The best holiday lights and decorations for your house

Kailey Fralick

Are you thinking of placing a Christmas wreath on your front door or over your fireplace?

The holidays are here, and what better way to get in the Christmas spirit than by putting up the tree, stringing up the lights, and hanging up the stockings? If you don't have any of these items ready and raring to go yet, that's okay. There's still plenty of time to get your home ready for the holidays.

Below are some of our favorite Christmas decorating ideas to help get you started.

Christmas tree

It wouldn't feel like Christmas without a Christmas tree. These days, most people prefer an artificial Christmas tree because it requires little maintenance and can be used year after year. They're available in different sizes, usually ranging between six and nine feet tall. Some come pre-lit, while others are not, so you can decorate them with your own lights.

If you're a person who loves tradition and prefers a real tree, be sure to invest in a sturdy Christmas tree stand. It should have an adjustable base to accommodate trees of different sizes and a large water reservoir that you don't need to refill too often. Some high-end Christmas tree stands even let you know when the water is running low.

No matter what kind of tree you choose, the finishing touch is a nice tree skirt that covers the base. These are available in a variety of colors and patterns, so you can choose one that fits in with the rest of your décor.

Christmas lights

No Christmas tree would be complete without lights. Colored lights add a bit of flair, while white lights give the tree a classic look. If you really want to be fancy, opt for strings of holiday lights that slowly change color.

And don't forget about the outside of your house. Wow your neighbors with dazzling fairy lights hung from the trees or eaves, or install a projector lamp that shines moving images like falling snowflakes onto the front of your home.

Christmas ornaments

You've got the tree and the lights, but you can't properly call it a Christmas tree until you've decorated it with ornaments. Everyone has an opinion about which types are best. Some prefer the traditional look of round balls in various colors and textures. Others prefer fun figurines that capture the spirit of the holiday. There are no bad choices here.

Tinsel is another simple option to add shine to your tree. There are different colors and styles, so you can pick one you like or mix a few different ones together on the tree. Just be careful when you're hanging it up. Tinsel is delicate and tears easily, which can leave a mess behind.

Finish off your tree with a tree topper. Stars and angels are two of the most common treetop ornaments, but these days, you can also opt for a snowflake or even your favorite cartoon character.


Garlands are an easy way to spruce up your stair and deck railings. They're usually available in lighted and unlighted varieties, so you can choose the kind you prefer. Garlands can be used indoors or outdoors and are easy to put up. Just wind one around the railing or post and secure it at both ends.


Christmas stockings are a great way to show off the personality of every member of your household. Plus, they're perfect for storing smaller gifts that you don't want to put under the tree. The best Christmas stockings are spacious, durable, and available in a variety of holiday-themed patterns. They also have a hook that you can use to hang them up.

If you don't want to put a nail in your fireplace mantel, pick up some mantel clips instead. These fit over your existing mantel with a hook for hanging your stockings, and they don't leave any marks or holes.

Holiday-themed décor

You may also want to consider swapping out some of your regular home décor for special Christmas-themed items. Welcome family into your home with a Merry Christmas doormat. Fill the air with the scents of the season with a balsam and cedar candle, or use your existing candles in special Christmas-themed candle holders. Alternatively, you could invest in some flameless LED candles that shine beautifully without the fire hazard.


You don't need to purchase all of these suggestions, but adding just a few will impress your family and friends and put you in the Christmas spirit in no time.


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