Decorations for Christmas For The Inside and Outside
Ideas For The Whole House
Thinking about decorations for Christmas? So am I! And I got some ideas for inside and outside the house that you can use for yourself, or maybe, just may inspire you to create some of your own ideas.
I personally like having my decorations for Christmas up by December 1st so that I can enjoy them all month long. I mean really, how often do we get to look at elves, Santa, reindeer and other things and live in the magical world of the holidays? It's just plain fun and it puts you in the Christmas spirit all month long.
How About You?
When Do You Put Your Decorations for Christmas Up?
Christmas In The Bathroom
What?! You don't decorate your bathroom for Christmas? If you don't, then you should. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom whether it's Christmas or not, and so do our guests. If you decorate your bathroom to reflect a Christmas spirit, then everyone will be more in the holiday spirit after they leave the bathroom.
The great thing about a bathroom is that it is really easy to create a tight theme in it. Because it is usually made up of four walls and a door, you can create a theme that plays off of each other, like elves passing each other towels.
If You Have a Window
A window in the bathroom is your gateway out into the world, so make it look like one. Decorate it with Christmas themed curtains and rods. Put Christmas garland over the curtains to add an extra element of decoration. If there is a ledge, then put ornaments on it to create a display.
For the Tub/Shower
You do not need to get too cheesy and buy plastic curtains with reindeer jumping on them (unless you want to!) You can buy nice fabric type curtains that have Christmas or Winter colors on them to create an ambiance of Christmas.
There are tons of different towels out there that speak of Christmas. My mom always puts out a collection of Elf hand towels, and then she displays them inside a basket that is being held by an Elf! I love that!
Again, if you don't want to go with the elves reindeer theme, then just get some red, white, or green towels to create a Christmas vibe.
The Toilet Can Be Chirtmasy!
In fact, there is a lot you can do with the toilet. You can put christmas themed covers and rugs around and on it. There is one toilet cover on amazon that is called a , and it has an Elf with his eyes closed on the bottom of the lid. Christmas Funny Elf Toilet Seat Cover Topper
You can put ornaments on the tank lid of the toilet or just some extra hand towels to make the lid look pretty and decorated.
- Most of us have pictures in the bathroom, and they can be replaced with more holiday themed pictures.
- Use a Christmas soap dispenser or holder.
- You can frame the mirror or door with garland to give an extra funky holiday feel.
- Christmas toilet paper is available; although many people don't want to wipe their butts with Santa, so it's your choice.
- The garbage can and toilet cleaner can be wrapped with paper or decorated to give a more festive feeling to things that normally are not that festive - until after a big meal.
What would Christmas be without a Wreath or two. One of my fondest memories with my Grandma was building a wreath together out of pine cones that we hand picked. I had it until a few years ago when it finally gave out to time and a little abuse. If you have the chance to make one, then I strongly suggest it. It will feel more special to you during the holidays, and be a great reminder of this Christmas for years to come.
One Way To Make a Christmas Wreath
The kitchen is often the heart of Christmas. It is where the Christmas meal is made and family and friends sip wine and create memories. At least that is what is like in my house!
The kitchen really is the heart of the home, and since everyone will be spending a great deal of time there, you can really go all out and put a ton of decorations for Christmas up.
Towels, Oven Mitts, Tablecloths, Runners and Placeholders
It is unlikely that you do not use these during the Christmas time. There are so many available to buy that it would be hard NOT to find some that you really like. Again, you do not have to go north pole themed for these, you can just choose Christmas colors, or create a certain theme like winter wonderland or Christmas food.
It is fun to eat and drink out of holiday themed dishes, and thankfully there is not one thing that you can't find in a holiday type style. Cups, plates, gravy boats, bowls, sugar and milk containers, cookie jars, butter holders... the list goes on and on. The only thing I have never seen are silverware themed around - well, anything! Let me know if you have!
Decorations For Christmas on High Cupboards
I personally love garland, and you can easily throw some decorative garland over your high cupboards.
However, you can also create a theme of ornaments and figurines that can be anywhere from comical to downright twisted. Some ideas are:
- A Christmas village with houses, a church, a post office, a gas station, and more. It will be like you have a town surrounding your kitchen!
- Scrooge like characters who are looking down on your celebrations with distaste!
- Large Elves, Santa's and Snowmen interacting with each other above your kitchen.
There are many ideas, it all depends on what you want, but I'm telling you that you will notice the little village or scene up above your kitchen, and it will give it an extra energy of holiday's.
A Miniature Christmas Tree
When I lived on my own in a tiny apartment, I picked up a countertop Christmas tree that had fiber optic lights built into it. Now that I have much more room, I still use that Christmas tree as part as my decorations for Christmas inside the kitchen, and it adds an extra element to Christmas. I leave my family room tree and am greeted by my countertop tree in the kitchen. I don't know, it just feels comfortable, I would suggest it.
The Christmas Tree
Don't do the same old thing this year. While it's nice to have some of the previous years memories on the tree, it is also nice to mix it up a bit and give a more personal feeling to it based around how you feel this year.
Want to be reminded of your Grandma's house? The buy some decorations for Christmas, vintage style. Ornaments like wooden ornaments or cloth ornaments. It will give it more of a familiar, comfortable feeling, and better yet, if you buy them as second hand ornaments, you may get some good Christmas spirit left over from previous owners.
You can buy these in vintage stores or off auctions sites like eBay. Take a look around and you will find something that you like and possibly reminds you of earlier Christmas's.
Bulbs and Lights
I find that a lot of people are moving towards the black and white bulbs with the soft-white lights. This is pretty, but you can also mix it up with a bit of old-school stuff and personal stuff.
For instance, lights come in all colors, not just white. You can buy blue, red, or the classic red, green, and blue. They also have blinking lights that can be switched to non-blinking lights, and this can highlight your tree after everyone has had a few too many eggnog's - i.e. less chance of tree crashing!
My dad always uses ornaments that spin with scenery on them, and I love this. I can sit for hours and watch the little world of snow and north pole spin around and around. He also has ones that spin with pictures inserted. I love those ones too because they contain my Nana and Grandpa who have passed on.
We also have ornaments that hold pictures and have sayings over them like 'joy' and 'love'. We use these for our dogs, past and present, and it is so fitting to look at them - they are truly something to cherish.
Decorations For Christmas Include Teddy Bears?
My in-laws put teddy bears in the trees. It almost gives it a childish, yet full-tree feeling. I need to know if anyone else does this, because my mother-in-law is quite traditional and I'm not sure where she got this from. Is it an old Italian custom, or just something she started.
Tinsel and Garland
Tinsel used to be a big part of my tree, but it is hard to clean up and hasn't been for a few years. However, garland is always on the tree in one form or another.
Remember when it was that fluffy stuff that went around the tree and banister? Now it comes in beads mostly. However, the beauty of garland is that you can make your own out of popcorn, paper, and other things. This is fun if you have kids and want them to feel as though they created something specifically for the tree.
This is How Simple Garland Can Be To Make
I find that part of decorating the tree means having presents underneath it. However, all of our presents are normally at other people's houses - where Christmas has to be held. So we put pretend presents under our tree to give it a 'Christmas morning' feel. The beauty of this is that you can stuff a ton of presents under that tree and feel like a kid in a candy store...it's a pretty darn good illusion!
Outside Christmas Decorations
My Father loves Christmas, and his set-up takes a least a day to put up if not longer. He has all sorts of things but there are some things that stand out more than others.
Lighting is an important part of outside decorations. How else would you see everything at night? The roof trim, bushes, trees, porches, and garages can all have lighting on them and make them stand out. However, if you don't want your house to look like a messy place, it may be best to stick with certain colors for certain places.
While I like all-white Christmas lights, I personally think that there has to be some of the old red, green, and blue lights up and about - at least on the house. However, any lights are better than no lights!
And how about solar christmas lights? I think that they are the wave of the future, and the next time you have to buy a set of lights, buy them. They can be a little more expensive, but it's worth the money in the long run.
Also, lighting can really create a unique effect on your yard if you use spotlights. Homemade decorations, or decorations that don't light up, can really benefit from spotlights. The great thing about them is that there are different colors and different intensities. It all depends on how well you want something lit - and how much you hate your neighbor. ;)
Hate Your Neighbor? Do This! Look at the Party You Will Attract!
Create a Theme
I see some people who put a snowman here and a Santa there, and there is really no theme in the yard at all. While it's fine just to put out ornaments for the sake of putting out ornaments, it's more interesting to create a theme, both for you and people passing by.
It doesn't have to be big. You could simply put Santa Claus kissing Mrs. Clause goodbye and have some elves, a sleigh, and a reindeer waiting for him to get on.
A theme will put your yard together and add to people's imagination - which is a lot of what Christmas can be about.
Disney Themed Christmas Yard
Know What Decorations For Chistmas You Want?
I hope this article helped spark a few ideas for Christmas decorating this year! I'm getting excited just writing about it, and I'm wondering if my husband will mind them going up a few months early.
As a side note, my neighbor hates people getting their decorations up before her, so this year I got our Halloween decorations up VERY early, and she had hers up later that day! Not too long after she got her Christmas lights up...she wasn't being beaten again!