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7 Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List

Ok, it’s time to decorate for Christmas. I know it’s exhausting, but the kids sure like it, and that includes the grownup kids. So on with the traditions and get out the decorations. Here are seven Christmas decorating ideas to get you started.

Seven Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List 

  1. Tree

If you are seeking new ideas for your tree, something as simple as some new ribbon will brighten up your tree ornaments without breaking the bank. When it comes to decorating the tree, remember that lights can be repaired reasonably easily nowadays. Watch this video for some pointers to repair your Christmas lights.

  1. Banister

The banister is a must for holiday decorating. It continues Christmas ambiance throughout the home, and makes the whole house feel cheerier. Try wrapping pre-lit, faux garland and ribbon around the handrails.  

 Seven Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List

  1. Mantle

If you have a hearth, it has got to at least have stockings hung on the mantle – keeping in mind all safety precautions of course. If you need some ideas for decorating the hearth for Christmas, check out Pinterest, there is an endless amount of Christmas mantle decorating ideas to inspire you.

 Seven Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List

  1. Wreath

A wreath is a must for welcoming holiday guests. The possibilities are endless for what you can use to adorn your front door. Traditional evergreen wreaths are always a good option, or consider something unusual like a painted frame or a pair of antique ice skates with some embellishment to make your door festive. Pinterest is a great resource for Christmas wreaths ideas.

 Seven Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List

  1. Doorway

If you really want to go all out on the front door area, a garland is a beautiful concept to adorn your entryway. Evergreen garland is classy and can be easily added to, or you can go for something out of the ordinary like a huge amount of colorful Christmas balls wired together.

 Seven Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List

  1. Porch

You can take your doorway décor a step further by decorating the porch area if you have the space. Consider putting out an antique pair of ski’s or an antique sled with a beautiful ribbon on it.  

 Seven Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List

  1. Outdoor Christmas Lights

If you like outdoor Christmas displays, professional Christmas light installation is the way to go to put lights on your house. You have too much to do to decorate the rest of the house and get the shopping done to try and hang the lights on your own. Plus, a professional Christmas light installer has the safety equipment and training. Don’t risk your well being and holiday happiness by trying to hang lights on your roof by yourself. That’s what Five Star Holiday Decor is here for, to save you time and hassle and make sure your home’s Christmas lights look amazing.  

Seven Christmas Decorating Ideas – Holiday Home Decoration List

These 7 Christmas decorating ideas are meant to bring you joy. If this holiday home decoration list is overwhelming and causing you stress, remember, it’s more important to have a happy family than a perfectly decorated home. If the Christmas ornaments get put on the tree by your 7-year-old and the tree looks lopsided, look at it like this, the tree is up and decorated and your little ones had a great time helping. How sweet! It’s about building good memories, not creating a Pinterest worthy image for the neighbors.

 

Have fun making memories with your family!

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Frosty ice now covers the tips of once-green grass. Artificially crafted scents of pine needles and gingerbread fill the halls of indoor shopping centers. Fires have been ignited, mugs of hot cocoa made. Boots, ear muffs, chattering teeth and foggy breath: all heralding the arrival of our favorite season of all – winter!

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1) Tried and True. For those of us who live in the more non-leafy parts of the country, covering trees from roots to tips is a common Christmas lighting technique.

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2) Leaf grief. Live in a more tropical climate? Don’t bother covering those leafy limbs in lights. How beautiful are these trees with their trunks wound in twinkling strands?

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3) We read palms. We’ve got you covered on the West Coast, too. Is there a tree more gorgeous than an illuminated palm?

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4) Christmas drippings. Here’s another method of covering your outdoor trees in lights. This technique uses strands of lights to create a glowing drapery effect.

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5) Patchwork. If you’re fortunate enough to have a natural fir growing in your yard, sporadic patches of web lighting are a random, yet modern way to give your lawn character.

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6) Pick up sticks. Don’t have trees growing in your yard? That’s okay! Make believe with a few twigs and strands of lights on your doorstep!

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7) Let it snow. A fun alternative to the traditional Christmas lighting, lights shaped like snowflakes, stars, etc. are a great way to add a little flare to your tree this season.

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8) Going in circles. Not satisfied with placing a few bundles of twigs by your door? Build your own tree with these whimsical circle lights!

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9) Having a ball. Keeping with the circular theme, these fun holiday colored lights are the perfect addition to your outdoor lighting project.

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10) By candlelight. Done with Christmas lights all together? Here’s an innovative way to light up your lawn, but be careful not to set your yard ablaze. Maybe you should try out artificial candles just to be safe.

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11) Ornamental. Is your outdoor tree left wanting a little more after you’ve wrapped it in a dozen strands? Give it a few large lit ornaments to give it that extra touch you’ve been looking for.

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12) Oh, Christmas Tree. If you’ve got the tree (and the spirit) to go all out, why not create a larger-than-life Christmas tree in your front yard? Your’e sure to be a hit around the neighborhood after this one!

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How can we help you light up your Christmas this year?

What better way to dress up your tree for the holidays than with ornaments you’ve made yourself? These project ideas are not only aesthetically appealing, but also create opportunities for spending quality time with children, relatives, spouses, and friends. So, get your crafting supplies ready, it’s time to start a new tradition and make some memories along the way!

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Good Housekeeping came up with this cute idea– hot-glue the ends of wrapped peppermint candy together to create a sweet smelling garland.

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Not sure what to do with all those Christmas cards you receive? Why not turn them into ornaments? Good Housekeeping shows a simple way to transform those cards into a beautiful decoration.

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Martha Stewart, godmother of all things arts and crafts, has even more Christmas card ornament ideas.

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Here’s Martha’s tutorial on making pom-pom snowman ornaments.

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Martha also offers templates you can use to make felt animal ornaments.

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Making ornaments can’t get easier than this. Here are templates you can print and fold into 3-D ornaments that can be embellished with personal photos.

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Using clothespins and paint, Martha shows how you can make adorable clothespin doll ornaments.

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If you’re looking for even more Christmas tree decorating ideas, read our post Oh, Christmas Tree!

Guest Blogger Paula shares her tree decorating ideas and stories behind her love for Christmas.

I always love to look at Christmas trees and how people decorate them. I am a romantic at heart so to me every ornament tells a story. They exemplify the culture of the time, show someone’s interests, and share a piece of love.

As a child, I anxiously awaited “Tree Decorating Night” when the tree would be covered in glass ornaments and icicle lights. The result was simply magical.

The first Christmas after getting married I was so excited to decorate a tree of our own. As poor college students we only had about $10 to spend. We went to the mountains and cut our tree with my family and spent our $10 on lights, a tree stand, an angel for the top, construction paper, decoupage glue and a roll of wrapping paper. I made all the ornaments with toilet paper rolls I saved. Our first tree was beautiful and filled our little apartment with Christmas magic.

Over the years as I have received ornaments from loved ones, I have added more trees. One by one, new themes were born. Among these themes are:

A Nativity Tree – making good use of a beautiful crystal chandelier from our wedding that was way past working, I took all the crystals off and made them the base of our white tree. Ornaments include representations of the nativity scene, glass balls, silver balls and accents. It is a fitting tribute to what the season is all about.

Vintage tree – When my parents died, I received a bunch of ornaments that belonged to their parents. At first, I tried displaying the vintage ornaments on a fake tree bit it just wasn’t right, so now I buy one Charlie Brown tree. I cover it with pre- and post- World War II ornaments, icicles, bubble lights and an angel topper. The only non-authentic decoration I use are the lights – too much of a fire hazard!

The Symbolism of Santa on the Santa Tree

Santa Tree – Many of our family homemade ornaments are on this tree. Every item that has to do with Santa is here: stockings, reindeer, bells, elves, etc.

Ancestor Tree – This tree is filled with items from my ancestors. I have shoes, war medals, hankies, ribbon from a wedding dress, flowers, pictures, even a cookie jar is nestled in the branches.

Other themes I have used to decorate trees include: Angels, Peppermint, Patriotic, and Snowmen. I have trees dedicated to each of our grandchildren, decorated with pictures of them and little things they like. I have decorated trees based on colors or schools, and one year for our tire store I decorated a tree with little cars and things you use in cars. The possibilities are endless!

These are a few of the endless ideas you can use to represent your own interests, love, and a bundle of Christmas cheer. Please share your themed tree ideas in the comments!

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Paula and her husband Mitch have been married 36 years. They have five children, four son-in-laws and seven-and-a-half grandchildren. Paula went to school at Ricks College and Brigham Young University. She has organized numerous community youth, preparedness and holiday events. She has written articles for Family Fun, Gooseberry Patch, The Ensign, The Grapevine, Snake River Weekly, The Post Register and other community publications. All pictures included in this post are from Paula’s home.