I know, I know… it’s not even Thanksgiving yet! So why am I sharing a Christmas-themed post today? Well, partly because I’m itching to pull out our Christmas decorations and I need an outlet for all this energy! ;-) But the other reason why we’re talking Christmas today is because now is a great time to round out your holiday decor before it’s time to decorate.
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 in stores and in person, to find the kinds of things I was looking for. And since the holidays are all about giving, the least I can do is try to make that holiday decor search easier for someone else! :-)
So today I’ll be sharing some of my very favorite holiday decor items that I’ve collected over the years. Use this list as a starting point for rounding out your own holiday decor collection this year. Or if these items aren’t your style, use this list as inspiration for finding items that match your own unique decor style!
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10 Of My Favorite Holiday Decor Items
As the holidays approach and the days get shorter and shorter, I get out my electric candles. I like to buy several of them in different heights and scatter them around the house. They add a nice warm glow to my home and the fact that they have a built in timer means I don’t have to bother turning them all on and off every night.
I love the rustic and old fashioned feel of just about any 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 (also known as “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 old Christmas gnomes. What better way to protect your Christmas goodies and adding some whimsy to your holiday decor!
I’ve been collecting wooden Santas for my Christmas decor for a long time, but in the last several years I’ve discovered these most adorable 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
There’s something so cozy and rustic about using wooden decorations around the holidays. These wooden trees are so cute, 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 minimalistic look that still feels very homey and festive.
10. Command Hooks
Command hooks are a must have for all your holiday decor! I use them to hang up just about everything – garland, strands of lights, wreaths, signs and more. You can buy strips for using indoors and outdoors, and the hooks come in every shape and size. Plus, they’re quick and easy to take down once the holidays are over.
What’s one of your favorite holiday decor items?