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Dress Up Your Home for Christmas

Updated on March 31, 2018
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When not working in other countries, Mary lives in Muskoka and enjoys what the place offers: nature and cottage living.

Fill your Home with the Glow of Christmas

White Christmas Tree
White Christmas Tree | Source

Unlimited Possibilities to Fill Your Home with Christmas Spirit

There are unlimited possibilities and ideas (and budget levels) for dressing up your home this Christmas. If you make it a team sport, you can unleash your family's creativity and build memories for future generations that will outlive toys and games and doozy dinners.

In most countries, Christmas is one of the most celebrated times of the year irrespective of the dominant religion. So wherever you are, bring in the color, the bells and the festivities to your home.

When possible, most folks do what they can to dress up the living space, from a sprig of evergreen to a flashing nightmare of roof Santas and plunging reindeer.

Others go overboard and transform their homes into a Christmas wonderland. Some streets even require their residents to do a theme as they have built up a tradition of busloads of people coming to enjoy their Christmas decors. Nothing is left undecorated from roof to trees in the garden and the footpath as well.

Do what suits your style and what gives you joy. It is a time to be happy.

Fireplace with Christmas Decors

Christmas Fireplace
Christmas Fireplace | Source

Prepare in Advance of Christmas

One of the most important things to bear in mind when dressing up your home for the holidays is to prepare everything in advance just like the mise en place before cooking. Clean up and clear up spaces for your decors. Detoxify overstuffed corners and put away knick knacks that gather dust and add sweet diddley to the season.

Start by assessing the area where you will place your Christmas tree and other decorations. Then, clean the furniture and have a common Christmas theme all over your home. This will make it look lively and a lot brighter, making it ready for your Christmas makeover.

Make Your Home Ready for a Christmas Makeover

Christmas Tree Lights
Christmas Tree Lights | Source

Have a Theme for your Christmas Décor

Choose a theme for your Christmas décor. Visualize your décor, the shades of colour you want to use. Remember to use what you already have. You'll be surprised at how many of your things can be used. You just need to set your creative mind to look at these items differently.

You can have a traditional theme with the Nativity as the centre. You can have a winter wonderland or a country Christmas. Also, toyland if you have kids is a great theme to use. Christmas in the Park or Christmas in the Farm. Get that creative hat on and set your theme for a truly unique Christmas.

Christmas Tree Lights

Christmas Tree in Hanoi
Christmas Tree in Hanoi | Source

Dressing up Indoors with Christmas Spirit

The front door to the living room should be the centre of your Christmas decoration. Think of what invites your guests to the theme you are following this Christmas. So, the entrance teases them to what more is offered inside. Since your living area is where you receive family, friends and guests to celebrate the joyous holiday season, this should get the most attention.

Look at where your guests' eyes will focus the moment they get into your house. Put there the big impact décor you have. Then, walk through your space as if you are the guest and start visualizing what would be just the appropriate décor to put there.

Indoor Christmas Decorating Tips

Choose a Unique Christmas Tree

Artificial Christmas tree
Artificial Christmas tree | Source

1. Christmas Tree

Get one that fits.Your Christmas tree is the most important Christmas décor in your home. As such, pay extra attention in getting a tree that fits. A monster looks ridiculous and a shrimp looks like you cheapened out!

You can choose between a fresh and an artificial tree. Decorate it with lights, garlands, ribbons, flowers and other ornaments which complement the over-all look of your house. It is important to place the lights first which are then followed by the other decors.

Remember, it is NOT a random pizza. Give it some thought. Give the kids exclusive domain over the bottom 3 branches but slam dunk the angel yourself.

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2. Christmas flowers

You can place flowers whether fresh or artificial all over the house. Mistletoe, Holly and poinsettias are among the favorite flowers for the season but any bunches of cut flowers really can add a festive spirit.

Place lots of Flowers - Get those that remind you of Christmas

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3. Hang Christmas Stockings

Hang stockings for everyone and make this a party night.

If you have children at home, you can also hang colorful stockings on the windows or walls or the fireplace together with the children's letter to Santa Claus. The ritual hanging of the stockings should be a great family party the night before Christmas along with the yearly run of "Scrooge", the 1951 edition of Christmas Carol with Alistair Sim, please.

Hang your Christmas Stocking

Christmas Stocking
Christmas Stocking | Source

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Dolls and Candles

Christmas teddies and dolls
Christmas teddies and dolls | Source

4. Christmas Teddies and Dolls as Accents

They look like they're celebrating with you. You can pretty up your teddy bears and dolls with Christmas decors and place them all over the house. You can group them together or place them around the Christmas tree. It will be more fun if you can dress them in Christmas clothes.

I just saw a big Christmas tree of all teddy bears. It was a crowd getter in the store.

Christmas Candles

Christmas candles
Christmas candles | Source

5. Christmas Candles and Holly

You can do this for your Christmas table or any of the mantels in your home. I like to use fresh sprigs of holly because of its symbolism. Place candles in the appropriate places interspersed with the holies.

What would even be better is have a circular tray filled with sprigs of holly or evergreens and place 4 candles, one of which must be purple to celebrate Advent. You can prepare this 4 weeks before Christmas and at the start of each week light one candle. Your anticipation of Christmas will have even more meaning when you do this.

The Nativity

Nativity | Source

6. The Nativity Set

Make Christmas more meaningful by reminding yourself of the very first Christmas. This is, of course, if your family is Christian. Get a nativity set that matches your home décor. Invest in this set as you will use this each year.

You can start with the basic set of Mary, Joseph and the Baby Jesus. Then, each year, add something like a shepherd or two, sheeps, the 3 Magi, a camel and whatever is significant or has special meaning for you and your family.

Add something international to your Nativity set. A famous addition is the "Caganer". This is a great conversation piece about Barcelona and Catalan culture where they have these figures just behind the crib. They even have important figures and celebrities added now. You can see the figure on top of stalls selling these in Christmas markets.

The Caganer on Top of the Stalls

Caganer | Source

7. Display your Collection

A good centre piece for your coffee table are colourful Christmas balls in a glass bowl. You can also do a manger scene or a flock or miniature wooden camels with odd hats. Or place your collection on display.


8. Christmas Books

Place your favourites around your house to read once in a while. Christmas books can be placed on your side tables to commemorate favourite Christmas stories.

9. Give your Dining Table a Christmas Festive Flare

Make your dining table look festive. Use sparkling and bright colours for your Christmas table. Bring out your best dinnerware because sharing meals with family, friends and guests is the centre of the festivities. In case you do not have a Christmas dining set, you can simply buy red set of plates to complement the season. Or just add Christmas decors to your table setting.

You can add candles and ornaments like cones, evergreens, mistletoes or small fir tree branches. Get the worst taste Christmas napkins you can find and really humiliate the entire family with crackers containing appalling festive hats. Remember, it's supposed to be fun.

Christmas Dining Table

Christmas table
Christmas table | Source

Outdoor Christmas Home Dress Up Ideas

Outdoor Christmas Decors

For your outdoor Christmas décor you can hang Christmas lights in your porch and garden. Others even adorn their trees and shrubs with lights. Reindeer and Santa in plywood make a great early project for the handy-person and a few cardboard carollers with a few wireless speakers can give the old place Christmas street appeal.

Hanging a beautiful wreath on your door is also a great way to say to the world: "celebrate, be joyful and peace and good will to all."

A Festive Celebration

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Christmas celebration | Source

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    • aesta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Norton 

      18 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks, Nithya. Hope you're well into your decorating for the holidays.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      18 months ago from Dubai

      Great tips for Christmas decorations, thank you for sharing. Your decorations, great photos.

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      Mary Norton 

      20 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I love Christmas Denise and though I moved to our condo last year, I still opted for a tree. This year, I will be going away to go back to my childhood home so more decorations there.

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      Denise McGill 

      20 months ago from Fresno CA

      These photos are fun and inspiring. It's early for Christmas in October but the ads are out and it's time to start thinking about cleaning up and preparing for decorations. I have a very small space to work with so we don't get a tree but I decorate with lots of poinsettias and greenery, plus Nutcracker dolls.



    • aesta1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Mary Norton 

      2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I wish I have kept my Christmas decorations when we moved. Now, that we're home for Christmas, I havto start all over again.

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      Barbara Tremblay Cipak 

      2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

      I think back to Christmases decades ago and how different my approach to décor is. I used to be all matchy matchy in my 20's and 30's then once the kids were really into it, the décor because more traditional and kid oriented. I think today I'm just a bit more low key, but still bring out many of the same items that were featured when the kids were little. I think I'm becoming a less is more person in my older years.

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      Roberta Kyle 

      5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      great tips and info....and I love love love the photos.....especially those wonderful balloon-like contemporary Christmas tree lights. Fabulous Hub.

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes, the hassle is up to its peak now. Gladly, we will be travelling so we are more relaxed. Thank you for the visit.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      5 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Lovely ideas for Christmas decorations! You presented it so well and included almost everything. The Christmas fever can be seen all around--in homes, in beautifully decorated shopping malls.

      Thank you for sharing your beautiful and creative ideas!

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      5 years ago

      I love your beautiful decorations and nice photos.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      5 years ago from California

      Lovely ideas--Thank you!

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      Mary Norton 

      5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      That fireplace is of a hotel in Spain we stayed in one Christmas.

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      Peg Cole 

      5 years ago from North Dallas, Texas

      Stunning decorations and great ideas. I loved the fireplace photo!

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      6 years ago

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Ilonagarden, the past few years were really sparse in terms of Christmas decorations as we had been away from home. Still, one can always make do.

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      Ilona E 

      6 years ago from Ohio

      Very pretty ideas! It shows we need a lot of preparation to get the final effect to to turn out so beautifully. It is worth it as your page shows.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      6 years ago from Canada

      I drove home tonight after dusk and the holiday lights were so beautiful on the homes that I wanted to honk like a crazy woman every time I passed one. Your article helped even more. I am so feeling the Christmas spirit now.

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      Fay Favored 

      6 years ago from USA

      Christmas decorating is probably my favorite thing to do. Gathering ideas from your site for the season. We like themed trees as well and have had all sorts of them. It just adds to the spirit of Christmas I think.

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      Barbara Walton 

      7 years ago from France

      I love Christmas decorations but find thinking up the ideas and organising it hard work. Thanks for these ideas.

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      8 years ago

      Quite brilliant and nice lens, you get all together here to dress up your home.

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      Odille Rault 

      8 years ago from Gloucester

      What a brilliant selection of beautiful ways to decorate for Christmas! :)

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Dusty2 LM: Merry Christmas to you, too, and thanks for the visit.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Kailua-KonaGirl: Thanks my friend. Have a wonderful Christmas.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @anonymous: I find these books and old teddies make for a more cozy Christmas.

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      8 years ago from New York

      OMG, Mary. So many great decorating ideas for Christmas. Mele Kalikimaka, my friend!

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      8 years ago

      Those Teddy's made me smile again and reminded me of the ones Mom would put all over the house. We also had Christmas books that I always looked forward to seeing again.

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      Dusty2 LM 

      8 years ago

      Very nice lens with some good ideas for decorating the home for Christmas. Thank you for sharing. Merry Xmas!

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      8 years ago

      That's quite a huge and cute collection to dress the home.

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      Mary Norton 

      8 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @Scarlettohairy: I know and I have not put my thoughts on it yet.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      8 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Such sweet ideas for decorating for Christmas. It's fun to put up the special pieces.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @APackageAtTheDoor: Am happy there were some you picked up.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @hamshi5433: Christmas is always a big day.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @julieannbrady: But it will again be back.

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      9 years ago

      Well, I sincerely dressed up the inside of my home for Christmas and may leave it that way for a few months. Can you believe that Christmas is now history?

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      9 years ago

      Beautiful ideas..I`ve done decoration my house already...waiting for the big day :D :D

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      9 years ago

      Very nice decorating ideas, some we have never thought of. Thanks!

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      9 years ago

      Great Job. Love this lens.

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      dexter yarbroug1 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I nominated it for Lens of the Day! Great!

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens. Thanks for sharing.

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens, hoping you can visit one of my lenses soon. I would appreciate it so much. Thanks

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      jseven lm 

      9 years ago

      Wow, you covered every Christmas home dress up! :)

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      Karen Kay 

      9 years ago from Jackson, MS

      So many great ideas! Thanks so much!

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      9 years ago

      You certainly have the Christmas spirit and are sharing it with a personal touch, I especially like your "Place teddys all over the houseThey look like they're celebrating with you", that just made me true!

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      Mary Norton 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @kislanyk: Thank you.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @totalhealth: Decorating the tree is always a great family time.

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      Mary Norton 

      9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      @chiakisato: Start with what you have and just put some Christmas trims on them

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      9 years ago

      I am interested in your articles about Christmas Spirit.

      I'd like to display my room for Christmas!!

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      9 years ago

      make Christmas decoration a fun activity with the family with this tips.

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      9 years ago from Cyprus

      Lovely home decor ideas, aesta!


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