Create a holly-jolly home 🎄 8 Christmas decorations and ideas

From Moda All-Stars: Merry MakersThe time is near for Christmas cheer!

Soon many of us will be unpacking those boxes and bins filled with tinsel, ornaments, and memories that make the season bright (oops, how did that candy cane get in there?). Today we’ve rounded up fun ways to display your handmade pieces from the past . . . and ideas for creating new ones for Christmas 2018! Either way, we hope you’ll find a few tips below to freshen up your holiday home.

Mini Stockings
Don’t have a mantel—or maybe it’s reserved for displaying other holiday treasures? Try hanging your stockings on a ladder for a fun twist on tradition. We already talked to Santa, so he’ll be on the lookout for ladders this year! Get the pattern for Joanna Figueroa’s Mini Stockings in
Moda All-Stars: Merry Makers.

Winter Fest Table Runner
Add a little glitz to the holiday table with a collection of glistening ornaments arranged among sprigs of pine or holly—perch the container of your choice atop a runner you’ve made from scratch. Get the pattern for Kathy Schmitz’s Winter Fest Table Runner in
Stitches from the Yuletide.

Merry Christmas to All quilt
Got a little Christmas quilt—and a little wall space? Turn a knotty tree branch into a quilt rod for a rustic country look. Hang the quilt with two lengths of jute as shown, pinning the jute to the quilt with small safety pins. Get the pattern for Robin Kingsley’s Merry Christmas to All quilt in
Just Be Claus.

Twilight Star Medallion Lap Quilt
It takes just 10 seconds to bring the season to a bedroom or guest room—if you do it Kim Diehl style! Simply drape a holiday-themed lap quilt over existing bedding for an instant fa-la-la-la-la feel. Get the pattern for Kim’s Twilight Star Medallion Lap Quilt in
Simple Christmas Tidings.

The Stockings Were Hung
Another inventive Christmas stocking idea—display them along the staircase! Lengths of ribbon tied around balusters will keep each stocking in place. Get the patterns for Bonnie Sullivan’s The Stockings Were Hung collection in
A Change of Seasons.

Snow Days Book Weight
This practical book weight does double duty—it keeps your cookbooks open while you make your favorite Christmas cookies, and it adds a dash of the Christmas spirit to the kitchen when not in use! (Not to mention it’d make a perfect gift for a foodie.) Get the pattern for Robin Kingsley’s Snow Days Book Weight in
Snow Happy.

He’s Making a List quilt
Hang a tiny quilt from a Christmas wreath you already own—the quilt has a message that’ll give your visitors a chuckle. Ho ho ho! Personalize tags for family and friends you’ll be spending the holidays with; then watch to make sure your tag ends up on the right side come Christmas! Get the pattern for Anni Downs’ He’s Making a List quilt in
Season’s Greetings.

Vintage Cherries
Is your dining-room table used for special occasions only? Drape a favorite holiday quilt over the table, add a pine-bough centerpiece, and enjoy that quilt in a whole new way—at least until Christmas Day! Get Jeanne Large and Shelley Wicks’ Vintage Cherries pattern in
’Tis the Season.

When do you put up your holiday decorations?

  • The day after Thanksgiving
  • Early December
  • Christmas Eve!

Tell us in the comments!


87 Comments (leave a comment)

  • we put our tree out about December 5-8th but I normally start taking out things like holiday coffee mugs and a few Xmas decorations around Thanksgiving or a day or two after to start getting in the holiday mood

    Karen on November 21, 2018
  • Thanksgiving weekend is spent getting Christmas season started.

    —Phyllis on November 21, 2018
  • Early December

    —Rebecca Moore on November 21, 2018
  • Early Dec.

    —Amy Cofer on November 21, 2018
  • Early December!

    —Angeliasue on November 21, 2018
  • We put up our decorations a week or so before Christmas.

    —Karen on November 21, 2018
  • I have already started decorating! Christmas is my most favorite season and I want to enjoy it for as long as possible!

    Monique on November 21, 2018
  • I shoot for early December – always tell myself that I am not getting everything out, but keep adding all month long! Some things just can’t be left packed away! 🙂

    —MKR on November 21, 2018
  • Usually I am lucky if I get everything up by a week before Christmas. As we have had snow already, I have started, My goal is to have the tree up the first week of December.

    —carol on November 21, 2018
  • Mid December – the 15th or so. Leave it up until Epiphany on Jan 6. If they were up any longer I would have to dust them, OH NO!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving and MERRY CHRISTMAS!

    Martha Morgan on November 21, 2018
  • The day after Thanksgiving or before the weekend is over.

    —Kaye Walker on November 21, 2018
  • Early to mid-December for inside the house and December 1 for exterior lights.

    —NickyH on November 21, 2018
  • I decorate for Christmas early to mid December. Usually keep decorations up until New Years or a bit after. Love to have the sparkle and lights for those dreary winter days. Love the quilt on the table, and I do use quilts for my table all year long, changing seasonally. 😊👍

    —Marilynn on November 21, 2018
  • Our decorations are taken out and displayed the month of Christmas, starting the first week of December.

    —Vera on November 21, 2018
  • Early december.

    —kathy o on November 21, 2018
  • My Christmas lights are already out and this weekend I will finish decorating.

    —Fran Claassens on November 21, 2018
  • I start decorating December 1. I must admit to sneaking in some Christmas music before then, though.

    —Carol on November 21, 2018
  • The day after Thanksgiving is when the decorating begins.

    —Sharon Lowy on November 21, 2018
  • I shoot for early December but in reality it is about the middle of December when I am finally totally decorated.

    —Ann West on November 21, 2018
  • Early December

    —Christy on November 21, 2018
  • Our tree goes up the weekend after Thanksgiving and the rest of the house will be decorated as soon as possible in December.

    —Maria L Zook on November 21, 2018
  • The day after Thanksgiving for sure! So exciting!

    —Jo Anne on November 21, 2018
  • We begin the day after Thanksgiving with the outside lights, then the artificial tree goes up, with all the decorations that go on it, then I remove any accessories that will be replaced with a Christmas accessory, then placing the items where they belong, such as on the mantle, tops of tables, towels, etc. First, I take all the Christmas items out of a bin, put them on the dining table, then fill it up with the items I’ve removed. This usually takes between 3 and 5 days…we have a lot of stuff! We remove the tree the day the within a few days after Christmas, but leave some accessories up until the end of January..things that are "winter", like holly, pine cones, and snowmen, but not necessarily "Christmas", like nativity or Santa Clause items. That way we can enjoy some of our colorful decorations a little longer, and it gives me more time to put everything back to normal.

    —Mary on November 21, 2018
  • Usually put them up early December but this year it may be a real challenge keeping the tree and the ornaments safe as we just got a new little furbabie kitten. Love Christmas and the hupla surrounding it. Such a warm and happy time of the year. Thank you and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

    —Tanya on November 21, 2018
  • I usually put up decorations when the mood strikes and when I have the time to do so and be able to enjoy the journey. I hate feeling rushed for such things. :o)

    —Cheryl R. on November 21, 2018
  • We put put Christmas decorations after Thanksgiving. We believe you need to honor EACH holiday. We leave the decorations for Christmas up until mid Jan. which drives some people in our family crazy. But it’s our house and we get to have it our way. Happy Holidays to All

    —Jami Price on November 21, 2018
  • Usually the weekend after Thanksgiving I start bringing out the decorations and wallhangings.

    —mary on November 21, 2018
  • Early December. I like to enjoy my fall decorations as long as possible.

    —Linda Lee Ahn on November 21, 2018
  • We hang our stockings on the rail at the bottom of our bed. When our son was little he would take the stocking off his bed and jump in with us and open our stocking gifts before we went downstairs!

    —Kelly on November 21, 2018
  • I start any time after Halloween – as I feel. I have some up already, but not many. Will start to hit it hard on the day after T-giving.

    —Geri A on November 21, 2018
  • The day after Thanksgiving.

    —Donna on November 21, 2018
  • Canadian Thanksgiving is in October so shortly after Halloween is when Christmas decorating starts.

    —MoeWest on November 21, 2018
  • December 1st….happy Thanksgiving to you

    —Rachel on November 21, 2018
  • Usually sometime over the Thanksgiving weekend. I love the memories that the decorations call up of my youth. It’s a wonderful season, and it’s nice to extend it as long as I can.

    —Lerlene Nevaril on November 21, 2018
  • I start on Thanksgiving day while the soup and lasagna is cooking since we eat at my daughter’s house! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    —Debby E on November 21, 2018
  • We will get the tree up the day after Thanksgiving and work on all the other trimmings from that time forward . LOVE CHRISTMAS !!

    —Joan H. on November 21, 2018
  • We put everything up the first week of Dec. and take down the week after New Years. Merry Christmas to all!

    —Kathy G on November 21, 2018
  • The day after Christmas. I don’t think we should ever forget Thanksgiving.

    —Barb Walsh on November 21, 2018
  • The day after Thanksgiving! I just can’t wait any longer!!!

    Sandi Henderson on November 21, 2018
  • Used to do it the day after Thanksgiving. Now that my extended family has grown and my house is too small to fit everyone, I don’t bother. My grandson’s house is much bigger, so we usually all go there. They also have room for some of the family to stay overnight who live further away. I try to set up something Christmasy every year to get myself into the mood and to think about the real meaning of Christmas, celebrating the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus.

    —Judith Carlon on November 21, 2018
  • Early December, I love Christmas, the decorations, all of it.

    —Lisa on November 21, 2018
  • I like to decorate the 1st week in December, so that it’s done and I can concentrate on the rest of the festivities.

    —Kay McCaffery on November 21, 2018
  • I like to have all of the decorating done by the 1st week in Dec. This book has a lot of great projects in it that I’m already thinking of for next year.

    —Kay McCaffery on November 21, 2018
  • Early December, I like to get over Thanksgiving first!

    —Carlie Holdredge on November 21, 2018
  • We start decorating the day after Thanksgiving.

    —Diane P. on November 21, 2018
  • I teach school and we get Thanksgiving week off (my husband teaches too) so we start putting up decorations outside and then put the tree up the day after Thanksgiving! Love these holidays.

    —Perri Ann Kaufman on November 21, 2018
  • Day after Thanksgiving. Long weekend and much family love. Then it’s back to sewing 😉

    —Michele Cais on November 21, 2018
  • Usually right after Thanksgiving but it can be as late as the first 2 weeks of December

    —Denise Campbell on November 21, 2018
  • Actually, we decorate in mid December. My brother’s birthday is the 14th, and when we were growing up, we could never begin Christmas celebrations until after his birthday. We still hold onto that guideline. I like decorating a little later, because then I don’t feel that I need to take the decorations down immediately after Christmas like a lot of people do.

    —Margaret on November 21, 2018
  • I decorate in early December, sometimes earlier. I like to enjoy the decorations as long as possible.

    —Janice Hixon on November 21, 2018
  • In December when I get the time. Hubby is gone a couple of weekends and that’s usually when I decorate as I can do it as I wish over the weekend. I quilt the day after Thanksgiving.

    —Judy Clark on November 21, 2018
  • Early to mid December but this year we are torn Up remodeling so I’m not sure when it will get done

    —Barbdan on November 21, 2018
  • Usually start decorating in early December and continue adding new things all month long as I finish projects! Looks like a great book.

    —Julia Stavran on November 21, 2018
  • The tree goes up after Thanksgiving, so maybe sometime next week.

    —Verna on November 21, 2018
  • I usually begin after Thanksgiving by taking down the Fall decorations and slowly dig out Christmas things. First out come lights so hubby can start the evergreen trees and our flower bed. Hopefully I try to have the tree done by the first to second week of December. Then I am in the spirit of Christmas and watch out for everything else.

    —Althea Klosterman on November 21, 2018
  • I like to get things started in early December, and then progress through until Christmas Eve. I love the process!

    Happy Thanksgiving to all!

    —Erika B. on November 22, 2018
  • We start the first week of Thanksgiving. And take it down right after New Years.

    —Pat on November 22, 2018
  • I put up my vintage tree at the beginning of November and the rest as soon as I can get them all up!

    —barb on November 22, 2018
  • The weekend after Thanksgiving! Nothing Christmasy until then!!

    —Barbara Browning on November 22, 2018
  • We usually put up our Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving. We want to celebrate one holiday fully before decorating for another one!

    —Teri D. Gailey on November 22, 2018
  • I start putting up Christmas the day after Thanksgiving. We have family that live out of state so we have to get creative with "Thanksgiving Day." Some years, because of work schedules, we have had to have Thanksgiving on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. And some years we have to have Thanksgiving on Wednesday night. The important thing is that we are all together, loving being in each others company, and sharing our blessings and gratitude. Family is one of our greatest blessings.

    —Sherie Christiansen on November 22, 2018
  • I usually wait till December. But this year I got a jump on it and have most of my outdoor decorations up!

    —Roseanne C. Atkinson on November 22, 2018
  • I start the day after Thanksgiving and do a little at a time. first I wrap all the gifts I have already purchased and then just keep going. This year I gave Christmas wall hangings on Thanksgiving so the family could enjoy using them for the entire season.

    —Susan Melgaard on November 23, 2018
  • The day after Thanksgiving. It’s the most wonderful time of the year. ……just like the song!

    —Pat Whipple on November 23, 2018
  • The tree and such generally go up after my husband’s birthday on the nineteenth. The decorations stay up until after January 6th but sometimes longer. I put much care and emphasis on the Nativity scene

    —Sue on November 23, 2018
  • Christmas is coming out of its box today! The day after Thanksgiving. No Black Friday Sale shopping for me. Thanks for all the wonderful ideas! Let the decorating begin!

    —karen on November 23, 2018
  • My bird tree is up on the porch, so now to start taking down fall decorations and replacing them with Christmas. Always start the day after Thanksgiving; yet not sure how long it will take…depending on what comes along to do in between.

    —Nancy on November 23, 2018
  • Early December. Gradually. Up and down the basement steps.

    —Sue in Oregon on November 23, 2018
  • Usually not until December but we will be going out of town for Christmas so as soon as my Thanksgiving company leaves!

    —Lynn Bohlmann on November 23, 2018
  • I always start decorate Early December

    —Rommy on November 23, 2018
  • usually the day after thanksgiving early December

    —ireneindelicato on November 23, 2018
  • The first week of December then I take everything down after New Year’s Day.

    —Connie F on November 23, 2018
  • I start mid-Dec. The tree goes up close to my birthday.

    —Donna F on November 23, 2018
  • I wait until Mid-Dec. close to my birthday

    —Donna F on November 23, 2018
  • The 1st of December is my day for holiday decorating. I like to put on a Christmas movie to add to the feeling.

    —Gail McHugh on November 23, 2018
  • Early December.

    —Lillian K on November 23, 2018
  • My goal is early December, but I usually fail miserably.

    —Stephanie's Woodward on November 23, 2018
  • I always put mine up by Nov 20, my son’s birthday. If I waited I would feel rushed and behind. I get all my decorations up and then focus on gifts and cookies, it works for me.

    —Renée Welton on November 24, 2018
  • I usually decorate closer to the holiday rather than earlier in the month.

    —bookboxer on November 24, 2018
  • I always start putting up decorations the day after Thanksgiving so I can get into the Christmas spirit right away. It’s my favorite holiday so I like to enjoy the decorations all month long. I also host my quilting mini-group’s Christmas party on the Monday after Thanksgiving every year so makes for a quick turnaround since I also host the family for Thanksgiving every year.

    —Wendy Bynner on November 24, 2018
  • Whenever hubby wants to get down from attic. We usually don’t have anyone in before Christmas, so I don’t really care.

    —nancy seitz on November 24, 2018
  • Right after Thanksgiving and enjoy until January 6th – Little Christmas!

    —MJ on November 24, 2018
  • I live in Canada so I usually start putting up decorations after Nov. 11, Remembrance Day.

    —Helen on November 25, 2018
  • Usually Thanksgiving weekend, but this year it’s so early I might wait a bit. It takes about a week to decorate everything, but then I have time to shop, create, bake and enjoy the rest of the season!

    —Linda Towers on November 25, 2018
  • Usually after Thankgsgiving but waiting for Costco to get their tree

    —Theresa J on November 25, 2018
  • I’m so busy making all the Christmas gifts that I start sometime in Aug or Sept that I have a hard time getting the decorations up. I even decorate the bathrooms so there are a lot of decorations. My son and his family help decorate the tree – it’s huge – and it has a great big train board underneath. The tree sets on a mountain on the board. So….I’m lucky to get the house finished by the week before Christmas. But we keep the decorations up until Three Kings Day so it’s up for awhile. This year our home is up for sale so I don’t even know if I will decorate this year. Merry Christmas to all and a happy, healthy and safe New Year!

    Arlene Kuchcik on November 29, 2018
  • To be clear,My husband isn’t into christmas or new year festivals. I just started decorating our home with little and tiny things.Really love your last picture of the quilt and the decoration on the table.Who knows laying some lights would help our home looks gorgeous! I picked up one set from http://www.pirt.org/best-solar-lights/ and it is a great help!
    Enjoy your Christmas! 🙂

    —Emma on December 3, 2018

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