Christmas Decoration Ideas
Posted October 16, 2015on:
Hooray !!! That time of the year is here again. Not long before everything will be magical and merry. Not long before the streets will be full of light. Not long before everyone will celebrate together. Not long before Santa will arrive and all our wishes will come true.
Christmas is the time for celebration, for letting go of all our worries, spending time and exchanging gifts with family and friends. Christmas is also about decorating our homes to welcome and celebrate with near and dear ones.
While a Christmas tree loaded with gifts and great food are but essential for celebrating Christmas, there are certain other things which have great significance as far as Christmas is concerned and can add that extra excitement to your Christmas celebrations and decoration.
Following are 5 essential Christmas Decoration Ideas which will make your Christmas truly merry:
1. Christmas Wreaths: An unmistakable symbol of Christmas, wreaths have been used to Christmas decorations for years and years and signify growth and prosperity. These can be placed anywhere inside or outside the house, on doors, on walls, on windows or over the mantle.
Both real and artificial Christmas wreaths are easily available these days. Real Christmas wreaths are made of evergreens, pine branches and holly and are decorated with pine cones, holly berries, small presents, fruits, candies etc. Most of these materials have a deeper significance to Christmas and also to Jesus’s crucifixion. Pine and holly branches used in wreaths have thorns which represent the thorn in Jesus’s crown when he was crucified. Holly berries which are bright red in color signify Jesus’s blood which he shed selflessly for mankind. Also, the circular shape of the wreath represent the circle of life.
Christmas wreaths are a true reminder of what Christmas actually stands for and are a must during Christmas.
2. Christmas Mistletoe: Mistletoe is a plant that grows on willow and apple branches. It is actually a parasite which is transferred to tree branches by birds, attaches itself to the tree and grows.
The tradition of hanging mistletoe dates back to ancient times when Druids considered that it brought good luck, prosperity and health to the household. It was also believed that mistletoe possesses mystical powers and wards off evil spirits. These beliefs surrounding mistletoe have lead to the tradition of hanging mistletoe during Christmas as good omen even today.
In Norse mythology, mistletoe was considered to be a sign of love and friendship. This might be the reason behind the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe. It was believed that kissing under the mistletoe would bring true love and culminate in marriage.
These are important enough reasons for mistletoe to be used for decoration during Christmas 🙂
3. Christmas Candles: It’s hard to imagine Christmas without candles being lit around the house or in the church while Christmas carols are being sung. Candles signify light, prayer, warmth and hope and they are an essential part of Christmas because they represent the birth of Christ, the light of the world, who guides us through the darkness and brings hope.
Therefore, candles are an important part of Christmas not just for their beauty and elegance but also for what they symbolise. Christmas is the celebration of the the birth of Jesus Christ who enlightened all of mankind while sacrificing himself, just like candles bring light and warmth into our lives while melting away themselves.
4. Christmas Lights: While candles are the traditional way of depicting light, warmth and hope during Christmas, in the modern times, lights serve the same purpose. Christmas lights are an important part of Christmas celebrations in today’s world. Whether outdoors or indoors, Christmas decoration involves excessive use of Christmas lights which has become the norm. A Christmas without brightly lit streets, twinkling Christmas trees in shopping malls, string lights bordering buildings and hanging from rooftops of houses, is totally impossible.
Christmas lights in various designs, shapes and sizes are readily available and are a must for making any Christmas decoration complete. Apart from lighting the Christmas tree, one needs lights to decorate different areas around the house such as the living room, the garden, the porch, the patio, the walkway etc. String lights, particularly, are very useful and apt for Christmas decoration.
5. Christmas Flowers: Certain flowers that bloom around Christmas and are used during the Christmas season are known as Christmas flowers. Flowers like Christmas Cactus, Christmas Rose, Poinsettia, Holly, Ivy and Mistletoe are used extensively for decoration during Christmas.
Many of these flowers symbolize certain values that match with the spirit of Christmas. Like Poinsettia is believed to be a symbol of purity while Mistletoe is a sign of good luck, health, love and friendship.
Bouquets, baskets, wreaths and garlands of Christmas flowers add a unique charm to any Christmas decoration.
6. Christmas Carols: Once the Christmas decorations are done and the place looks perfect to invite family and friends to celebrate with, it’s time to make the ambience even more magical by playing Christmas carols in the background. Christmas carols symbolize the true spirit and joys of Christmas and bring along a lot of memories for all of us.
Hope the above decoration ideas will help you in making your Christmas beautiful and memorable. Leave your worries behind, spread love, give happiness, decorate, celebrate and immerse in the true spirit of Christmas with your loved ones. MERRY CHRISTMAS !!!