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Animated Christmas Decorations for the Outdoors

Do you recall those childhood holidays in your neighborhood when Santa gaily waved at you and your friends from the rooftops? Back then, those animated Christmas decorations were more simply made, yet still caught the magic of the holidays.

You were as thrilled as your friends were and you counted down the days until the arrival of Santa. You can have some of that same magic in the animated decorations found in retail stores and in online shops. These decorations aren’t as simple as the ones from years ago. They’re livelier, brighter and built to last for many Christmas celebrations.

These delightful animated decorations can turn any yard and any home into a place of wonder and awe. You can thrill your own family and anyone passing in front of your home by setting up an animated display.

A word to those of you who procrastinate when buying decorations: the animated yard decorations are the first ones to sell out because many people start with their yards when putting up holiday décor.

The best animated Christmas decorations can disappear long before the big day gets here, so don’t put off getting the decorations you want. Once the big ticket items sell out like that, most retailers don’t restock. Even online stores run out of Christmas decorations if they’re a hot item, so go ahead and order yours.

What kinds of animated decorations can you find? You can find favorite childhood fairytale characters riding in sleds, on trains or waving as a standalone figure. There are animated angels, ice skating penguins and nutcrackers marching all in a row.

You can find groups of dear or large teddy bears just waiting to come to life at Christmas.  One of the faster selling animated yard decorations still remains the large snow globes filled with various scenes. In some snow globes, you’ll find multi colored presents and animated figures spinning in circles. Some have Disney characters standing beneath falling snow.

Best of all, with animated Christmas decorations, you don’t have to start big. You can start small and build your collection of animated pieces. Many people assume that it takes more time to set up animated Christmas decorations than putting up regular yard ornaments but nothing could be further from the truth.

Animated decorations are as easy and sometimes even easier than setting up any other kind of display. Many of these decorations are also adaptable to music displays.  Imagine the wonder on the kids’ faces as they see the toy soldiers marching in line to Christmas music or when they see Santa’s sleigh up on the rooftop as it takes off and lands. There’s a good reason animated Christmas decorations routinely outsell other decorations – the motion and the magic together make the displays truly memorable.

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Christmas Cottage Décor You Can Grow Over Time

Every time the holidays roll around, stores start putting out decorations that put consumers in the mood to shop. Christmas cottage scenes are one of the most popular collectibles for consumers – and it’s something you can grow over time and pass down to your heirs.

The Christmas cottage scenes are very warm and welcoming and can be placed all around your home or gathered in one place for visitors and guests to admire. It creates a miniature scene from a Dickens tale and you feel transported to a winter wonderland in an instant.

Some of the Christmas cottages that you can buy are animated, and you’ll see children ice skating around a glowing blue pond while holiday music plays gently in the background. Others might show a sleigh circling around a snowy mountain with jingle bells sounding off from the horses.

These holiday villages often have many different elements to them. There are homes with smoke billowing from the chimney and a scene you can see through the window of a family gathering to carry on traditions.

You might start off with a single village scene and add a new one to it each and every year. You can buy Ebenezer Scrooge’s House or a collection of Christmas cottages that play up Tim Burton’s Nightmare Before Christmas tale.

Some of the Christmas villages are antique in nature, taking you back to the old days – while others have a more modern flair to them. Most are porcelain materials, so you have to be very careful not to let children play roughly with them – but there are sets that are made of less breakable materials, too.

One of the most popular Christmas village scenes is that from the movie called A Christmas Story. You can buy the Bumpus house, Ralphie out in the snow, and even the department store where he professes his desire to own a Red Rider BB Gun to the store Santa.

These Christmas cottage scenes are priceless because they bring you to a different world. They often end up being worth quite a bit over time, too. Display them in your own unique fashion.

Some people place fake snow beneath and around the scene to offset it from other decorations in the house. One woman used her fireplace with a glass fireplace screen to set up a soft light shining down on her prized village scene. The possibilities are limitless!

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Beloved Christmas Characters You Can Weave Into Your Décor

Decorate your home for Christmas just the way you want it. If you’ve always loved all things Santa, then liberally decorate your home with the jolly symbols of the holiday – Christmas characters.

On your fireplace, instead of hanging up regular stockings decorated with names, hang stockings decorated with St. Nick. Use Santa Claus stocking holders to keep them in place. An FYI, there are beautiful vintage Santa stockings available for purchase.

Gather wooden Santa figurines – you can find these in a variety of sizes from many different materials and place these in groups all over your home. You can tuck them into a corner on a bathroom cabinet or group them together in a basket on the back of your toilet if you’re the type who decorates the bathroom, too!

Put up Christmas cards with Santa on them or display them on your mantel or entertainment center. Prop up vintage Santa postcards among your Christmas decorations. Use Santa quilts on the arm of your sofa to snuggle beneath or hang them from your wall.

Put out pillows on the sofa with prints of Santa. In the dining room, cover the table with a Santa tablecloth. At your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner, use Santa snow globes as place markers. On the tree, hang hand painted Santa ornaments and Christmas balls with images of Santa on them.

If you prefer to decorate your home with Frosty the snowman, you can collect snowmen and line them up on wooden shelves in the living room or on a fireplace mantel or on top of your piano. You can stack Frosty collectibles in a snowman painted wooden bowl.

In the kitchen, you can serve drinks in Frosty the Snowman glasses or serve the traditional Santa cookies on Frosty the Snowman snack plates.  By the front door, you can have a Frosty greeter – a three foot wooden replica of the beloved snowman.

Make sure it’s in a corner so that if something bumps against it, if it falls over, it won’t be damaged. Set up medium sized Frosty the Snowman collectibles around the bottom of the Christmas tree.

One of most beloved of all Christmas decorating characters among children and adults alike is that of Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer. This much loved character first came to be back in 1939.

The popular reindeer was written in a story by an employee of Montgomery Ward. If you love decorating with Rudolph, you can buy Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer ornaments to hang on your tree.

You can also find Rudolph collectible figurines to arrange around your home. There are Rudolph personalized ornaments, Rudolph stockings and even Rudolph pulling Santa’s sleigh displays for your yard. Look for a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Christmas skirt to drape around the bottom of your tree.

Choose the Christmas characters that remind you of childhood and go all out working them into your holiday décor!

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Choose or Make a Christmas Stocking That Reflects Your Personality

Decorating a Christmas stocking for everyone in the family is a favorite tradition in many families. Each person decorates the stocking and adds personal touches that show the kind of things they enjoy out of life.

You don’t have to have any artistic ability to make a Christmas stocking that reflects who you are. With all the traditional red and white stockings for sale, you can certainly go that route, but a plain stocking is sort of like a one size fits all article of clothing. It’s made to fit one in a crowd, not made to stand out from the crowd.

Why settle for the same kind of Christmas stocking that everyone else is also buying or making? Let who you are shine right down to all the decorations you use for the Christmas holiday.

Start with a plain Christmas stocking in your favorite color – you might have to hunt for one since the red and white ones are the most traditional colors-but they are out there. Once you find it, you can write your name across the top of the stocking using a rainbow of glitter glue found in those handy no drip glue pens.

Or you can write your name out in regular school glue and then sprinkle glitter or rhinestones in the glue. If you choose to do it with the regular glue, the stocking will take at least forty eight hours to dry completely.

You can then write or draw whatever you want on the bottom of the stocking. Muslin stockings work best for drawing artwork directly on the material. If you do pick out a muslin stocking, though, make sure you put a thick piece of cardboard inside the stocking before you draw anything. Otherwise, the colors will bleed through to the back of the stocking.

If drawing isn’t your area of interest, then you can sew on appliqué cut outs of Christmas designs such as gingerbread houses, snowmen etc. You can also make muslin quilt stockings by sewing on quilt squares to make miniature Christmas quilts.

If you’re into music, you can even make music note quilts. Or for less sewing, you can simply iron on your favorite designs or use transfer patterns. With transfer patterns, you iron them on and then trace around the design with fabric paint.

If you would prefer not to make a Christmas stocking, then you can buy one that reflects your personality. Are you a racecar fan? You can buy your favorite racecar stocking. If you’re a die-hard football fan, then you can buy your favorite team stocking and proudly display your team spirit throughout the season. There are Christmas stockings available that will reflect your personality.

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Christmas Decorating for an Elegant Look

Everyone loves the thought of an elegant holiday, but without a background in Christmas decorating, it’s hard to know exactly how to go about making your own holiday have that elegant look.

With the tips listed below, you can have the kind of décor you’ve always wanted. Elegance equals unity. This is where many people go wrong when decorating for Christmas. They simply use too many colors – and while that might turn out to be eye catching, it’s distracting and busy.

You want the colors to work together and cool colors are always more elegant than warmer ones. For example, red and green decorations, while traditional Christmas colors, when placed together, don’t project an air of elegance.

The top two choices for elegant color are gold or white or gold and white together. You need to go with those colors throughout your home – one smooth color scheme. It may seem like white won’t look very inviting or seem very much like Christmas, but wait until you have it all together and you’ll be amazed.

On your walkway outside, use white luminaries along the walkway and leading up to the front steps or porch.  For elegance in electric lighting, never pick the bigger lights. Opt for the smaller ones inside – and yes, even outside your home.

Have you ever noticed how some restaurants use those tiny white Christmas lights all year round? That’s because those lights project an elegant dining experience. When you’re placing lights on your tree, use the smaller lights and use as many strands as your tree can comfortably hold.

Instead of choosing poinsettias as your flower to decorate with, choose dozens of white roses and put them in delicate glass vases throughout your house. For a table centerpiece, place white pillar candles on a mirror base. Cover the edges of the base with gold or white ribbon.

Decorate the corners of the rooms with different wrapped gifts. Make sure the gifts are wrapped in gold paper and tied with white ribbon bows or do the opposite. Wrap the gifts in white paper and use gold ribbon to form the bows.

Take a collection of Christmas balls in white (or gold if you’re working with two colors) and place them in a large, heavy glass bowl. Place the bowl in the center of your coffee table.

Replace all of the different colored guest towels in each of your bathroom with thick white ones. Lay a small hand towel beside each sink and place a gold ribbon around the middle of it.

When it’s time to serve the meal, serve the food on only white dishes or gold ones. If you use place cards, use white cards with gold calligraphy writing. When you’re finished with your Christmas decorating, your home will have that elegance you’ve been striving to achieve.

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Christmas Holiday Décor Griswold Style

If you’re one of the millions of people in the world who absolutely love every single second of the Christmas season, you are not alone. In a recent newspaper survey, this holiday is listed as the favorite holiday for most people. It’s easy to understand why. Each year, there’s a childlike magic that hangs in the air thanks to Christmas holiday décor that sets the mood for people of every age.

Decorating Griswold style can be an illuminating experience. The Griswolds are the family in the movie Vacation Christmas starring Chevy Chase – a favorite for those who love goofball comedies that make you smile. They decorate their home in an over-the-top fashion and go to great lengths to outdo all of the neighbors.

The holidays are a time to be enjoyed, a time to pull out all the stops and go to whatever lengths we want to go to when we decorate inside and outside of our homes. You can have a Griswold Christmas with just a little bit of planning.

Decorating is a fun activity that the entire family can get involved with and the more décor the better. This holiday only comes around once a year, so you might as well enjoy it while it’s here.

What does it mean to decorate Griswold style? It means that whatever decorations you put up indoors or out, you can always picture exactly where something else can be added and you add that item.

Decorating like this is having a home that’s full to the brim with lights and other decorations that bring you lots of Christmas cheer. And who says lights are just for the tree or outside the house?

Let your inner kid have a ball decorating this year and don’t worry about any conventional methods of decorating. Don’t worry about what the neighbors think. It’s your holiday and you deserve to decorate as you see fit. Kids love the houses they see decorated Griswold style and if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll admit that it appeals to the kid in you, too.

People who decorate their homes with an abundance of decorations are not trying to one up the neighbors and they’re not trying to set any records for the amount of stuff they can set out for one holiday. They’re simply decorating the way the live their lives – exuberantly and to the fullest extent.

To decorate Griswold style, leave no corner inside your home undecorated. Even the hallway should abound with Christmas décor. Don’t leave up the same old curtains you use every day.

Take those down and hang holiday curtains with prancing reindeer, cheery snowmen or jolly old St. Nick. Make sure your table is always set with holiday dishes just waiting for a scrumptious meal.

Outside your house, cover everything in lights and make sure there’s a holiday display set up on every possible inch of lawn. Make sure you have room to get between the displays to take care of any bulbs that blow. Once you get everything mapped out the way you like it, light it up! Christmas holiday décor can be tame and elegant, sure – but if you want to have tons of fun and see people smile as they drive by, go overboard for once.

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Christmas Light Options Have Evolved!

Everyone has different tastes in decorating for the holidays, right down to the lights. No matter what type of Christmas lights you enjoy putting up, your choices are no longer the same as they used to be.

Now you have a wider selection to choose from, better value and the kind of lights that give your home a soft, romantic holiday glow or ones that can light up the night and make your home a masterpiece in electricity.

There are bulbs in an array of colors, many different watts and various sizes and shapes. You can spend a little bit of money on lights or you can spend a lot. Knowing which kind to choose from depends on the size of your home, and how much ground you’d like to cover.

If you don’t know what kinds of lights to get, you run the risk of buying the wrong lights and then having to take or send them back. One of the choices you have in Christmas lights is the LED lights.

The initials LED stand for light emitting diode. These lights don’t take as much power to use and you can get a wider angle of light. These kinds of lights offer longer use (thousands of hours) and you can use them to decorate inside your home or outside in the yard.

They’re a very safe type of bulb because they don’t get hot to the fingertips unlike regular lights, which can sometimes be a fire hazard. With LED lights, you don’t have to worry if your tree dries out like you do with regular lights. They are a little more expensive than the run of the mill Christmas lights, but your family’s safety is worth the cost.

Another choice you can go with is the rope lights. These are lights inside of tubing. These lights come in different colors and you can get them in chasing lights or still versions. They can interconnect with other strands to form longer strands.

These lights are perfect for those hard to decorate items or areas and they can be used indoor or outdoor. In fact, if you use rope lights to line your home’s walkway, if kids accidentally step on them, they’re stepping on the tubing instead of sharp glass that can cut them. Plus, these lights can contain the same LED technology that saves energy.

There are so many Christmas light options for you to choose from to make your holiday really shine this year. You’ll need to know how many lights you’ll require that can run safely on your home’s circuit. If you do choose LED lights, make sure you’re happy with your choice since these lights do tend to last for the long haul.

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Christmas Storage Ideas for Your Tree, Ornaments and Decorations

Christmas is a time of wonderful celebrations. Once it’s over, you’re left to deal with the chore of taking down the tree, packing away the ornaments and storing away the decorations.

You want your decorations to be in tiptop shape for the next Christmas, so how you store your cherished items is important. There is a right and a wrong way to put away the stuff, but by adhering to the following rules, you can make sure your Christmas goodies will last a lifetime.

Rule #1: If you’re putting away cloth – such as tablecloths and napkins, towels, Christmas afghans, rugs, etc. don’t place them in a cardboard box. If you usually store your seasonal decorations in your attic and there’s a leak, these items will get damaged by the wetness.

You’ll end up with a box full of mildewed linens that have to be tossed into the garbage. And if any of those items are heirlooms, you’ll end up feeling disappointed and upset. Instead of cardboard boxes, store these materials in a suitcase or an airtight plastic container. Get one with a snap on lid, not one that pulls out like a drawer.

Rule #2: When you’re taking down the Christmas tree, assuming it’s an artificial one, as you take down each row of branches, put a rubber band around the stems to hold them together.

Write on the rubber band what number the row is. Put these branches in bags specifically made for storing artificial Christmas trees. Again, you don’t want to use regular cardboard as moisture will also affect the tree.

You’ll end up with a tree that stinks. If you take the time now to label each row of branches as you put them away, you won’t have the problem of trying to figure out which branch belongs on which row.

Rule #3: If you’re saving your Christmas wreaths, buy the round containers that are specifically made for wreaths.

Rule #4: For Christmas wrapping paper that’s left over, put these in the tube containers that were invented for this purpose. It’ll keep the paper from unraveling and the ends from splitting and tearing.

Rule #5: Before packing away the Christmas lights, always check each strand to make sure all the bulbs light up. Then, forget the boxes they came in. Don’t try to save them in the same boxes.

It’s like trying to stuff an elephant into a thimble. Instead, wrap the lights in strands, secure them in place with twist ties and store the lights in small plastic containers that you can place down inside larger containers.

Rule #6: Wrap each Christmas village piece in bubble wrap and store back in it’s original box then place that box in the large plastic container. You should have room in the same container the lights are stored in.

Rule # 7: Wrap all Christmas ornaments in bubble wrap even if they’re not breakable. This keeps them from getting nicked. Also wrap all Christmas candles in bubble wrap before packing them away in plastic storage containers. The bubble wrap prevents the candles from having chunks gouged out of them.

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Creating the Perfect Christmas Scene for Your Mantel

A fireplace mantel is the perfect place to display a Christmas scene. There are many different styles you can choose from – you can go with traditional or try something a little different this year.

What kind of décor are you decorating in for Christmas? Down home country? Elegant? Eco? The style you choose for your main décor should also be reflected in your mantel scene.

For many people, the mantel scene is usually a nativity scene complete with a manger, animals and several figurines. Nativity sets are beautiful and there are many you can choose from.

If you get a nativity set that’s made of aged wood, this would work well with a country décor. Also in keeping with a country décor, you can use a narrow sleigh filled with boughs of green, pinecones and presents wrapped in red gingham.

Another way to decorate the mantel is in what’s called primitive style by using boughs of real garland, fruit and primitive figurines. You can find primitive Santa figurines by scouring the online Christmas stores.

Or if you would rather have snowmen, you can decorate the mantel with primitive snowmen made from muslin or wood. Some people confuse the primitive style with the country style of decorating but they are not the same. Primitive has more of an early 1900s feel to it. You would easily be able to find some of the decorations in homes from your great grandmother’s generation.

You can set your mantel scene up to reflect scenes from other cultures. For example, if you had Chinese ornaments on your Christmas tree, your mantel would look fantastic with paper lanterns and small bowls housing Christmas balls.

In the center, you could take a photo holder – one of the ones in the shape of a miniature tree-and you could hang ornaments with Chinese writing on the branches. You can find Chinese ornaments wishing the buyer joy or luck or wealth.

A snow village is another holiday scene you could grace your mantel with. If you’re worried about getting the confetti snow on your floor, you can use cotton balls to create a snow effect.

But don’t just stick the cotton balls up as is. Instead, gently pull apart the cotton balls and thin them out. Decorate the mantle with Christmas village homes and businesses and set them up so that they’re lighted. You’ll have a great focal point and the soft light will add a nice touch.

For a more elegant mantel Christmas scene, hang a square mirror above your fireplace mantel. Place tapered silver or gold candles inside of hurricane lanterns. In the middle of the mantel, place a short vase full of white roses. Use silver beading pearls entwined with real garland to hang from the front of the mantel.

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Inflatable Christmas Decorations to Adorn Your Lawn and Roof

Inflatable Christmas decorations have quickly become one of the most sought after ways to decorate yards and housetops alike. These decorations are made to stand out and bring a piece of beauty to any neighborhood. They range in size from small to as tall as you can imagine. Some of these inflatable decorations easily reach over eight feet tall.

You don’t have to fret that just because these decorations aren’t made of wire or wood they won’t hold up under the onslaught of nature. These decorations are made of material tough enough to stand up throughout whatever nature unleashes on them. With a heavy duty air pump, these decorations are a breeze to inflate. Simply plug in the pump and the decorations inflate in a matter of minutes.

Once the decorations are filled with air, take the thin poles that came with the decorations and drive them deep into the ground. A sturdy string attached to the pole is what holds the inflatable where you put it so that it won’t end up in your neighbor’s yard.

Are you limited to a small selection of designs when you decide to buy inflatable decorations? Not at all! You can find a huge selection of designs to choose from. There are the traditional choices such as Santa. You can find jolly St. Nick climbing into a chimney, Santa driving a sleigh with the reindeer, a waving Santa and you can even find Santa kicking back on skis.

If Frosty is more to your liking, you can find a huge selection of snowmen to make a great yard or roof display. You can find a family of caroling snowmen inside a giant snow globe or you can find Frosty taking a motorcycle out for a rooftop spin.

For less traditional choices, you can have your pick from a variety of characters made popular by kids’ fairy tales and cartoons. You can amaze everyone in your neighborhood with your selection of loveable characters. The great part about decorating with inflatable decorations is that are no wrong ways to decorate with them. You can put them wherever you want to in your yard or on your roof.

One of the most amazing inflatable decorations is the one that has a Christmas scene inside a snow globe and as the characters are dancing around, a light snow is falling inside the globe. The scene is eye catching and enthralling to all who see it. Because many of these inflatable decorations are well lit, they stand out at brightly at night too.

You can create a one of a kind scene with inflatable decorations. You can have a giant Christmas scene with all your favorite characters. You can have Santa waving and beside him, have all his reindeer pals just waiting to welcome in the holidays.

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