Holiday Decorating Tips

The holidays are right around the corner; time to start thinking about your decorations! When it comes to holiday décor, you don't need to stick to the basics of green and red. Instead, mix things up a bit with these holiday decorating trends for 2010.

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6Natural elements

Bring a little bit of nature into your Christmas decorations, and we don't mean just the tree. Create centerpieces, wreaths, and other decor with twigs, pine cones, wood, cotton, and natural materials.

7Retro trees

Add a little funk to your holiday with a colorful artificial tree. Go retro with a pink, purple, or candy apple red tree this season. When you have a colored tree instead of a traditional green one, keep the ornaments to a minimum. Just add a few metallic balls and white lights to complete the look. You can find this pink Christmas tree and other color options at treetopia.com.

8LED Christmas lights

LED lights use less electricity and last longer than their traditional counterparts. According to EnvironmentalLights.com, you'll save about 90 percent on your electricity by using LED lights. They come in strings, icicles, blinking lights, and more.

9Inflatable scenes

That giant inflatable Santa on your lawn needs some friends. When decorating outdoors, select several inflatable characters to make a fun scene.

10Themed décor

Pick a theme and stick to it. You can choose anything from a Norman Rockwell Christmas to a Victorian-style Christmas to a Grinch Christmas. Themed décor is hot this season, particularly when decorating outside.

Holiday how-to

How to display holiday cards

Do you love the annual flurry of holiday greetings, but not the tumbling mess it creates on the mantel? This creative solution is a fun and easy way to show off your cards.

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Comments on "Holiday décor: 10 Top holiday decorating trends for 2010"

Nikki December 06, 2010 | 10:33 AM

Love the idea for retro trees--I found a small pink aluminum one at the Goodwill, and it now acts as a nightlight for our daughter through the month of December--double duty!

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