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With the end of the year, the Christmas atmosphere invades the streets and Christmas decorations are present in shopping malls, shop windows, inside and outside homes. Although the tree is the star of Christmas decoration, there is a wide variety of decorations: baubles, festoon, garland, flashing lights, nativity scene, stockings, tree skirt and much more. If you are thinking of preparing a complete decoration for your home this year, this article will help you a lot. We will talk about the different decorations used in Christmas decoration, where to buy them and how much they cost.




Summary

  • The most popular Christmas decorations are: a Christmas tree, decorated with baubles, lights and festoons, a wreath for the door, a curtain of lights in the window and a nativity scene, which transmits the religious meaning of the festivity.
  • The colours green and red are traditional for Christmas decorations. However, you can bet on other combinations to give a more modern and sophisticated touch to the decoration.
  • Lighting is an important part of Christmas decoration, so, besides the cosy light of candles, you can find the flashing lights (LED or incandescent light) and the luminous hose.

The Best Christmas Decoration: Our Picks

Buying Guide

Christmas Eve is considered the most special night of the year, because besides the celebration of the birth of Jesus (for Christians), it is a time for family unity and fellowship. To celebrate the date, you can decorate every corner of the house with Christmas decorations, which guarantee charm and warmth to the home. To help you choose the best options, we have prepared this Buying Guide.

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Get the kids to help you decorate your Christmas tree, they'll love it. (Source: JoshWillink/Pexels)

What is the correct way to put the flashing lights?

The correct way to put the flashing lights on the Christmas tree is to turn them on and put them on first, before the festoon and baubles, always from the top to the bottom, this way you can do it:

  • Light up the whole tree
  • Check if any bulbs are burnt out
  • Ensure a more natural effect, without the wires appear on top of the decorations

A tip is to bet on white lights, after all, the flasher is the basis for the other decorations, which are usually already quite colorful. The lights in this colour ensure a harmonious effect and without exaggeration. The ideal is to leave the lights always on or in those sequential programs, in which they are always flashing. This way the environment remains illuminated.

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The flashing lights in white are a good choice to decorate the Christmas tree. (Source: Dzenina Lukac / Pexels)

And to highlight the effect of the flasher, leave the room light off, to give the tree the highlight it deserves. If the environment is too dark, bet on placing some flashes at other points of the house. You can also find flashing lights models especially made for the external area of the house; they are more resistant. When buying this ornament, also check if the product has received the Inmetro seal. You can wrap the flasher in the handrail of your outdoor staircase and use it to decorate the trees. To avoid accidents, buy a battery-operated flasher, not one that is plugged into the mains.

Indicator or light hose: which one should I choose?

The light hose is equipped with small LED lights and covered by a transparent plastic tube. These lights can be coloured (red, yellow, orange, blue and green) or white. The way it works is basically the same as the flasher, but because it is coated, the light hose is even more resistant and will not damage or burn if it comes into contact with humidity. In other words, you can wrap it around trees, façades or balconies and not have to worry if it rains or gets windy.

Because of its resistance, the luminous hose is used to decorate the city at Christmas. The main advantages of light hose compared to flashing lights are: better cost-effectiveness, superior strength and ease of handling. If you buy the light hose in a roll, you should know that every 2 metres, it can be cut to make smaller decorations. Always cut at the place indicated by the scissors symbol, and then connect the power harness and connect to the mains.

Blinker Light hose
Indication of use Indoor and outdoor environments (with reservations) Indoor and outdoor environments
Light Incandescent or LED LED
Material Plastic wire and lamps Plastic hose with small LED lights
Operation Electric or battery operated Electric
Advantages It has several effects, some play music It is thin, flexible and resistant
How it is sold In boxes By meter or roll

How much does it cost?

To give you a general idea of the prices, we researched the values of the main items used in the Christmas decoration on Amazon's website, and we will talk about the lowest, average and highest price of each one. The classic Christmas tree costs at least £ 280, there are many options around £ 500 (with ornaments) and you can find higher prices, up to £ 3.500. The flashing lights cost a minimum of £15 and a maximum of £40. The LED hose is a little more expensive and a roll of 100 metres costs around £ 600. The festoon is very cheap, you can find many options for less than £ 10, but there are versions with higher prices, between £ 40 and £ 150 and reaching £ 450.

The prices of Christmas balls vary a lot, there are individual models between £ 10 and £ 115 and kits between £ 15 and £ 70. Sophisticated models can cost up to £ 400. The garland is also a piece with very variable prices, there are cheap models, between £ 15 and £ 60 and options with higher prices between £ 550 and £ 850. The most expensive model we found costs £ 1,500. Finally, the cheapest nativity scene costs around £ 75, there are intermediate models, for less than £ 200 and more expensive options for up to £ 900.

What are the different ornaments used in Christmas decoration?

We have to admit, it's easier to get into the Christmas mood in an environment specially decorated for the date. The colours, lights and decorations give a special touch to the celebration. The Christmas decoration gains contours with the pine tree which is decorated with little balls, star on top, flashing lights and festoon, the garland on the door, the stockings on the fireplace console and the nativity scene symbolizing the birth of Jesus. Below we will detail each item that makes up the Christmas decoration to get your home ready for this date.

Christmas Tree

Setting up the Christmas tree is a family tradition. Besides the teamwork, everyone can put a touch of their own personality in the way to decorate and have that great feeling of being a child again. The Christmas tree is the pine tree, rare in Brazil due to the tropical climate. You can choose an artificial pine tree, green or white (symbolising snow), in different sizes. People are delighted with the trees that reach the ceiling, but before buying yours, analyse the space available at home and consider that you will need a larger quantity of decorations.

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The pine tree is the most important item in Christmas decoration. (Source: Jessica Lewis / Pexels)

To decorate it bet on various decorations such as balls, bows, branches, bells, among others. Don't forget the star on the tip. There is no rule on how to mount the Christmas tree, but you can apply some tricks like distributing the decorations so uniform and balanced, so that all are in evidence. The tip is to start with the flashing lights, so that they are well distributed and the cable is hidden between the branches (that's why the wire is green). Place the tree near a socket to light the flasher. Then place the larger ornaments, distributing them evenly, then the medium-sized ones, always on the opposite side, and finish by filling in the empty spaces with the small ornaments.

Tree balls

Use Christmas balls to decorate the tree. Besides the traditional models in green, red and gold, you can find options in unusual colours such as pink, lilac, blue, silver, etc.. If you want to innovate, bet on transparent balls, with effects inside like miniature reindeer, pine trees and snowflakes made of Styrofoam. You can also look for companies that customize Christmas balls with photos of your family. You can also find balls made of porcelain and glass, which are very shiny, but if you have children or animals at home, it is best to avoid them, as they can cause accidents. Besides balls, you can use other ornaments to decorate the tree, such as pine cones, gift boxes, Father Christmas and reindeer made of felt, bells, bows, among others. You can also find modern ornaments that play music.

Did you know that the Christmas tree should be put up on the Sunday closest to November 30, the date that marks the beginning of Advent, the period in which Christians prepare to celebrate the birth of Jesus? The moment to crown the tree with a star, symbolizing the Star of Bethlehem, usually takes place on December 25 itself. On 6 January, the Three Kings Day is celebrated, symbolising the arrival of the Three Wise Men in Bethlehem, and on this same day the Christmas decorations are taken down

Star on top of the tree

In the Bible, it is said that the birth of Jesus was announced to the Three Wise Men through a star that guided them to the place. That is why stars are a tradition in Christmas decorations. Nowadays, this artifact is considered a symbol of peace and prosperity at the birth of the new year, so they are scattered on the tree and placed at the top of it (although some people prefer to put an angel or large bow).

Garland

The garland is a traditional Christmas decoration, placed at the door of the house to welcome guests for Christmas dinner. Placing a garland at the door shows that your home is in a festive mood. This ornament has a special meaning: luck. The garland is also the only ornament that people passing by the entrance of your house will see, so invest in a beautiful model. The garland is round, and the size varies, there are small, medium and large models. Today you will find very different versions: polka dots, fabric, flowers, patchwork, buttons, shells and more.

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The garland is one of the most traditional Christmas decorations. (Source: JamesDeMers / Pixabay)

Nativity scene

It is a custom in many cultures, linked to Christianity, to assemble a nativity scene, either miniature or life-size, because this ornament represents the birth of the baby Jesus. The crib has miniatures of the parents Mary and Joseph, the newborn Jesus, some animals, which represent the simplicity of the place, angels, shepherds, the Three Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem.

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The nativity scene represents the birth of Jesus. (Source: Soemchen / Pixabay)

Table decorations

Don't forget to decorate the table for the Christmas dinner. You can find special dishes and cutlery, as well as napkins and themed table liners. Besides being made in the traditional colours, they can still come with special details like Christmas tree prints, stars, reindeer, snowflakes, among others. On the table, you can place candles, either thick ones on special supports or thinner ones in candle holders. In addition to creating a cosy atmosphere, candles provide special lighting. To finish the table decoration, choose a good flower arrangement. We suggest the white Poinsettia, also known as Christmas Flower. Besides being beautiful, this flower is not expensive and you won't need excessive care.

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The Christmas decoration gains prominence at the table. (Source: picjumbo.com / Pexels)

Festoon

Christmas festoon has the texture, volume and colour of pine tree vegetation. Initially it was used to strengthen the artificial pine trees, making these pieces even more robust. As time went by, the festoon started to be sold in several colours, sizes and in shiny or matte textures.

The colored festoon gives a special touch to the Christmas tree and can be the highlight of the decoration or be used as a complement to other items such as lights, bows, bells and balls. And the festoon can be used on doors, walls, table and stair railings inside or outside the house. The best thing is that besides being versatile, this ornament is inexpensive. You can also use festoon to create special garlands for bedroom doors, choosing the colour and texture that transmits the personality of the person who sleeps there.

Shopping Criteria: Factors to compare the different types of Christmas decorations

Christmas is the ideal celebration date to gather the family around a bountiful table, exchange gifts and share the good things that have happened throughout the year and dreams for the next. For Christians, the date also represents the celebration of Jesus' birth. To get your house in the Christmas mood, you can bet on a classic or modern Christmas decoration. To choose the right decorations, consider the features below:

  • Material
  • Size
  • Colour
  • Indicator

We will explain each of the items throughout this last section.

Material

The Christmas tree can be made of natural pine (although this type of tree is not common here in Brazil because of the climate), or artificial, made of PVC plastic. The negative point of the natural tree is that it is usually discarded after the celebrations. The positive point is that, when well cared for, it can last for two to three years. The artificial pine tree, on the other hand, can last for decades because after use, the ornament is stored in a box and reused every year end. However, the composition material (PVC) is made of non-renewable raw material (oil) and cannot be recycled. Christmas balls can be made of plastic, acrylic, fabric (wool or cotton), porcelain and glass. The finish can be matte or shiny and the balls can be coloured, transparent, with ornaments inside and even personalised.

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You can find several options of Christmas balls. (Source: Freestocks.org / Unsplash)

The garland can be made of flowers, branches, twigs, foliage, (natural or artificial) various fabrics (felt, wool, cotton, lace), wood, Christmas balls and more. They can be decorated with ribbons, stuffed animals, glitter, pine cones, artificial fruits, among others. The flasher has a flexible plastic handle and the bulbs can be incandescent or LED. We will elaborate on the differences between the two versions soon.

Size

Christmas ornaments can be found in small, medium and large sizes. The garland, for example, can be purchased in small size, for the door, or giant, for the gate. The length of the flashes varies, the box ones are usually around 10 meters long, and the luminous hose is sold by meter or roll, with up to 100 m in length. The size of the Christmas tree also changes from one model to another, there are tabletop versions, measuring about 30 cm, and floor standing trees ranging in size from 1.20 to 2.50 m.

Colour

Green and red are the traditional colours of Christmas decoration. If you want to keep the tradition, but give an innovation, you can bet on different shades and finishes. However, you have alternative colour palettes to color your Christmas:

  • Red and white: a new take on the classic. This colour duo is very versatile.
  • Blue, white and gold: for a more modern decoration. You can vary the intensity of these colours, and use a more vibrant blue with a softer gold, for example.
  • White and pastel shades: This is an excellent option for those who are looking for a softer decoration. The mixture of tones, besides leaving the atmosphere calmer, guarantees a dose of romanticism.
  • Purple, gold and green: It will result in a more modern decoration. You'll notice that the exchange of red for purple gives a whole new meaning to the classic decor.
  • Gold, silver and white: These are three traditionally Christmasy and elegant tones. The most interesting thing is that white balances the shine of the metallic shades.

Flasher

The flasher bulbs can be LED or incandescent light. The incandescent light is characterised by transforming energy into light and heat, but in this account 95% is transformed into heat and only 5% into energy, generating a huge waste. The LED lamp is the most technological lamp on the market. In addition to being electronic, composed of one or more light emitting diodes, on receiving energy they convert it into light, without generating excessive heat. In addition to being more economical, LED lamps last longer.

(Source of the highlighted image: Peter Fazekas / Pexels)

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