The Ultimate Guide To A Festive Christmas Home

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The ultimate guide of over 70 festive Christmas decorating ideas, ideas for entertaining, crafts, DIY projects, and much, much more!

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As the holiday season rolls around, there’s nothing quite like transforming your home into a festive wonderland for Christmas.

Whether you’re a seasoned decorator or someone diving into this merry madness for the first time, I’ve gathered a sleigh-full of ideas to help you sprinkle that magical seasonal charm throughout your space.

From timeless traditions to fresh new decor inspiration, let’s explore ways to infuse your home with all the warmth and cheer of the holiday season.

This list will become your go-to guide for festive Christmas decorating ideas in your home!

Festive Christmas Trees

There’s more to creating a festive Christmas tree than just filling it with a hodgepodge of ornaments.

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Create a winter wonderland tree using oversized red baubles and white snowflakes on a flocked tree. Add the finishing touch with 4″ wide red and white striped ribbon.

Carry the festive feeling outdoors with a Christmas tree decorated with nature inspired ornaments and garlands.

Tiny, but mighty tabletop trees festively fill empty corners.

Add sparkly gold mesh and coiled glitter tape to a tree decorated with pearlized gold ornaments for a luxe/glam look.

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Add fun, unexpected elements to your tree. Makes for a great attention grabber!

Create a woodland wonderland tree with luscious Burberry plaid ribbon and flocked pine cones.

Try a non-traditional Christmas color for a striking, festive conversation piece.

Have fun with a vibrant ribbon that inspires an accent color for your tree.

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Pull out every color ornament you have and create a gradient rainbow Christmas tree. Amazing!

Forest green ribbon looks fabulous on a tree with neutral decor.

Not only is a pastel Christmas tree festive, it’s elegant as well.

You can never go wrong with using traditional red and green on your tree.

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Vintage looking tinsel adorning a tree adds festive sparkle and shimmer.

A festive feminine Christmas tree, in beautiful hues of blue and green, embodies a celebration of grace, beauty, and delicate charm.

If you want to exude simple, festive elegance, decorate your Christmas tree with a monochromatic color scheme.

Gold is always festive

Incorporating gold into your Christmas decor adds an instant luxurious and festive touch. Whether shiny or burnished, gold always elevates the scene with its shimmering elegance.

The combination of gold and burgundy is a win-win. Both colors have a rich, saturated hue. When mixed together, you get instant elegant vibes.

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Combine dark blue and gold together for an opulent Christmas mantel and tree.

Gold pairs beautifully on a Christmas tree with oversized ornaments and large faux burgundy hydrangea blooms.

Luscious gold velvet ribbon tied in a simple bow against the backdrop of a garland looks beautiful going up a stair banister.

Double up on festive elegance by mixing shimmering gold and silver together.

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Burnished gold looks beautiful mixed with rustic and vintage elements.

Use your best china with gold and silver accents on a burlap textured tablecloth for a rustic refined vibe.

A bowl of gold ornaments at the base of a Christmas tree, shining gold brass lanterns, and gold gift ribbon, against a background of white decor paints a picture of understated elegance and festivity.

For a festive Christmas dining room, sprinkle gold throughout the room.

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Add a little brilliance to a greenery filled mantel by tucking in a collection of thrifted brass candlesticks.

Fill a large basket with gifts wrapped with gold foil wrapping paper.

Suspend mercury glass ornaments above a table with gold satin ribbon for amazing sparkle during a holiday meal.

Adorn your front door wreath with gold spray painted faux fruit for a festive and elegant entryway.

Fireplaces as festive focal points

Your fireplace will almost always be the main focal point in a room.

Decking it with festive garlands, twinkling lights, and stockings creates a cozy focal point that will radiate holiday spirit throughout the room.

Beef up an inexpensive flocked garland with additional picks, berries, ribbon and oversized Christmas ornaments.

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Draping greenery + shimmery ornaments + gold accents + fur trimmed stocking = a festive, organic mantel.

This might just be one of the most festive Christmas mantels I’ve ever seen.

Think outside of the box when hanging a Christmas wreath above your mantel.

No mantel? No worries. Create festivity above and around a kitchen window.

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Short on time? Even a simply decorated fireplace can look festive.

Flank a fireplace mantel with red mercury glass candlesticks.

There’s no need to take ourselves so seriously. What’s more festive at Christmas than a little whimsy.

Festive red berries mixed with magnolia leaves and chinoiserie are a traditional staple.

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Showcase your collection of red mercury glass Christmas trees and red bottlebrush trees mixed amongst greenery.

A mantel is the perfect place for displaying the True Reason for the Season.

Traditional red, white, and greenery with plaid ribbon and red berries is festive Christmas perfection!

A botanical themed garland with eucalyptus, cedar, sparkles, and ribbon – oh my.

Add festive touches to your kitchen

When you add festive Christmas touches to your kitchen, it becomes a heartwarming hub where the joy of Christmas blends seamlessly with the aroma of delicious meals.

Add ribbon bows, cookie cutters, and sprigs of faux greenery to the tops of glass canisters. Swap out the everyday scoops for Christmas coffee mugs.

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Stand up a tree shaped cutting board behind your cooktop.

Add wrapped packages and Christmas pillows to a kitchen bench.

Add festive wreaths to your kitchen windows.

Add a ceramic Christmas house to a glass canister for a fun kitchen island vignette.

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I bet you’ve never seen this suspended above a kitchen island, but how fun!

Stack Santa mugs under a cloche to display on a counter.

Display candy and treat filled apothecary jars on your kitchen island.

Set a fun table for Christmas morning breakfast using your favorite wrapping paper for a runner.

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Tie simple boxwood wreaths to the backs of bar stools or chairs.

Display vintage Christmas dishes in a hutch.

Decorate kitchen shelves with festive goodies.

Put together a simple hot cocoa station in a round basket on the counter.

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Use a colander to hold a small Christmas tree to display in the kitchen.

Corrall a Christmas vignette display on a breadboard.

If you have an outdoor kitchen or a space indoors, go festive with an elaborate hot cocoa bar.

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Tartan plaid is a festive star

Oh tartan plaid, how I love thee. If I had to choose one type of decor item to be synonymous with festive Christmas decorating it would be tartan plaid.

Tartan plaid-rimmed plates mix beautifully with more formal Christmas china.

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Wrap faux presents with tartan plaid to hang above your mantel.

Pull out those plaid boots and display festive real or faux greenery in them along with a Christmas bauble or two.

Add this free tartan plaid wallpaper to your phone for the Christmas season.

Tartan plaid is Christmas perfection on a tree. It mixes perfectly with every other pattern you throw at it.

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Books are awesome to decorate with! Wrap a stack of them with different patterns of plaid wrapping paper.

Use a tartan plaid mat in a picture frame filled with a favorite photo. It’s an easy diy project.

Make an adorable wreath using tartan plaid ribbon and bottle brush Christmas trees.

Add tartan to groups of your everyday throw pillows.


There’s an endless variety of tartan plaid wrapping paper available to compliment every tree decorating scheme.

When it comes to this much beloved pattern, there’s no shortage of color combinations available.

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Cover a wood box from the craft store with tartan plaid scrapbook paper to display during the holidays.

Use tartan plaid ribbon to make a Christmas tree to go on your mantel or as part of a centerpiece.

Fold a plaid napkin into a Christmas tree shape for your table setting.

Tartan plaid plates look wonderful when you use them to dress up a plate rack or open shelves.

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Remember that the true magic lies in making your holiday decor a reflection of your unique style and spirit, no matter your decorating style.

Whether you opt for traditional reds and greens, a modern monochromatic palette, or a whimsical theme that’s entirely your own, the joy of the season comes alive in the personal touches and cherished memories woven into every ornament.

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  1. Suzy, this is a remarkable collection of tremendous ideas that are perfectly curated! I’m excited to have it to reference. It’s a keeper. Anita

  2. Amazing ideas. You home always looks so beautiful! Happy Holidays!

  3. Oh wow, each one is prettier than the next. So many greats ideas and tons of inspiration.