The traditional red and green colors of Christmas decorations bring a festive mood to Christmas. The magic of the holidays is infectious. Neighborhoods are alive with twinkling lights, the smell of gingerbread cookies fills the air and snow covered lawns boast cheerful decorations. Wherever you go there's the sound of carols, bells and laughter in the air. And you can't help but whistle a carol yourself and join in the fun and frolic and brim with laughter - it's Christmas and you cannot be more happier!
When it comes to decorations, you can let your imagination run wild. Uniquely themed Christmas trees that break the mould of tradition can gain popularity.
Your decoration of the Christmas tree can be a reflection of your hobbies such as doll, angel or teddy-bear collecting, or boating for that matter. A theme like this makes a very personal
holiday decorating scheme so that you can sit back and enjoy your creation. It can also revolve around your area of current interests, activities and family events that will add to family memories when viewed in the photo albums in the future.
The following theme ideas can be implemented or used as a platform for your imagination.
1. New arrival Celebration:
Imagine all things babyish! This could be a fun theme if you are going to be having a baby shower during the holidays. Look out for all the baby colored balls - pink, mint, lavender and blue, yellow frosted balls; plastic baby rattles in different shapes and pastel colors, knit baby booties, wooden alphabet blocks, baby bottles and pacifiers can be hung on the tree with pink and blue ribbons. Couple it up with pastel colored plush toys, such as teddy bears, if you have them. Top it off with pink and blue netting and a cherub and use a pretty baby blanket for the tree skirt.
2. Snowman Spectacle:
Unique but traditional this theme celebrates the popularity of snowmen. To tie in with the gold you can add gold and white patterned ribbon, gold bead garland and matte gold balls. Snowflakes add texture and continue the winter look.
3. Seaside Holiday:
This theme allows you to play with colors. You can use copper and silver, gold and silver or green and blue. Whatever color theme you choose most of the accessories are easy to find and can be spray painted to match. Look for star fish, seahorse, shell and sand dollar ornaments or try to be even more adventurous if you use the real thing provided you live near the water...if you use real shells tie them to the tree with gold or silver cording. Look for a netting material or ribbon to wrap the tree with and add clear glass balls to create the effect of bubbles.
4. Ornament Candles:
Create a sparkling and delicate centerpiece in no time at all. If you don't have an antique pedestal dish, use any pretty footed dish as the base for this bright and shining holiday display.
What You Need:
20 or more small glass ornaments
5. Festive Floral Arrangements:
Set a place for style at your holiday table. This bright arrangement brings cheer to even the coldest winter days.
6. Start a Christmas collection:
This can be a great tradition to initiate in your home. Say you can start off by collecting Santa and see your collection to grow up gradually. This doesn't have to be expensive, or even store bought. Try sewing or crafting a new decoration each year together for even more memories! Or check out your dollar store...they have some really cute ceramic holiday decorations for a buck or two. Remember, it's the memories you are interested in here, not a collectable based on monetary value.
If you are looking to do a toyland theme for your Christmas decorating this year, try searching out teddy bears and dolls at your local stores. Wash them in a pillowcase and put them in your dryer for at least 20 minutes, then dress them up with ribbons and holiday fabrics. Group them under your tree, on mantels, and on windowsills. Stack small squares of cardboard together and wrap as a tiny present, then tuck them under a teddy's arm, or wrap an empty box and use it as teddy's seat by the front door.
7. Paper Snowflake:
Turn your home into a winter wonderland with lacy looking snowflakes that you and your kids can make. Tape them, in groups of two to five-depending on size, to doors, windows, kitchen cabinets, etc. They are fun and easy to make with any white paper. They look especially nice against a dark color background (like a dark wood door).
To make a paper snowflake:
You will find, too, that the more you make them the better and more intricate they become, so each year's snowflakes will be better and better.
8. Get the whole family together to create a holiday picture. Use poster board, or large paper, and combining cenes cut from Christmas cards, wrapping paper, catalogs and magazines sketch, draw and color to blend them together, making a panorama holiday scene to put on the wall as part of your decorations.
9. Decorating for the holidays isn't limited to things you can see. Christmas is a time of wonderful smells and memory-evoking aromas. To fill your home with a wonderful scent, make this easy simmering potpourri: Combine orange peel, cinnamon, and whole cloves in a small pan, half-filled with water. Simmer on low heat, refilling water as needed. One pan of fresh potpourri will last an entire day, perhaps two, but should be made fresh each day if possible.
Glass bowl centerpieces :
A simple decor idea. Fill up four separate bowls with diluted red, green, silver and gold
colors. Dip pine cones into them and
spread out to dry. You may sprinkle each with gold or silver dust if you want;
or you may want to stick to two colors only.
Once dry, spray on hairspray to set; place in glass bowls and arrange around the house to add instant Christmas cheer.
Ribbon decor :
Another easy idea for Christmas decor is to use ribbons. Get plenty of red, white and green ribbons in different thickness and tie them onto chair backs, candlesticks, picks in plants, on flower arrangements, on teacup handles, baskets, drapery tie-backs, stair railings, doorknobs...anywhere you like. You don't have to do the traditional Christmas colors - ribbons when tied up in interesting bows look pretty and festive in most colors. You could use just gold and silver ribbons for a dressy feel.