Are you traveling this holiday season?

It can be tempting to leave the decor dusting in the attic when you’ll be away for the holidays, but even if you don’t get out ALL your seasonal gear, that doesn’t mean you can’t still make your home holiday-ready and full of all that electric cheer.

This hits all-too-close to home, as this year (for the first year since I’ve been married!) we are traveling for Christmas… and opted to leave the majority of the decor secure in storage. Rather than dragging out boxes, then putting them away weeks later after having gotten minimal use out of it all, we’re keeping the “big” stuff put.

Instead, I’ll get out a mini tree, hang the stockings, and maybe put up a few lights. I also ordered a felt Christmas tree with ornaments for my kids so that they can decorate and play with for weeks to come. It’s our “tree” for the year, but also a source of fun! (At least I hope it’s going to be a hit, the verdict’s still out!)

Sure, part of me is sad about not having a “real” tree this year! But as we won’t be home for actual Christmas, there’s no tree missing to be had! (Also, who really wants to bring down our huge tree from storage and put it back up?)

By sticking to the smaller stuff, we are still able to add some holiday cheer, but without the heavy lifting. Some traditions I’m not skimping on that also add to the experience:

-Updating house scents to Christmas and winter scents! Hello Winter Candy Apple, Twisted Peppermint, and Tis the Season!

-Holiday crafts. Themed paintings, gingerbread houses and more will soon be taking up the entirety of the kitchen!

-Music! If you don’t blast Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Glee, and Home Alone stations, is it even Christmas?

-Watching holiday movies: Hallmark, Elf, Christmas Vacation, The Santa Clause, and more!

-Holiday cooking/baking. It’s my favorite time of year to make cookies, homemade Chex Mix, toffees, and anything peppermint chocolate!

What are your favorite ways to keep the holiday spirit alive at your home?