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 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.

   
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 some types of Santa Suits?

Dressing up in a Santa Suit

One of the fondest Christmas memories a child can have is having Santa Claus come to his house for a visit. There's something so precious about seeing a little child's eyes widen as Santa steps into the room and sits the child on his knee. For the most part, Santa Claus is played by a relative or family who dresses up in a Santa suit and travels to the child's house for a surprise visit. Because children are very inquisitive, it is very important that the Santa Suit is realistic.

If the plan is to make dressing up in a Santa suit a holiday tradition, then it makes sense to purchase the suit rather than renting one year after year and thus risk not having a suit available when the time comes. The first step in deciding on the perfect Santa suit is to make sure you purchase one that fits. Santa suits should not come in a one size fits all package. Once you have determined your size, it's time to determine the material. Some suits come in a beautiful red velvet, white plush cuffs and nylon gloves. A suit like this is very realistic and looks like the one the actual Santa Claus would wear.

If you want to get really technical in the Santa department you may want to think about purchasing a suit that the professional Santa's wear at the mall and other places. Suits like these are cotton velvet and come with faux fur cuffs for an extra real look. A child will surely think Santa is in their home with this Santa Suit.

Santa suits can cost anywhere from as little as $250 to over $500, but when you think about the number of years that it will be used and the memories made from it, the suit will pay for itself.

   
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 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.

   
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 a keepsake ornament?

Ornaments to Treasure

Christmas ornaments can become family treasures that are passed down from generation to generation. There are ornaments available that are considered keepsake ornaments, such as Christopher Radko glass ornaments. Once you see these keepsake ornaments you will surely realize that it is something to cherish forever.

Christopher Radko ornaments are mouth blown glass, created by hand and lined with sterling silver. Each of these ornaments takes one week from start to finish and is beautifully hand-painted and glazed with vibrant colors. The minute one of these Christmas ornaments is given to you or purchased by you, you will see how special a keepsake ornament can be.

If your child loves dogs, Christopher Radko has an adorable ornament with a dog and a cat. What a neat gift to give your child who will treasure it as he grows and someday, may place it on his Christmas tree as an adult. If you know a fish lover, he or she is sure to love the puffer fish ornament that Christopher Radko has created. He even designs beautiful ornaments that are Santa collectibles.

Ornaments such as these cost as much as $60 but when you consider how long these keepsakes will be in your family, the price is definitely worth it.

   
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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