Get your home ready with holiday season décor
Decorating with holiday season décor can be a fun experience for the entire family. Getting a home ready for the festivities is a great way to get yourself and your loved ones into the holiday spirit. Even if you decide not to deck the halls with boughs of holly, there are easy ways to get your home looking holiday-ready.
Start your holiday season décor with a tabletop holiday tree. Many styles are available that come pre-decorated and already strung with lights. (Visit www.JacksonandPerkins.com for a complete selection.) Another Christmas season classic is an evergreen wreath. Hang a fresh wreath above the fireplace as a holiday focal point, or hang a wreath on your front door to welcome guests.
An easy-to-create holiday season décor display of Christmas tree ornaments looks great on a table or countertop. Simply fill a glass bowl with vintage Christmas tree ornaments. Another quick project is adding a row of white votive candles along a tabletop or fireplace mantel to create a holiday focal point.
Bring festive holiday season décor to your house with the help of these ideas.
Live tabletop trees offer instant holiday décor
A live decorative Christmas tree instantly brightens up any room in your home, and it also makes a great holiday gift. Not only do the festive colors add to the décor of any room, but a live evergreen tree also adds an inviting holiday fragrance to a home.
The Winter Woods Christmas Tree brings rustic holiday beauty to any apartment or home—and its tabletop size makes it a great holiday gift for anyone in an assisted living home or dorm room. The live tree is decorated with gold glitter acorns, shatterproof ornaments and other rustic décor, and the tree sits in a handsome wire-frame jute container. The also comes with battery-powered copper string lights, and batteries are included to make this evergreen tree a delightful holiday accent right out of the box. Shades of green, brown and copper create a rustic holiday display. The Winter Woods Christmas Tree is 24-28” tall, and it sells for $79.95 from www.jacksonandperkins.com, or call Jackson & Perkins at (800) 292-4769 to order by phone.
Another tabletop evergreen tree that will enhance the spirit of the holiday season is the Peace on Earth Tree. From the twig-lined cachepot to the ornamental pine cones, berries, and chickadees, this tree pays homage to the simple beauty of nature. The crown jewel of the Peace on Earth Tree is the simple but elegant “Peace” ornament, declaring the time-honored holiday message of harmony and serenity. The tree comes decorated with battery-powered copper string lights. Batteries are included, so the Peace on Earth tabletop tree is truly a hassle-free holiday decoration. The tree stands 24-28” tall, and it is available from www.jacksonandperkins.com, or call (800) 292-4769. The Peace on Earth Tree sells for $79.95. Tabletop trees from Jackson & Perkins are available to ship on November 13.
Welcome the season with fresh evergreen decorations
The natural beauty and fresh fragrance of real evergreen decorations is an essential part of the holiday season. The rich green colors, outdoorsy aroma and lovely textures of fresh evergreens combine to bring the delights of the winter woods indoors where they can be enjoyed in the cozy comforts of home.
A swag of fresh-cut evergreen foliage not only fills the air with pleasant scents, it also adds a woodsy atmosphere anywhere it is placed. For those who don’t have the time or the access to evergreen foliage to make their own holiday decorations, premade holiday wreaths and swag are available. Home For Christmas Swag from Jackson & Perkins is a holiday decoration made of freshly cut Pacific Northwest Noble Fir, Western Red Cedar, Oregon Blue-berried Juniper and variegated Holly. These natural ingredients all combine to create a festive evergreen accent that looks great hanging on a door, draped across a fireplace mantel or used as a dining table centerpiece. Finished with Lodge Pole pine cones and fresh twigs, and topped with a festive ribbon, this fine piece of greenery is perfect for any home.
Home For Christmas Swag sells for $39.95, and a deluxe version lit by battery-powered lights sells for $49.95. Consider gifting it to your family and friends who love the sight, scent, and texture of the winter woods. (And get one to decorate your home, too.) Available at www.jacksonandperkins.com, (800) 292-4769. To view the full line of Jackson & Perkins evergreen holiday wreaths and garland, visit www.jacksonandperkins.com/fresh-christmas-wreaths/c/JP-Everlasting-Wreaths/
A blooming Amaryllis decorates a home—and makes a great gift
It’s easy to make the holiday season festive and bright with blooming Amaryllis flowers —even if you’ve never grown anything before. Amaryllis bulbs are the queens of flowering bulbs because their flowers are huge and showy.
The Minerva Amaryllis Kit makes it easy to grow gorgeous Amaryllis blooms. This deluxe kit includes everything you need to produce huge red and white flowers on two oversized Minerva Amaryllis bulbs in a decorative green tin planter. The flamboyant flowers might appear delicate, but an Amaryllis is surprisingly tough. All you need to do is water the bulbs and watch the magic happen. Blooms emerge in a few weeks and the flowers last throughout the winter. In full bloom the Amaryllis plants are 20-24 inches tall.
Amaryllis growing kits make a great gift for friends, family and co-workers. They are also a great holiday party gift for hosts and hostesses—because anyone can grow an Amaryllis! The Minerva Amaryllis Kit—Double Green Tin sells for $75.99 from www.AmericanMeadows.com.
Tabletop evergreen trees can be planted outdoors
Here’s a great way to celebrate the holiday season indoors and plant a lovely evergreen tree outdoors. A tabletop evergreen tree from Nature Hills Nursery can bring a festive feel to any room. These small trees stand 12-14 inches tall, so they will fit in any home or apartment on a table or counter. They can easily be decorated to commemorate the holiday season by adding ornaments and lights, and the nursery pots can be wrapped with tinfoil or holiday wrapping paper or slipped into a decorative pot to finish off the festive look. Just add water periodically during the holiday season to keep these live trees happy.
After the holiday season, each tree can be planted in the landscape for years of enjoyment in the yard. Three different varieties of live tabletop Christmas trees are available—Colorado Blue Spruce, Black Hills Spruce and Norway Pine. Each tree sells for $19.95 directly from www.naturehills.com.