Christmas Home Decorating:
Joy to the World
by Giorgina Devereaux
interior aspect of Christmas home decorating is so much fun because you
can put decor everywhere and not worry about the wind blowing it around.
With so much to choose from, you have an unlimited amount of
choices and finding things you like should not be an issue.
It all depends
on what your budget is.
With a bit of work, there are many great finds at reasonable prices that
will dazzle your home for the holidays.
In order to make things easier on
everyone, I will focus on some of the more popular types of interior
decor since it is probably not that difficult to find.
For the entry way:
The entry way is the first thing we see when we
open the door. If you happen to have a decent sized foyer, there are several
things you can do.
Have a bare hall tree? You can dress up that lonely hall
tree by wrapping garland around it to give it almost a candy cane like
appearance and you can finish it off by placing a nice red bow on the
If you have a hall tree bench, you can intertwine red and green
garland and place it over the top area and allow the rest to dangle on the
You can also include lights within the garland for added shimmer to your
Christmas home decorating.
idea is to place some pre-lit outdoor garland over the top of the hall tree
On each side of the hall tree, you can place a lighted
faux topiary that is contained inside a bronze, gold, or silver urn.
option is to place one large German nutcracker on either side of the hall
tree bench, which almost seems to greet visitors.
A small lighted artificial tree is also a great way to
adorn your foyer with Christmas home decorating. You can put faux sparkly gifts that are pre-lit with clear
lights that appear to glow from within.
These types of glowing presents come
in an assortment of sizes, which adds variety and is a nice decorative
You can also place a tall father Christmas figurine
that carries a decorated tree and lovely brocade bag in the foyer. This
makes an incredible first impression as you make your way indoors.
If your entry way is small, there are still creative
ways to decorate. You can place a German nutcracker as a way to welcome you
indoors, along with placing a nice wreath on the wall opposite the front
door (assuming you have such a wall).
are beautiful and fragrant. You can find this herbal foliage handmade with:
Not only is their fragrance pleasant,
but they are lovely to look at and the festive colorful bow gives it extra
- fresh bay
- purple oregano
- chile de arbol
- dried dill
- green artichoke
- fresh salal
- eucalyptus leaves
- dried pomegranates
- poppy pods
- pine cones
- and more
If the toy soldier appears too large for the entry
area, you can display a medium sized snowman or reindeer figurines instead.
In addition, you can order vinyl lettering that makes a
heart warming statement for the holidays, such as a biblical quote or
something that speaks from the soul and display it on the wall next to or
above the wreath.
This lettering can be ordered in red or green colors for
that extra Christmas home decorating cheer.
Lastly, if this is part of your tradition, let’s not
forget to hang the mistletoe over a designated doorway. This plant has a
long and interesting history. However, in our modern day, hanging a
mistletoe is associated with Christmas time.
Whenever someone is caught
standing beneath the mistletoe, they have to surrender a kiss to whoever
requests it. Be careful not to leave it lying around because it has been
said that mistletoe is poisonous if humans and domesticated animals consume
For the family room/living room, there is an assortment
of lovely items you can display. Above the fireplace mantel, you can hang a
On the fireplace mantel, you can place reindeer
figurines opposite one another, with a mantel swag consisting of feather and
garland surrounding them. Behind these items, you can display an assortment
of candles set in lovely candle holders of varying heights in either silver
or gold depending on your theme.
If you want to incorporate extra details
into your candle sticks, you can add candle rings that consist of roses,
pine cones, and a variety of leaves and berries.
are so many mantel swags and garland to choose from. You can find some
adorned with red feathers, while others have a snow frosting that welcomes
the wintry outdoor feel inside.
If your staircase has railing, you can hang two or
three wreaths or large red bows (if space allows) spaced out accordingly on
You can intertwine garland along the banister for that extra
You can also place rich boughs of multi-tonal faux bay leaves that are
sold pre-arranged on your banister as well for that lush and magnificent
look. It adds so much beauty and enchantment to your Christmas home
Stockings, along with stocking holders are a must have for the fireplace.
It is a symbol of a long held tradition, and for some families, they want to
continue this tradition for years to come.
You can stuff an assortment of
lovely treasures into these stockings. You have so many to choose from, and
they are available in different styles, sizes, and colors. There are some
that feature a festive tassel, lush cording, and are made from beautiful
burgundy and gold fabrics giving it a luxurious look.
You can even have them
personalized with your name embroidered in a lovely script font.
At the base of the fireplace, you can display a poinsettia set in an urn
on each side of it for added beauty. The history behind the tradition of
displaying poinsettias dates back several centuries to one Christmas Eve in
On that Christmas Eve, a little girl named Pepita who was very poor had no
gift to offer to the Christ child. Her cousin Pedro convinced her to give a
humble gift. While en route to the church, Pepita gathered some weeds that
she found along the road. Once at the church, she approached the altar and
an amazing thing happened – the weeds turned into brilliant flowers.
interesting how there is a story behind every thing, including how for years
many believed that the poinsettia was toxic if consumed by humans and
Although the genus (Euphorbia) to which the poinsettia plant
belongs to does contain some highly toxic plants, the popular poinsettia
itself is not considered toxic.
rumor about the dangers of poinsettia leaves is associated with a poisoning
case that occurred in 1919 where a two-year old child died. At the time, the
cause of the poisoning was mistakenly determined to be a poinsettia leaf.
information source by the name of POISINDEX, which is the primary resource
utilized by the majority of poison control centers nationwide, states that a
child who weighed 50 pounds would have to consumer over 500 poinsettia
leaves in order to reach an even potentially toxic dose of compounds in the
Another option for the base of the fireplace is a
nativity scene. Nativity scenes are beautiful and consist of a depiction of
the birth or birthplace of Jesus.
Christian nativity scenes display Jesus in
a manger, Joseph and Mary in a barn, a donkey and an ox, and it may even
include the Magi or Three Wise Men, shepherds and sheep, angels, and the
Star of Bethlehem.
The traditional scenes that include the shepherds and the
Magi are not representative of the actual Bible story, since the Magi
arrived much later than the shepherds.
However, incorporating the Magi into
the nativity scene brings to mind the origins of Christmas.
For the dining room, you can hang snowflakes
from the chandelier or decorated garland with pine cones. You can also hang
snowflakes from the ceiling as well to give the impression that it is
Other ideas include taking garland and hanging it below the ceiling
in a swag pattern.
you have sconces in your dining room, a drop swag can be attached at the
base of a sconce.
It is a beautiful fixture in your home because of the
combination of lush greenery adorned with ribbons, pine cones, and other
For Christmas home decorating in the bedrooms, you can display snowman designed
candle holders and other decorative Christmas figurines on your nightstands
If you have a canopy bed, you can tie red bows to the top of
If your bed has a headboard, attaching a nice red bow in the
center adds punch.
For the bathroom(s), you can place gorgeous figurines
of angels trumpeting, along with a mantel swag in the center to add
interest. On the vanity, you can include candles set in gorgeous candle
There are beautiful Christmas towel sets available in red, green,
or gold colors that can be placed in the bathroom. These little details go a
long way in making your holiday special because of the time and effort
If you have a long vanity, you may also place a poinsettia in each
corner. Poinsettias have such a magical look to them.
If you happen to have a lonely hallway, you can hang a
couple of wreaths or bows on the wall. A beautiful pine berry topiary set in
an urn displayed in the hallway corner looks fabulous too.
kitchen is the place where everyone convenes no matter what the occasion is.
A must have is an advent calendar. It is a fun way to count down the days
leading up to Christmas as well as an excuse to delight in what lies behind
each little door.
There are so many to choose from – some come with a Santa
design, while others with a snowman or a depiction of a child leaving
cookies for Santa.
You can also incorporate poinsettias in a bronze, silver,
or gold urn into your kitchen. A great place to put them is on a ledge above
your cabinets or refrigerator (if you have a ledge), or you may display one
on the counter.
You can also display a small fiber optic Christmas tree
on the kitchen counter, along with small Christmas figurines consisting of
angels, reindeer, Santa, or a snowman.
On the kitchen table, a Santa,
snowman, or Christmas themed candy dish is always a great decorative item
and a pleasant treat for visitors.
I am thrilled to pass on these ideas because
Christmas is such an important occasion that merits making Christmas home
decorating as unique and spectacular as possible.
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