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Best Christmas Decorations - Christmas Decorating Ideas

Updated on February 23, 2015

It’s not too late to decorate for the Christmas holiday with some of your favorite Christmas decorations. You can even pick up some extras to add or save for next year’s decorating. I have some favorite decorations that I put up every time I decorate. However, there are some other Christmas decorations out there that are considered to be a key part of Christmas decorating that I would like to add to my décor.


My Charlie Brown Christmas Tree
My Charlie Brown Christmas Tree | Source

A Christmas Tree

Of course, a Christmas tree is the central part of any Christmas décor. Whether your tree is real or artificial, you must start with the tree. When I lived in a studio apartment, I bought one of those little boxed trees that came with all the miniature ornaments. That was my Christmas décor every year until I got my own house and started going nuts with all the decorating.

Now, I have about ten to twelve tubs of Christmas decorations that live in the shed eleven months out of the year. I decorate one ornament-loaded Victorian-style tree with some small decorative Christmas trees here and there, down to my Charlie Brown Christmas tree.


Collection of Santas
Collection of Santas | Source

Santas, Snowmen, and Angels

I know people who collect Santas, who collect snowmen, and who collect angels. Being a collector-type, I have a collection of each. I like old Santas and have picked up a number of them here and there. My step-mother decorates with snowmen, using them throughout the winter season. Whatever your interest, group items for an attractive setting or place them randomly throughout the house. Many of my angels that aren’t totally Christmasy-looking, I keep out all year long.


Snow village on the mantel . . .

Stockings hung by the chimney with care.
Stockings hung by the chimney with care. | Source

Snow Villages

If you don’t have a snow village, you are missing out. These lighted little buildings add so much warmth and interest to Christmas décor. Whether you have just a few buildings or a whole village, you are sure to enjoy a charming little setting.

I started out with a little coffee shop that my brothers gave to me as a gift. (I keep that one out all year long.) Over the years, I added many buildings to it, and now I have too many to even use.

I have been putting a few on top of a tall glass case and a few under the Christmas tree. My favorite setting is the grouping of several I put on the mantle with the stockings hanging down in-between. Sometimes I switch out the buildings when I want something different.

Snow villages are fun, as you can add figurines--kids playing in the snow, couples holding hands. You can add mailboxes, fences, snow plows, and an assortment of vehicles.

Add trees and snow, and you have yourself a winter wonderland!


Use lots of lights!
Use lots of lights! | Source

Stockings

As I mentioned, don’t forget to hang your stockings by the chimney with care! Hang homemade or fancy stockings from your mantel, or, if you have no fireplace, on the staircase or taped to a wall or door. Make sure each person’s—or pet’s—name is on a stocking.


Lights

Lots of lights make the whole house and yard festive! I put lights around the window and mirror even in the bathroom. I put them around the kitchen to brighten it up without having to turn on the lights. I put short sets in random spots. I line the screened-in patio, which makes for an attractive, albeit chilly, seating area. Of course, the front yard looks awesome with lights all over the place.


Pretty Christmas wreath!
Pretty Christmas wreath! | Source
Cool train in motion!
Cool train in motion! | Source

Wreaths

Many people have wreaths. I have a couple of small ones that I hang on the front gate, but they are nothing fancy.

I can see the attraction of wreaths, as they can all be put together to look so different. I can see starting with a plain one and decorating it to my own tastes. I may have to check into this Christmas decoration more. Check out the one in the picture to the right. Beautiful!


Trains

I want a train! A Christmas train is something I have always wanted to put on the floor to toot-toot around a Christmas tree. I have a small wooden one that I put below the tree next to the lit village buildings, but I really want one with a track, with a train set that blows off steam and whistles. I must look again for the perfect train.

Inflatable Polar bear
Inflatable Polar bear | Source

Inflatables

Have you seen those huge blow-up decorations in yards? Those are coming up all over the place. This is something I do not have, but that I am considering.

These things are so large that they get people’s attention from the street! At least they get my attention!


Ways to Decorate for Christmas

What are some of your favorite things to decorate with?

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Other Decorating Ideas

If you feel it will be safe, add candles here and there. Even with all my cats, I’ve never had a fire event with lit candles. They just add so much warmth to a Christmasy home.

You can also ecorate with Christmas cards, setting them on a shelf or taping them to the front door. Add shiny Christmas flowers here and there or real Poinsettias. Be creative! Add items that appeal to you to personalize your Christmas décor.

Decorating Coupons

There are many online stores where you can shop at your leisure for your favorite Christmas decorations. I’ve found that Wal-Mart has some great deals, along with Kmart, Macy’s, Costco, and more. I’m going to check out these Wal-Mart discounts myself!

Heck, maybe this is the year I’ll find that train!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing these great ideas.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hey, Mhatter, are you decorating for Christmas? I bet you're at least writing a limerick about it! :-)

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      kikalina 4 years ago from Europe

      Ohhh i want that polar bear.

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      iguidenetwork 4 years ago from Austin, TX

      I like the Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Easy to assemble and to remove. Thanks for sharing your great ideas, Victoria. :D

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      kikalina--Seriously, isn't that polar bear so cute!!

      iguidenetwork--I think the Charlie Brown Christmas tree is awesome. It's great for a minimalist, too. :-)

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      Deborah Neyens 4 years ago from Iowa

      I do love decorating for Christmas even though it's getting to be such work with all the stuff I've accumulated. Taking it all down is even worse. And what is it with cats and Christmas trees, anyway? : )

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Deb--I'm overwhelmed with all the stuff I have. I'm still working on it between teaching, grading, and writing. It may be January before I'm completely decorated. LOL.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      Your decorations are great. I have eight full sized trees in my house so you could say I go a little crazy...I actually have the babushka Santa you have in your picture!

      Voted up, useful, and interesting!

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vee....You do the Christmas decoration thing....beautifully! It's nice that you have such a lively Holiday Spirit.....Oliver is a handsome babe!!

      Just remember little Miss Vee......You better not pout and you better not shout.......I'm not sure why....just don't do it!!.......UP++

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      You've outlined all of the classics! I love decorating for Christmas and hope to keep expanding our decor each year.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      tillsontitan--Eight trees???? Wow! I don't even have all the ornaments on my one big tree yet! I cover the thing.

      Babushka Santa? Which one is that? I don't even know what I have. LOL!!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Effer, I don't have much time for Christmas this year and am struggling through the decs. It may be next year before I finish!! Yeah, Oliver is my big handsome, boy. :-)

      Not sure why . . . Santa Claus is coming to town???

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      random--I'm struggling to get it done this year.At this rate, Christmas will be over and I'll have to leave everything up until February. haha. I have sooo much stuff. :-)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Great ideas for decorating!! Have still got a tree that I have to do. Nothing like lights and music to complete the season! Thanks for sharing!

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      I think the cat was looking for a sleeping space. One of my cats loves to lay under the tree. I leave a space for her. The wreath is really pretty. I made one for my mom this year with a wooden reindeer and a glass ornament I filled. Christmas wreaths are so much fun to make with decorations you find at garage sales and thrift stores, great way to reuse them.

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      Angelo52 4 years ago from Central Florida

      Good collection of ideas on decorating for the holidays.

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      midget--I'm still working on my decor, too! I may have to forget the outside this year. I think I've taken too long!Good luck with yours!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      bridalletter--I purposely leave space for my cats, too. :-) They love going under the tree. Your talking about a Christmas wreath makes me want to get one to experiment with!

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Angelo! How you doing these days? :-)

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      Jeff Gamble 4 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Super hub V! Your tree looks great. I'm an over-the-top light stringer too. No dimly lit spots in our house. Hey, I can help you with the train if you need it

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      Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Jeff. That tree was only just started. I still don't have all the ornaments on it. LOL. Hey, how can you help me with the train???

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Looks like I'm about a year late, but still a great hub no matter what year it is. Loved seeing Oliver in your video and all of your decorating ideas are great! Beautiful tree too! I'm off to the basement to dig out my decorations, wish me luck :)

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Good luck, Susan! LOL! I think I'm laying off decorating this year. It's already December, and I'm swamped with school. I have about a dozen tubs of décor out in the shed, so it's a big job that, hopefully, I'll look forward to next year! Have fun with yours!

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I like your cat under the tree. Our cat knocks the ornaments off he tree. I use to really decorate a lot put extra trees around and all of that but we are in a small house now so we don't put much out. Enjoyed your hub, voted up.

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      prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Beautiful Christmas decorations here. I love the trains. Thanks for sharing with us. Voted up :-)

      Prasetio

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      My cats do fine now. They knocked off stuff when they were younger. Thanks for reading!

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      Rachel Kruse 3 years ago from South Yarra, Victoria, Australia

      very beautiful 2 see christmas decorations. very nice......Thanks for the fantastic ideas!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      prasetio--I love trains, too, and would love to have one that went all the way around the tree. Thanks for your comments. Good to see you!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Rachel--I'm glad you like them!

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      JessiS 23 months ago

      Try out playing a video that fits Christmas on your TV! For example https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_QusPYimLi8

      Since I have no fireplace in my home this is the best I can do for the perfect ambient.

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      Victoria Lynn 22 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      JessiS, I've actually done that for years! I recorded my friend's fireplace about 20 years ago and still put it on the TV nearly every Christmas!

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