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  • A Gingerbread Christmas


    gingerbread Festive Room Décor

    A Themed Tree - Gingerbread brown, red, and white are a natural combination



    One of the most heartwarming themes for Christmas decorating is the combination of Gingerbread and Gingham. The red and white of gingham ribbon with the warm spicy brown gingerbread cookies just say Have a warm and cozy Old Fashioned Christmas". The perfect foil for green pine and snowy white, this is the ultimate traditional Christmas theme. It harks back to times when many of the decorations for the Christmas holiday were handmade.

  • Christmas Table Setting Ideas For This Year

    Pinecone centerpiece

    Looking for table ideas to bring a festive feel to your Christmas season table? Look no further than this display of ideas that showcase some of the themes popular this year.

    Christmas Table Themes For Your Merry Christmas Meal

    Try one of these themes for your Christmas dining table this year. There is an array of different inspirations to decorate your dining room and give a special touch of cheer to a jolly Christmas season.

    From pale and pastel elegance to cozy plaids and red and white checks, there are plenty of ideas to inspire you. Coordinate the looks of your décor  throughout the rooms of your house, or give your dining table its own expression of the season. Fit out a completely new set of table settings or gather all your crafts and everyday things in a new way that celebrates Christmas this year.

  • Dressing a Christmas Mantel

    Once the hub of the home, fireplaces are now largely decorative. And while many modern fireplace walls are without them, a mantel is a traditional architectural focal point of a room. They provide a wonderful opportunity for festive Christmas decorations. 

    It is a way to introduce a unique theme and color to your holiday décor.

    Mantle Scarves 

    lace mantle scarf

    Made to dress up the fireplace mantle, they can also be used for any long surface, including shelves, entertainment centers, and for deep window sills, so think about tying together a room with more than one.

    Mantle scarves come in many styles including my favorite white, lace-trimmed traditional.

    • white lace
    • quilted
    • green, red, or other hued velvet
    • embroidered, and with fringes

    Lacey Winter Scene Mantel Scarf


    A fun idea for the top of the mantle is to create a Christmas, or winter theme, vignette. Your imagination can run wild with this! Beautiful woodland motif with pine branches, reindeer statues or candle holders, woodland animal ornaments, and pine cones is an idea that brings forest creatures into the front room. 

    Christmas villages are ideal to display along the length of the shelf. Collections of candles are favorites, and any collection will lend itself to a mantle:

    • Snowmen
    • Santas
    • Angels
    • Teddy bears
    • Old toys: blocks, cars, etc.

    Christmas village 

    Wreaths and Topiaries

    Formal and symmetrical, a wreath flanked with matching topiary is perfect for a Williamsburg look. It is also easy to do yourself! Forms are available and can be decked with false evergreen sprigs or real and pinned with red velvet bows for a festive look. Or buy one of many ready-made items from hobby stores and floral departments.

    Make Pine Cone Topiaries

    Flowers, Garlands, Ornaments

    Popular because it is so easy to do, combining a garland with pots of flowers and dotting with colorful Christmas ball ornaments makes a color coordinated look that is inexpensive and full looking.


    How to hang pine garlands on a fireplace mantel for Christmas with bows and other holiday decorations 

    Be sure to add plenty of the colorful bows in rich grosgrain or velvet. Rustic and country? Try grapevine balls and burlap bows along with the glass in colors that match the tree theme.

    Stockings Of Course!

    The custom for many families are the Christmas stockings, that come in many colors, are often personalized and hung on decorative hooks. Plenty of room for crafting and making this a focus of the family's yearly ritual.

     One Idea

    Christmas Mantel with snowball decorations and snowman snowbuddy family stockings in front of fireplace

    Matching stocking in the snowman theme.


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    More Ideas

    From Stone Gable Blog

    banner mantle
    Add a banner to the topiary, pine cones, and snowflakes.
    Another "Banner look" shows how this idea combines with many rustic or casual styled looks. This one from "Sweet Something Designs". I like the way it lets the Christmas tree hod center stage, yet creates its own impact.
    banner and rustic wreath
    Banner and rustic wreath

    Cute idea from "Growing Up Gardner":

    Make a sign, add lights- magicalAdd a sign that you make displaying your faith, your Christmas message. Amanda also has a page of instructions on making a stenciled wooden sign that will guide you to DIY.

    This could be done in different colors, but the minimal theme of white, and silver with only the tan and green background makes for a very elegant look, don't you think?

    Even More

    Colorful and Modern

    Make Fabulous Fabric Crafts
    Add a garland and lights, hang shiny balls from white strings- and its a cozy, contemporary look.
  • Spruce Up The Holiday Table Setting

    Turn A Simple Green Napkin Into A Pine Tree

    table napkins

    Not literally, of course, but with the magic of a few folds, it can happen!

  • Woodland Christmas Decor

    Nature Comes Indoors For Gorgeous Christmas Decor

     deer door wreath

    I love the natural Christmas Woodland look better than almost any other, and it mixes well with Scottish Tartan, Homespun, and most traditional looks as well. Woodland decor makes me think of ski lodges, and vacation cottages, which creates the perfect atmosphere for a cozy winter retreat filled with holiday warmth.

    If you are an animal lover this is the ideal design theme, since it is filled with replicas of wild animals, along with birds, and nature's treasures of berry and twig.

    The colors are soft and subdued but with plenty of the red and green of Christmas to keep it fun and lively. From traditions of decking the halls with evergreens to inclusion of a favorite Hummel figurine, this is also a versatile style of Christmas theme decor to use for a modern Scandinavian design, too.