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Front Door Christmas Decorating Ideas

Updated on November 2, 2012

Front Door Christmas Decorating Ideas

So you're ready to whip out the Christmas decorations. You might as well get a head start on it while the weather is still decent. Or maybe you're one of those people who haven't taken down your Christmas lights from last year and all you need to do is make sure they work and hang a few wreaths. The space around your door is one area you should pay close attention to because this can make or break your entire decorating scheme. By choosing some sensible, good-looking Christmas decorations for your front door, you can really draw some compliments from people in your neighborhood.

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Christmas Decorations... - ...How much is too much?

Do you have a neighbor who goes overboard with his Christmas decorations every year? At least this guy's neighbor had a sense of humor about it. Watch until the end to see what he did.

Tips For Choosing Front Door Christmas Decorations

  • Go for simple yet refined. The above video should be proof enough for why you don't want to go overboard in your Christmas decorating. Sometimes simpler really is better when it comes to outdoor decorating. Besides, you'll have to decide if winning the town-wide Christmas decorating contest is worth risking frostbite for.
  • Arrange it so you can open the door without damaging your decorations. By putting a little thought into your decorating, you should be able to get into and out of your house without accumulating scattered pieces of your decorations on your front porch. This can save at least one decoration-related headache for your entire family.
  • Go for quality. Decorations that will last a few years are worth the few extra bucks you'll spend over the cheap plastic sets. That might mean shopping at those places that specialize in holiday decor rather than the department stores that have had their Christmas displays out since October.
  • Watch your budget. Are you one of those people who think nothing of plunking down $300 on Christmas decorations every single year? If so, congratulations, you've got more disposable income than I do. You might also be that person who looks for a reasonably priced addition to last year's decoration set and maybe a few new strings of lights to replace the ones that have gone defunct while sitting in storage. There's no shame in shopping around to get the best price on that decoration you've been wanting.
  • Remember that you might not get it to look exactly like what you see in the pictures. Every front door is different and you can bet that those stylish pictures of a front door decorated for Christmas have been dressed up for a photoshoot. That means picking something that will work for your front door regardless of the pictures.

Some Popular Decorating Ideas

Wreaths: A classic with lots of possibilities. Measure the width of your door to see what diameter will fit best. Remember to allow a couple of inches on either side so the wreath doesn't bash against the door frame when you open the door.

Christmas symbols: A simple Nativity scene is popular and you might also choose cutout Christmas trees or stars. Rudolph the reindeer, Santa Claus and Frosty the Snowman are also cute.

Christmas lights: Excellent for lining the frame of your door or accenting certain elements of your decorating scheme. Can be temperamental and whip around in very windy conditions, though, so you should secure them carefully and make sure you have a few spare bulbs on hand.

Setting Up Your Decorations

This should be pretty straightforward, right? If you already have your decorations, it should just be a matter of organizing and setting them up. However, people are injured every year because they forgot about following some basic safety tips.

  • Do some de-icing on your front porch first. Get some of that de-icing salt and sprinkle it around on your porch and anywhere else that can accumulate slippery ice before you start. Then let it do its work while you untangle and test your strands of lights. This should help reduce injuries related to slipping on ice.
  • Get somebody to hold the ladder for you. A lot of common injuries are caused by people falling off the ladder while hanging that wreath in a high place. By getting somebody to hold the ladder steady, you can reduce the risk.
  • Bundle up. Dig out your scarves, mittens and hats and bundle up to reduce the risk of frostbite while hanging your decorations.
  • Take breaks for hot chocolate. Get out of the cold, warm up some hot chocolate and spiced cider and enjoy. By taking breaks from being out in frigid weather, you can reduce the risk of losing fingers to frostbite and return to your decorating with a little more enthusiasm.
  • Learn the signs of frostbite. If you feel any numbness, tingling, burning, itching, or cold sensations on any part of your body, get inside pronto and get warmed up. Swelling, blisters and white or yellowed skin that turn purple or blue as they warm up are signs of more serious frostbite.
  • Don't get impatient. So you did stock up on several new decorations and now it's taking longer than expected to get them set up. People have actually been injured or got severe cases of frostbite because they felt like they had to get it all done in one day. Take your time and save that blow-up snowman for tomorrow if you have to.

Have Fun With Your Christmas Decorating

The good thing about Christmas decorating is that it doesn't have to feel like a chore. Sing some carols while setting up your front door Christmas decorations if you want. Get the kids involved and make time for that spontaneous snowball fight you know they're going to start. When you have all the decorations set up, reward yourself with some hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies and take some pictures so you can remember what a good job with the decorating you did this year.

So, What Do You Think?

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      WindyWintersHubs 4 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      It's nice to add to Christmas cheer to your front door for the holidays. We usually hang a wreath and sometimes other decorations. Never thought of a cheery door knocker. Thanks for these ideas. Happy Holidays!

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these Front Door Christmas Decorating Ideas. The decorations in your intro are gorgeous!

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      laptop89 4 years ago

      Fantastic lens, I like it!

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      Metalpriest 4 years ago

      'Never seen before' ideas, a great lens!

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      Clairissa 4 years ago from OREFIELD, PA

      Great ideas... Guess it is time to at least start thinking about this. :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Nice ideas and tips... Thanks for sharing!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 4 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Very nice ideas for Front Door Christmas Decorating

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      WriterJanis2 4 years ago

      Enjoyed the video.

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      Treasures By Brenda 4 years ago from Canada

      Love that front door in your first image. I don't decorate mine.