Holiday décor: How to make your home festive, even if you don’t want a tree!

I think any parent would agree with me when I say that a lot of the Christmas decorations we bring out this time of year (the tree, stockings, lights) are all because of our children 

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We love to see their faces light up when the tree goes up, and we cherish all of those lovely traditions we create with our families when we decorate our homes with decorations that come out year after year. It’s a magical time for children, as it should be, but if theyve grown older, or moved on to school or beyond, bringing out all those boxes of holiday décor when it may just be two of you at home can be, well, daunting. And is it even necessary?

I’ve always been a bit of a minimalist at heart, especially when it comes to the holiday season. I’m not into big, bold decorations that cover my home floor to ceiling. I prefer a few, curated trimmings that I sprinkle throughout to give that holiday feel without going too overboard (and, no, we haven’t done a tree in years!).  

Here’s some festive ideas to bring the magic of the holidays to your home without feeling like you have to recreate Santa’s workshop!  

Christmas Ornaments

What’s your palette? 

It’s OK if you’re not a big fan of red and green (I’m not either!) so instead lean into the tones that will compliment your existing décor. Silver, gold and bronze are lovely, and I do love sprigs of evergreen and cranberries added into the mix too.  

 For the mantel 

For a sophisticated display, keep your pairings minimal. A grapevine branch with evergreen branches and pomegranates would look stunning over your mantle, especially if you pair it with a trio of white candlesticks. I also love the use of in-season produce like lemons, tangerines and oranges.  


Set a cozy scene by wrapping some twinkling holiday lights around a couple of birch logs in front of your fireplace. Add some simple votives along the sides for a little extra sparkle.  

Decorative Box Filled With Oranges

For an end table or deep windowsill 

I love the warm glow of a lit candle, so I would set up a number of glass candlesticks (varying sizes and heights work) with some gold or silver glass votives. Or take some ordinary pillar candles and wrap each with a piece of festive ribbon to up the holiday vibe. You could also add a few coloured ornaments in a glass bowl of your choosing.  

Front door 

If you’re not into a big, Christmas wreath, a big, beautiful red velvet bowl would be just as impactful – and festive!  

 Light in unexpected places 

I love this idea! Instead of stringing your lights around your home, and all the usual spots, instead drape your lights around different features around your home, like a trellis, birdbaths and other landscaping features.  

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