Advertising
Advertising

40 Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Bring Joy To Your Home

40 Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Bring Joy To Your Home

Christmas is right around the corner and with it come trees and ribbons and ornaments and lights and … oh goodness, what are you supposed to do with it all? Don’t let stress over Christmas decorating make you lose the Christmas spirit. Here are 40 Christmas decorating ideas that will bring joy to your home this holiday season.

1. Incorporate lanterns into your design.

You can use put candles inside or (as shown below) fill them with ornaments and lights for extra holiday spirit.

Source
    Source

    2. Embrace different color schemes.

    Holiday decorating isn’t restricted to just red and green. Try out different color schemes that are still festive but refreshingly unique.

    42)Source
      Source

      3. Make a banner for your fireplace.

      You can use paper or fabric, but making a simple banner to hang over your mantel adds a special homemade touch.

      Source
        Source

        4. Add natural elements to your design.

        Incorporating pine cones and other rustic elements into holiday décor make for a homey, wholesome feeling.

        Source
          Source

          5. Get crafty with the kids.

          The holidays are about family and what better way to emphasize that than having your little ones help out with decorating? This reindeer craft is an adorable example.

          Source
            Source

            6. Make an ornament wall.

            Talk about a conversation piece! And all you need is ribbon, ornaments, and a staple gun. It’s a bit time-consuming, but the result is a contemporary holiday piece.

            Source
              Source

              7. Use old Christmas cards.

              Not sure what to do with all of those old Christmas cards? Make yourself an adorable holiday collage.

              Advertising

              Source
                Source

                8. Use pictures instead of name tags on your presents.

                This is a small, personal addition that will make your presents a design element and touch your loved ones this holiday season.

                Source
                  Source

                  9. Fill your apothecary jars with Christmas goodies.

                  A simple and affordable way to put a “holiday spin” on items that are already sitting around your home.

                  Source
                    Source

                    10. Put your stockings in different places.

                    For Christmas dinner, you can put your family members’ stockings on their respective chairs. Or, consider putting them on your entryway staircase. The options are endless!

                    Source
                      Source

                      11. Try an alternative Christmas tree.

                      If you are in a smaller space, allergic to pine, or just want to try something different, consider a modern take (like this driftwood option) on your holiday tree.

                      Source
                        Source

                        12. Add subtle holiday elements that match your room’s preexisting color scheme.

                        For a more understated (but still festive) design, use colors already found in your space.

                        Source
                          Source

                          13. Make ornaments from your favorite holiday book or sheet music.

                          Use papier-mâché and a little bit of glitter to create a truly unique ornament for your tree.

                          Source
                            Source

                            14. Use mason jars for a rustic holiday theme.

                            Mason jars are an adorable and cheap addition to your design. You can fill the bottom with Epsom salt to look like snow, like in this example.

                            Source
                              Source

                              15. Make your fridge a snowman.

                              Super easy and super cute—this little addition will make both kids and adults smile.

                              Advertising

                              Source
                                Source

                                16. Use Christmas music as design inspiration.

                                What are the holidays without some Christmas carols? If you are a musically-inclined family, use your instruments to create a beautiful metallic mantel display.

                                Source
                                  Source

                                  17. Turn your stockings into silverware holders.

                                  You can either knit some up on your own or purchase pre-made mini ones. Either way, you have a creative addition to your Christmas table.

                                  Source
                                    Source

                                    18. Fill your wreath with pine cones.

                                    Green wreaths aren’t the only way to go. Shake things up (in a good way!) by adding more natural elements, like pine cones and berries, into your wreath.

                                    Source--Originally found on Etsy from user BarefootPearl
                                      Source–Originally found on Etsy from Barefoot Pearl

                                      19. Put your candy canes to use!

                                      The candy cane has become an instantly recognizable symbol of Christmastime. Hang them above your windows for a quirky, sweet holiday design.

                                      Source
                                        Source

                                        20. Use extra ornaments for a modern take on wreaths.

                                        You can use whatever color or size of ornaments match your design.

                                        Source
                                          Source

                                          21. Make your own Advent wreath.

                                          While there is nothing wrong with the traditional design, incorporating your personal design to the wreath can make it extra special. This one made from pottery candle holders is lovely.

                                          Source
                                            Source

                                            22. Find inspiration from your location.

                                            Whether you are from the outback of Australia or the beaches of Florida, use your surroundings in your design. For example, this beautiful tree was inspired by the coast.

                                            Source
                                              Source

                                              23. Scatter “presents” around your home.

                                              A super easy and cost-friendly option to spread a little Christmas cheer. You can use leftover boxes from your Christmas shopping.

                                              Advertising

                                              Source
                                                Source

                                                24. Decorate white ornaments as “snowmen” and use as a cute centerpiece.

                                                Another easy craft that your kids will also enjoy.

                                                Source
                                                  Source

                                                  25. Birch wood is a beautiful design element.

                                                  Touches of birch wood, like in this example, bring a woodsy, cabin-like feel to your Christmas decorations. Don’t you just want to curl up around the fireplace?

                                                  Source
                                                    Source

                                                    26. Pair vibrant wreaths with graphic pieces for a contemporary mantel.

                                                    Limit your color scheme to two or three colors and choose elements with clean lines to create a truly unique holiday display.

                                                    Source
                                                      Source

                                                      27. Make a “hot cocoa bar.”

                                                      There’s nothing like a delicious, warm cup of hot chocolate around Christmastime. Find inspiration from this absolutely beautiful setup.

                                                      Source
                                                        Source

                                                        28. If you have shutters, fill the slits with garland.

                                                        Use the architectural elements of your home to your decorating advantage.

                                                        Source
                                                          Source

                                                          29. Create a life-size, interactive Christmas calendar.

                                                          As much as I like those pop-out chocolate cardboard calendars, there’s something fun about this display. Fill each bag with a special Christmas treat—your kids will love it!

                                                          Source
                                                            Source

                                                            30. Use your holiday cards to make a Christmas tree.

                                                            Another easy way to display this year’s Christmas cards. All you have to do is tape them to the wall!

                                                            Source
                                                              Source

                                                              31. Turn pine cones into mini trees.

                                                              Stick a star on top and place the pine cone into candle holders to create a lovely table centerpiece.

                                                              Advertising

                                                              Source
                                                                Source

                                                                32. Decorate your piano.

                                                                Drape some garland over the top of your piano or set up a Christmas village display and you have a Christmas-carol-ready instrument!

                                                                Source
                                                                  Source

                                                                  33. Hang ornaments from your windows with matching ribbons.

                                                                  A simple way to add a bit of holiday whimsy to your window treatments.

                                                                  Source
                                                                    Source

                                                                    34. Add holiday-inspired pillows to your home’s seating areas.

                                                                    Whip up a few slipcovers to throw on pillows for your couches, chairs, etc. You can even add some to your mudroom like in the adorable example below!

                                                                    Source
                                                                      Source

                                                                      35. Don’t forget to decorate the inside of your front door!

                                                                      Many people put garland around the outside, but why not add a bit of zest to the inside as well? Now you can remind people of the holiday spirit as they come and go!

                                                                      Source
                                                                        Source

                                                                        36. Surprise your guests with a decorated headboard.

                                                                        Put your visitors in the Christmas mood by adding a bit of garland or Christmas lights to the headboard. You can even throw on a personalized stocking to make them feel right at home.

                                                                        Source
                                                                          Source

                                                                          37. Bring Christmas to the kitchen.

                                                                          I don’t know about your family, but mine spends a lot of time in the kitchen during the holidays. Buy a small Christmas tree for your kitchen island or hang wreaths from your cabinets.

                                                                          Source
                                                                            Source

                                                                            38. There is such a thing as elegant cut-out snowflakes.

                                                                            Cutting out snowflakes is no longer just for kids. Dangling a few large snowflakes above your table can be a chic and beautiful option.

                                                                            Source
                                                                              Source

                                                                              39. Use your leftover wrapping paper to create a wreath.

                                                                              Follow the instructions at the source to create a truly unique and striking holiday piece.

                                                                              Source
                                                                                Source

                                                                                40. Put presents in your unused fireplace.

                                                                                Even if you won’t be roasting chestnuts over an open fire, it doesn’t mean the space has to be neglected. Place some wrapped boxes (or suitcases, like in the picture) for a wonderfully festive display.

                                                                                Source
                                                                                  Source

                                                                                  More by this author

                                                                                  40 Christmas Decorating Ideas That Will Bring Joy To Your Home

                                                                                  Trending in Leisure

                                                                                  1 The 5-minute Guide to Meditation: Anywhere, Anytime 2 How to Quit Your Job and Travel the World After 40 3 The 25 Best Self Improvement Books to Read No Matter How Old You Are 4 25 Truly Amazing Places To Visit Before You Die 5 30 Fun Things to Do at Home

                                                                                  Read Next

                                                                                  Advertising
                                                                                  Advertising
                                                                                  Advertising

                                                                                  Last Updated on February 20, 2019

                                                                                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                                                  13 Tips to Face Your Fears, Grow with Them and Enjoy the Ride

                                                                                  Fear. I spend my life talking about fear — fighting fears, fixing fears and understanding fears. And yet I doubt I get 10 calls a year from people saying “Mandie can you help me fix my fear?”

                                                                                  Why is this so critically important to you?

                                                                                  The realization for me is that fear is not the fundamental driving force in your life it’s what regardless of whether I’m talking to a doctor, a teacher, a CEO’s, a senior citizens or teenager – every single one of those conversations has a direct correlation with your world.

                                                                                  Fear can range from the overwhelming desire to look away or stop in your tracks to literally fleeing your country and the life you knew. In this article, I will share you with 13 tips to face your fears and enjoy the ride.

                                                                                  1. Know That Fear Is Real, but Can Be Overcome

                                                                                  Right now around the world people are facing fear — real fear. Fear that I pray my children and I will never experience. Does that lessen my fears or your fears in your relativity safe 21st century life?

                                                                                  When I look at the world we all live in, I find that fear like so many other emotions can mean so many different things to so many different people:

                                                                                  • The child who has to be physically dragged to their first day of school.
                                                                                  • The man facing the judge.
                                                                                  • The woman with her hand poised over the buttons over her phone because she has to walk down a dark corridor late at night alone.
                                                                                  • The man as the surgeon says “count backwards from 10 Mr Smith.”
                                                                                  • The woman that’s told “We are sorry, we can’t help you.”
                                                                                  • The man that faces the empty circle of a gun and prays for his very existence.

                                                                                  These and a million more (Portrayed in every kind of movie, book or song you could imagine) are what make us human. We face fear and somehow move forward or are stopped in our tracks.

                                                                                  Like the rabbit in the headlights of the car that veers off through the field away from the tyres of the car or stays still praying for salvation. Like someone will save them. Sound familiar?

                                                                                  Fear is huge. Fear is everywhere and yet fear can be overcome, controlled and can even be a power for good.

                                                                                  2. Accept Your Fear

                                                                                  Firstly if you aren’t facing the barrel of the gun, atrocities that make the news or impeding death, that’s a good start. However it doesn’t mean your fear is any less real.

                                                                                  We are quick to say “I can’t moan, my life is not as bad as X.” While in theory, that’s honorable your appreciation of Mr. or Mrs. X’s horrific life won’t change anything directly. So accept your fear is relative to you.

                                                                                  And here’s what can be done.

                                                                                  Advertising

                                                                                  3. Get Some Perspective

                                                                                  I found myself asking anyone that would answer “what is your worst fear”. The answer that intrigued me the most came from my daughter (15 years old and she usually has a copy of Fight the Fear – my book – in her school bag so she can help someone else be as positive and confident as her. No matter what life throws up.)

                                                                                  And her fear, surprised me — heights. I pointed out that we live in a sprawling bungalow (one storey) and the highest she goes is two storeys’ at school! She laughed but added, fear isn’t like that Mum. I know it’s not a real fear, but it’s like when you stand on a chair and feel unsafe.

                                                                                  That girl will go far. Because she truly gets fear.

                                                                                  We know something is scary and yet we still do it. Why? Because we have a perspective to the fear. When you lose perspective, it can feel too big, and too scary.

                                                                                  So look around you to get some perspective on your fear:

                                                                                  • Are you really at risk?
                                                                                  • Will this kill you?
                                                                                  • Which leads us on to..
                                                                                  • If the worse was to happen what would it be?

                                                                                  4. Hold a Hand

                                                                                  As a coach, it is my job to holds someone’s metaphorical hand and help them face a fear.

                                                                                  Like the child petrified of the thunder storm or the teen that can’t get back in a car again after failing their test, your job as a parent is to reassure, encourage, enable and motivate someone to face something that ideally they never would choose to again.

                                                                                  We know many of our fears aren’t real. However, it is only when someone guides us with love, respect, lack of judgement and safety are we able to get through fear. And trust me, you can get through your fears. I’ve seen it so many times.

                                                                                  Ask yourself:

                                                                                  • If the worse were to happen, what would that be?
                                                                                  • Could that really happen?
                                                                                  • If the worse did happen, how would you recover?
                                                                                  • If the worse were to happen, what would you need to do next?

                                                                                  By seeing fear as not the end destination but part of being human, you can see through it’s wily evil ways and move forward.

                                                                                  5. Know Whose Hand You Hold Either Physically or Emotionally

                                                                                  This helps with fears for the rest of your life.

                                                                                  Think of someone you can always rely on (and ideally you won’t just answer yourself because that adds a lot of pressure to your existence!) And you will find that you’ve already found a way to get through fear.

                                                                                  Advertising

                                                                                  The beauty of this is that it means that fear becomes part of life not something to be feared and shied away from.

                                                                                  It means you know you can turn to your friend, partner, colleague, parent, sibling and say “Right I need to deal with this, and I’m going to need you to help me.”

                                                                                  For one moment, think about it from the other person’s view point. When we get to help other people we feel valued, loved, respected and lots of other positive emotions and we get a good dose of positive chemicals setting off in our bodies too.

                                                                                  Your fear, and your determination to fight it, helped someone else too. Now that’s cool right?

                                                                                  6. Understand That There Are Some Things Fear Will Never Touch

                                                                                  I like to find role models in life — people who have faced heroism, history changing moments, war, atrocities, miracles, life saving inventions.

                                                                                  Not everyone was looking for greatness, however they all found it. And one of my favourite books to date is written about Alistair Urquhart, the forgotten highlander. If this doesn’t get turned into a film in the future, then no man’s story is likely to.

                                                                                  Alistair went through the most horrific experiences in the 2nd world war. If you think of one of the awful things that happened back then in our world, Alistair went through at least 3 of them! Asked afterwards how did you cope? He talked about how whatever they did to his body, no matter how they starved, tortured, threatened or mocked him, they couldn’t have his mind. In his mind he was free.

                                                                                  Of all the people’s voices I’ve heard in my head over the years, this is one of those statements that reminds me anything is possible if you have faith and hope.

                                                                                  Look for the things in life that fear can’t touch. They will create confidence and faith for the future, whatever you face. And they will give you a sense of why being you is awesome.

                                                                                  Of all the billions of people on this planet, no one will have an answer identical to yours!

                                                                                  7. Process Your Fears to Carry on with Life

                                                                                  Being brave is not about sticking your chest out and smiling regardless of what hell you endure. It is about finding a way to emotionally process your fears to be able to keep going.

                                                                                  I have a tool kit of things I can rely on – tools, strategies, techniques. They include people to hug or talk to, music. hobbies, walks on the beach and even my favourite food. It sounds mad but at the times where I have questioned “how will I get through this?” I’ve found immense joy in doing the most unlikely of thing that makes me smile.

                                                                                  Advertising

                                                                                  It may be a short lived moment of happiness. However, it reminded that nothing stays the same and I can find away.

                                                                                  One client told me that it was crazy when it felt like their world was falling around their ears to run a bath to the brim (you don’t waste water) get the best bath oils, light too many candles, lock the door and drink a glass of bubbly (champagne is only for special occasions.)

                                                                                  Did that moment fix the disaster that my clients life felt? No, however it gave them a moment of calm and the brain is far quicker to find solutions, resolve and motivation to keep going when you do that.

                                                                                  It may feel like madness to do something you love, however it can be a powerful way to help you find solutions to the fears you face in life.

                                                                                  8. Assume the Worse

                                                                                  If you read the statement from the client above. Notice how they assumed it was wrong to fill the bath up to the top? How bubbly is only for special occasions?

                                                                                  Think how naughty they felt to be doing something that was not allowed?

                                                                                  • Think about what age it may have made them feel?
                                                                                  • Think about how they feel about champagne?
                                                                                  • What special moments it’s been a part of in their lives?

                                                                                  And you can see how the assumptions they made about their “right” to have these things was not healthy.

                                                                                  When I drag the assumptions out of people’s words for them to see, they are often struck by how negative the words make them feel.

                                                                                  Don’t assume your words aren’t impacting on you. You can go through fear and actually enjoy the ride when you take the time to understand how you are letting words get to you.

                                                                                  9. Take a Fear That Feels Insurmountable Right Now.

                                                                                  If you were to repeat it to me out loud, what would you say?

                                                                                  Would you have blame on yourself in there? Would you assume others can do it and it’s just you? Would you feel small, unsuccessful, useless, unworthy?

                                                                                  Usually, when you do this exercise, you are able to spot the untruths that run wild in your head convincing you that you are doomed. And rarely when we are faced with our assumptions is there is a lot of evidence to them.

                                                                                  Advertising

                                                                                  10. You Are Not Defined by Your Fear

                                                                                  One fear does not define your life – be mindful of that. It is likely to lead you to thinking of all the times you’ve succeeded and bring a moment of calm, confidence and faith back to you.

                                                                                  11. Go with Fear

                                                                                  When you learn to go with fear, you could find yourself actually having fun, no seriously – having fun.

                                                                                  I have a few amazing clients I’m working with right now who would describe themselves as life long worriers, or pessimists. In the past that has served them well, enabling them to keep safe, steer clear of risks and even develop strategies in the event of disasters. However, now they find it’s becoming hard to break the cycle and they really want to because it’s holding them back.

                                                                                  Notice how they’ve found their hidden fears and want to face them?

                                                                                  One client said “I knew this was going to be tough, and I knew I couldn’t fight it alone and I knew you would be the one to help me.” Before I sat an incredibly successful, confident, capable business owner with a family and a social life to die for.

                                                                                  However, I’ve learned that the most successful looking lives can hide things that impact on life, success, love, happiness and business.

                                                                                  We didn’t start with the fear that they felt was holding them back, we broke the fear down, and found lots of little obstacles that had been deemed as “life” and “unchangeable” and “that’s just the way it is” by developing awareness to the little steps on the road to their obstacles to happiness and success they were able to tackle them in a different way.

                                                                                  12. Discover Great Skills in Your Scary Moments

                                                                                  And in that clients words “I came here to work with you to grow my company, and my own personal skills. I didn’t expect to get the children to be cleaning up after themselves and my partner being more attentive! It all feels a little magic.”

                                                                                  The moral is that out of the scariest of moments, we can find great skills we didn’t know we had. Find better, healthier, happier ways to live and find ways to enjoy life more. (And have a bit of magic!)

                                                                                  What a great place to be in ready for the next fear that thinks it’s going to get in the way of you, right?

                                                                                  13. Own Your Fear

                                                                                  Think back over these tips and come up with at least one example for each one. Write them down. Put them on your phone. Turn them into a piece of art. Turn them into a poem. Frame them. Go for a fast walk across the fields, beach, down town and repeat these things in your head to the sound of your feet on the ground.

                                                                                  We rarely take the time to appreciate how far we have come, how much we can achieve or what we are capable of – by really owning the tips in this article you will have given your brain a big fat dose of “Damn right I can do this!” and the motivation and accountability to say “Let’s find a way” through any fear.

                                                                                  You can’t help but feel good when you see that can you? And fear doesn’t stand a chance, does it?

                                                                                  More Resources About Fighting Fear

                                                                                  Featured photo credit: Ben White via unsplash.com

                                                                                  Read Next