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Christmas Decorating

Our best wreaths, mantels, trees, and front entry decorating ideas.


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Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating

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Modern | Tie together dissimilar motifs with a monochromatic color scheme. Here, the geometric lines of the glass and placemat are married with the frilly china pattern and napkin by the metallic, gold color.

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Kid-Friendly | There’s no mistaking this red and green color scheme—it’s Christmas time! Help your little ones get in the holiday spirit with candy striping and sweet treats. Accessorize with whimsical touches like a favorite ornament. Don’t forget kid-sized utensils which are perfect for pint-sized palms.

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Casual | You don’t have to have Christmas china to create a holiday place setting. Pair versatile solid-colored plates to mirror the holiday palette established by table linens. A pewter goblet adds an air of casual elegance to this simple setting.

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Set a Distinctive Christmas Table | Mix traditional and modern: Monogrammed linens, crystal stemware, and silver flatware establish a classic tone. Bold red chargers and graphic gold-trimmed china update the display

Set a Distinctive Christmas Table

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The Ultimate Gingerbread House | See how we transformed our Nashville Idea House into a gingerbread mansion and get decorating ideas for your own festive construction.

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Classic Magnolia Wreath | Easily add a pop of color to a classic magnolia wreath with your favorite Christmas ribbon.

Classic Magnolia Wreath

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Gather Supplies | Customize your wreath based on what you have in your own backyard. Pinecones, berries, and pine needles come together to create a personal, seasonal display.

Gather Supplies

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Make a Mason Jar Snow Globe | Canners and crafters rejoice! We found the craft of the season!

Make a Mason Jar Snow Globe

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Snowy Pinecone Wreath | Long, slender pinecones, such as those of a white pine, work best for this new take on a Southern holiday classic—the pinecone wreath. Finish with a narrow ribbon layered on top of a wider ribbon.

Snowy Pinecone Wreath

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    Banita Clayson

    I would like this inside with twig vases or votives and something snowy looking .Something country and rustic.

DIY Magnolia Christmas Wreath | Nothing heralds a Southern Christmas season quite like a stunning magnolia wreath. Follow along as we show you how to create this holiday classic, step-by-step.

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DIY Moss Christmas Wreath | Soothing hues and luscious textures set the tone for an elegant holiday.

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The Making of a Cover Cake | The Southern Living December 2014 cover is our gift to you this Christmas! Go behind the scenes and see what went into our merriest cover ever.

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Garden-Inspired Wrap | Let your love of gardening carry over to the gifts you give. Try an amaryllis in bloom wrapped in burlap, glue pressed leaves to a gift box wrapped in kraft paper, or top off a package with a useful tool to accent your bow.

Garden-Inspired Wrap

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Wrap Luxuriously | Layer varying widths of ribbon on top of each other for a pretty presentation. Finish off packages with colored tags embellished with calligraphy

Wrap Luxuriously

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Handmake Gift Tags | Customize gift tags easily with glued-on cardboard letters. They work both on fabric and paper circles.

Handmake Gift Tags

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Get Inspired by Nature | Go all out with a nature-inspired wrapping palette (think greens and browns) and top things off with uniquely Southern elements, straight from your local florist, nursery, or—even better—your own backyard, like a single cotton boll, eucalyptus flowers, or shiny Elaeagnus leaves.

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Embellish with Rosemary | Rich with Christmas legend, rosemary is the herb of love and remembrance. Tuck a handful of fresh sprigs beneath the ribbon just before delivering packages.

Embellish with Rosemary

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Deck Presents in Tartan | For a fresh and stylish holiday look, cover your presents in kraft paper, and tie up with a ribbon of your favorite red and green tartan.

Deck Presents in Tartan

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How To Make the Perfect Holiday Bow | There are a million and one ways to tie a bow, but here is our go-to technique.

How To Make the Perfect Holiday Bow

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A Toy | Holiday Gift Wrapping Guide

Toy - Holiday Gift Wrapping Guide - Southern Living

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Jewelry | Holiday Gift Wrapping Guide

Jewelry - Holiday Gift Wrapping Guide - Southern Living

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A Shirt | Holiday Gift Wrapping Guide

Shirt - Holiday Gift Wrapping Guide - Southern Living

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The Mantel | "I love shopping the grocery store for Christmas decorations," says interior decorator Fran Keenan. Here, colorful oranges and apples rest on spruce and magnolia clippings. It's no coincidence that these fruits complement her decor scheme. Tailor your selections to your own room's palette.

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The Stairway | A mix of seeded eucalyptus, magnolia, and spruce is wired together to hang loosely on the banister.

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The Stockings | Supplement your traditional holiday decor with new finds from your own backyard. Here, simple spruce clippings and magnolia leaves tied with a blue ribbon give old family stockings a fresh new look.

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