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Christmas Decorations

If someone were to mention to you that the holidays are right around the corner, many images would likely come to mind.  You might, of course, think of Santa Claus and the North Pole or his flying reindeer.  Perhaps you will envision the faces of family and friends who gather for a winter feast and to exchange gifts.  Fond memories of your childhood spent on the other side of the country might also fill your head.  One of the first and most significant images that you might remember is that of many types of Christmas decorations from all the way back to your childhood.

When it comes to Christmas decorations, there are a few standards that you must have for a traditional, festive holiday.  There are small, simple ones like the many plants associated to the Yuletide season.  Poinsettias and holly are attributed to the December holiday, perhaps because of their similar red and green colors.  Wreaths, which you might recognize as front door hangings around your neighborhood, are also very popular adornments that utilize the plants or trees of the season.  The hanging of Mistletoe, of course, is also a well-known Christmas tradition.

Many people would probably argue that their favorite Christmas decorations are all the lights and figurines that some put on their house and in the yard.  This includes the elaborate light strand displays that require thousands of multi-color bulbs and electronic timing programs, but also the most minimal swirl of icicle lights around the big evergreen next to the driveway.  This also includes nativity scenes of different sizes too. Whether it is an all-inclusive set featuring life-size figurines or the humble family and manger trio, these are very popular at homes both small and large.

Finally, the most recognizable of all Christmas decorations, the Christmas tree, is the end-all trademark of the Yuletide season.  This is what many people remember most from their childhood, with fond memories of decorating the tree with shiny bulbs and candy canes, icicles, tinsel, and of course, lights.  Whether your family lived in an area where you could chop down your own tree, or visited a retailer, you probably still have memories of the process of examining and choosing the perfect tree for your home.  Children love presents most, so they will obviously remember the tree as the place where the presents sit until Christmas morning. 

Christmas decorations always go on sale right after Christmas, which is a bit out season for the next year’s holiday.  Preparations seem to come earlier and earlier, though, as you can start to see Christmas stuff on store shelves starting as early as October.  Some web sites, though allow you to plan your holiday festivities any time of the year, and if you are the type who likes to save money by planning ahead, this is the best option for you.  Many online companies like to offer attractive incentives to drum up new business and you can take advantage of their off-season sales and large catalog of unique holiday merchandise.

 

This article was published on Tuesday 04 May, 2010.



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