10 of the Best Christmas Decorations to Deck the Halls and the Whole House

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.