Now, I KNOW I am not the only person that feels this way.

How is a week from tomorrow already THANKSGIVING?!

See, I have physic powers. Okay, not really, BUT I too am having a hard time processing what time of year it is.

HVFH-Bah-Humbug

Yes, the holidays are upon us, whether we like it or not; and I think this a wonderful opportunity to implement the ole saying – “If you can’t beat them, join them!” So, here are my five ways to get your home into holiday mode:

1. Make a holiday playlist.

This is not only a household must-have but also an insanely fun time waiting to happen.

2. Use a holiday scent.

Smell is one of the best aspects of being human. It can change a mood, strike a memory . . . it also comes in so many easy-to-use forms: house sprays, candles, etc.

3. Buy a new holiday statement piece.

Your décor should never be stagnant, especially for the holidays. I encourage you to do this each year. My own personal purchase is picture above: my own little Disco Santa from CB2.com. Isn’t he cute?

4. Layout some holiday books.

I’ve always believed books make a house a home. They miraculously add automatic coziness to any space. I can’t explain it. Plus, who doesn’t love a good book?

5. Decorate for the holidays.

That’s right! Just go ahead and do it 😉 don’t fight the urge. You are the king or queen of your own castle, so make an executive decision as to when and where. I may or may not have already started myself . . .

“The perfect Christmas tree? All Christmas trees are perfect!” – Charles N. Barnard.

Well, there you have it, folks: a few simple methods to get your holiday mojo flowing. I will be posting other holiday items all month long over on my blog, Lucky Little Mustardseed, featuring other festive stuff, yummy goodies, and multiple celebratory décor D.I.Y.’s. I hope you’ll join me, but either way, have yourself a jolly holiday!

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Jenna Carlson

Jenna is a Nebraskan transplant living in sunny San Diego, California. She is farm-raised, corn-fed, and knows more than she cares to admit about making a mean mud pie. Before moving out West in Spring of 2009, Jenna earned two music degrees from the University of Nebraska at Kearney while playing “on-air” host for Central Nebraska’s FOX affiliate, Fox 4 & 17. She’s filled the past four years of her life with small office jobs, auditions galore, and a few booked gigs. Along the way, though, Jenna learned some tough lady lessons about herself, falling out of love, and how to keep the happy/creative side to life. Now with her classically handsome boyfriend (yep, Cupid found her again) and their three, four-legged kids, she’s a part-time actor, full-time upholsterer, and witty blogger of Lucky Little Mustardseed: A Truthful Evolution of Self, Happiness, & Everything Creative in Between. Oh, and she loves oversized PJ’s. She does. She really, really does.

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