To those who are celebrating today, Merry Christmas!
The holidays are always one of the busiest times of the year. Shopping, decorating, celebrating, finals, gift giving… it all makes it very easy to forget one very important aspect to this Winter Vacation: the vacation part. Relaxing.
Relaxing has rarely been in the books for me. In my mind, if I’m not stressed then that makes me stressed. But sometimes, I am forced to relax. This last week I got very sick suddenly, and while I am better now, it pushed me back on a lot of very important things I had planned on doing. Last minute present shopping, returning my textbooks, and writing blog posts have all been on that list of things pushed back.
This post, for example, was meant to have been posted quite a while ago to give ideas for Christmas decor along with my DIY Christmas Tree post. However, these decoration ideas are timeless, and can be used year-round with a little twist, and I still wanted to share what we did to bring the Christmas cheer into my college dorm room with you!
So, let’s get started. Here’s how I dressed up my dorm for winter!
Lights, Stockings, and Window Cheer
One of my roommate’s dads is a Christmas light connoisseur of some sort, so shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday break ended we found ourselves with a portion of his collection. With the help of an insane amount of 3M Command Hooks we created a gorgeous display around our living room.
The lights started next to the window, and then circled around the top trim of the entire room before zig-zagging throughout the rest of the ceiling to fill in space.
The same roommate then provided adorable stockings from the dollar store with glitter-clad letters for each of our names, attached to the stocking with wire.
We used these stockings to leave little encouraging notes to each other in the weeks that approached before break.
However, the array of lights did not stop in the living room.
In addition to adding more lights in my bedroom, we also decorated the window with full force!
We grabbed some small window stickies of snowmen and trees and such, as well as the big bulb lights that normally go on the outside of houses and got to work.
This display provided a way to show our love for Christmas decorations to those who don’t normally see the inside of our dorm!
As you can imagine, when the blinds were open and one could see the lights on the window as well as the many lights inside… it was a beautiful sight.
Gift Wrapped Door
With each passing month, the decorations on our door changes. We started the semester out with our names as Elephants, but we quickly changed them to skeletons for Halloween, Turkeys for Thanksgiving, and now… gift tags on a present!
We wrapped the entire door with some cheap and cute shiny wrapping paper from the convenience store. This took a little tape and a lot of patience.
After the door was wrapped one of my roommate’s topped it off with gold garland, a golden bow, and the gift tags with our names on them.
Here was the final product:
These, in addition to our homemade Christmas Tree, completed our dorm decor. The entire process was completed over a series of 3 days, many shopping trips, multiple dance parties, and loud loud Christmas music. We truly feel that we succeeded in bringing the holiday cheer into our drab little dorm room at a time in which it was most needed… finals.
How did you decorate for the holidays? Share with me below!