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It’s almost time to decorate for Christmas. This year, experiment with a theme for your house, or even different holiday themes for each room. Read on for ideas, and let us know your style!

Holiday Themes

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1.    Nostalgic. Antiques and your grandma’s old Christmas decorations are key to achieving an old fashioned holiday look. Decorate your tree with brightly colored lights or bubble lights and ornaments from your childhood. Frame and hang a few Norman Rockwell Christmas- or winter-themed prints. Serve Christmas dinner on your family’s heirloom china.

2.   Classic. This look is formal and pretty, with plenty of white light strands and traditional pine wreaths and garlands decked with red bows. Incorporate plenty of deep reds and dark greens to complete the look. Drape fresh garlands around doors, both inside and outside, and add extra sparkle with silver or gold accent decorations or pretty framed mirrors.

3.  Eclectic. Christmas decorations don’t all have to be Christmasy. Try trimming your tree with something unique like beach-themed glass ornaments, or look for decorations that showcase hobbies or passions. If you enjoy cooking, decorate your tree with kitchen- or food-themed ornaments. A bird-watcher might trim a tree with owls, or a gardener might use a floral theme.

Beachy Christmas ornaments.

4.  Understated. This style blends with your home’s existing décor. Instead of decorating with traditional bright reds and dark greens, try coral, beige, gold, or lime green. Incorporate natural items like pinecones, branches, and small animal figurines like birds or deer. Arrange oranges or pomegranates in glass bowls on tables, grow white amaryllis flowers in pretty pots on the mantel, or place white hydrangeas in vases for something different. Trade in busy, brightly colored holiday dishes for serving ware featuring simple holly berry or ivy designs that draw their inspiration from nature.

5.   Fun. This look encompasses many traditional Christmas elements like Santa, reindeer, candy canes, and snowmen. It’s always popular and kids love it, and decorations like this are plentiful in stores. Hang some jingle bells on your front door, cut some paper snowflakes, put plenty of candy canes on your tree, and enjoy the season!

This post was brought to you by the friendly staff of Seaside Glass Gallery in Longwood, Florida.


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