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 Snowbabies?

Snow Themed Collectibles

Holiday collectibles are extremely popular come Christmas time. There are always loads of different beautiful collectibles that show the many fun aspects of Christmas.

If you are a soccer fan, you may find yourself drawn to a collectible figurine depicting Santa Claus playing soccer. Other collectibles depict Santa feeding his reindeer or kneeling in front of a sleeping Baby Jesus. You are sure to create a beautiful display if you have Santa collectibles at Christmas. If you are looking for something other than a Santa collectibles to display, then Snowbabies may be right for you.

Snowbabies have been around since 1987 and feature little porcelain cherubs dressed in their warmest snow clothes doing fun things, such as putting reindeer antlers on their heads or driving Santa's sleigh. Snowbabies are usually made with a milky white porcelain and typically are only available in this milky white color; however there are some Snowbabies that come with a splash of color, sometimes red, that makes that figurine really stand out. If you love Disney characters you can also find Snowbabies figurines with Snow White, Belle, Arielle and even Winnie the Pooh. Snowbabies are a charming way to celebrate the season.

   
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 are Department 56 villages?

Christmas Villages

Many people create elaborate Christmas village displays as one would do with model trains. One of the most popular Christmas village makers is Department 56. Department 56 makes several different Christmas villages, including their Snow Village, their Dickens Village, Department 56 North Pole and Department 56 Christmas in the City, Alpine Village and New England Village. These villages are all illuminated and when lit, cast a warm, beautiful glow throughout the room they are displayed in. There's something very special about Department 56 villages at Christmas time.

Each of these specific villages comes with buildings that you can buy individually, as well as village accessories, such as people and pets. Depending on the village you purchase you will get both brightly colored buildings and people, such as with the North Pole village, or you may decide on more muted colors, such as with the New England Village. Generally, the buildings in the villages cost about $75 each, however these villages will certainly become a family heirloom and will last for years to come.

   
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 bronners.com 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 Christmas Stocking Kits?

Christmas Stocking Decorating

Christmas stockings are an integral part of the Christmas tradition for many families. Many people choose to purchase a plain Christmas stocking in order to add their own embellishments, thus creating their own personalized stocking, and a beautiful Christmas heirloom as well.

Start by determining who will be creating the embellished stocking and who they will be personalizing the stocking for. If your child is creating the stocking and it is for a dad, brother or uncle who loves sports, then choosing simple appliques that have a cute sports theme works perfectly. Add some glitter, sequins or puff paint to the mix and your child will have a field day creating a beautiful personalized stocking for someone special. These gifts are also great for secret Santa gifts, gifts for teachers, coaches or babysitters.

In order to keep things simple, check out the huge array of great Christmas stockings at Bronners.com. With a rainbow assortment of colors, styles, sizes and shapes, the world is your oyster for choosing stockings to personalize.

   
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 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 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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