We’re all waiting impatiently for the main event of winter, and we all have equally high hopes that December 25th will go off without a hitch.

In anticipation of the upcoming celebration, Enlighten has put together a selection of tricks that will make your preparations for the festive season a whole lot easier.

Different-sized lights

thekrazycouponladyIf you put up two sets of fairy lights on your Christmas tree that have different-sized lamps, then it will look far more eye-catching than normal.

Reflective decorations

thekrazycouponladyIf you add a few reflective elements to your Christmas tree, it will create the impression of a much brighter tree with far more fairy lights. And what a beautiful sight that will be!

How to wrap presents in no time at all

marthastewartIf you’ve run out of time to wrap up presents, try using this trick. Simply wrap up the item in ordinary paper, cut the shape of half a Christmas tree into it (or any other festive symbol), bend it outward, and it’s ready!

A replacement for paper snowflakes

onelittleprojectMaking your own snowflakes out of paper and attaching them to the windows is one of the simplest ideas for holiday decorations there is. But how about trying to make them not out of paper but out of glue? This is a really great way to spark your kids’ imaginations.

Ornaments made from salt dough

northstory.caprettyprudent.comukkonooaYou don’t have to spend a ton of money on craft materials if you want to decorate your Christmas tree with things you’ve made with your own hands alongside your child. For instance, you can make decorations from salt dough, which looks just as good as clay. You can find a recipe to make white salt dough here.

Making decorations from leftover wrapping paper

tatertotsandjelloThere’s always some pieces of beautiful wrapping paper after you’ve finished wrapping up all the Christmas presents, and which, most likely, you’re reluctant to throw away. Here’s a great idea for what to do with it.

The proper way to attach decorations to the walls

thekrazycouponladyIn order to stick paper decorations to the walls, first attach a piece of sticky tape, then apply the glue on top of it. That way the decorations won’t leave any lasting damage to your wallpaper.

Hiding the base of the Christmas tree

dreamalittlebiggerAn ordinary cardboard box is a great idea for hiding the base of your Christmas tree. Just wrap it up in festive wrapping paper, and it will look perfect!

Festive dinner sets

heartlovealwaysThere’s a set of forgotten glasses in almost every home. With the help of a couple of special markers, you can decorate them to look wonderfully festive, brightening up the seasonal dinner table. Find out more tips for this here.

Fairy lights for the home

<-32">thekrazycouponladyThe eternal problem with putting up fairy lights in the home is that the green power cable always draws unwelcome attention unless it’s camouflaged by the Christmas tree. However, grab a bottle of gold spray paint, and this problem can be resolved in a matter of minutes.

How to make a festive bow in a few seconds

<-35">tidbitsandtwineYou really don’t have to spend much time on decorating your home for the holidays. For example, you can make this exquisite bow from materials you have lying around at home in no time at all.

Candy ornaments

reynoldskitchensEdible Christmas tree decorations are something many of us remember with fondness from childhood. Here’s a fun modern alternative: melting down hard candy into festive shapes using cookie cutters. You can find detailed instructions here.

A festive cup

<-42">thekrazycouponladyBuy yourself a pair of bright festive socks, and you can make an attractive warmer for your morning cup of coffee.

Drying out pine cones