Amelia has been writing online articles for over 10 years and has self-published over a dozen books including fiction and nonfiction.
Christmas Is in the Air
As fall wraps up into winter, 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 about giving from your heart and making 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 when families come together and work as a team to create beautiful displays and light up the night with bright and colorful holiday cheer.
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 grabbed 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 two 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've 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 it and said that I loved the tree and she said she I could have it. What a nice gesture! It has become a traditional decoration in the family.
Traditional Ceramic Trees
Does anyone still have a ceramic Christmas tree? I have three of them, two 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 a larger, thinner tree that I made, and it's 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 are 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 decoration 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 it sits in our foyer every Christmas to welcome visitors at the doorway.
This nativity needlepoint was from a kit I purchased and made many years ago. It came with the wooden background, and after the needlepoint was finished, it was glued and nailed on the wooden frame. The candles on the left and right are LED, battery-powered candles.
Traditional Christmas Tree
We have opted to use an artificial Christmas tree over the years. This tree is approximately seven feet tall and is decorated with colored lights and an array of ornaments, including handmade and beaded Christmas balls we've 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.
© 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