Christmas is a fun holiday to decorate for because of all the unique Christmas ornaments you can buy. Even if you don’t have a Christmas tree, you can still decorate your home to reflect the season. There are a variety of centerpieces for a table or fireplace and others you can put around the room, such as in windows, on walls, or even on your furniture. If you really get into the spirit of the season, you can find a wide selection of Christmas decorations for outdoors.
Traditional and Modern Christmas DecorationsPeople have decorated for Christmas for centuries. The English were known to be lavish with their decorations, covering a Christmas tree with everything from fruit and nuts, to sweets and then adding miniature toys and furniture and little houses. They hung evergreens along the staircases and lit candles.
Lights are one of the most popular Christmas ornaments. They have developed from using candles on trees and in windows to using strands of electrical lights to adorn not only the tree, but the entire house. The newest development is the LED lights that use less electricity and can save the person money throughout the holiday season.
There are also lighted lawn ornaments such as reindeer and Santa Claus. They range in price from just a few euros to several hundred. You can find anything that will fit your budget and even have something custom made if you choose.
Christmas Ornaments Around the World
Christmas decorations are unique all over the world:
- Italians are known for carving Nativity scenes for Christmas ornaments
- The kissing bough, which is a mixture of evergreens and mistletoe, is a popular Christmas decoration in the UK
- In West Africa, an oil palm is used as the Christmas tree and is decorated with bells
- In parts of India, clay lamps are lit and put on rooftops and on the walls of houses
- In other countries banana trees are decorated instead of the traditional pine tree
- In Australia, flowers and other plants are used as Christmas ornaments because it is summer Many people today decorate with a theme. They may choose Christmas ornaments that are not traditional colors or styles. Trees may use unusual colors for their Christmas decorations. Instead of red and green, they may be decorated with yellow, pink or even black and white. Sometimes the theme can be a tropical Christmas or oriental design.
Some people choose to go with only natural Christmas ornaments such as evergreens, fruits, nuts, cedar and pine-cones, gingerbread and other items. Handmade Christmas ornaments can be made from recycled products to be environmentally friendly and save money.
Tips for Buying Christmas Ornaments
When buying the best Christmas ornaments for your home, select a style that fits with the rest of your home decor. If you are looking for unique Christmas decorations, either making them or buying handmade ornaments will give you the best options. Many woodcarvers offer their services during the season to create one-of-a-kind items for display in your yard.
Visiting craft fairs at this time of year will give you many choices on unique decorations that will look wonderful in your home and be reasonably priced. Wood, yarn and bead ornaments are popular at these places.
Whatever your choice of decoration, you can always find something unique and beautiful to use in your home that will express your personality and style.