You know what they say: Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year! Certainly, at least for those who celebrate Christmas, it is hard to deny the appeal of twinkling lights, sparkling decorations and festive colors sprinkled throughout the house for the holidays. For some, in fact, the magic of the season is so strong that a post-Christmas depression sets in after the holiday decorations come down.
Indeed, packing up Christmas decor right after the New Year is a chore. Some lovers of all-things Christmas try to prolong the process by keeping their trees up long past their prime or leaving their outdoor lights turned on well into February. The beauty of Christmas decorations left up year-round, however, is debatable. Some might even say it looks tacky.
It's great that our friends from Better Decorating Bible has a few clever ways to use holiday decor year-round. Finding other ways to use certain Christmas decorations for the other eleven months of the year is not only economical, it saves storage space and the trouble of having to pack it all up.
1. Christmas Clearance Items That Work Through Winter
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Pack away and avoid the more literal interpretations of the season such as nativity scenes, anything sporting jolly ‘ol Saint Nick, stockings, poinsettias and mistletoe.
You can probably get away with snowmen, reindeer (minus Rudolph), snowflakes, and snowy accents a little longer–at least through the winter months. Check for these items on clearance after Christmas is over, or DIY your own versions, like medallion snowflakes.
2. Decorate With Neutrals and Metallics
To get more bang for your buck, decorate with neutrals and metallic elements for the holidays. Blue and silver–another color combination used to convey Christmas–could also work throughout the year.
3. Separate Green and Red
People instantly associate red and green with Christmas. For a look that works year-round, try to separate this traditional Christmas color palette after the holidays. These festive vignettes from An Extraordinary Day do a great job of straying away from the obvious color combo.
4. Use Versatile Pieces
Look for Christmas decorations that aren't specific to Christmas.
Clear glass hurricane vases, for instance, can be pressed into service year-round with just a few tweaks. Fill them with colorful bulbs for the holidays, sand and candles for a summer centerpiece or acorns and pinecones for fall.
Or use something like this beautiful neutral glass box from The Nester. Fill with Christmas items and then swap them out as the season changes!
5. String Lights
There's no need to pack up your Christmas tree lights if you enjoy their soft, cozy glow. There are a number of DIY projects using string lights that are clever and tasteful.
Halcyon suggests that instead of storing your string lights in the storage, simply string them outside for outdoor lighting on a deck or patio to lend a little ambiance to alfresco entertaining.
6. Card Holders
Christmas card holders that you can buy or DIY are a great solution for handling the onslaught of holiday cards that start arriving right after Thanksgiving.
Many card holders can be used as memo boards well after the holidays are over. Look for one that isn't too Christmas-y, like the one shown here from Lolly Jane, so you can keep it up year-round to display mementos, kids' artwork, everyday photos and note cards.
Boxwood is a traditional Christmas greenery used in wreaths or topiaries, popular for its densely-packed leaves and evergreen qualities. Unlike holly or pine, however, boxwood works in any season.
Gorgeous with a red bow for Christmas, it looks equally pretty with burlap or linen accents for other months, like this beautiful DIY wreath from Simplicity in the South. Its fresh green color is a bright spot throughout the winter and into spring.
8. Red and White Candles
Red candles are certainly Christmas-y when paired with greenery or other elements that read “holiday.” But when separated from their Christmas counterparts, red candles work especially well in bedrooms.
The flickering glow of candlelight is practically a prerequisite for romance and nothing says romance like red. Red LED candles are more practical because they won't burn down to nothing in the bedroom, preventing you from using them year after year for the holidays. Plus, their wax…MORE
Speaking of candles, window candles–whether real or battery-operated–are a traditional way to give the exterior of a home a holiday look and feel.
But candles in windows aren't just for Christmas. Ever since Colonial times, people have burnt candles in windows as a welcome symbol for weary travelers. They give any house a homey appeal, therefore, all year-round. Try DIYing a scandi-style wreath to use as a candle holder; it's simple and cozy. Or try your hand at making your own DIY candles.
9. Metallic Ornaments
While it may be hard to pass off red, green or even blue ornaments as anything other than Christmas tree decorations, the same cannot be said for metallic bulbs.
Mercury glass and silver ornaments especially look right at home when mixed in a bowl or glass vase with other orbs made of natural materials such as seagrass, twine, or wood.
10. Grapevine Wreath
A grapevine wreath is one of the most versatile home accessories to have, for the holidays and any other time. For Christmas, tie on big plaid bows, frosted pinecones, cardinals, sprigs of green evergreen and bunches of red berries. If you can avoid affixing any of these seasonal elements with hot glue, it's easy to re-purpose a grapevine wreath throughout the entire year.