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Festive seasons are meant for rejoicing and there is no better time than Christmas for it. With the onset of December, the spirit of the season kicks in and the effect of this can be seen all over - homes, public spaces, on the streets, and where not.
Not a single place is left without a decoration. Decorating the space we live in for Christmas is a way to express joy for the season and, in addition, it is a makeover for the house. It brings in a sense of goodness when things are bright all around us.
But what kind of decoration are you going to set up this year? Have you been pondering over this for a while now? Just forget about all that you had done last year to deck up your space and make it look lively. Go in for something new this time or maybe even something unusual. Here are some ideas that you can try out in your home & garden.
For The Home
Let's start with the entrance. Using wreaths are an adorable way to welcome guests into the house. Generally, evergreen leaves are used with some red ribbon tied to them. Of course, you can keep it simple that way, but you can also consider taking it up a notch higher. How about adding a rejoicing Santa to the wreath or even a "Merry Christmas" message in style? The wreath itself can be made out of bells in gold and silver or any colour of your choice. For a difference, use Christmas stockings with some greens around them. Another idea is to use two wreaths, one below the other, leaving a definite space in between.
The main decor in the living room must definitely be the Christmas tree. Even if it is placed in a corner, it must be decorated in such a way that it garners attention. You can go in for some handmade stuff to be used on the tree this year. With the help of recyclable materials, snowflakes, angels, stars, and many other stuff can be made. If you like to keep it simple, just wrap some serial lights around the tree.
The center table in the living room must never be left out, as people gather around it. Lit candles in opaque glass jars can be arranged on the table in an unruly fashion. Just make sure to intersperse the jar with some bells & ribbons or even greens to cover up the gaps. Scented candles add fragrance to the space.
For The Chandeliers
Use hangings like stars, balls, musical instruments, angels to decorate the chandelier. All these must be hung from the light using threads and the striking factor is that they must be hung at different levels. This way people will never fail to look at it. Hanging all the decorative at the same level is literally boring and looks monotonous.
Candles can be used as centerpieces on the dining table. Seasonal fruits can be arranged on a platter with some edible glitter on them. Use table mats that resemble snowflakes. You can also display a bottle of your favourite wine wrapped around with a ribbon. Pour out some into a wine glass and place it nearby.
Border the upper half of your window with some evergreens. Pep up the look by using some candy canes. Dangle them from the top of the window in a linear fashion. Use the traditional-looking red and white ones. There is no better way to decorate the window, especially if the background is white in colour.
If you have a fireplace, it must be given priority for decoration. Reindeers can be placed above the mantel. Hang a set of different coloured stockings too. Just see to it that the colours match the colour tone of the entire space. You can also add evergreens to decorate the mantel. Don't hesitate to display a message on the mantel if needed. You can go for "Holidays", "Be Merry", "Merry Christmas" or anything innovative. A pile of gifts can be placed on the floor near to the mantel.
Allure your guests to go upstairs with a stunning stairway. Illuminate the railings with serial lights. You can also opt for evergreens or even hangings tied onto a thread. Wishes can be displayed on the steps too. What a way to entice people!
For The Garden
The entrance to the garden and maybe even the house will look great with a holiday arbour. Re-purposed wooden ladders can be used for the same. Garland the arbour with evergreens, lights, and ribbons.
A snowman is inevitable if you are living in a place clad with snow. Along with it, an outdoor Christmas tree made from reclaimed wood can be set up. It is just a stack of lengthy wooden blocks placed in a criss-cross manner one above the other to get the conical shape of the tree.
If your house has window boxes, you are lucky. Bright-red plants like Amaranthus that bring in the Christmas feel can be displayed. Lights can also be used to decorate the boxes.
What is Christmas without a crib? A crib made from wood and hay is the best for a garden. The crib must display the nativity of Jesus Christ. With statues of baby Jesus, Mary, Joseph, shepherds, angels, kings, the animals, it is definitely a sight to see.
If you have a garden bench, adorn the bench with a string of bells to give it a festive look. You can also go for a fresh paint for the bench, may be in candy cane colours or even a golden shimmer.
Last but not the least, hang a star outside the house that shines all through the night.