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.
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. 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.
That's why the products featured here 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!
Whether you're looking for easy outdoor Christmas decoration ideas, or wondering how you can make something super cute with just a mason jar and a few products, you've come to the right place!
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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, as they are easy outdoor Christmas decoration ideas that also can be used at other times should the occasion permit.
We're all about less clutter and more purpose, right?
And given that, it largely comes down to lights.
Firstly, curtain string lights. They look super effective strung over a pergola (although they are also fine for indoor use as well, should you prefer).
Secondly, good quality fairy lights. I recommend these for intertwining in your trees for a beautiful, elegant look.
Finally, LED lanterns like these Sonneglas lights. Check out the link to read the special story behind these lights and to see how beautiful they are in action!
All three of these products could be used year round for special occasions or even everyday use.
Christmas wreaths you can use all year
Christmas wreaths are simple and attractive and a must-have addition to any Christmas decor.
Small Christmas wreaths, such as the 6 inch ones below, often work best in groups of threes, or hung over small areas such as banisters.
Preserved boxwood is my favorite choice for a sophisticated wreath. However this real cotton ball wreath also has a touch of whimsy I love!
Wreaths look fantastic either hanging on the wall or door, OR flat on a table with candles of varying heights arranged inside.
Create simple Christmas decorations using mason jars
Using mason jars as Christmas decorations are another go-to.
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. You can also create Christmas decorations using pinecones instead of balls.
Another option is to fill them with sand and nestle in either a tealight candle or Christmas ornament.
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 of so every year, then you'll love how it's possible to create a timeless and elegant Christmas decor through the use of lights, wreaths and mason jars - items you can use for other special occasions or even every day!