Christmas & Holiday Decorations

Everyone looks forward to the holidays for different reasons, and there are those who look forward to the holiday season simply so they are able to decorate their home – inside and out. Outdoor lighting and the Christmas tree are, of course, staples of the holiday season, but there are many other simple and elegant touches to add to your home’s decor that announce your excitement concerning the winter holidays.

Tabletop decor items lend much to a holiday feel. These simple touches are beautiful decorations that you add to every year, if desired. Consider a glass lighted tree or even a globe. Unlighted trees and decorations help to brighten up the room as well. Opt for a simple, sparkly tree that looks great on your entertainment center or mantel. A small nativity scene also works well on a side table or even under the tree. Small, plug-in trees do much for small spaces and are innocuous enough to become a permanent decoration even after the holidays have ended. Think out of the box for your Christmas decor, such as opting for a small glass vase and filling it with jingle bells for a festive look. Other options for glass fillers include small Christmas ornaments and tinsel.

Outdoor decorations are much more than string and fairy lights. Add decoration to your yard or siding with a myriad of different touches available from Pottery Barn. Faux and prelit trees with LED lighting are also an option for your outside space. Consider both cypress and pine trees for a charming outdoor winter wonderland. Hanging decorations also do well in lieu of a wreath. Consider a prelit hanging snowflake or angel. Other outdoor decorations that work well include standing reindeer, snow angels and unlit, simple trees. A metal reindeer sculpture also works well indoors, depending on the expansiveness of your space. Those who want to deck their outside halls should consider a large sleigh sculpture. Joyful and spirited, a sculpture like this filled with faux presents or paired with reindeer sculptures creates a complete look. Bronze and metal Christmas sculptures look absolutely dashing in the snow, especially when paired with accents, such as ceramic angel sculptures or glitter trees.

Other outdoor decorations in the holiday spirit include faux flower and winter bundles. If live plants and wreaths are not your style, opt for faux twigs, branches and bundles that you are able to use Christmas after Christmas. Use faux flowers and bundles in many spots in your home – not just on an exterior wall. If you have a pet and avoid live poinsettia plants every year, opt for a faux one that still looks beautiful yet is safe for your kitties. Faux amaryllis, magnolia and orchids look festive when paired with other holiday decorations. Look for glass vases or even barware, and add your faux flowers to make a beautiful arrangement. Opt for red and green ceramic pieces to add a festive feel to your decorations.

Other simple nonfloral arrangements to consider include faux pinecones, faux snow or cranberries. Simply take a vase or a cocktail glass and fill it with something festive for a simple, elegant and economical decoration. Jazz up your walls with winter-themed items to create a ski lodge feel. A pair of vintage-looking rustic skis really livens up a home office or game room while wooden snowshoes work well hanging on a wall in your mudroom or entryway. Small sleds also provide a distinct holiday feel, whether next to your Christmas tree or resting in your foyer, perhaps with additional or faux presents upon them.