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 figurines I can display year round?

Collectibles at Christmas and Year-Round

If you are looking for collectibles for Christmas and year-round, you may wish to consider collectibles that have Christmas themed items, as well as figurines that aren't Christmas themed.

  • Precious Moments offers Christmas ornaments and figurines, as well as figurines that aren't Christmas related, all of which can be displayed year-round. Precious Moments figurines were created in 1978 and are made of bisque porcelain. These figurines feature adorable boys, girls and pets and come with a heartfelt message that relates to being a caring and loving person. Precious Moments figurines make great Christmas gifts as well. Charming Tails is another set of collectibles that include Christmas ornaments and figurines as well as figurines that tell the story of these little creatures with meaningful messages. You can purchase a Charming Tail that is sitting with a brightly colored lemon that can be given to your special someone because the message is, "You're My Main Squeeze."
  • Hummel Figurines are also quite popular in the collectible world. Berta Hummel created drawings of children as a way to commemorate the children growing up around her in a German village. The drawings were eventually made into beautiful Christmas figurines. There are both Hummel Christmas figurines and ornaments, as well as Hummels that are not specifically for Christmas. Hummels make great gifts because they retain their value for years to come, so the purchase price is well worth it.

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.

How Can I make Christmas Lights and Decorations a Tradition?

Looking at Local Christmas Lights and Holiday Decorations

Many families partake in holiday traditions and many times these traditions include looking at local Christmas lights and decorations in others yards, as well as citywide displays. There is something truly magical about going as a family to see homes and yards illuminated in a festive display. Do you have a favorite display that you look forward to seeing each year? Or perhaps you are considering making some holiday traditions of your own by decorating your home, thus making it a local Christmas light and decoration display home?

Many homes put out lawn decorations that include lighted plastic items, such as figures from the Nativity, a lighted plastic Santa Claus and of course, Santa's reindeer. Many local Christmas light displays will go a bit further and add an airblown inflatable. An inflatable such as this varies in size from as small as three feet to as tall as 10 feet and features items such as a snow globe with penguins to a snowman couple with a penguin family and a spinning carousel.

If you are contemplating displaying Christmas lights and holiday decorations that will bring people from miles around to your home, you may want to consider purchasing a holiday LED projector. It comes with eight holiday slides and can project these images onto your garage or home throughout the evening.

Making your own Christmas traditions can be a fun family event. Making your home "the house to see" is something that will stay with everyone involved for years to come. Visit for great Christmas decorating ideas!

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 personalized Christmas ornaments?

Personalized Ornaments

A personalized ornament is one that has the names and important dates engraved or hand painted directly on the Christmas ornament. Many people choose ornaments such as these to celebrate important dates in a family and many use these personalized Christmas ornaments for a walk down memory lane each time the ornament is placed on the Christmas tree year after year.

Generally, ornaments are personalized by a professional artist who takes a plain looking ornament and makes it into a family heirloom simply with the touch of his or her hand. Personalized Christmas ornaments can be fun, such as an ornament in the shape of a moose or penguin painted with your child's name on it. Personalized ornaments can also be more classic and made of glass with an entire family's name on it. If you own your own business you can personalize Christmas ornaments with the name of your business to hand out to customers. Or give personalized Christmas ornaments as a gift to your favorite babysitter, something as simple as "World's Best Babysitter" and the name of the sitter and the year. The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to why and how you want to personalize an ornament. The best part is that most personalized Christmas ornaments are very reasonably priced.

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 first Christmas ornaments I can look for?

First Christmas Ornaments

When a family welcomes a new baby, it welcomes all of the first's that come with the new arrival. First smile, first steps and of course, first Christmas. A neat way to remember that first Christmas is with a Christmas ornament that celebrates baby's first Christmas, an ornament that can be handed down to that baby's children someday.

Baby's First Christmas Ornament can be found both in retail stores and on the Internet. You will find a large number of ornaments to choose from.

  • If you wish to celebrate both the parents and the new baby's first Christmas together as a family you can find an ornament that represents both parents who are shown holding a baby. These types of ornaments can be personalized with the names of parents and baby and the year.
  • Celebrate the new arrival's first Christmas with an ornament in the shape of a white baby shoe. This type of first Christmas ornament is perfect for a boy or a girl and is reasonably priced.
  • If someone you know adopted a child, it can be hard to find an ornament that represents that wondrous occasion, but there are online websites that sell ornaments that celebrate adoption and personalize the ornament with dates the adoption occurred.
  • It's always fun to celebrate a new baby with a first Christmas ornament, but don't forget that many of these new baby's have siblings. A fun Christmas ornament for siblings is one that lets the brother or sister show off a bit with "I'm a Big Brother" or "I'm a Big Sister" and the date that occurred personalized on the ornament.
First Christmas ornaments are welcome additions to any Christmas tree, and what's even better is that there are so many varieties to choose from, one is sure to be right for you.

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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