The Christmas holidays start with planning where to put the Christmas tree. By far the largest decoration, you frequently have to move furniture to create the right spot where everyone can see and enjoy the tree yet it shouldn't interfere with people's natural walking patterns. If you have a house with tall ceilings, it's also fun to get a taller tree as it's the only time you'll put something that's 10, 12 or even 20 feet tall in the room.
One controversy around our tree traditions (read Christmas Trees: Real versus Artificial?) has to do with the wonderful smell of Christmas, although it's hard to say exactly what that smell is. For those who have an artificial tree (I recently converted to one with the lights included), my decorator taught me that you can add sprigs of real evergreen to your artificial tree so it smells like the real thing.
You Can Decorate More than the Tree
There are all sorts of holiday smells and I really love it when we drag the tree into the house. That's when it really feels like Christmas. Very few of us get more than one tree, so another way to spread the smell throughout the house is with Christmas wreaths but they shed so many pine needles, it gets messy. When my decorator brought Victorian paper cones to decorate … my Victorian home, I realized you could use any type of decoration around the house from wreaths and cones, to ribbons, pine cones, seashells or whatever has great memories for your family.
Here is my Victorian living room decorated with a beautiful tree and it's Victorian themed decorations. My wreaths got new bows to match the decorating scheme and with very little else in the staged house, Jennifer added small centerpieces with greenery to most of the tables.
Ribbon is a wonderful way to add accent color(s) to your holiday decorating. By collecting other ornaments in neutral colors like white, silver, gold and clear glass, you can easily switch from red, to purple or a potpourri each year. Save money by picking up holiday ribbons after they go on sale. The ones with wire edging work best to get the exact shapes you want.
For other decorating ideas, visit these articles in our series of Holiday Photo Ideas …
- Adding Holiday Cheer to Your Front Door
- Welcoming Holiday Guests to Your Home
- Decorating Tips for the Living Room … you're here now!
- Decorating Kitchens for Baking & Entertaining
- Holiday Decorating with a Decorator
- Holiday Decorating and Tablescapes
- Kitchen Decorating for the Holidays