Christmas is here again and it is that time of the year when homes are decked up beautifully. Celebrating Christmas minus the Christmas decor is like celebrating Holi without the colours. It is the decorations that set the festive mood. For some people Christmas decoration begins and ends with Christmas trees and cakes. However, to set the mood for the celebration something more is needed. The home must be dressed up for the right occasion with a matching decor.
As for tradition, the right time for putting up decorations is 1 December. Those who have the time can start the process in early December itself so that by the time Christmas comes the home would be perfectly set to enjoy the joyous occasion. Others who do not have the time and have left it for the last minute, the following is a guide so that you do not miss anything. Let’ look at some of the essential items that are required to spice up the home decor this festive season.
It is the most important part of Christmas decorations. Christmas trees are usually evergreen coniferous trees as these trees have leaves in all seasons. Either real or artificial trees are used for decorations. Christmas trees are mostly placed inside the home and beautifully decorated with candles, lights, ornaments, garlands, tinsels, and candy canes. An angel or star is placed at the top of the tree to represent the host of angels or the Star of Bethlehem. Pine trees are also used as Christmas trees.
These are sock-shaped bags that are hung on fireplace mantel so that Santa Claus can place small toys, candy, fruits, coins or other small Christmas gifts in it.
It is an ornamental star shaped Christmas lantern from the Philippines. As the shape of the lantern is in the form of a star, it reminds of the Star of Bethlehem that guided the Three Kings to the manger.
The Holly has been part of Christmas decorations from time immemorial. Since it is supposed to prevent the entry of evil spirits, The Holly is usually placed on the entrance doorway.
It is commonly used as a Christmas decoration. Neatly trimmed mistletoe balls are hung up inside the home and according to ancient custom, a girl and a boy who meets under a hanging of mistletoe must kiss each other.