Christmas Decorating Ideas
Christmas Decorating 101
You may not have Santa’s elves on hand to help, but you can still get your home ready for the holidays by planning ahead and sharing the workload with your own handy helpers. Start by trimming your tree and use the colour scheme to set your festive style. Consider adding greenery and natural accents to your front door and foyer for an old-time Christmas feel; or add personal touches like homemade ornaments and family holiday photos. From table settings and tasty treats to kids’ pajamas and background music, there’s no shortage of ways to bring the season to life and create a memorable holiday for everyone. Here’s how Walmart has all the solutions to your holiday decorating needs — for less!
Setting a Theme
To help you bring the holidays to life, we’ve created four distinct decor themes for your home. Do you favour an old-fashioned, classic holiday? Then you’ll love our Family Heirloom collection, with its traditional and rich jewel tones. If you like a more playful spin on the season, look to our popular Merry and Bright collection, with penguins, snowmen, Santas and reindeers to delight all the little ones in your life. Or, take a more contemporary route with our Glory Gold themed ornaments in luxurious gold, silver, black and champagne — different and distinct! Finally, you can embrace your rustic side with our Winter Lodge collection, sure to lend a cozy, cabin feeling to your home.
Trimming the Table
When it comes to ornaments, why should trees get all the attention? Bring out your finest Christmas cups and dishes to entertain friends and family over the holidays. Make your guests feel extra special by swapping everyday tablecloths, dishtowels and napkins for Christmas table linens and place settings. Set the dining table aglow with candlelight from pillar candles or floating candles in glass bowls. Add sparkle with elegant Christmas dinnerware, glassware and cutlery. Don’t forget to get fun and festive with a Christmas floral arrangement or fruit centrepiece. To complete the look, choose a cheery runner, and add an extra hint of sophistication with chargers, napkin rings and Christmas table decorations. And if you like a unified theme, it’s easy to set a classically elegant table with our Family Heirloom dishes and serving pieces, including everything from plates, bowls and mugs to a gravy boat and salt and pepper shakers.
Trimming the Tree
When it comes to holiday decorating, the tree is the superstar. Let your Christmas tree serve as the focal point of your decor and have its seasonal colour scheme set the style for the rest of your room. Pick a theme for your tree. Sentimentalists can choose an assortment of modern Christmas tree decorations mixed with vintage ones collected from Christmases past. Complete the look with a beautiful tree skirt surrounded by presents wrapped in gorgeous gift wrap and holiday ribbon. Choose striking beaded garland from our Glory Gold collection and match it up with a variety of gold, silver, champagne and glittery ornaments. Traditionalists pining for an old-fashioned Christmas will find everything they need in our Family Heirloom collection. For more daring tree decorators, there’s the bold fun of our Merry & Bright assortment. Or go with the Winter Lodge motif and embrace reds and silvers with touches of wood-toned neutrals. Ta-dah! You’ve got yourself a holiday showstopper — right down to the coordinated tree skirt! Get everyone in your family to take part in trimming the tree. You can make it more festive by serving Christmas cookies with warm cider, and initiating sing-along Christmas carols.
Christmas Living Room Decor
Whatever your decorating style, it’s easy to carry your holiday theme from your Christmas tree to every room in your home, but focus attention where your family spends the most time. Adorn fireplace mantels with swags of greenery, Christmas stockings and stocking holders; dress coffee tables with decorative bowls and vases filled with Christmas balls or potpourri, and add pops of festive colour with cushions and floral arrangements. Create a cozy setting with birch logs and fireside accents for a traditional fireplace, or add berry-covered cone trees and seasonal photos to a modern mantel. From arrangements of scented candles on your hearth to cozy throws on your sofa, festive decor stirs the senses and will help get your whole family into the holiday spirit.
Christmas Kitchen & Dining Room Decor
Whip up additional Christmas spirit with scented oils that fill your kitchen and dining room with the sweet smells of Christmas baked goods. Popular options include cinnamon, vanilla and peppermint. In the kitchen, fill apothecary jars with fragrant holiday favourites like peppermint sticks and ribbon candy, and keep holiday cookie jars stocked with gingerbread cookies for the kids. Add a party-ready serving cart to your dining room and stock it with all the drink mixes, barware and bar accessories you need for entertaining the grown ups.
Christmas Bedroom Decor
You can help your kids get into the spirit of the season by transforming their bedrooms with enchanting holiday decor. Change everyday bedspreads and pillows to cozy comforters and holiday sheet sets. Create a winter theme by hanging snowflakes, icicles and twinkling Christmas rope lights or mini lights from doorways, windows and chandeliers. Look for ways to involve your kids in the decorating fun. Young children can get a sense of accomplishment from something as simple as helping select classic Christmas books to place on their night tables. Your older kids could each have their very own miniature Christmas trees to decorate with cherished toys and ornaments.
Trim the Home
Create a warm welcome for guests by adding rustic natural accents and lush greenery to doors, entryways and staircases. Set out a cheerful Christmas door mat; grace your doors and windows with ribboned Christmas wreaths; wrap porches in Christmas garlands and greenery, and fill entryway urns with poinsettias or pinecones. Liven up your foyer with an enchanted Christmas scene on an entryway table. Kissing balls or mistletoe hanging from a doorway or chandelier makes for a nice touch, as does faux boxwood illuminated with Christmas lights. You can also replace everyday artwork in your halls with winter-themed pictures.
Wrap the Home
There’s something magical about the twinkling decorations and the warm glow of lights dressing up the outside of your house against the chilly backdrop of winter. Festive outdoor decorations offer a gracious greeting to holiday guests. Make your front windows festive with seasonal wreaths and window boxes and wrap porches and door frames in garlands of woodsy greenery. It’s easy to transform warm-weather garden containers into decor accents for the holidays. For a charming seasonal look, flank the front door with topiaries festooned in twinkling mini-lights, swap out autumn blooms in urns for poinsettias or large pinecones, and fill tall garden containers with arrangements of white birch logs, dogwood and evergreen branches. If you prefer a more enchanted feel, illuminate your front garden and home with Christmas LED lights, or keep it fun and whimsical with Christmas inflatables, Christmas door decorations and Christmas lawn ornaments.
Christmas Music & Movies
Nothing says the holidays like Christmas movies and Christmas music. From heartwarming tales of faith and friendship to laugh-out-loud comedies, there's something for every taste. You could start a new movie night tradition in which everyone gets a chance to pick their favourite, complete with eggnog and peppermint-sprinkled popcorn. When the activity shifts to conversation, tree decorating or gift wrapping, your favourite Christmas carols playlist can be the perfect accompaniment.
Festive Food & Drink
Bring sweet tidings of joy to your home by setting out your family’s favourite Christmas treats. Build on the anticipation of the taste delights to come by filling jars with peppermint balls and ribbon candy, decorating wreaths and Christmas trees with candy canes and peppermint sticks, and letting the smells of cinnamon and cider waft through the house. Get your kids involved by having them decorate premade gingerbread houses, wrap holiday cookies, jams and jellies, or assemble Christmas gift baskets. Chocolate advent calendars are a great way to let your kids count down the days to Christmas.
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