Sola Station’s Guide to Decorating for the Holidays

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As the holidays are quickly approaching, we’re certainly feeling the holiday spirit this year. Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, Christmas decorations seem to be appearing all around us. Decorating for the holidays can be difficult when living in an apartment, however, Sola Station is here to provide you with some helpful tips and tricks to make the process easier.

It surely isn’t hard to find Christmas decorations this time of year. Some stores even begin displaying them months in advance. Luckily for you, Columbia offers an array of stores where you can find great deals on holiday decorations. Be sure to check out Hobby Lobby, Target, TJ Maxx, Michaels, and Re-Invintage when shopping for seasonal décor this year! Buying Christmas decorations can sometimes get a little pricey if you’re buying a lot at one time. We’ve found that most stores will have large sales on their holiday decorations after Christmas has passed. This is always a great time to stock up on decorations for the following year!

Everyone knows that the focal point of Christmas is always the Christmas tree. Whether you prefer the sweet pine aroma of a real tree, or the ease and simplicity of an artificial tree, both can be purchased at several locations near Sola Station. If you’re looking for an artificial tree, they can be purchased at stores such as Target, Big Lots, and Hobby Lobby. Lowes and Walmart carry artificial and real Christmas trees in-store. Home Depot sells artificial trees in-store, and real trees can be purchased online only.

Holiday safety is a huge concern this time of year. Being prepared and cautious can help to prevent unnecessary accidents from happening in your apartment. Christmas trees, both real and artificial, can be a fire hazard if not cared for properly. If you have a real Christmas tree, you should cut off about 2 inches from the trunk to expose the fresh wood for better water absorption. Real trees need to be kept hydrated, so make sure to water it frequently (every day, if possible). If you have an artificial tree, check all of the cords to ensure that none of the wires are frayed or damaged. Artificial trees should also be fire-resistant. When setting up your Christmas tree, make sure to keep it away from any heat source. When going to bed or leaving the house, don’t forget to unplug any lights on the tree or any other decorations. Don’t overload the electrical outlets and try to use surge protectors if you need to plug in multiple electrical cords. Be especially careful with candles- when lit, keep them away from Christmas trees, curtains, paper, or any other holiday décor. Using battery-operated candles is a great alternative to regular candles. Poinsettias are a popular holiday plant; however, some may not know that they can be poisonous to pets and children if eaten. Ornaments on the Christmas tree can also be hazardous to pets and children. Non-breakable ornaments with no removable parts are best along the bottom half of the tree in case a child or your pet were to knock them off.  It’s best to keep children and pets away from the tree to prevent it from getting knocked over and to make sure that none of the wires are being chewed on.

Sola Station has a few additional recommendations for decorating a smaller space- use a tabletop tree if you don’t have room for a full-sized tree, add some decorative throw pillows and blankets to your couch, hang holiday window décor, and utilize wall space by hanging festive pictures and signs. We’re so grateful for all of our amazing residents! We hope you have a wonderful holiday season filled with warmth, love, and happiness. Happy Holidays from your friends at Sola Station!

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