The key to beautiful holiday decorating themes is making sure they’re elegant, never gaudy. Decorations based on your favorite music can get trashy quickly if you aren't careful. Try these ideas based on a handful of our favorite carols or try your own!
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Let Rudolph's shiny nose guide the way this Christmas season by using him as the inspiration for this kid-friendly idea.
String the tree with red and white lights, using elegant, stylized reindeer-themed ornaments in a single color family (red, gold or silver). Instead of the traditional poinsettias, try a Rudolph-themed floral arrangement. (1-800-FLOWERS.COM, $40)
Buttercream-frosted reindeer cookies — make them homemade or purchase them from a local retailer or online. (Cheryl's, $40)
The Essential NOW That's What I Call Christmas. (Amazon, $9)
Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree
Put a little edge on your Christmas festivities with a theme inspired by the beloved Brenda Lee Classic.
Deck the tree with classy guitar-themed ornaments. Stick with a color theme, or go retro for a little added flavor — we like assorted vintage guitar ornaments. (Etsy, $12).
Serve your guests mini-sandwiches inspired by the King of Rock and Roll himself. Make peanut butter and banana sandwiches, spiced with just a bit of nutmeg or cinnamon, and cut them into tiny triangles.
Monster Ballads Xmas. (Amazon, $7)
Dreidel, Dreidel, Dreidel
Toys are a big part of any holiday celebration. This year, try theming your home with an assortment of classic Hanukkah toys.
Decorate with a host of modern handmade dreidels. Just make sure the kiddos know that these dreidels are meant to be seen, not spun! (Jewish Gift Place, prices will vary)
Fudgy Hanukkah cakes are a decadent treat for grownups that are also the perfect size for little hands, too.
Shine Little Candles: Chanukah Songs for Children. (Amazon, $15)
You'll go to enough malls this season to get your fill of the traditional greens and reds that accompany this holiday. This season, celebrate the wonder that is winter with a sleek color scheme of white and silver.
Keep the tree simple with some traditional white balls, tasteful tinsel and white lights, and top it with an elegant silver snowflake. For the table, go with a sleek white tablecloth adorned with fine silverware and white china. Add a special touch with white paper napkins with silver striping and monogram. (FineStationery.com, prices will vary)
White treats of any kind will add a bit of flair to your holiday table. For a special touch, try a white gourd cheese ball.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir's Silent Night: The Greatest Hits of Christmas. (Amazon, $8)
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Your home should be a haven during the holidays, especially if you have kids in from college or soldiers home from overseas for their first Christmas. This decor idea is all about keeping it familiar and cozy.
Decorate the mantel with cinnamon-scented candles, evergreen garlands, pinecones and family holiday photos accented with dim white decorative bulbs. Display your favorite Christmas books on the coffee table (hit the old bookstores to find vintage copies).
Christmas by Michael Bublé. (Amazon, $12)
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