Special Christmas Decorations

Have a very sensory Christmas

The awe of the Christmas holidays can be seen in the faces of the very young as lights twinkle, bells jingle and swirls of red, white and green flash from every street corner or store front. However, have you ever noticed how some decorations sit there and do nothing while others catch your eye-or ear, immediately? What makes one holiday decoration superior might be the sound, smell, or movement that is part of its showcase. And, let’s not forget that throughout the holidays color is the main attraction.

Christmas colors: green, red, white, gold

Making Christmas ornaments for gifts
Making Christmas ornaments for gifts | Source

How color enhances the spirit of Christmas

Let’s begin with what the eyes see at Christmas.

Red and White: One of the first things that will come to the average person’s mind when these colors are mentioned is: candy canes. Yes, candy canes or peppermint sticks, are a staple for the holiday season. Where do you use them? Why, the Christmas tree of course. However, you can also stick one of those delicious sweet treats in stockings or on a gift.

Candy Cane door decoration: buy one cane shaped Styrofoam form and red ribbon, at least 2” in width, purchased at a fabric or craft store. Using a hot glue gun wrap the ribbon in a spiral fashion around the cane creating a candy cane. Add a hook at the back and hang it on your door.

Red and Green-Natural Christmas trees vary in shades of green. Add red bows to the boughs and a few sprigs of artificial red berries. You can also add a red cardinal or two perched atop the branches.

White is the color of snow, angels, and icicles. If you, or someone you know, can crochet, starched, crocheted snowflakes make a beautiful decoration for the tree. If sewing is not your thing, then crafting the snowflakes from standard white copy paper can work just as well. Offset the snowflakes with angel dolls that hover from the top of the tree to the lowest branch. Or, perhaps you’d prefer an Angel treetop ornament instead of the traditional star. Icicles that are made from hard plastic can be the final touch to the tips of the boughs.

Gold is another popular color for Christmas. It imbues royalty and richness. A gold star, gold tinsel, or gold ornament bulb…all are part of the Christmas spirit if that is what your color scheme is.

Some people prefer to create a special look on the tree with shades of one color. Here are some examples: Burgundy, red, and pastel pink; Forest green, lime green, sea moss; navy blue, royal blue and baby blue.

For a cool look white, ivory, gold, copper and silver bulbs coordinate together nicely. Hang wide gold ribbon from the top of the tree in four directions for a straight look, or wrap it around the tree. Buy a sheer type of ribbon to create a ‘filmy’, dreamy look.

For a rich look buy bulbs with deep tones, such as a burgundy, royal blue, or navy, forest green and purple. Add a stream of dark, velvet ribbon in one of the primary colors and create a jeweled look that is fit for royalty.

Holiday Decorating Ideas

The sounds of Christmas

The clip clop of reindeer feet on rooftops; the jingle of Santa’s sleigh bells; the jolly “Ho, ho, ho,” that is heard from red suited fat men; the sounds of carolers singing on street corners…who couldn’t recognize that Christmas is around the corner with these familiar sounds?

So, what does that have to do with decorations? More and more movement and sound decorations are being manufactured. Walk into any Hallmark store and you will see for yourself the large display of ornaments that whiz or jingle.

Don’t forget holiday decorations that play music, such as snow globes or music boxes, as well as display Santas and Snowmen that rock to a crazy beat at the touch of a button. Add some large sleigh bells to your door for an authentic sound of Santa’s arrival. And, lastly, what would Christmas be without the sounds of the toy train sets click clacking and whistling around the tree to delight both young and old.

Wonderful Christmas scents

Close your eyes and imagine yourself as the child you were at home during the Christmas season. What memories come to you when you smell cinnamon, pine, or peppermint? Yes, these fragrances are triggers of comfort and joy. When you decorate your home with candles you have a wide variety of ‘home’ scents to choose from. Sugar cookie, pine tree, candy cane, apple pie, cinnamon bun…these are actual candle scents that are sold in stores today. The purpose is to put the recipient in a mellow mood and it is very effective.

Other ways to decorate your home with fragrances is through your own natural Christmas tree. It does not have to be a cut tree, if you prefer there are small, potted plants that can be cared for and planted in the spring. Boughs cut from the branches of evergreen trees can be tied together and used as garland on stairway rails or mantels.

Sprigs of cinnamon tied together and hung throughout the house is another clever way to bring in the smell of Christmas. These can be added to a pot of simmering apple cider for a cozy fragrance that will permeate throughout the house.

Have a Merry Christmas

Daughters Christa & Cara with author, Denise
Daughters Christa & Cara with author, Denise | Source

Holiday peace to one and all

Part of the excitement of Christmas comes through preparing the house for the holidays. Decorations are one way we do this. It is not just a visual journey. Our senses include our olfactory and auditory regions of the brain. That is why there is so much more to Christmas and its memories than meet the eye.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas of sight, sound and smell.

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carrie450 6 years ago from Winnipeg, Canada

Nicely written hub Denise and very informative. I like the idea of the aroma of those Christmas scents around the holidays.

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Carrie-I thought I was the only one up at this time...are you up early or going to bed late, like me? LOL Nice of you to comment. Thanks. :)

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rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Very nice hub thanks for sharing. Like Carrie I also like the idea of the aroma of Christmas scents, kind of reminds me of growing up with Mom making fresh Apple Cider on the stove while we decorated the house.

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gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

Thank you for all of the great ideas. i like to put out a bowl of scented pinecones

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Rachelle-yes, I remember simmering those pots of Apple Cider with the cin. stick. It really makes the house smell great, doesn't it? Thanks for your comments. Hey, welcome to Hubpages, I'm sure you will enjoy it here.

Hi gr--I forgot to add that about the pinecones! Thanks for mentioning it here. I'm glad you found some of the info I listed useful. Tried to take a different slant on the subject, you know. :) Thanks for stopping by.

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travel_man1971 6 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

Wow, Apple cider! Can't partake in American Christmas; but we have ginger ale after the 16-early morning mass before Christmas here in the Philippines. Glittering gold decors will surely shine this season!

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Travel, how are you? Glad to see you here. Thanks for your comment. Hope you stay busy--but not too busy! LOL

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Happyboomernurse 6 years ago from South Carolina

Hi Denise,

Just reading this hub was a sensual delight and brought back lovely memories of Christmas. Angel themed trees are my favorite but you had so many great suggestions. Thanks for sharing them all.

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I think you gave some nice ideas for my tree this year!!

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

I love your suggestions! So festive and doable! I think lots of white sounds lovely - and silver sparkle. I love the candy-cane door decoration idea too - maybe with a sprig of holly. . . um hum. And the aromas of Christmas inside.

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi HBN-An angel trimmed tree would be a beautiful sight, indeed. Thanks for stopping by.

@CN-- hello neighbor. Glad to be of assistance, LOL. Do you have an artificial (I wouldn't guess so) or a real tree?

Nellieanna--what a pleasure to see you here. Long time...thanks for stopping to read the hub and comment.

It's always fun to try something different, isn't it?

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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good morning... I found the spirit of Christmas here. Thanks for share about this. I never knew about the meaning of color in Christmas spirit. Good work, my friend. Vote up!

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Prasetio-I'm so glad to have you stop by and read my hub--you are a very popular guy, LOL. Thanks for your comments and your vote!

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

WOW!!!!! Thank you so much for that info. I really did not know that and it is such vital information. Do you think I should go back and 'edit' all of these hubs so that they do not have those images in that position? Thank you again, friend. :)

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Nellieanna 6 years ago from TEXAS

Denise - it's my pleasure!! It is fun to try new things. I had fun "inventing" Halloween decorations. hehe. I used some of those bright orange plastic bags that are delivered to the house for donations - the ones I always intend to fill but forget to fill. Along with some other "real" decorations I had in my "goody" drawers, I came up with various colorful items without spending new money.

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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

Lovely Hub. Oh and... you won THREE HubNuggets! Awesome! You deserved them. I'm late but congrats on all of them. :)

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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

I like to go get one at the Tree Farm down around Clover, SC.. it's something I look forward to every year!

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Kim-thanks for stopping by to read the hub. Yes, (re: hubnugget awards) thank you for the congrats. It was a surprise and an honor.

Hello C.M.--Yes, of course! If I had to guess, I would have put my money on you having a real one that you would cut down yourself, LOL. Not surprised. Thanks for your answer. Have a good w/e.

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gr82bme 6 years ago from USA

Well done

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi gr--thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed it.

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patdmania 6 years ago from waterford, mi

I just put my christmas decorations up today! I like your suggestions on scents and sounds. We put a cinnamon candle and christmas songs on while we put the decorations up.

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Good for you. I love that cinnamon smell. You're ahead of me with your decorations, LOL Thanks for your comments.

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PaperNotes 6 years ago

Thanks for these ideas. I would try to make candy canes with my daughter.

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi Papernotes-nice to meet you. Thanks for visiting the hub. I'm glad you enjoyed the ideas. Have fun with your project.

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acaetnna 6 years ago from Guildford

Brilliant suggestions Denise. I so love Christmas, don't you? Very informative information, thank you for sharing.

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi acaetnna, I do love Christmas and can hardly wait to head back up north for Christmas with my kids and grandkids. :)

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oceansnsunsets 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

Denise, great hub! Love the focus on the different senses at Christmas. :) This is what makes it so special in part, and helps all to remember all the good times. Thanks for sharing.

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Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina Author

Hi O--glad you enjoyed the hub. It was fun to bring in the 'senses' angle. Happy Holidays to you and your family.

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