Thoughtful Holiday Decorating Tips and Ideas
As the holiday season begins, many people delight in adorning their homes, offices, or classrooms with thoughtful decorations that create a connection to a particular holiday, region, or historically significant event. Christmas is one of the most popular holidays celebrated across the globe, and decorating for the season is an event in and of itself. From beautiful Christmas trees with treasured ornaments hanging from their branches to wreaths and images of Old Saint Nick, decorating is one of the most fun parts of the Holiday Season.
Office Christmas decorations can help coworkers bond over the season and exchange gifts in fun events like white elephant parties, where small gifts are kept secret until the day of, and the element of surprise generates a sense of community. Some offices opt for holiday celebrations and leave out the association with its Christian roots to promote inclusivity and allow everyone to enjoy the season regardless of their faith.
Whether you're celebrating at home, school, or the office, thoughtful decorations help bring the holiday spirit to life and bring communities together.
Let's explore some ideas to make the most of your space this Christmas season.
There is a wide variety of holiday decorating ideas that are sure to spark joy and bring everyone into the Christmas spirit. Christmas lights have become one of the most popular ways to celebrate the holiday, and many towns decorate their squares with elaborate lighting installations that delight the young and old alike. Most holiday decorating ideas focus on a mix of tasteful Christmas lights, yard ornaments, and of course, Santa Claus and his twelve flying reindeer.
Unlike other national holidays, Christmas decorations are an essential part of the celebration and a way for communities to display their Christmas spirit. Yard decorations can be a tribute to the mythology surrounding the tradition of Santa Claus visiting every home to leave gifts for children and adults alike or more religious-oriented decorations like a thoughtful nativity scene that depicts the birth of Jesus.
When you decide to transform your front yard into a winter wonderland, you are bringing the traditions and history of Christmas to life
Cooking with your friends and family is often one of the highlights of any Christmas celebration and can allow older generations to share knowledge, stories, and personal history that will be passed down through every generation. While exchanging gifts is one of the most fun aspects of Christmas Day, as children grow and appreciate their heritage, it often becomes the time spent with family that is the greatest joy of the Holiday season.
Traveling home to visit family and friends is another significant aspect of the Christmas season. Holiday travel brings children to their childhood homes and reunites friends who may only see each other during Christmas celebrations. This sense of community is another reason so many people enjoy decorating for Christmas and begin shopping for the perfect Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving.
Image Source: Historic Prints - 1760 Land of Canaan Holy Land Map Framed Wall Art
Because Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, many people like to use imagery from his ancestral homeland, like a vintage map of The Holy Land, to give a sense of the true story of the holiday and its origins.
The common story of Christmas involves Jesus' birth in the stable, and according to the messianic prophecies, Angels announcing his birth to the Shepherds who then spread the word of the Christ Child's birth. These holiest sites are of great importance to Christians across the globe and represent some of the most significant events of the early portions of the development of the religion.
Christmas in the modern era can have a close association with the Christian faith, though many Americans also celebrate the holiday season even if they are not practicing Christians.
History is more than our collective experiences; it is the basis for many of our cultural celebrations and allows us to better understand how our present-day lives have been shaped by the events of the past. Thoughtful holiday decorations are a wonderful way to celebrate the season and create a convivial space that allows everyone to enjoy the winter months. By placing a beautiful wreath on your front door or installing a nativity scene in your front yard, you can help bring the season to life and beautify your neighborhood and community. Christmas is one of the most enduring celebrations across the United States, Europe, and globally, especially because of its rich history and deep connections to our ancestors and immigration.
Traditionally the Christmas narrative celebrates the arrival of Mary and Joseph in Bethlehem on December 25. This is commonly known as the Nativity of Jesus, and nativity scenes are among the most popular Christmas decorations, often handed down through the generations and featuring ornate styles and designs. Following the Protestant Reformation, many new denominations continued the practice of celebrating Christmas.
In the 19th century, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol revived the Christmas spirit. It was an instant success and remains an enduring classic that focuses on goodwill, family gatherings, compassion, and sharing meals. The story is also behind the adoption of the phrase "Merry Christmas," which is among the most recognizable expressions during the holiday season, both on Christmas Day itself and the weeks leading up to the celebration.
Christmas trees were introduced in England in the early nineteenth century by German-born Queen Charlotte. In 1832 the future Queen Victoria wrote about the joy she found from the decorated tree surrounded by ornately wrapped gifts and how they marked the spirit of the season and brought families together.
Celebrations in the United States also gained popularity in the years following the conclusion of the American Revolution. Throughout the nineteenth century, Christmas gained popularity, although some more strict denominations with roots in the puritanical belief that Christmas should be a somber time of reflection and penitence. On June 28, 1870, Christmas became a formally recognized national holiday.
In 1875 Louis Prang introduced the concept of the Christmas card in America, and it became one of the most enduring and recognizable parts of Christmas celebrations.
One of the most iconic stories of the history of Christmas occurred during WWI when combatants on both sides laid down arms and called a temporary cease-fire in which soldiers socialized, exchanged gifts, and even played popular sports against each other. This sense of goodwill marks the tradition of the holiday spirit.
Whether it's a homemade nativity scene, Christmas tree ornaments, tree toppers, or framed images of Bethlehem, passing these items down through the generations connects families to their unique history and bonds. One of the central pieces of a Christmas celebration is a large meal shared by friends and family. Passing down cherished family recipes is an excellent way for families to relive their happiest memories through food, and many people fondly recall Grandma's recipe for everything from apple pie to stuffing.
These shared traditions of Christmas celebrations create memories that last a lifetime and can forge a bond through multiple generations of parents, grandparents, and children.
Some people have unique traditions for their Christmas celebrations, including special Christmas decorations, Christmas Eve religious ceremonies or parties, and even ugly sweater contests. These shared celebrations build communities and remain essential parts of our history.
Many people like to celebrate their heritage with a vintage map of their hometown or where their family first settled and put down roots. This imagery immediately transports the viewer into the past and allows them to better understand their own history and how their hometown has developed and evolved since it's earliest years. Because Christmas has such iconic decorations and imagery, it often creates evocative memories that establish a true connection to everyone's personal history and hometown.
Whether you're celebrating a small town or a more urban environment, the Christmas season remains one of the most recognizable times of the year as families and friends gather for numerous celebrations starting with Thanksgiving Day on the last Thursday of November until the ringing in of the New Year on January 1.
Whether you are decorating your home, office, or classroom, having personalized decorations that embody the spirit of Christmas is one of the best ways to bring history to life and create memories that will last a lifetime and pass down through generations.
Image Source: Historic Prints - 1760 Land of Canaan Holy Land Map Wall Art Print
Explore your Christmas decoration options from historic maps of the Holy Land to nineteenth-century depictions of your small hometown that create a unique bond between the past and present. Join our newsletter to find out about custom print options that can make an ideal gift this Christmas to commemorate your favorite relative's history. You can also delight a grandparent or older relative with a vintage map that hearkens back to their region's earliest days.