Do you get overwhelmed when you start thinking about winter decor ideas? I’ll show you 11 quick and simple tips and ideas to help put you in the holiday spirit and get you started on decorating for the winter holidays.
When is the Right Time to Decorate for Christmas?
There seems to be somewhat of a difference of opinion when it comes to the timing of putting out your holiday decorations.
I grew up thinking that you were not allowed to decorate for Christmas until the day after Thanksgiving.
It was hard to know any better. And I never questioned it. That’s what my mom did, and that’s what HER mom did.
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And then something happened to make me question my entire life’s winter holiday decorating philosophy.
I was introduced to the world of Instagram and blogging. And everything I ever knew when right out the door.
I felt like a serious slacker. There were these influencers (I didn’t know what an influencer was at the time) who were putting up their Christmas trees, and it wasn’t even Halloween yet.
When do you decorate for Christmas? I no longer have a rule. I go with the flow and make decisions on timing depending on what’s going on in my life.
So there…I am giving you permission to be your own decision-maker when it comes to all things winter holiday decorating.
Don’t you feel better? I know I do! Let’s move on.
11 Simple Ways to Decorate for Christmas
I’m so excited about what the holiday season has to offer.
Whether it’s listening to Christmas music, watching the glow of twinkle lights, or smelling cookies baking in the oven, there’s so much to look forward to.
But sometimes it’s easy to get overwhelmed when thinking about all that goes into the winter holidays when it should be so much fun.
So let me make it a little easier on you. I’ll take the load off of the Christmas decor stress with these 11 quick and simple ideas to start decorating for the winter holidays.
Add Some Holiday Touches to Your Open Shelving
Starting your holiday decorating is as easy as adding some greenery, pinecones, and a jar full of candy canes to your shelves for a festive touch.
The open shelving in my kitchen is my very favorite space to play with. And because I am a little crazy about Christmas, I’ll most likely change out the shelves a few times during the season.
I’m hoping to add a hot cocoa bar this year as well. How fun will that be???
Add Festive Mini Christmas Trees
This is a no-brainer for me when it comes to winter holiday decorating. “MINI” is a word we use a lot around our 1600-square-foot home. And these smaller Christmas trees are no exception.
You can basically find a mini tree in every room in my beach cottage once I finish Christmas decorating.
I place them in baskets, crocks, galvanized buckets…the list goes on and on. Some have twinkle lights. Others have ornaments. Some are just beautifully bare.
Light Holiday Scented Candles
Candles put me in such a good mood! I’m talking lots of candles! I have my Antique Candle Co. candles lit ALL the time.
Christmas Day is a combination of fresh pine, cozy balsam, and fir, blended with a heart of cinnamon sticks, clove, and soft hints of fruit and sweet oakmoss.
Tree Farm is a nostalgic scent of crisp, freshly trimmed evergreen and Fraser fir pines, wrapped in delicate notes of winter cedarwood.
Display Garlands for Christmas Decorating
Whether you put up faux or fresh green garland, this is a decor item staple when it comes to winter holiday decorating. It makes any room look festive and fabulous.
The garland shown above is a bay leaf garland that was purchased at Pottery Barn years ago and is no longer available. It’s looking really tired, and I’ll most likely have to replace it next year.
I always love wrapping garland around the pot rack for a little extra Christmas spirit.
Add Greenery to Just About Anything
This is my BIGGEST AND BEST TIP for Christmas decorating. You can pretty much take a walk outside, with your clippers, and find a bundle of fresh greenery anywhere you look. I do live in the PNW, so it might be easier for me.
Of course, if you don’t have fresh greenery available or you want it to last throughout the entire winter season, you can go with an artificial greenery option.
Cozy Up With Christmas Pillows
Bring out the decorative Christmas pillows for some added cozy winter decor.
I usually keep my pile of pillows more on the neutral side when winter holiday decorating, mixing in a few holiday pillows here and there.
Hang a Christmas Wreath
Another easy way to decorate for Christmas is to hang a wreath.
There are so many different possibilities when it comes to a wreath during the holidays.
You can see the fresh magnolia wreath with dried oranges I made a couple of years ago for the winter holidays in the picture above.
How about some rustic jingle bells to get you in the mood? Or keep it simple with eucalyptus, olive branch, or boxwood. You can even add a pop of color with a wreath full of red berries.
Putting a wreath on a range hood is another great idea for the holidays.
Show Off a Vintage Vignette for Some Christmas Charm
If you visit my blog regularly you know that I am a BIG TIME vintage lover. I never really appreciated vintage decor until we moved into our 1920 home. Now it just seems like a natural fit.
Whether it’s a vintage scale, wicker basket, ironstone, or copper accessory, I love displaying my favorite pieces on shelves, tables, and countertops during the Christmas winter holiday.
Bring the Outdoors Inside with Natural Elements
Creating a simple centerpiece of seasonal greenery and flowers for the kitchen table is a perfect choice when it comes to bringing natural elements from the outdoors inside.
I found everything in this bucket at Trader Joe’s and created several arrangements.
Dress Up Your Holiday Decor With Ornaments
There is so much more you can do with your ornaments other than hanging them from your Christmas tree.
I tend to take my extra Christmas ornaments that are left from the tree trimming and place them in wooden dough bowls and vintage wood crates.
You can also hang them from chandeliers and use them to decorate your wrapped gifts for the season.
Brighten Up Your Festive Mood With Twinkle Lights
Spreading fairy lights around your home will give your space an ambiance full of warmth and whimsy during this Christmas holiday season.
We may have cold weather on the outside but twinkle lights will make the inside of your home cozy and warm.
I hope you’ve found some winter holiday decorating ideas to use this season that will help you keep things simple and more relaxed. Wishing you the most wonderful winter and Christmas season,
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