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Ideas For Decorating Your Home In December

24 Oct 2018

December is a magical month in which many cultural celebrations are enjoyed globally. And while we may all have different traditions, religions, beliefs, and rituals, there are common themes, such as light, family, friends, and often, festive decoration, which unify us all.

So, whether you’re decorating for Christmas, Kwanzaa, Fiesta of Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Lucia Day, Omisoka, Yule, Hanukkah, or just for the winter season, we’ve got some design tips for you!

Cherishing Christmas

A red door and couch with Christmas decor in front of a white wall

First things first, a tree is the focal point of any Christmas setting, and it’s also one of the most fun things to decorate because your entire family can get involved! You can either decorate your tree freely (including school-made crafts, various ornaments, popcorn, tinsel, etc.) or your tree can be a bit more ‘glam,’ complete with a specific colour theme.

Can’t choose which type of tree to go with? Why not have two trees!

And when it comes to playing with red, fun plaid patterns are in! For your banisters, front entrance, and mantle, you’ll want to find some fresh, local garland, or buy some artificial greenery that will last year after year. 

What’s our favourite Christmas decorating idea this year?

A Christmas coffee bar. That’s right! Set up a table or counter space you can decorate with garland, mini snowflakes, a little Santa, candy canes, cinnamon sticks, and red and white mugs. Then, stock it with coffee, hot chocolate, apple cider, and whatever other warm drink your family enjoys.
 

Celebrating Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa candles

Homemade Kwanzaa decorations are the best kind. Using the traditional colours of red, black, and green, your family can create crafts, collages, paintings, ceramic dishes, and more!

Be sure to also hang up poster representations of the seven principles of Kwanzaa, Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective work and responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith).

Additional decoration ideas include displaying a kinara with seven candles, and incorporating Kwanzaa symbols throughout your home!

Kwanzaa yenn iwe ha heri!
 

Decorating for Hanukkah 

Hanukkah decorations

Are you celebrating Hanukkah this year? Shake things up with your décor by checking out your local party supply stores for blue and white napkins, signs, gift ideas, and more!

Some of our favourite Hanukkah décor ideas include an illuminated Star of David, paper garlands, beautiful table runners, menorah-stitched throw pillows, and Festival of Lights candle serving plates.

Happy Hanukkah!
 

Enjoying a Winter Wonderland

Not celebrating any particular holiday this winter? Why not simply decorate for the season with a winter wonderland theme?

Our favourite trends this year include natural garlands and wreaths, pretty pinecones, soft greys and silvers, birch logs, twinkly lights, wooden signs, and so much more. Check Pinterest for a ton of great ideas!

A white wreath on a blue background

Décor For Any Celebration 

No matter which holiday or tradition you take part in, the following décor items can be applied and used during multiple different events throughout the year:

  1. Chalkboards
    The great thing about chalkboard signs is that you can decorate them for one season and change it for the next! You can write out the dinner menu, a welcome greeting, draw a picture, or decorate the letters of your family name!

  2. Twinkly Lights & Candles
    Light brings hope, inspiration, and warmth – themes every family can enjoy.  

  3. Decorated Bar Cart
    Whether you love coffee, tea, eggnog, whiskey, or wine, a bar cart can add a sophisticated touch to any party - and can be used year round!

  4. Simple Wreath
    A natural wreath made of twigs or artificial greenery can add warmth and calm, grounding elements to any home. Bare wreaths look great on their own or can be dressed up for whichever season or event approaches.  

  5. Family Photos
    Family always comes first. Print off some imagery of your loved ones and put them proudly on display!

Have a fantastic December!