In much of the Western world, it's hard to ignore when Christmas is approaching. Stores install greenery and ornaments weeks in advance, twinkly lights are strung up on houses and in the trees, and Mariah Carey takes over the radio. Christmas is December 25, and even those outside the Christian faith often get the day off from work, as it is a bank holiday in the United States.
Still, the specific day of the week when Christmas falls in a given year can alter your work schedule for the holidays, as well as your travel plans (which are already likely pretty complicated due to the constraints of the pandemic). In 2020, Christmas Eve is on Thursday, December 24, and Christmas Day is Friday, December 25. It's a pretty great arrangement for most office workers, as they're likely to get a four-day weekend to celebrate the holiday—or even longer if their office shuts down the week between Christmas and New Year's Eve—and even though many folks around the country haven't returned to their traditional offices since the arrival of COVID-19, a break from Zoom is always appreciated.
If you're looking for ways to deck the halls in anticipation of Christmas and the holiday season, House Beautiful has got you covered. Here are 50+ ideas for your Christmas tree, the most festive outdoor decorations, merry tabletop decor for the holiday meal, party ideas, and so very much more.
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