It has taken a couple of decades to get to this point, but I finally feel like I really love all of my holiday decorations! It took a lot of searching, both online and in person, to find the kinds of things I was looking for, and since the holidays are all about giving, I thought I’d give you a look at my collection in hopes that it might make someone else’s search a little bit easier! :-)
Below, you’ll find a list of 10 of my very favorite holiday decor items in my collection. Feel free to use it as inspiration for your own holiday decor, or if they aren’t to your tastes (no hard feelings if that’s the case!), make notes about what you like or don’t like about them. Pinning down your ideal decor style can be a process, but your likes and dislikes are a good starting point!
My 10 Favorite Holiday Decor Items
As the holidays draw near and the days get shorter and shorter, I find that I appreciate the glow of my vast collection of battery-operated LED candles more and more. I have them in all different heights scattered around the house, and they add an inviting glow to my home. Plus, the fact that they run on a built-in timer means I don’t have to bother turning them all on and off every night.
I love the rustic, old-fashioned appeal of just about any type of felt Christmas decor, but I’m a total sucker for a felt garland! I like to hang them on my Christmas tree, book shelves, entertainment center, buffet table and more.
In Scandinavian folklore, gnomes (AKA tomte or nisse) are reputed to safeguard the farms, family and children, particularly at night. A few years ago I started collecting these cute little Christmas gnomes, both as a nod to our own Scandinavian heritage and because I love the whimsical flair they add to my holiday decor!
As you can probably already tell, my Christmas decor is something of a collection of collections, including my collection of wooden Santas. Over the past several years, I’ve become especially attached to Santas created by Jim Shore. There a LOT of them to choose from and each one is uniquely beautiful! Time to pick out a new one for this year! :-)
5. Wooden Trees
Speaking of wood, I think there’s something so cozy about wooden decorations during the wintertime. It makes me think of the cabins and chalets we used to see when my parents would take us on ski trips when I was a kid.
Wooden trees are both cozy and seasonally appropriate, and they definitely deserve a spot on the mantel! They will look great as part of any decor “theme,” including “White Christmas,” classic red and green, or modern silver and gold.
I’ve decorated our Christmas tree with these wooden “cranberry” garlands for as long as I can remember! They’re the very first thing I put on my tree once it’s time to decorate. While using real cranberries would be more traditional, I like that I can use my wooden bead garland year after year. Holiday trends come and go, but these garlands never go out of style!
Topping our tree with this straw tree topper is just one of the ways we honor our family’s Scandinavian heritage during the holidays. Many cultures of Northern and Eastern Europe traditionally used straw to make all kinds of Christmas decorations. Straw was not hard to come by on farms, so it made for a convenient crafting material! I love the rustic charm it lends to our Christmas tree.
Speaking of rustic charm, there are few things more rustic or charming than kraft paper. For the past few years, I’ve been on a big kick of using kraft wrapping paper to wrap my holiday gifts. The brown paper creates a unified “look” for my gifts, while the different prints and patterns add variety. The way I see it, the gifts under your tree might as well contribute to the overall decor of the room! :-)
Lace and transparent ribbon goes so well with the kraft wrapping paper I like to use on all of my gifts! It’s a nice counterpoint to the rustic paper, yet still feels very homey and festive.
10. Command Hooks
Command hooks are the workhorse of my holiday decor — I use them to hang just about everything, including garlands, lights, wreaths, signs, and so on. I like that they come in all sorts of sizes and styles, stay exactly where I put them, and are quick and easy to take down at the end of the season.
What’s your favorite holiday decor item?