Merry and bright

Holiday decorating ideas like candles, trees and traditions wrap a home in Christmas cheer

As part of his annual holiday decorating ideas, each year this homeowner creates a letter to Santa on parchment paper and leaves it on display in his father’s old typewriter.

A roaring fire complements the holiday decorating ideas used in this living room. Stockings hang just out of reach of the fire and garland, entwined with dazzling lights and colorful ornaments, is draped elegantly over the mantel.

These homeowners include a "family tree" in their holiday decorations. This is where they feature childhood ornaments and toys that remind them of Christmases past spent with family.

A round dining room table allows the conversation to flow seamlessly when these owners a hosting an intimate dinner party.

To defend his extensive holiday decorating ideas this homeowner says that, “Christmas decorations are like this great journey of your past that you get to unwrap once a year.”

Father Christmas is on hand to greet visitors as they step into the entry hall of this home. Other holiday decorations are noticeable at one, including the garland wrapped around the banister and draped over the doorway and the colorful poinsettias.

An assortment of candles in varying sizes, shapes and styles is scattered throughout this home during the holiday season. The homeowners say that it's worth the time it takes to light them all—about 15 minutes— because it really adds a noticeable warmth to the atmosphere.

Six varieties of fresh pine create overflowing boughs on the fireplace mantel in this living room. A Christmas tree nestled into the corner and a roaring fire help to complete the cozy picture.

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