20 Ways To Make Your Christmas Merry & Bright

Welcome to the 354th Metamorphosis Monday!

Christmas is just 45 days away and I’ve noticed lots of folks are Pinning and Instagramming Christmas ideas for inspiration.

At the top of BNOTP, you’ll find a category called, Holiday Home. Under Holiday Home, you’ll find a subcategory called, Christmas. Under Christmas you’ll find lots of decorating ideas, house tours, crafts, movies, recipes, tablescapes and napkin folds for a very merry Christmas.

For this Met Monday, I’m linking to 20 previous posts that I hope you’ll find helpful as you plan for your holiday decorating this year. Wow, just 45 days ’til Christmas…how that can be?!

Click on the title of any post below to access that post. 

  1. How To Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows

How to Hang Wreaths on Exterior Windows


2. Insanely Awesome Champagne Punch

Insanely Awesome Champagne Punch 2


3. A Plaid Christmas & Lighting Christmas Trees via Remote

Christmas Presents Wrapped in Craft Paper


4. Easy Repair for Dead Christmas Tree Lights

Easy Repair for Dead Christmas Tree Lights


5. Make a Snowman Spice Cake

Snowman Spice Cake Image


6. 21 Holiday Party Drinks (Non-alcholic Included, too)

21 Holiday Party Drinks


7. Create Your Own Pottery Barn Inspired Lit Garland



8. Make a Colonial Williamsburg Apple Tree centerpiece



9. Christmas Tree Napkin Fold Tutorial

Christmas Tree Napkin Fold


10. 12 Beautiful Staircases to Sneak Down on Christmas Eve

12 Beautiful Christmas Banisters 3


11. Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients

Emergency Substitutions for Common Ingredients


12. A 15-Minute Christmas Centerpiece

Easy Christmas Centerpiece You Can Make in 15 Minutes Using Greenery from Your Yard 2a


13. Make a Wine Ice Chiller for Your Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Year’s Celebration



14. Christmas Table Setting with Centerpiece Featuring Dept. 56 Lit Houses

Christmas Table Setting with Dept. 56 Lit Houses

15. Make a Cranberry Trifle for Christmas

Cranberry Trifle, Great for a Christmas Dessert_wm


16. Join me on a Tour of the home in the Movie, A Christmas Story

Under the sink


17. 10 Beautiful Christmas Mantels Santa Would Be Lucky To Land Under

10 Beautiful Christmas Mantels


18. Tour a Beautiful Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas

Victorian Home Decorated for Christmas


19. Decorate a Lantern for Christmas With Greenery From the Garden

Lantern Decorated for Christmas


20. Take a Tour of “Rosehill Cottage” in the Movie, The Holiday

Rosehill Cottage in the movie, The Holiday


Looking forward to all the wonderful Before and Afters for this Metamorphosis Monday!

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  1. Thanks so much for hosting!!


  2. Thanks so much for hosting! Your link party consistently brings more traffic to my blog than any other! And thanks for providing the links to all of your fabulous Christmas posts… can’t wait to check them out! I can see they will provide great inspiration! πŸ™‚ ~Rhonda

  3. So much wonderful inspiration Susan!! It certainly gets you in the mood for Christmas! Thanks so much for hosting!

  4. What a terrific roundup of your past posts, Susan. I know I’ve pinned at least one or two, and have soaked up much of your advice. Thanks for sharing all together in one post, and for hosting us.

  5. Wow, so much holiday inspiration here! I love the centerpiece ideas and will definitely be trying some of the drink recipes, too. Thanks for hosting!

    • Thanks, Julie…that centerpiece really is so easy and would be easy to change up with different fruit or greenery, according to what you have growing in your garden.

  6. Dawn Anderson says

    Thank you for all you do for us. This is awesome! 20 Christmas ideas. I am very grateful to have such a wonderful internet friend in my life. Thanks again with much gratitude.

  7. I just loved this post, and, boy, am I in the mood for Christmas now!

  8. Thanks for sharing all your Christmas inspiration and tutorials for decking the halls Susan!

  9. What a treasure trove of Christmas Susan, thank you for the roundup and for another Met Monday!

  10. I’ve been thinking about serving a champagne punch at a holiday party so your referral comes at a good time.

  11. Thanks for the party, Susan and for sharing so much Christmas fun in one place! I can never seem to get enough of your pretty dining room. Must be the red! I am off to pin and poke around a bit. You know I am starting with the post where you’re under the sink! πŸ˜‰

  12. Thanks for the great ideas, Susan. I love all of them, but my favorite is the Christmas houses centerpiece — adorable! I don’t think I’ve ever seen that done before, and I may have to copy that since we have a few houses from It’s a Wonderful Life. Was that sugar you used for the snow?

  13. Great post, Susan!! Thanks so much for sharing your beautiful and creative decoration projects. God bless.

  14. Lots of great ideas, Susan! Thanks again for including mine in your Christmas mantel post! And…I can personally vouch for your yummy champagne punch! Hugs…Debbie

    • Thanks, Debbie! How are your kitty babies? I hope every sweet furry face is doing great! I’ve started following a couple of kitties on Instagram and the pics keep me laughing each day. πŸ™‚

  15. Gulp! That hit me square in the head. Just 45 more days until Christmas, I had not counted. I better get busy! Thanks for the party and all the inspiration, Susan.

  16. Susan, thank you for hosting; and especially for all of the inspiration through the years! Have a lovely week. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  17. Susan, thanks for hosting!

  18. That image of you under the sink is priceless! Have a great week …
    Helen in Bend

  19. THANK YOU for this post!!! Some (many) of my favorite posts all in one place!! I will be revisiting many of them!!! Happy Monday and thanks for hosting!

  20. Susan, I love seeing the exterior of your beautiful home at Christmas time. It is the most inviting Christmas look anywhere. Thank you for sharing all of these great Christmas ideas. I had forgotten about that cute snowman cake. Thanks for hosting.

    • Thanks so much, Laurie! Wreaths on windows have to be my most fave Christmas decoration. I’ve been putting them up earlier and earlier each year…just can’t resist. Do you think my neighbors would talk about me if I put them up the day after Halloween. lol πŸ˜‰

  21. Amazing collection of so many different Christmas posts. And looking forward to new ideas too.

  22. Thank you so much for the party Susan! I can’t wait to check out all that Christmas inspiration:). Have a great week and take care, Tara

  23. If I haven’t told you lately, I just want to thank you for your blog. I have stepped outside the box in my unsureness of mixing and matching colors, textiles and decor. It’s so much fun coming to your site every day/week to see what is new.

    I started on the vintage tartan tablescape at work. You can’t tell from the pictures you posted but WS presidio Silver Chargers are underneath the tartan chargers. It looks like the edge of the tartan charger but it’s the presidio. My manager was as amazed as I was when I put the plates out on the table. I can’t wait until tomorrow when I finish it.

    I seriously would have ever put those plates together, let alone the napkins and napkin rings. It’s going to be a really pretty and elegant table.

  24. Hi, Susan! What a fun post you had with all the links! Thanks for making it easy to find all this good stuff! I immediately went to the staircase one, because I have “a thing” about staircases. We, too, hang our stockings (11 of them last year, 12 this year for our newest baby!) on the banister (I’ve included pictures in some of my Christmas posts), so of course yours caught my attention.

    Thanks for hosting a party for us! Best to you, ~Zuni

  25. Thanks for hosting another lovely party with so many great ideas! Looking forward to checking them out!

  26. Thanks for a great party–I had fun looking at some of the projects shared today!

  27. Thanks for sharing your awesome past holiday posts. There’s a few in there that I missed and I can’t wait to check them out. Hope you have a great week!

  28. Thank you for hosting Susan!

  29. omgosh so much great info. for the holidays!!! i need to get a glass of wine and read thru all of it. thanks so much. i love it! xo- maryjo

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