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Christmas Door Décor Ideas

Updated on November 29, 2014

Since the front door of any home welcomes guests within, it's easy to understand why this should be an important place to decorate for any holiday. For many, Christmas is their favorite holiday and the most popular one. The explosion of high end décor items makes it easy to create a vast variety of themes. Companies like Grandin Road, Frontgate,and Ballard Designs have tapped into this interest in upscale exterior and interior décor. The doors I feature are assembled from homes in historic Mobile, Alabama on the Gulf of Mexico. The city, settled by the French in 1702, is older than New Orleans. Southern roots here are as deep as the large live oak trees which are so beloved that roads must go around them. Hospitality and the ability to entertain on a grander scale than your random Walmart décor allows is the name of the game in this city by the bay. This time of year has been traditionally important to its citizens, considering in the days of the 1700s and 1800s, most people had to leave during Yellow Fever Season. October through April still continues to pack in the festive gatherings of Christmas, New Year's Eve, and Mardi Gras, just like back then. I have also added more pictures to show the range of using certain greenerys. Enjoy the smorgasbord of pictures! Check back as I add more Mobile Christmas doors.

Year Round Ideas For Garlands & Wreaths


Magnolia Leaves Surrounding A Door

Typical traditional door surrounded by magnolia leaves strung together with thin florist (green) wire.  Note the perfect arrangement for a single door that has a transom window above.
Typical traditional door surrounded by magnolia leaves strung together with thin florist (green) wire. Note the perfect arrangement for a single door that has a transom window above. | Source
Cedar Garland with Traditional Red Velvet ribbon
Cedar Garland with Traditional Red Velvet ribbon | Source
Greenery mixed with kumquats, a Southern citrus.
Greenery mixed with kumquats, a Southern citrus. | Source
Cabin with Christmas greenery & fruit
Cabin with Christmas greenery & fruit

Types of Greenery To Consider

Traditionally, greenery is used to "Deck the halls with boughs of holly". Today, many big box stores, such as Sam's Club, carry fairly reasonable choices in real garland. Make sure you buy it early as it sells out fast. It's perfect to create garlands on porch railings. It really looks so much better than the fake wreaths and garlands. Here in Mobile, the majority of trees stay green year round due to our semi-tropical mild climate. Magnolia tree leaves are used extensively; they take up a lot of room and create less work. Consider spraying some of the leaves gold, which makes a lovely backdrop to the greenery. Holly trees and shrubs, with their bright red berries creating a beautiful contrast against the waxy green and prickly leaves, are also easy to use and tuck into arrangements on mantles and on door wreaths. Cedar trees have a lighter green, fringe effect in garland. Pine trees are another choice, although I prefer garlands that are mixed, rather than just pine needles. However, if you have a country cabin look, pine garland would be the way to go. In colonial days across the United States, fruit such as apples, pomagranates, and oranges are used as garnish in mantle decorations. Kumquats, a small citrus tree with tiny, oval shaped citrus which is harvested at this time, clipped with the leaves, gives a festive look to garland arrangements. Our camellia shrubs with their beautiful flowers also are an easy, long-lasting flower to tuck into arrangements.

Beautiful Ribbons

This site has loads of fancier ribbons.
This site has loads of fancier ribbons. | Source
Historic Mobile home
Historic Mobile home | Source
Art mesh with large ornaments
Art mesh with large ornaments | Source
Ornament Garland
Ornament Garland

Ribbons, Ornaments, and Art Mesh

For these items, which most would reuse every year, it makes sense to buy the best items or look you can find. Believe it or not, if you are decorating outside with real greenery, those inexpensive red velvet ribbons will look just fine. It's a classic look that always looks great. The tree topper ones look better on wreaths than the plain bows and you can trim the long ribbons. Ribbon can be expensive, but when you see a beautiful, embroidered ribbon, it makes such a difference in the overall decorating scheme of things. Ideally, find a ribbon you would swoon over; it's the details you want to see. You also want to have the ribbon be wired so it's extremely easy to make bows. Ornaments should be shatter-proof as they will be outside. In addition, remember the scale of your door, this will typically mean that you need the oversized ornaments. Sam's Club has really been doing a great job with having upscale Christmas décor at a reasonable price. Check them out early for large ornaments and better quality ribbons, as well as expensive-looking wreaths. Also, Hobby Lobby or Trees N Trends routinely has great quality, with Old Time Pottery as a good option as well. Art mesh is now everywhere and has been quite popular in Mobile as it is easy to work with, takes up space, and gives a lush look. It's particularly used here for Mardi Gras door decorations, since greenery isn't really utilized during that time.

One Way to Decorate a Large Door

Savor the Season With Friends

We decorate for our own enjoyment, but this year, make a goal to spend time with friends and let them also enjoy your festive Christmas décor which should stay up until Epiphany, or January 6th. In Olde Mobile, Alabama, the biggest holiday time with friends was actually New Year's Eve. Homeowners opened their homes for a massive, city-wide open house and guests visited in the wee hours of the morning. In fact, this merriment culminated one New Year's Eve in 1833 with the noisy drunken procession of Michael Kraftt and friends, who gathered rakes and cowbells from a local hardware store and paraded through town. It was a success and the event continued after that as the elite mystic society, The Cowbellions de Rakin. Over time, the parades moved to the later holiday, Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday, which had been celebrated in Mobile since 1703, years before New Orleans. So enjoy a cup of syllabub, a traditional alcoholic beverage that perhaps Mr. Kraftt had too much, and welcome your friends and family to savor the season and your new décor with you.


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