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Christmas Decorating Made Easy: 15 Creative Ideas

By Lesley Dietschy

Christmas decorating does not need to be stressful, expensive or time-consuming. Get your family involved and have fun making your home beautiful for the holidays with these 15 easy a Christmas decorating ideas.


Display your favorite Christmas collections. If you don't have a collection, now is a great time to start! My son and I collect nutcrackers and every year we have a wonderful time selecting just the right one. With a permanent marker, I write the year on the bottom of the nutcracker. Not only do we enjoy looking at the nutcrackers during the holidays, we also enjoying the fond memories of selecting them.


Create a charming look by making simple bows out of Christmas ribbons and attaching them to your curtains with pins.


Wrap your staircase banister with indoor Christmas lights, garland, and bows.


Place a collection of Christmas books on your coffee table.


Fill a glass bowl with pine cones and Christmas balls and place on a shelf or table.


Buy a collection of candles and place them throughout your home.


To add scent throughout your home, tie 5 or 6 cinnamon sticks together in a bundle using Christmas ribbon. Make as many bundles as you wish and place around your home in baskets or bowls.


To decorate your table, tie Christmas ribbon to the stems of glasses and/or handles of cutlery.


Display your favorite nativity scene on your mantle or wherever you have space.


Using a small brush or Q-tip, paint the edges of pine cones with glittery gold craft paint. After the pine cones dry, place them in a decorative basket.


Add Christmas garland to door frames, window frames and mirrors. You can use tape to secure the garland to the surfaces.


Tie bows around door knobs using festive and colorful Christmas ribbon.


Attach garland and Christmas bows to your chandelier. You can also weave strings of red beads in the garland that will dangle down from your chandelier and reflect the light, which will add sparkle.


If you live in a milder climate, consider decorating with Amaryllis plants. These beautiful plants come in red and white, grow tall, and provide a very elegant look.


Don't forget to decorate your fireplace mantel and hang your Christmas stockings. A few fireplace mantel decorating ideas are adding garland, different styles and sizes of Santas, teddy bears, and candles.

Be creative with your fireplace mantel because most mantels are the focal point during the holiday season. Another decorating idea for your mantel is to purchase several miniature rosemary trees shaped like Christmas trees; add mini ornaments and line them up across your mantel. These miniature rosemary trees are readily available in retail stores during the Christmas season and come in festive containers.

Christmas decorating is a great time to create traditions and spend quality time with your family. Get out some snacks and drinks and create a little "decorating party" that your family will love and look forward to year after year.

Merry Christmas!

Lesley Dietschy is a writer, jewelry designer, and the founder of a network of popular websites including
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