Christmas Décor We Loved So Much We’re Already Planning for Next Year
In the South, celebrating Christmas is done in many ways, from the cookies we bake to the garland we hang, and from our gifts thoughtfully given and our trees festively decorated. We celebrate the reason for the season by spending time with those we love and expressing our inner joy with our favorite Christmas décor. We have our holiday staples that we might not ever budge on—white lights or colored, or fir over spruce—but we can’t ever get enough of admiring the creative, cozy ways Southerners decorate their homes for the holidays. We hand-picked the holiday décor we loved the absolute most in homes throughout the South (and that we featured on our Instagram), as well as some of our brand-new décor ideas from this season. We have a hunch you just might see something you like! These Christmas décor ideas will get you started for Christmas 2018.
Lush Naturalist Garland
Infusing traditional fir garland with clippings of boxwood, magnolia, red cedar, and herbs brings fresh life to the holiday staple, while giving a raw naturalist touch.
Tiny Christmas Trees
Make your porch a personal Christmas tree farm by creating a display of adorably tiny trees—mix sizes and types for a cozy, natural feel. (Or go all out with lights!)
Lots of Tiny Bows
While the bow is usually the finishing touch of a holiday decoration, we think that using many tiny bows as part of the design is genius. Bright red bows pop on simple, skinny garland—we’re definitely stealing this one next year.
Creative Advent Calendars
Advent calendars, whether filled with chocolates or Bible verses, are staples in many Southern homes; but we loved this advent calendar tree that served as festive wall décor adorned with colorful knick knacks.
We couldn’t get enough of these lush cozy wreathes that give a little extra Southern charm and volume than our traditional fir or magnolia wreathes.
Though we loved the hydrangea and non-traditional wreathes we saw this year, it’s hard to beat a packed-full magnolia wreath. You can keep it simple, and it still looks oh-so-festive.
Tiny topiary trees look straight out of a gingerbread house—so festive and fun. You can switch it up with round boxwood topiaries to lend an easy elegance, or go with varied Christmas tree-shaped ones like we see here.
Stockings on the Stairs
While we love our stockings hanging on the mantel, these adorable stair stockings might make us change our minds. The stockings are woven so cozily into lush garland and fun strings of cream pom-pom garland.
Adding Some Antlers
We love the rustic Southern touch that adding deer or elk antlers to mantel garland gives any home. It’s a cool alternative to your typical ribbons or glitz.
Pops of Red & Pups
We like the traditional, classic feel of this front door decor. The patriotic American flag and perfectly poised pups definitely help out!
This trend might be just the cutest thing we saw all season. Miniature boxwood, cedar, or bay leaf wreathes give an adorable touch hanging from every window and door with just simple red ribbon for a pop of color.
Nutcrackers are classic and can fit into any room or style; we loved the simple use of nutcrackers this year as décor statements on bedside tables and mantels.
Poinsettias are seen as classic, yet sometimes dated. We decided to reinvent this holiday floral with modern twists and lush additions. You can also spruce them up by selecting different colors than the traditional red, such as gold, pink, or white.
Cheery Window Boxes
These festive window swags give a special touch to any exterior. You can just fill up a window box with your greenery of choice, perhaps rosemary or Eastern cedar; insert with fir and magnolia clippings, red berries, poinsettias, and anything else you’d like!
The addition of bright citrus to holiday décor is nothing new, but we thought it brought the perfect freshness to this year’s celebrations. This fresh dose of sunshine in the form of a tiny tree in an elegant silver base was our favorite holiday feast display.
While sticking with a statement wreath on the front door alone has certainly been the trend, we loved seeing homes across the South with wreathes on each and every window! Keep the wreathes simple, but play around with bows of all sizes and colors.