Putting up beautiful Christmas decorations in the home is a classic way to prepare for the holiday. It goes without saying that the tree is usually the center of attention in a home's Christmas scene, but it's certainly not the only piece of holiday decor we want to have in our houses. After all, it wouldn't feel like the big day without Christmas stockings for Saint Nick to fill, or Christmas garlands for guests to admire. So if you're on the hunt for fabulous Christmas decorations ideas that have nothing to do with the tree but everything to do with making your home the jolliest joint on the block, you came to the right place.
Why Christmas Decorations for the Home Matter
Hanging lights and ornaments has a lot to do with having fun, but did you know that Christmas decorating is also good for your health? It's true! Putting up Christmas decorations up earlier could potentially make you a happier person, according to psychoanalyst Steve McKeown. Additional research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology also found that folks who put up holiday decor show their neighbors that they're accessible and that people typically perceive holiday decor enthusiasts to be friendlier than their counterparts who don't put up a Christmas scene. So in short, putting up Christmas decorations could mean that you'll not only feel happier, but you'll also make more friends as a result. We don't know about you, but we think that's more than enough reason to start decking the halls!
Christmas decorating also offers a valuable opportunity to reflect on the true meaning of Christmas and why we go through all the trouble of brainstorming brilliant holiday decor ideas each year. We all know in our hearts that the reason is far beyond aesthetics — it's about spending time and sharing joy with those who are most important to us. The beautiful decorations are just one way to show that you care about enjoying the day with loved ones as you open your doors. Scroll down to find a Christmas decoration you love.
Traditional Christmas Stockings
Are the Christmas stockings that you've used for years starting to look a little rough? You're not alone. That's why these three classic embroidered designs — featuring a reindeer, a snowman, and Santa Claus himself — are here to get you out of your Christmas decorating rut. From red and green to every color in between, the bright and cheery Christmas colors on these stockings could liven up any home's fireplace.
Where to buy it: $14.99, Amazon.
Classic Christmas Wreath
Nothing gives your houseguests an early holiday greeting quite like a Christmas wreath, and this Maine balsam wreath, decorated with real pinecones and faux red holly berries, does just that. With a pop of bright red from the velveteen, hand-tied, weatherproof bow, this wreath would make any home's outdoor Christmas decorations stand out. Happen to have a red door too? Wowza — your home will look like it was practically made for the holiday!
Where to buy it: $33.90, Amazon.
Beautiful Christmas Garland
If you're trying to avoid using real plants for your indoor Christmas decorations, this 9-foot-long artificial garland is the perfect replacement to help you and your loved ones ring in the holiday year after year. From the colorful red and gold bows to the tiny ornaments, this is a flexible and versatile piece of holiday decor that can deck not only the halls, but also walls, cabinets, and mantels. The possibilities are endless — so why not try it out for yourself this season?
Where to buy it: $38.99, Amazon.
Pretty Christmas Window Lights
These transparent string curtain lights are every bit as magical as they look. High quality and safe, they can be used for indoor or outdoor Christmas decorations and quite literally light up your whole space. As if they weren't pretty enough, they also have eight different lighting effects (combination, in waves, sequential, slo-glo, chasing/flash, slow fade, twinkle/flash, and steady on) to choose from so you can give your home an even more fantastical look.
Where to buy it: $19.99, Amazon.