Pennsylvanians are all over the top planning over-the-top, Clark Griswold, anti-Joakim decorations this Christmas season.
According to the 2020 Holiday Home Trends Report from online decor company Modsy, 69% of Pennsylvanians say they will welcome Santa with a fully decorated holiday display.
That ties Pennsylvania with Washington state for third place among the most Christmas-happy states, behind Illinois at 71% and Texas at 70% and ahead of Ohio at 67%.
“It makes sense that many people are putting extra effort into their holiday decor this year so they can make their home a place of joy and pleasure since they’ll be spending so much time there this season,” said Alessandra Wood, vice president for style. at Modsy, which surveyed 2,000 people across the country to develop the trend report.
About 93% of respondents said that it is important to them that everyone is comfortable, warm, cozy and together in their house.
Modsy noted that this year people are putting a lot of emphasis on making sure their home is a relaxing, comfortable place for everyone to spend time together. In interior design, a Hygge design style is about coziness, comfort and warmth. And this year is the season to get your Hygge on.
The kitchen was ranked as the most important room for keeping the holidays going with 84%, while the family room was second.
The Corona pandemic is playing a major role in holiday infrastructure planning, according to the survey: Thirty-one percent of respondents said they would be open to a COVID-themed Christmas tree or Christmas decoration, while 59% plan to place increased emphasis on their house’s entryway to help maintain sanitary areas and act as a barrier between outside bacteria and the clean inside.
Modsy also offered some pandemic-centric decorating tips:
• Make it completely unique this year. Try choosing a new, unique theme for your tree or decor this year. If you use the same traditional decorations every year, you might consider sprucing them up with a new color, theme, or out-of-the-box material, like tulle or tinsel, to add a pop. Or maybe this is the year to make a classic popcorn garland. Plus, it will give you something fun to do with all the extra time at home due to COVID.
• Work with what you have. If the space is too tight for a tree, be smart and try hanging some ornaments in the living room windows using ribbons of different lengths. Placing a wreath on your front door and stringing garland around entryways, arches, stairs or mantles can also inspire your home’s festive atmosphere without using up valuable space.
• Create a central holiday decor display for the family to gather around. For many people, the focal point of the decoration is the Christmas tree or the fireplace mantle. But there are plenty of other creative places to design your main eye-catching holiday display. Make sure it’s somewhere with space for people to gather around, such as a stunning tablescape or a small cottage village, as this will naturally draw the family together. You can create these moments in any multifunctional space that is highly visible, but the living room tends to be the best place.
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