The holidays are a wonderful time of year for spending quality time with friends and family, savoring delicious foods, and of course, spreading the Christmas cheer with bright and beautiful decorations. Whether you want to transform your home into a winter wonderland with snowflakes and snowmen or go the traditional route with holly, reindeer, and Santa hats, there’s a bevy of Christmas decorations out there that are guaranteed to reflect the joyous spirit of the season. While Christmas traditions and decorations are often passed down from one generation to the next, let’s take a look at 20 must-have Christmas decorations for every festive home.
1. Christmas Wreaths
Nothing says “Christmas is here” more than a beautiful wreath on your front door! Originating in pre-Christian Germany as a sign of the coming spring and later adopted by Catholics and Protestants alike, traditional wreaths consisted of four candles surrounded by evergreens as well as a fifth candle, which was lit on Christmas Eve.
Today, however, Christmas wreaths are as varied as the homes they adorn and are used as both indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations. From traditional fresh cut wreaths made of holly or pine to artificial pre-lit wreaths with pine cones, bows, and anything you can imagine, there are some wonderful Christmas wreaths available for your front door, mantle, and anywhere else in your home.
2. Christmas Stockings
Did you know that the tradition of hanging Christmas stockings above the fireplace dates back to Saint Nicholas? The story goes that three daughters of a poor nobleman hung their wet stockings above the fireplace to dry. Feeling sorry for the girls and their lack of a dowry, it’s said that Saint Nicholas threw bags of gold down the chimney, which ended up in their stockings.
Just like Christmas trees, Christmas lights, and other Christmas decorations, Christmas stockings are now as much a part of Christmas as Santa himself. That being said, long gone are the days of boring red stockings with white cuffs. In fact, many of today’s stockings come embroidered, needle pointed, and embellished with fancy lace, buttons, and much more!
3. Nativity Scene
Seeing the smiling faces of your little ones on Christmas day as they open up their gifts from Santa may be one of the most special moments of the year. However, Christmas is all about celebrating the birth of Jesus, and a beautiful nativity scene is the perfect way to do just that!
Like all Christmas decorations, there’s a plethora of unique nativity scenes out there to choose from. If you’re looking for an outdoor nativity scene with a timeless appeal, there are dozens of elegant and unique handcrafted wooden sets that are sure to catch your eye. Perhaps you’re looking for a more colorful nativity scene to go with the rest of your outdoor Christmas decorations? If so, then you may prefer a colorful painted resin set or one with stylized figurines for children. Whichever style works best for your holiday theme, you’re all but guaranteed to find the perfect indoor or outdoor nativity scene to add to your Christmas collection.
4. Christmas Lights
Santas, reindeer, snowmen, and nativity scenes are all terrific must-have Christmas decorations, but no home is complete come holiday time unless it’s glowing with outdoor Christmas lights!
In addition to choosing between classic white, blue, red, green, and multi-colored Christmas lights, there are many more options for today’s homeowners on a quest to put on the perfect Christmas light show. With different bulb shapes, sizes, and colors as well LED, incandescent and warm bulb options, there’s no stopping your home from being the envy of the neighborhood this holiday season.
5. Solar Christmas Lights
Thanks to constant improvements in solar technology, it’s now possible to light up your home this Christmas with solar Christmas lights, allowing you to celebrate the festive season as green and efficiently as possible. Don’t get me wrong, you’ll still find traditional Christmas lights in at least a box or two in my garage, but strings of solar Christmas lights are slowly starting to outnumber them. After all, who wouldn’t want to shave a few bucks off the light bill during this financially stressful time of year?
Not only are solar Christmas lights less costly to operate and a great way for your kiddos to learn about the importance of being eco-conscious, but they also make blown fuses a thing of the past! So, if you’ve yet to experience the simplicity of solar Christmas lights, add a few strings to some of your Christmas decorations this December. You’ll be glad you did.
6. Christmas Tree
Like evergreens wreaths, the fir tree has a long association with Christianity that dates back a thousand years. However, the Christmas tree tradition, which originated in Germany, didn’t really take shape in America until 1851, when a farmer named Mark Carr brought dozens of evergreens to New York one Christmas and quickly sold out! By 1920, the use of evergreens as Christmas decorations was nearly universal across the U.S. and around the world.
The most popular types of Christmas trees are pines and firs as thousands upon thousands are sold each year, but more and more families are opting for artificial Christmas trees as well. Regardless of the type of Christmas tree you choose, the right ornaments, tree skirt, and topper will make it the shining star of your living room.
7. Artificial Christmas Trees
Speaking of artificial Christmas trees, there are endless varieties in an array of sizes and colors, making them perfect for any holiday theme. Just imagine an eight-foot frosted white spruce glistening in your living room as the centerpiece of your winter wonderland theme or a perfectly shaped Alder Fir standing gloriously with handcrafted Christmas tree ornaments and a quilted angel on top!
In addition to standard size Christmas trees, other options include half, quarter, and wall Christmas trees as well. The sheer variety of styles, colors, and sizes of artificial Christmas trees makes them extremely popular for any household looking to diversify their Christmas decorations. Plus, there’s no mess to deal with and they’re much less costly over the long-haul, making them a godsend for moms and pocketbooks around the world.
8. Christmas Tree Ornaments
Decorating the Christmas tree is a family tradition enjoyed by all. I bet you can remember clear as day last Christmas as you and your loved ones decorated the tree. In fact, I bet you can even remember when and where you bought most of the Christmas tree ornaments in your family’s collection.
When it comes to Christmas, ornaments play a vital role in the overall holiday experience, providing long-lasting memories to be cherished by you and your family for years to come. From glistening, glittery sleighs and snow globes to miniature stuffed Rudolphs and Elvis Santas, there are ornaments for just about every family or Christmas theme. So, do your beautiful Fraser Fir or Scots Pine justice this Christmas by adorning it with a new ornament or two. Angels, icicles, sleighs, snowflakes, and more…oh my!
9. Tree Toppers
Christmas lights and ornaments are great, but a Christmas tree isn’t complete without the right Christmas tree topper. A quilted angel with a wooden halo will certainly go great with a country Christmas theme, or perhaps you’re more of a glowing star type of family. There are Christmas tree toppers for every taste and budget.
As is the case with ornaments and other types of Christmas decorations, there are specialty tree toppers as well. Any Beatles fans out there? Yep, there are toppers for them! There are even Santa and Rudolph toppers for kids to enjoy. Just browse Christmas tree toppers and you’ll find hundreds of different options made out of various fabrics and materials, making it easier than ever before to top off the holidays in perfect style.
10. Christmas Tree Skirt
Don’t spend hours putting up a Christmas tree and Christmas house decorations only to leave the base of your tree exposed! Pick out a decorative Christmas tree skirt instead and showcase your tree and presents in classic Christmas style. Although they’re often overlooked when talking about Christmas decorations, Christmas tree skirts are not only great accents, but they provide the perfect finishing touch to your tree each and every holiday season.
Typically, Christmas tree skirts only come in a handful of shapes, but the expansive color and pattern options available ensures you can enjoy the perfect skirt for your tree, décor, and Christmas theme. You can even match the skirt to your stockings and ornaments! Of course, Christmas tree skirts also come in an array of sizes as well. So, whether you have a three-foot artificial Christmas tree or bring home a towering fresh fir each year, you’re sure to find a tree skirt in the style and size you need.
11. Christmas Tree Lights
The custom of lighting a Christmas tree dates back to 18th century Germany, when candles began being used to decorate the tree. Fortunately, we no longer have to resort to candles for illumination, greatly reducing the chance of a Christmas Eve fire.
Today, Christmas tree lights come in a variety of colors and bulb types, supplying the ideal brightness and ambiance for any setting. Not only are there incandescent, warm, and LED bulbs to choose from, but the bulbs of Christmas tree lights also vary in shape. From ovals and beads, to droplets and bouncy fun bulbs, there are Christmas lights for any holiday look. You can even mix and match different bulb shapes and sizes for a truly unique and mesmerizing indoor Christmas light show this holiday season!
12. Outdoor Christmas Decorations
When most of us (men excluded) think of Christmas decorations, we tend to imagine beautiful Christmas table settings, wreaths, ornaments, snow globes, and other indoor Christmas decorations. However, the real fun begins when it’s time to dress up the outside of the home in outdoor Christmas lights, reindeer, giant air-filled snowmen, nativity scenes, garland and more.
There are outdoor Christmas decorations for every theme. Want to create a magical and welcoming outdoor space that spreads a sense of peace and holiday cheer? Consider hanging Christmas snowflakes, starry spheres, and Moravian stars from tree branches for the perfect outdoor winter wonderland. Want something a little more exciting? Put on an LED lightshow, incorporate animated Christmas figures or animated outdoor nativity scene, and add a little Christmas music to cheer up the block even more! When it comes to outdoor Christmas decorations, the sky really is the limit.
13. Christmas House Decorations
As the bells start jingling and it’s time to deck the halls this Christmas, take advantage of all of the Christmas house decorations available at your fingertips and decorate every area of your home! Whether you want to create a Hawaiian Christmas retreat with Hibiscus-clad Santas, a traditional Christmas experience, or a bright and contemporary holiday look, there are Christmas decorations that are sure to fit the vision you have for your home this holiday season.
From Christmas stockings and mantel ideas to miniature towns, wreaths, garlands, and everything in between, there’s a myriad of unique Christmas house decorations that are guaranteed inspire you and put a smile on the faces of your loved ones. There are even figurines of Santa Clause wearing flip flops and sipping on a Pina Colada! Regardless of whether you keep it classic and traditional or mix it up with eclectic and humorous Christmas decorations, make your house your canvas this Christmas and create a festive mood throughout your home.
14. Indoor Christmas Decorations
Why stop at putting up a Christmas tree, wreath, and a few strands of lights, when you can adorn your home with indoor Christmas decorations and create a space Martha Stewart herself would be proud to showcase this holiday season? From floor to ceiling, there are Christmas decorations for every square foot of your home, so go ahead and dress it up right this year with Christmas candles, figurines, and any other indoor Christmas decorations that catch your eye.
If your fireplace needs some decorative TLC, check out some Christmas mantle ideas involving twinkling lights, old-fashioned painted figurines, wreaths, and garlands. Afterwards, try adding a couple of fun and whimsical Christmas rugs or a Christmas-themed picture or two. If you want to kick the Christmas spirit up a notch, as you should, then pick out a Christmas table setting and create a centerpiece to make your dining room a little jollier as well. Of course, the best part is getting the kids involved and creating holiday memories that will last a lifetime.
15. Christmas Table Decorations
Tabletop décor should be near the top of your list when it’s time to decorate for the holidays. Christmas table decorations can be luxuriously elaborate or tastefully simple, but they should always catch your eye and put a smile on your face.
When deciding between Christmas table settings, you should decide upon a theme and color palate. You can go with the old standby of red and green, opt for elegant whites and golds, or incorporate all of these colors for a magnificent table anyone would be proud to showcase. Then, there’s always the option of going with white and blue for a wintery snowflake theme as well.
Christmas table decorations extend far beyond Christmas centrepiece ideas and table settings. You can add ornamental snowflakes, strands of garlands, ribbons, beads, candles, sprigs of evergreen, and much more. Perhaps the best part of decorating your home for the holidays is the ability to let your mind run wild and be as creative as you want, so keep an open mind when shopping for Christmas decorations this year and make your dining room dazzle in December.
16. Christmas Centrepiece Ideas
Since no holiday table is complete without a centrepiece, it’s important to consider various Christmas centrepiece ideas when decorating your home for the holidays each year. When shopping for Christmas decorations, it’s easy to let your imagine run wild, which can be a blessing in disguise if you can’t decide where to begin.
If you’re finding yourself in this boat, like many moms do come the holidays, you can begin by laying a Christmas wreath in the center of the table. A wreath can be decorated to go along with nearly any theme you choose, making it a great foundation to build from. If you have yet to decide on a theme, then you can simply add some ribbons and bows along with a large candle or tapers for a simple and elegant Christmas centrepiece. Of course, this is just one idea. With a little thought, you’ll have a jaw-dropping centrepiece that will steal the show!
17. Christmas Table Settings
A centrepiece may be the anchor of the dining room, but a table dressed with a thoughtful table setting truly sets the stage for a joyous holiday season. I know what you’re thinking, “Fine Christmas china and my little tykes aren’t a good combination.” However, you don’t have to sacrifice your mom’s fine china or spend gift money on expensive tableware to make your Christmas feast as festive as possible. From linens and silverware to chargers and dinnerware, there are plenty of beautiful and creative options available that will perfectly compliment the rest of your indoor Christmas decorations.
You can pair a velvet table runner with pewter goblets and solid-colored plates for a simple yet elegant feel, go the cute country Christmas route with white dinnerware featuring painted evergreens and wreaths that match your other Christmas table decorations, or decide on a crisp and clean setting to go with a winter wonderland theme. Like centrepieces, Christmas table settings are all about creativity. With a little browsing and brainstorming, you’ll put together the perfect table setting to accompany the rest of your Christmas decorations.
18. Candy Canes
Other than Santa Clause, Rudolph, and Frosty, perhaps nothing is more symbolic of Christmas than the candy cane. Originating in Germany as a way to keep youngsters quiet and happy during church nativity celebrations, candy canes have since become synonymous with Christmas time.
Traditionally, candy canes are flavored with red peppermint stripes and hung in Christmas stockings, but over the years, dozens of different candy cane varieties have been enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Today’s candy canes come in a wide variety of colors, flavors, and sizes, making them not only delicious, but excellent Christmas decorations as well.
19. Christmas Window Candles
Candles symbolize joy and life, which means they go hand in hand with Christmas! Casting a warm glow, Christmas window candles provide an inviting and traditional holiday welcome without the need to worry about catching your linens on fire, making them extremely popular Christmas house decorations.
Unlike traditional Christmas candles, Christmas window candles are electric and operate without an open flame, making them safe, easy to operate, and hassle-free additions to anyone’s Christmas decorations. In addition to both plug-in and cordless options, today’s Christmas window candles are available with different types of bulbs as well. Some have ultra-bright LED bulbs while others have a warm glow and twinkle to emulate a flame dancing in the wind. Some models even come with a remote control. Can sharing the Christmas spirit get any easier?
20. Christmas Rugs
Christmas only comes once a year, so get your home ready for the holiday festivities by decking the floors with the perfect Christmas rugs for your homes’ Christmas decorations. With rugs featuring Santas, snowmen, nutcrackers, snowflakes, wreaths, and more, you’ll be able to spice up your floors with just the right yuletide designs.
Go All Out for the Holidays
Christmas is a special time of year for making magical memories that will last a lifetime, so why not go all out when decorating your home for the holidays this year? These days, you can find endless Christmas decorations for every taste and budget. Whether you want to completely transform your house into Santa’s workshop or create an elegant and understated Christmas décor, we’ll help you find the perfect decorations for your home and family this holiday season.