smaller artificial trees that can sit on top of dorm fridges or accent surfaces in your living area!    
  5. Cultural Decor. I am German, so I like to incorporate cultural pieces into my Christmas decor. I like to decorate with Advent calendars, German chocolates, wood carvings and “gluckspilz” or “lucky mushroom” toadstool decorations. Adding items that remind you of your heritage adds a personalized cozy touch to any living space.  
  6. Religious Elements. It’s always a good idea to remember the reason for the season! Set up a nativity set in a space where you will see it often. You can also add items that have religious words on them such as “Joy to the World,” “Silent Night,” “Adore Him,”     etc. I have a placemat that reads “Noel” that I repurposed as a table runner for the nightstand in my room.  
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