- December 2, 2007 at 3:48 am #254520
The traditional red and green colors of Christmas decorations bring a
festive mood to Christmas. The magic of the holidays is infectious.
Neighborhoods are alive with twinkling lights, the smell of
gingerbread cookies fills the air and snow covered lawns boast
cheerful decorations. Wherever you go there’s the sound of carols,
bells and laughter in the air. And you can’t help but whistle a carol
yourself and join in the fun and frolic and brim with laughter – it’s
Christmas and you cannot be more happier!
When it comes to decorations, you can let your imagination run wild.
Uniquely themed Christmas trees that break the mould of tradition can
Your decoration of the Christmas tree can be a reflection of your
hobbies such as doll, angel or teddy-bear collecting, or boating for
that matter. A theme like this makes a very personal holiday
decorating scheme so that you can sit back and enjoy your creation.
It can also revolve around your area of current interests, activities
and family events that will add to family memories when viewed in the
photo albums in the future.
The following theme ideas can be implemented or used as a platform
for your imagination.
New arrival Celebration:
Imagine all things babyish! This could be a fun theme if you are
going to be having a baby shower during the holidays. Look out for
all the baby colored balls – pink, mint, lavender and blue, yellow
frosted balls ; plastic baby rattles in different shapes and pastel
colors, knit baby booties, wooden alphabet blocks, baby bottles and
pacifiers can be hung on the tree with pink and blue ribbons. Couple
it up with pastel colored plush toys, such as teddy bears, if you
have them. Top it off with pink and blue netting and a cherub and use
a pretty baby blanket for the tree skirt.
Unique but traditional this theme celebrates the popularity of
snowmen. To tie in with the gold you can add gold and white patterned
ribbon, gold bead garland and matte gold balls. Snowflakes add
texture and continue the winter look.
This theme allows you to play with colors. You can use copper and
silver, gold and silver or green and blue. Whatever color theme you
choose most of the accessories are easy to find and can be spray
painted to match. Look for star fish, seahorse, shell and sand dollar
ornaments or try to be even more adventurous if you use the real
thing provided you live near the water…if you use real shells tie
them to the tree with gold or silver cording. Look for a netting
material or ribbon to wrap the tree with and add clear glass balls to
create the effect of bubbles.
Create a sparkling and delicate centerpiece in no time at all. If you
don’t have an antique pedestal dish, use any pretty footed dish as
the base for this bright and shining holiday display.
What You Need:
20 or more small glass ornaments
Place candle in dish.
Gently arrange ornaments around the candle until desired look is
Optional: For a warm reflected glow, place the dish in front of a
Festive Floral Arrangements:
Set a place for style at your holiday table. This bright arrangement
brings cheer to even the coldest winter days.
Start a Christmas collection:
This can be a great tradition to initiate in your home. Say you can
start off by collecting Santa and see your collection to grow up
gradually. This doesn’t have to be expensive, or even store bought.
Try sewing or crafting a new decoration each year together for even
more memories! Or check out your dollar store…they have some really
cute ceramic holiday decorations for a buck or two. Remember, it’s
the memories you are interested in here, not a collectable based on
If you are looking to do a toyland theme for your Christmas
decorating this year, try searching out teddy bears and dolls at your
local stores. Wash them in a pillowcase and put them in your dryer
for at least 20 minutes, then dress them up with ribbons and holiday
fabrics. Group them under your tree, on mantels, and on windowsills.
Stack small squares of cardboard together and wrap as a tiny present,
then tuck them under a teddy’s arm, or wrap an empty box and use it
as teddy’s seat by the front door.
Turn your home into a winter wonderland with lacy looking snowflakes
that you and your kids can make. Tape them, in groups of two to five-
depending on size, to doors, windows, kitchen cabinets, etc. They are
fun and easy to make with any white paper. They look especially nice
against a dark color background (like a dark wood door).
To make a paper snowflake:
Cut white paper into an exact square (any size). Fold by half, twice,
forming a square. 2.Then fold corner to corner, once, forming a
triangle (leaving one long side of the triangle with all the loose
sides and the other long side as one single fold).
Cut along all sides, leaving enough places uncut to hold the
Be sure to make at least a few cuts deep into the center of the
After it’s cut, unfold the snowflake to see what you have made. Store
them flat (unfolded) in a single pile, until you are ready to put
You will find, too, that the more you make them the better and more
intricate they become, so each year’s snowflakes will be better and
Get the whole family together to create a holiday picture. Use poster
board, or large paper, and combining cenes cut from Christmas cards,
wrapping paper, catalogs and magazines sketch, draw and color to
blend them together, making a panorama holiday scene to put on the
wall as part of your decorations.
Decorating for the holidays isn’t limited to things you can see.
Christmas is a time of wonderful smells and 9. memory-evoking aromas.
To fill your home with a wonderful scent, make this easy simmering
potpourri: Combine orange peel, cinnamon, and whole cloves in a small
pan, half-filled with water. Simmer on low heat, refilling water as
needed. One pan of fresh potpourri will last an entire day, perhaps
two, but should be made fresh each day if possible.
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