Christmas Decoration Tips

When it comes to Christmas Decoration, we've been there, done that, now serving 231 tips in 14 categories ranging from Artificial Christmas Trees to Outdoor Christmas Decorations.

Are there any large nativity sets for small yards?

Choosing Large Nativity Sets

For many people, Christmas just isn't Christmas without a nativity scene. Large nativity sets that decorate the front lawn are a special way to share your enjoyment of the Christmas story with your friends and neighbors. With the many options available, you can find a nativity that will fit in any size yard and will match any design style.

One piece nativity scenes are compact decorations that are easy to set up. They are perfect for people who want to display a large lighted nativity in their yards but have limited space.

Plastic nativity sets are a great option for people who want durability and versatility. Since the people and animals are all separate figurines, you could opt to just use the nativity family some years and put out the entire set other years. This flexibility is very important for people who like to change the way they set up their yard displays each year.

Wire framed sets have the same benefits of plastic nativities with the additional advantage of offering an updated look. People who want a more modern looking nativity should be happy with wire sets.

No matter which set you choose for your yard, don't be surprised if it becomes a magnet for neighborhood children. What child wouldn't be fascinated by the story of Christmas reproduced in life size figurines?

What are some ways to display or hold my Christmas stockings?

Hanging Christmas Stockings

Once you have the Christmas stocking sewn or bought, you will need something to hang it up with. After all, those Christmas stockings don't just hang themselves. You will need a Christmas stocking holder to show off the stockings that are hung by your chimney with care.

You can display your Christmas stocking with a weighted base and a hook to hold the stocking from your mantle or other display area. These types of Christmas stocking holders come in all shapes, sizes and prices. Choose from literally hundreds of different styles, from your favorite NFL or college team to a cute reindeer or pine cone, or even a frame that you can place your favorite photo in year after year.

If you would rather not hang your stocking from a hook, consider a stocking holder stand. These stands are especially useful if you have no fireplace mantle or stair rail to hang your stocking. Christmas stocking stands do exactly what they sound like they should; they are a standing display for your Christmas stockings. Most stands hold up to six Christmas stockings, and add a decorative look to your decor. A Christmas stocking stand is an innovative way to display your stockings.

If space is a real issue for you, consider a stocking holder that hangs over a door. This type of stocking holder holds around four stockings and is a festive way to hang stockings, especially when space is tight.

Are there any multicultural nativity ideas?

Multicultural Christmas Nativity Ideas

Many children do not realize that Christmas is celebrated differently in other parts of the world. From Yule logs to Saint Lucia, children in other cultures have special holiday traditions. Some of these traditions are centered around the Christmas nativity. Why not have a multicultural celebration this year with your children? They'll learn about how other cultures celebrate the holidays and they just may decide that they'd enjoy incorporating some of the different traditions into your family's Christmas celebrations in future years.

In Mexico, the nativity has a special place in Christmas activities. Entire neighborhoods celebrate with an event they call Posada. This is a tradition where children recreate Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem by having a parade of neighborhood kids go from house to house asking for shelter. Many times, they carry a nativity with them. The adults have already decided which house will invite the kids in and that family puts together a party for the children and their parents.

If you have a rich cultural heritage, you may prefer to look for traditions that your ancestors celebrated instead. To find out more about your holiday heritage, you should:

  • Talk to older relatives to see if they have any heirlooms, such as a Saint Lucia crown that has been passed down through the family, to share with you.
  • Check the Internet or call your local library to research customs celebrated by your culture.

What is so great about traditional artificial Christmas trees?

Why Choose a Traditional Artificial Christmas Tree?

Many people want to celebrate Christmas with a traditional Christmas tree but don't want the hassle of cutting down and taking care of a live Christmas tree. This is when artificial Christmas trees come in handy- you simply take the tree out of storage, follow the directions and up pops your Christmas tree. It was once thought that artificial Christmas trees looked, well, artificial. This is hardly the case in this day and age. Artificial Christmas trees look more real than some actual live trees, and they last a lot longer, are fire retardant and come pre-lit so you don't have to untangle strings of lights to put on the tree.

The best part about purchasing an artificial Christmas tree is that you have a wide variety to choose from if you want to go the traditional tree route. You can choose from varying heights of trees, from as small as four feet to as tall as 14 feet. You can pick a wide-flocked tree, an un-flocked tree or a slim tree. If you like a tree with all one color of lights, don't fret, those are available as well and if you like multi-color lights on your tree, those are available too. You can choose from trees that look like pine trees, fir trees, or even an Olympia Blue tree. The world is your oyster when it comes to traditional artificial Christmas trees.

Remember; don't worry that an artificial Christmas tree will look fake; those days are long gone. Artificial Christmas trees are more realistic than ever and with reasonable pricing, very economical. And as far as the bottom of the tree goes, you can cover any artificial area with a beautiful Christmas tree skirt.

Is there a Precious Moments nativity set?

Precious Moments Nativity Sets and Other Nativity Figurines

You've been collecting Precious Moments figurines for quite a few years. You even used a pair of these sweet little children as cake toppers on your wedding cake. Since you are such a fan of these adorable porcelain figurines, it is no surprise that you looked for a Precious Moments nativity when you decided you wanted a new nativity set.

The three piece nativity includes a boy and girl dressed as Joseph and Mary and a baby dressed as Jesus. The set has all the personality and sweetness that the rest of the Precious Moments figurines have and is sure to be a treasured addition to your collection.

If you collect other figurines, you may be interested in taking a look at Department 56's nativity set. This set is only available through and is a wonderful addition to your Department 56 village display.

For people who enjoy adding new figurines to their collection each year, Jim Shore nativity pieces may be the perfect option. Jim Shore has several different nativity families. In addition, there are quite a few other nativity related pieces you can add to your collection. Wise Men, camels, shepherds, angels and even palm trees are available for these sets.

What are some non-traditional or unique artificial Christmas trees?

Unique Artificial Christmas Trees

A unique artificial Christmas tree is one that you won't typically be able to purchase in a nationwide retailer. Instead, you may have to do some searching to find it, but once you do, you're sure to love the creativity that comes with purchasing an artificial Christmas tree that is not your typical run-of-the mill tree.

If traditional is hardly your style, then why not choose a tree that isn't green? You can choose from a pre-lit black tree that stands over seven feet. If black isn't your color of choice, you can pick from a wide variety of artificial Christmas tree colors, from red to purple to white. It can be fun to think outside of the box at Christmas time and having a tree that is brightly or differently colored certainly allows you to do so. Prices and sizes vary for these trees, but remember, the work is done for you as you can purchase these trees pre-lit and ready to easily assemble.

Another unique artificial Christmas tree is the upside down tree which are available at many online retailers. This tree stands upside down and is used by many for a unique tree display, but also to save on floor space as the narrow top part of the tree is in the tree stand and the wide part of the tree is pointed up towards the ceiling. This type of tree is sure to be a conversation starter in any household and can be purchased for as little as $150 for a smaller tree or up to $500 for a larger one.

If you want to stay away from the look of a traditional tree, you may want to look at spiral artificial Christmas trees. A spiral tree is not only unique but also is a more distinguished way to show off a unique holiday look. Trees such as these come in various sizes and range in price from less than $175 to over $300 and are generally pre-lit in clear or white lights.

People who want a non-traditional artificial Christmas tree are certainly in luck with all of the fun choices available.

Is a nativity stable a good idea?

Complete Your Display With a Nativity Stable

You carefully arrange your nativity set on your Christmas tree skirt and take a step back to admire the result. While the figurines are beautiful, it seems as though something is missing. Perhaps the problem is that they are dwarfed by the ornament covered tree. You move them to the coffee table, the mantle and the bookshelf. No matter where that lovely nativity scene is set up, it looks wrong. You're staring at the figurine when you realize the problem. You didn't shop for a nativity stable.

Nativity stables are a great way to provide a backdrop for your figurines. They add realism and interest to the nativity display and are a great way to make the Christmas story easier for children to understand.

You can find beautiful olive wood nativity stables in very simple designs or with lovely hand carved details. These stables have a rustic simplicity that will allow the nativity figurines to shine. Moss covered stables are another rustic option.

If you would like to find a stable that matches the style of your cozy country home, you may want to take a look at a Jim Shore stable. These stables are designed to match Jim Shore nativity sets but can be purchased separately if you want to use your current nativity set.

What are some other Christmas storage tips?

Other Christmas Storage

Christmas always comes with lots of decorations and with lots of decorations comes lots of storage needs. What should you know when it comes to storing all of those Christmas decorations?

  • Store your Christmas decorations, including Christmas ornament storage, in clear containers. A clear container makes it easy to see what's inside the container and eliminates the need for wondering what's in that box year after year. In addition to labeling what's inside, it's a good idea to use clear containers.
  • Christmas lights can be difficult to store because they tend to get tangled up with each other when shoved into a box. Eliminate this by wrapping them around a toilet paper or paper towel cardboard roll and placing them inside of a box marked "Christmas Lights".
  • If you have garland made from beads, separate those from other decorations by placing them in their own container. Go a step further and place each string of beads in a plastic baggie inside of the container. The plastic baggie separates the strings, which means no beads to untangle each year.
  • When storing Christmas wreaths, use a box or container made especially for wreaths. You can find these at most retailers or online. This type of container helps the wreath keep its shape.

Is there a Christmas nativity that will match my home's decorating style?

Indoor Christmas Nativity Scenes

You'd like to start displaying a nativity each Christmas, but you aren't sure if there is a set that will work with your home's décor. Actually, with all the Christmas nativity sets available, you're going to have to start worrying about narrowing down your choices, instead.

For people who are short on space, miniature nativities are a smart idea. You can find a set from Jim Shore that fits easily into an area as small as a foot and includes a stable and individual figurines. If you want a nativity that is even smaller, maybe a nativity contained in a nut shell will work. Elaborate nativity ornaments can hang on a tree or an ornament stand.

If you are concerned about storage space, but you prefer to display a set that is larger than some of the miniature options, perhaps a set of stacking nativity dolls will work for you. These dolls create a substantial display when they are un-stacked, but the entire nativity can be stored in a single doll when the Christmas season is over.

For people who are more worried about the style of the nativity then space, there are many different options. Iron, wood and porcelain figurines provide a wide range of materials from which to choose. You can find country Jim Shore nativity sets, folk art Russian figurines or elegant Fontanini designs.

Are there any tips for choosing a children's nativity?

Choosing a Children's Nativity

You know from past experience that children and Christmas figurines don't mix. However, as you carefully arrange your fragile nativity set on the mantle, you can't help but notice how disappointed your children seem. When your littlest child whispers that she wants to see the baby Jesus, you realize that you need to shop for a durable Children's nativity set for her to enjoy. You are delighted when a quick search reveals several suitable models, including a delightful large nativity that uses children for all of the nativity characters.

Before you buy your children a nativity, you may want to consider a few important issues. To be sure you select the right set, you should:

  • Think about whether your kids are old enough to keep things out of their mouths. While miniature sets are a cute idea, they may not be a smart choice for families with children under four years of age.
  • Consider durability. Unless you are going to supervise all interactions with the set, you should opt for a set that cannot break or be damaged easily. Even sturdy carved wooden pieces can be chipped if your children decide that the shepherds should get in a fight.

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