Amelia has been writing online articles for over 10 years and has self-published several books. She loves writing fiction and non-fiction.
Christmas Is In the Air
As Thanksgiving approaches, it is time to give thanks and celebrate the holiday season. Each year, stores and malls seem to display Christmas decorations earlier and earlier, sometimes putting out Christmas items as early as September.
Rather than focusing on buying gifts, it’s important to think of giving from your heart and how you can make someone’s holiday a little extra special.
By decorating the inside and outside of your house, you join in celebrating the holiday season. Decorating doesn’t have to be a stressful and expensive task. It is a time where families come together and work as a team to create beautiful displays and light up the night with bright, colorful holiday lights.
Recycled Christmas Decorations
You can create a beautiful centerpiece inexpensively by using a few items you have around the house, or some items purchased at a dollar store.
To create the centerpiece below, I used an old vase, filled it with some old Christmas balls, and added a few pieces of plastic holiday greenery purchased at an after Christmas sale:
Dining Room Centerpiece
In the dining room, add a festive holiday tablecloth to brighten up the room for the holidays. In this photo, I used 2 very old candlesticks, along with some special “tree-shaped” candles that I purchased from a magazine about 10 years ago. The candles are beautiful but they are very fragile, and they have broken several times. I used household glue to mend them several times.
In the center, is a small tree that I got for free about 20 years ago at a home interior demonstration. At the demonstration, there was a display of Christmas décor that the salesperson was displaying. I complimented that I loved the tree and she said she I could have it. What a nice gesture and it has become a traditional decoration in the family.
The Traditional Ceramic Tree
Does anyone still have a ceramic Christmas tree? I have 3 of them, 2 of which I made in a ceramics class over 20 years ago. Yes, over 20 years ago! The first tree pictured here is the first ceramic Christmas tree I made. It is approximately 15” high.
This second ceramic tree is, larger, thinner tree that I made, which is specifically designed to fit in a window. It is approximately 26” high including the base.
Mrs. and Mrs. Ceramic Snowman
Also part of my homemade collection is a Mr. and Mrs. Snowman, pictured here on the left and right. The snowman in the center was a snowman kit that I ordered in the mail to paint and glaze, which was a lot of fun.
The snowman with the red eat muffs was made from a plastic water bottle.
St. Nicholas Square Victorian Light-up House
This is a light-up Victorian house from the St. Nicholas Square Collection that I purchased on sale around Christmas time a few years ago from a department store.
Animated Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause
This quaint, animated Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause sits on the floor, the candle lights up and Mrs. Clause rocks in her chair as she knits. This was a gift from my parents when my children were small, and sits in our foyer every Christmas to welcome visitors at the doorway.
This nativity was a needle point was from a kit I purchased and made many years ago. It came with the wood background, and after the needlepoint was finished, it was glued and nailed on the wooden frame.
The candles on the left and right light up are LED, battery-powered candles.
The Traditional Christmas Tree
We have opted to use an artificial Christmas tree over the years. This tree is approximately 7’ tall and is decorated with colored lights and an array of ornaments, including handmade and beaded Christmas balls, collected over the years.
Ceramic Mary, Joseph and Baby Jesus
Also from my homemade ceramic collection are statues of the Blessed Mother Mary, Joseph, and Baby Jesus. Mary and Joseph stand about 18 inches tall. The three pieces are perfect to display in a large front window.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Amelia Griggs
Amelia Griggs (author) from U.S. on December 15, 2015:
Thanks, listsnthings, yes, decorating is so much fun.
I appreciate you stopping by, and Happy Holidsys to you!
Anna Christie from London, United Kingdom on December 15, 2015:
Thanks this hub has lots of good ideas for decorating over Christmas