By selecting timeless Christmas decorations you can use year-round, you reduce clutter and waste and focus on beautiful, multi-purpose products that add beauty and flair to any home.
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I love Christmas and I love Christmas decor – but I’d be lying if I said I loved all the set up, take down and storage.
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I’m also not too keen on having a whole lot of items that only serve one purpose – to decorate at Christmas time. It seems to be at cross purposes with keeping a clutter-free, tidy home.
If you’re like me, and are looking for simple Christmas decor at home, then you’ll love the products featured here which are specifically selected to do double, even triple duty – to be an item that you can use not only at Christmas time, but for other special occasions or even every day use!
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These Christmas decor ideas would also work perfectly for your Christmas in July celebration.
Easy outdoor Christmas decoration ideas
One of my favorite Christmas memories from when my children were little was the annual pilgrimage to check out the Christmas light displays on the homes around town.
We’d mark out the route, pack some snacks, and drive around for hours.
I could never believe the effort some people would go to to make Christmas that little more magical for everyone.
I can’t wait till I’m a grandmother and get to replicate that family tradition with the grandchildren!
The ideas below, however, are NOT for you if you want to go all out Christmas in your front yard.
That’s because they’re easy outdoor Christmas decoration ideas that also can be used at other times should the occasion permit.
We’re less about clutter and more about purpose, right?
And given that, it largely comes down to lights.
Outdoor Christmas lights
Fairy lights, or string lights, make elegant outdoor Christmas decorations
All three of these products can not only be used at Christmas time but also year round for special occasions – even everyday use.
These curtain string lights look super effective strung over a pergola (although they are also fine for indoor use as well, should you prefer).
Select warm white for a welcoming vibe.
I am in love with these lamps.
They charge by the sun and give 12 hours of bright light.
The light is bright enough to read or eat by: hanging several in a string above the table looks simply beautiful.
You can also fill them with decor items like pine cones.
But that's not all they are good for - they work for power cuts, as hurricane lamps, to read by and more.
These lamps are also the world's only Fair Trade certified solar lantern.
Good quality fairy lights are another necessity. I recommend these for intertwining in your trees for a beautiful, elegant look.
The lights here are in cool white.Make sure you match your lights (warm or cool) for a cohesive look.
They come with two sets of 60 lights spanning twenty feet each, and are battery operated with a remote control timer.
You’ll also need some shepherd hooks.
With these, you can hang mason jars (see below), string lights, the LED lanterns or other items to easily create a beautiful Christmas outdoor aesthetic.
Christmas wreaths for year round use
The wreath has a fascinating history.
Its origins are said to be either from Greek and Roman times, where the wreath worn on the head represented various aspects of a person’s achievements such as occupation, status and so on OR some 1000 years before the birth of Christ where the wreaths Christians crafted symbolized the strength they showed in persevering through the harsh forces of winter (source).
The circle almost represents enduring life.
Christmas wreaths are therefore not only simple and attractive but full of meaning and are therefore a must-have addition to any Christmas decor.
Wreaths look fantastic either hanging on the wall or door, or flat on a table with candles of varying heights arranged inside.
Here’s my favorite wreaths that work as timeless Christmas decorations you can use year round.
Small Christmas wreaths, such as these 6 inch boxwood wreaths from Amazon, often work best in groups of threes, or hung over small areas such as banisters.
To make hanging your Christmas wreath easier, try using wreath holders.
Christmas decorations using mason jars
Using mason jars are another go-to for timeless Christmas decorations.
Purchase enough jars that you can use for various situations. These include hanging them off the shepherd hooks I mentioned above, or having a line of them down the table or on the top of a shelf or buffet.
Mason jars looks the most effective when filled with fairy lights. However your imagination should not stop there!
You can fill them with other various Christmas related decor. I love using them with small Christmas ball decorations or pinecones.
Another option is to fill them with sand and nestle in either a tealight candle or Christmas ornament.
Here’s what you need.
This set of 100 Christmas balls come in both shiny, matt, hollow and glitter finish - perfect to mix or match.
They are cheap and some come with the strings missing - which makes them perfect for these mason jar Christmas decorations.
This 100 pack of tea light candles is great value for money.
Each candle lasts 6-7 hours.
Simple scented candles
Vanilla is a warm scent that’s perfect for the cooler months.
Vanilla as a color also works super well as Christmas decor yet can be on display at any time of the year.
Make less waste this Christmas
Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year, and the atmosphere at Christmas is greatly enhanced with Christmas decor.
But if you’re like me, and would like to have Christmas decorations that aren’t just pulled out of storage for a month or so every year, then you’ll love how it’s possible to create timeless and elegant Christmas decor through the use of lights, wreaths, candles and mason jars – items perfect for other special occasions or even every day prettiness.
Keep your home clutter free with these Christmas decorations you can use year round.