With the turkey leftovers stuffed in tupperware and the rich fall colors blown from the trees it’s time to switch the calendar to the last month of the year.

December is upon us and a change in decor is something many of us look forward to. Wreaths hung on doors, lights strung outside and inside let the decorating begin. It’s time to deck the halls.

Bringing the spirit of the holidays into our homes doesn’t have to be stressful. Find ways to incorporate loved ones in the fun. Make Homemade ornaments, string popcorn, and ask for opinions these are all ways to share in the excitement of the season.

Fireplace mantels, and tabletops are ideal areas to decorate. Don’t have a mantel to hang the stockings? Let's get creative. Try hanging them from a buffet, a dresser, on the staircase railing or even from a necklace tree.

Bringing nature indoors is a less expensive way to decorate. Pine cones and fresh evergreen add just the right touch. Fill lanterns with faux cranberries, Christmas ornaments or pieces of peppermint. Add warmth with the soft glow of candles. Flameless candles with timers are an investment for any time of year decor.

Poinsettias with a dusting of glitter bring holiday color to life. Ribbons and bells, sleighs and trees, snowmen or santa collections, villages and nativity sets. Grab a basket and pack it full of your favorite Christmas stories. Stack all your favorite holiday movies on a shelf. Consider lining the tops of your cupboards with greenery and add bows to the cupboard fronts. In the family room you can never have enough pillows and soft cozy throws are invite warmth these chilly winter nights.

However you deck your halls may your holidays be merry and your hearts be full.