- Category: Christmas
- Published on 26 October 2011
- Written by Administrator
There are many different ways to decorate for Christmas.
While most people have the traditional Christmas tree and a combination of the garland, lights and other decor, having a Christmas tree is not a requirement for holiday decorating. In fact, there are many reasons why people choose not to have trees and their homes look just as festive as if there was a tree present. If you are going out of town for the holidays, have an apartment that is too small for a tree, or simply do not want to go through the hassle of setting up and taking down a tree, check out the ideas below for decorating without a tree.
Make ample use of all the space in your home that can support garland boughs. For the fresh pine scent that real trees bring to the holiday decor, use fresh-cut pine boughs instead. They can be used on banisters, railings, windowsills, on tables as centerpieces, draped on mantels and even fashioned into large wreaths on the wall. Use garland, real or plastic, to provide the woodsy look of the tree without the hassle of pine needles and potential tree fires.
There was a time when Christmas ornaments were only glass and very expensive. Thankfully, times have changed and ornaments are available in all types of plastic and often look just as realistic as their glass counterparts. Hang ornaments from your dining room chandelier, place them in a white porcelain bowl with a string of white lights for a coffee table centerpiece, and hang them from lengths of velvety ribbon in windows and on doors. You can use ornaments that are all the same color or alternate a few key colors for added visual interest. Use them all over the house to help carry the theme and look from place to place.
Thanks to the every popular and timeless musical, "The Nutcracker", decorative nutcrackers are everywhere and are a wonderful way to decorate for the holidays. If you are a nutcracker fan, use them around the house to make the holiday decor unique and festive. Since they vary in size and shape, there are endless possibilities for the type of nutcrackers that you can use. Put them in the kitchen on top of the shelves, on the fireplace mantel, and on side tables in the living room. Stick with the theme and get a nutcracker shower curtain with coordinating towels and linens for the bathroom. Framed nutcracker prints can also be used around the house to tie the theme together.
From tree boughs to nutcrackers, the options for decorating the house without using a tree are there for the choosing. You can also use Santa, angels and porcelain houses to create fun holiday looks. With enough porcelain buildings, you can create an entire miniature village in your home. Be creative and think beyond usual Christmas decor to come up with a look that works for you and your family. With a little creativity and some clever decorating, your home will look more festive than it ever has.
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