There are some great ideas in the December 2008 issue of Better Homes and Gardens, including a Christmas tree decorated with handmade paper chains you can make with your children; and the small hanging oval family photos shaped with scrapbooking scissors are a cozy touch, along with a Christmas tree sitting in a large urn surrounded by oranges. A fun gift for children is origami birds with inspirational quotes inside. Some kids might enjoy making these.
Dress up your chandeliers with Christmas ornaments. [I don't have any chandeliers, but my house is full of bowls of ornaments. And pomanders are on my Christmas list.] You can use sea salt for "snow," btw. And invite the neighborhood kids over to help decorate ornaments; I bet they'll have fun covering Styrofoam balls with glitter; and neighbors will admire and appreciate you! Or make gingerbread houses.
I loved the candlelight colors (paint) in this issue; they include Golden Glimmer (Glidden), Fiery Flame (Behr), Honeycomb (Benjamin Moore), and Creamy Copper (Ralph Lauren). These are colors that wrap rooms in "warmth and ambience," (from Ideas). Also from the Ideas section is a selection of compotes for display, holding such things as hard ribbon candy and sugared fruit. Other decorative items include cascading wreaths on the front door. [A little busy for my taste.]
And if you have a copy of this issue, check out page 99 for scents of Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon Gingerbread, and Glistening Snow (Glade ad).