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Great Ways To Decorate Your Home For The Holiday Christmas Season

Updated on December 29, 2016

Start Early - Enjoy Those Christmas Decorations

Great Ways To Decorate Your Home For the Holiday Chistmas Season - Start Early

There are so many great ways to decorate your home for the holidays, so why not start early this year? The Christmas season can be a very uplifting time of year if you just allow it to happen. If you take the time to start early, you will find this joyous season will be less stressful and you will actually have time to stop and take in all of it's grandeur and beauty.

Try starting the first week of November, even if you add one string of lights to the outside of your home you'll be amazed at how quickly you'll add another string of lights on a tree and even start decorating the inside of your home. Starting in November has its benefits especially if you live where the autumn can turn exceedingly cold long before winter officially arrives. Its much easier to hang lights on your home and the trees outside when your fingers aren't turning blue.

I always get the outside of our home decorated first and then the whole family chips in decorating the inside. You can add a lot of decorations and lights or keep it simple and just add a few. If you start early you can actually enjoy the full season and have plenty of time to bake christmas cookies, do your xmas shopping and even catch up with friends and family.

My family and I love the Christmas season and decorating our home is a big part of that. Every year we try to add a little something extra and starting early lets us really take it all in.

Christmas Lights - Exterior

Great Ways To Decorate the Outside of Your Home For Christmas

You can decorate the outside of your home for Christmas in so many ways and anything goes. We have always kept the outside lighting simple for our home. Start with the roof line and add a few strings of lights. There are countless types of string lights to choose from including icicle, hanging, and blinking lights. Choose a style and color you will not get easily tired of, something you will actually look forward to seeing even after two months of use.

Next you can add lights to doors and windows, trees and shrubs and even other outdoor structures. One thing most people neglect is adding some decorations to the back yard as well. It really adds something special when you look out of your kitchen window and see your back yard lit in a festive mood. When my kids were young, we spent countless hours building snow forts and playing in the snow in our back yard so it makes sense to add a few string of lights there too.

Xmas Decorations Inside The Home

Great Ways To Decorate The Inside Of Your Home for the Holiday Season

Much like the outside of your home, you can add as much decorations and lights and you like. typically most people will have one Christmas tree but you can have many trees spread throughout your home. Try adding some smaller trees as they come in so many sizes and styles. Of course if you prefer real trees you will have to wait until a few weeks before Christmas.

Artificial trees have become much more affordable and more life like in appearance. They are much safer than real trees and require no daily maintenance. Having several smaller artificial trees throughout your home spreads the festive mood. This way the whole family can really enjoy the feelings associated with xmas anywhere in your home. We have some trees that are mostly decorated with home made decorations. Especially when the kids were young we had made countless hanging decorations and clay figures. Now is the time to bring out all of the memory made decor.

Other areas to add Christmas cheer is on fireplace mantels, stairway railings and even table tops. You can add lights and a variety of holly to mantels and stairway railings. Seasonal candles and wreathes and lights can be added to table tops. We have always rolled our own candles out of bees wax sheets. The bees wax sheets come in a variety of colors and are easy to make, even kids enjoy this as a festive family activity and they add so much to the dining room table.

So make your holiday season start early this year. Add some lights and some decorations and your family will enjoy the xmas season thoughout your home.

Fireplace Mantel Christmas Decorations

Christmas Lights and Music


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  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    6 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thank you vocalcoach for the kind comments. I was thinking of those bees wax candles too, this is the first year we didn't make them in a long time. But I will send you some info. May you and your family enjoy happy and prosperous New Year!

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    Audrey Hunt 

    6 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

    A beautiful and marvelous hub on decorating for Christmas. I really enjoyed this. Love your suggestion to begin stringing outside lights in early November.

    And one more thing...I am a candle lover and have always wanted to make my own. Please consider writing a hub on how to make candles from bees wax rolls. I've never heard of this and it sound like something I could do. When you write the hub...please let me know. Thank you and I voted up and across!

    vocalcoach~ ( I'm now following you )

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks so much Suzette for reading my hubs and the great comments. Please have a safe and happy Christmas Season and all the best to you and your family!


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    Suzette Walker 

    7 years ago from Taos, NM

    Great hub and so practical. You give some great ideas - I love the nutcrackers and they are my favorites during the holiday season.

    I want to take this time, before the Christmas rush next week, and wish you and your family a very Happy Holiday season. I can just picture you and your family in front of the Mexican adobe fireplace - how beautiful!

    A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you!

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks so much for the great comments Jacqui2011, and Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

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    7 years ago from Norfolk, UK

    I really loved this article. It made me feel all Christmassy! You did a fantastic job decorating your home inside and out. I love the decorations on the fireplace and the lights on the archway. Great photos. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks Carrie, I appreciate the great comments and you're so right - nothing beats fresh homemade cookies at Christmas time!

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks Carrie, I appreciate the great comments and you're so right - nothing beats fresh homemade cookies at Christmas time!

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    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    hey carcro!! you decorated your house really nice i love the way you put lights at the stairs and the fireplace!! and yes cookies!! waiting for some mom made cookies for christmas:)) those are the best.


  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks for sharing your traditions as well. You are so right, there is nothing like having a real tree. Decorating the trees in your yard is a great way to bring the festive spirit to light. Thanks again for the read and the vote!

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    7 years ago

    Carcro: I like the smell and look of the real tree even though the artificial trees are quite well made, safe and long-lasting these days. So what I do is have my tree outside by decorating the three white pines. Two are quite near the house and can have lights strung. The other is close to the mailbox and would be far too long for lighting. This way I have my Christmas tree, keep safe and love the holidays.

    Thank you for the keen insights and the illustrative photos, voted up, etc.,


  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    I love real Christmas trees. We used to always get real trees too, and there is nothing like the fresh pine smell of a real tree. Its also a fun family outing to pick the tree whether you cut it down yourself or just choose from a select of precut trees. Since we switched to artificial trees many years ago, it has allowed us to decorate earlier and have more time to enjoy other festivities of the season. Thanks so much for the great comments and the vote! Happy Holidays!

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    Movie Master 

    7 years ago from United Kingdom

    Hi carcro, I feel all nice and Chrismassy now!

    We always use to have a real Christmas tree, one year we decorated our real tree a bit too early and it started dropping it's needles, by Christmas eve it was almost bare, so we rushed out and got another one!

    I think it's a great idea to start preparing for Christmas early, the build up is so much part of the joy.

    Thank you for sharing a great hub, I love the pics and voting up. Best wishes MM

  • carcro profile imageAUTHOR

    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks cherylone for the great comments as well, we drive all over the city just gazing at the light displays ever year. Its one of our favorite family outings during the holiday season.

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    Paul Cronin 

    7 years ago from Winnipeg

    Thanks Peggy, we love the Christmas season and start decorating inside on the first weekend in November and the outside sooner before it gets too cold. In fact I string up the outside lights in mid October so my fingers don't freeze but just don't turn them on until the first week of November. Home made xmas cookies are a passion in themselves, really appreciate your comments!

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    Cheryl Simonds 

    7 years ago from Connecticut

    I love this hub. The pictures are wonderful. I always love Christmas Lights and decorations no matter what time of year it is.

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    Peggy Woods 

    7 years ago from Houston, Texas

    We have done less decorating over the years but I am in the midst of making many different kinds of homemade cookies to be later packaged up as a mixed assortment to be given away as gifts. Fortunately many of them freeze nicely and can be thawed prior to apportioning out into the cookie tins. If these photos are your really do go all out in decorating for Christmas! Enjoy!


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