It's time to hang your stockings and decorate your tree because Christmas is here again! I'm sharing lots of festive ways to decorate your home for the holidays, including exterior and interior decor ideas you're bound to love!  

Wreaths, Wreaths, Wreaths

Exterior Christmas Home Decor By The Fox Group Featuring Wreaths On Windows And A Snowy YardImage by @the_fox_group

If the exterior of your home has lots of windows, big or small, hanging a wreath on each pane is such a classic holiday look that will never go out of style. Add pretty white lights or red ribbon to spruce them up a bit and you're good to go! It's a simple yet beautiful way to decorate the outside of your home for Christmas!

A gorgeous front door christmas wreath decorated with blue ribbon and rustic bells by Southern Living MagazineImage by Elizabeth Demos // Southern Living Mag

Don't forget to hang a pretty wreath on your front door (and even the back!) for that extra holiday touch. There are so many options when it comes to holiday wreaths, including pine, cedar, ornament wreaths, and green holly wreaths to name a few. Dress up the greenery by adding red berries, bright bows, or rustic bells depending on the style of your specific home.

Backyard and back patio Christmas decorations inspired by Southern Living Magazine | a Christmas tablescape and christmas wreath on the fireplaceImage by Marta Perez Styling Vero Designs // Southern Living Mag 

 Don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and go against the Christmas decor "norm"! Get creative and hang wreaths in places you might not expect to see them. Whether it's an outdoor fire place, a blank space on a wall, above your bed or on the back of a dining room chair, there are so many festive ways to decorate with wreaths! Did you notice they even have a ribbon-decorated Christmas tree in their backyard, too? So many fun ways to decorate!  

Garland Galore!

Outlining arches and entryways with lush greenery and garland for Christmas | Cottages and Bungalows

Image by Brett Gum // Cottages And Bungalows

 I absolutely love the idea of lining entryways with greenery and lush garlands, especially when the entryway leads to the Christmas tree room! Garland is so versatile because you can add so many things to it if you're in the mood for a fun holiday craft. You can add pine cones, ornaments, snowflakes, and so many other things to bring the magic of Christmas to life.

Simple holiday decor featuring front door wreath and garland decorations for Christmas | Atlanta Homes Image by Atlanta Homes

Another classic holiday look - garland outlining the front door! What a gorgeous sight to see when driving by. If your doorway is not already lit with sparkly lights, a real or faux piece of garland is the perfect addition to any door. Sometimes, the simplest arrangement can make the most beautiful decor, like this wreath and garland pairing. 

Garland lining the staircase and chandelier for Christmas | Christmas decor inspiration and Southern Living Mag holiday edition  Image by Allison Gootee Styling Elizabeth Demos // Southern Living Mag

Garland on the staircase railing and the chandelier? Yes, please! The more garland, the merrier in my opinion. And, garland doesn't always have to be lush greenery... garland can be made of a variety of items, including beads, ornaments, florals, and so much more! Get creative when it comes to this piece of decor... you'll be surprised that a little goes such a long way.

A beautiful wrap around porch decorated for Christmastime by Simply Southern Cottage

 Image by Simply Southern Cottage 

Last but not least, if you’re lucky enough to have a wrap around porch with a gorgeous railing like this one, it’s the most perfect place for hanging garland! It truly is a must when it comes to outdoor holiday decor! And, if you want to go a step further, wrap your posts with garland too! Like I said before, the more the merrier (and prettier)! 

Layering On The Mantel

A red and white Christmas decor themed mantel and fireplace featuring stockings and wrapped gifts | American Farmhouse Style

Image by Brett Gum // American Farmhouse Style Photo 

The fireplace is a symbolic and meaningful space in the home, especially during the holiday season. It's where families gather to watch Christmas movies and sip hot cocoa during the chilly winter nights. Also, if you have kids or grandkids, it's the one place in the home that represents a child's excitement knowing that Santa is coming soon! Therefore, it's important to go all out when decorating this space - don't be shy! There are lots of different and creative ways to layer - start with tall candlesticks or trees followed by bottle brush trees of all shapes and sizes. Then, drape your garland and hang your stockings!

A simple and rustic mantel and fireplace for Christmas with pre-wrapped gifts | ways to decorate for the holidays by Cottages and BungalowsImage by Cottages And Bungalows

Once your wreath, garland, and tree are all completely decorated and ready to go, add depth by stacking Christmas presents around your fire place and under the tree! You're probably wondering how you're going to get all that gift wrapping done so early, but don't fret! Grab a few empty boxes and wrap them up with pretty wrapping paper and a bow. Add layers by stacking them under the tree and by the fire. You’ll even have your guests tricked into thinking you’re way ahead of the game this year, ha!

A living room decorated for the holidays by Simply Southern Cottage featuring a large book case and bookshelves Image by Simply Southern Cottage

WOW… this has to be one of my absolute favorites! There are so many possibilities when you have a living room with book shelves like this one. Don’t be afraid to add bright colors and fun patterns to your Christmas decor like the stockings featured here. Speaking of, I love how the stockings are hung on the mantel here - a little bit off centered adding a unique layering  touch in itself. If you’re going with lots of lush greenery for your mantel, add lots of different objects, including mini trees, garland, and wreaths!  

A woodsy and rustic Christmas decor themed mantel and fireplace featuring firewood and cozy neutrals by With Love Dani

Image by @withlovedani

A simple, neutral, and rustic style is never a bad always a good idea! If you’re not into the bright colored holiday decor, go with a neutral woodsy style featuring browns, greens, beiges, and blush tones. I love the look of this mantel and the way the firewood is stacked on top at different heights. Not only does this give the mantel a bit more depth, it also draws the eye straight to the fireplace which is the overall goal after all! 

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