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Christmas Decorations

Around December each year, you can see Christmas decorations all around. Decorating for Christmas is traditional custom, which originated many millenniums ago. The ancient man believed that by decorating the bushes during the wintertime, they could attract the spirits to come back, which they believed had fled for shelter from the harsh weather

Since then, bringing the evergreens into the home at Christmastime and putting them down by the end of Christmas, decorating the Christmas trees with candles, fruits etc and all such traditions associated with the present day Christmas, have evolved through many ages and different cultural practices.

In the United States and Europe, rolls of paper with secular or religious Christmas motifs are manufactured for the purpose of gift wrapping. Christmas decorations are also based on various Christmas motifs like Christmas trees, holly, poinsettias, mistletoe, swags, wreaths, Santa Claus, the Nativity, angels, carolers, Christmas stockings,nutcrackers, toy soldiers, sleighs, sleds, drums, drummer boys, bows, candy canes, reindeer, Christmas tree ornaments, gingerbread people and gingerbread houses, candies, stars, snowflakes, snowmen, and penguins.

Christmas trees is one of the major attractions of christmas celebrations. Christmas trees are decorated with Christmas lights and various Christmas ornaments. The interior of the house may be decorated with garlands and evergreen foliage, particularly holly and mistletoe, wreaths, stockings, Chrsitams candles, small artificial pre-lit Christmas trees. In Australia, North and South America and to a lesser extent Europe, it is traditional to decorate the outside of houses with lights, luminiaries and sometimes with illuminated sleighs, snowmen, and other Christmas figures.

Also remember that just because it is christmas does not mean one should chuck out his or her sense of fashion and wear any shoes as no one will be seeing much in snow. No, a christmas is all the more reason to wear your nine west shoes.

Decoration Ideas and Tips

  • Hang holiday wreaths -Put A wreath on every door you have. Of course, start with the front door to welcome guests. Go on to the back door, inside and out. Remember over the mantle, and in all your front windows. Don't forget bedroom doors, inside and out. use real pines, pinecones, holly, or grapevine, festive bows, red berries, fruits, ornaments, artificial birds, cookies, candies or even photographs. Artificial wreaths will last year after year (remember you will need room to store them) but real wreaths do have a wonderful scent.
  • Shop Carefully-Make sure that all the electric decorations are UL listed to ensure that they have been tested for quality and safety. Don't forget to unplug everything before you leave home or go to bed at night.
  • Add a personal touch-personalize Christmas stockings and tree ornaments with your name, your spouses name and those of your children. Even pets have their stockings; so don't forget to add its name on a stocking. Use a silver or golden glitter pen. A personalized stocking is a nice idea and will give special significance to your Christmas decorations.
  • Check your lights-Decorative Christmas lights tend to burn out at some point. Finding the faulty bulb for replacement can be tough task unless you have a strand that burns with the exception of troublesome light. Consider investing in a light tester, which will check each individual light and detect the one that needs replacing. They can be easily found at departmental stores during Christmas.
  • Blossom up-Decorate the indoors of your home with poinsettia, Christmas rose and mistletoe, which are flowers of holiday traditions. An artificial poinsettia plant in a pretty pot will always make a beautiful decoration and is also easy to take care of, as it requires no water. Christmas rose highlights the decorations with its purity and Christmas spirit. blossoming mistletoe adds a nice touch to the entire décor and particularly if you need one more reason to kiss somebody!
  • Decorate your entire home-Everybody loves Christmas decorations so get your family involved to decorate a certain area of your house each day. Don't leave any area unadorned. This is how you can do it: Tie plentiful ribbons to chair backs, candlesticks, picks in plants, wreaths, garlands, basket handles, stair railings, and doorknobs. Make some decorative floral bows of different sizes and styles using wire. Christmas centerpieces are a must for every table in your house. You can use different varieties according to the scheme of your decorations like candlestick centerpiece, poinsettia centerpiece, evergreen centerpiece, wreath centerpiece, etc. Add shine and snow to your house by sprinkling artificial snow across your tabletop or buffet or on houseplants, placing shiny ornaments in a clear glass bowl or vase, on windows, indoor plants etc.
  • Glow with candles-Apart from using LED lights for decorating the exterior or interior of your house like staircase; arrange lots of candles all around the house to add a natural glow and scented aroma. Have candlelight dinners everyday so décor the dinner table with candles. Light up the fireplace each evening and gather your family members to share some time together. Organize some pillar candles in your bathroom, on the sink or around the tub. Take time to soak and enjoy! Do ensure the safety of your house and children while decorating with candles.
  • Decorate with traditions-how about choosing a corner of house and turning it into a mini nativity scene? Use ornaments, toys, and candles to decorate it. It will be great way to add Christmas spirit to your house and its something unique as well!

Unique Christmas Decoration Ideas

Musical Ornaments

Musical ornaments along with illuminated ornaments are the newest form of Christmas ornament in the market right now. Many ornaments play Christmas songs and carols for everyone to enjoy. Fortunately most also come equipped with on/off buttons, which can regulate the sound when you don't want the music playing. They are a little expensive than the usual ornaments costing similar to the price of illuminated ornaments but they are sure to add some flavor to your Christmas decorations!

Mobile Ornaments

Mobile Christmas tree ornaments are unique, exciting and would add a whole new life to any Christmas tree. Such ornaments add an element of movement to your tree, something that all Christmas trees lacked before now. Ornaments have the ability to move up and down, side to side and all around like a dancing angel or jumping Santa Claus. They are also quite expensive and are usually found in the same price range of illuminated Christmas ornaments.

Upside-down Christmas Tree

Well, you may be surprised to hear about this unique Christmas decoration but it is one of the hottest trends of the season. You might think that its something weird and new but it has quite a history behind it. In the middle ages, Europeans hung the fir trees to represent the Trinity. But now, Christmas trees are shaped with the tip pointing to heaven, and some even think an upside-down Christmas tree is disrespectful. But the upside-down Christmas trees were recently introduced to retailers for in-store displays, so more ornaments could be displayed at eye level to the buying public. And they also left more floor space to hold extra stock of decorations. Now the upside-down Christmas trees have caught on popularity, and are being sold to the public as a novelty piece. Upside-down Christmas trees are either hung from a bracket on the ceiling like a chandelier, stood upside-down on a stand, or mounted tip-down on the wall. You can try this piece out, probably a smaller one to get used to, to do something different and unique this year!

Holiday Nosegays

Nosegays are quite easy to make and can be done to add personal touch to your Christmas decorations. Nosegays are bunches of anything that can be bundled up together and can vary in sizes, colors, styles and materials. They can be made up of glass ornaments, glittery twigs, silver leaves and bells, silk flowers, metallic baubles. For rustic themed Christmas party, you can use raffia, pinecones, acorns, berries, wheat, leaf twigs, holly, oak and balsam leaves. The elements can be natural or artificial but nosegays do add designer touch to formal Christmas gatherings and you can be as creative as you want to make them unique.

Cheap Christmas Decorations

Listed below are some ideas for cheap Christmas decorations:

  • Snowflakes look pretty decorative for the winter season and an ideal Christmas symbol. It's very simple to make- cut out a circle of white paper; fold it in half, then in three equal sections. Cut snips, triangles, squares out of each side, being careful not to cut completely across. Open and hang/paste them onto the windows and doors.
  • A great option for cheap Christmas decoration would be to use previous years Christmas lights and collected ornaments for decorations.
  • You can use old Christmas cards, cut various pictures and paste it randomly on a plain white cloth with hot glue like making a collage, use it as a wall scenery or a table spread under a transparent sheet.
  • Real flowers are an ideal way for Christmas decoration but they are quite expensive as compare to artificial flowers. So a cheap Christmas decoration would be to go for silk flowers or craft some paper flowers yourself. You can look for some projects online or in craft-making books.
  • Here's an idea for a cheap table centerpiece. You need not go for expensive Christmas candles with holders; you can use bundled candles as a centerpiece, which lights up the room. Take some 8-10 dripless candles with flat base of any color, bundle them together and tie it with a shiny ribbon of contrasting color. Place the bundle in a footed hurricane vase without touching the sides of the vase.
  • Be creative and use your imagination to create some amazing garlands. Garlands can be easily strung with a needle, a strong thread and any cluster of these items: popcorns, Styrofoam packing "peanuts", buttons, beads, cranberries, cheerios, charms, candies etc. these make easy and cheap Christmas decorations.
Home Christmas Decoration Ideas

You'll definitely find a variety of decorative items in the market, from the fancy lights to musical decors and much more. But the best décor is the one that you create, after all the spirit of Christmas is all about being together, caring and sharing. So getting together with the entire family and making some decorations would add warm touch to the decorated house.

  • Hang a collection of Christmas stockings on your mantle, a shelf or the wall. They need not be stuffed but they look very festive. Create your own tablecloth using red and green 3-dimensional fabric paints by tracing simple Christmas patterns (like stars, bells, Santa, stockings, etc.) on a plain white tablecloth.
  • Buy a clear plastic shower curtain. Use a hot glue gun to attach Christmas decorations to the outside of the curtain. Don't use glass ornaments as they break easily instead use wood or plastic ones. You can also use bows, garland, etc.
  • Dress up your houseplants - hang small Christmas ornaments on them or small white bulbs inside the bushes. This decoration is perfect for your front lawn or porch.
  • For the kids room or the study room, pile up a collection of Christmas books on a side table. It looks decorative and acts as a source of knowledge as well.
  • Wrap indoor lights around a railing or banister and get the perfect Christmas Decoration. Secure periodically with tape. Be careful to tape down the electrical cord so that no one trips over it.
  • Add color to a room with vases of red and white flowers. Use Christmas rose, carnations, mums, daisies, etc. Or, float the flowers in large crystal or glass bowls and add some floating candles to add a glow.
  • Wrap an assortment of medium to large sized boxes with Christmas wrap. Attach ribbons and/or bows. Pile the boxes in a corner from floor to ceiling. Make a gift pillar decoration.
  • Use pliers to bend coat hangers into a simple wire-frame tree shape. Wrap a string of outdoor Christmas light around the frame, attaching with electrical tape or duct tape. Stick the decoration in a flowerbed or on your front lawn.
  • Hang mistletoe and poinsettias everywhere. Use artificial or fresh flowers. These Christmas flowers bring good spirit and happiness in the household for the year forward.
  • Take a large glass plate and paint the underside of the plate with gold craft paint and let it dry. Then place the plate on a table and fill it with several white or off-white pillar candles of varying sizes and candy canes for the kids..
  • Trim doorframes, window frames and the edges of mirrors with Christmas garland secured with tape. Tie bows around doorknobs.
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