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Creating a traditional Christmas atmosphere

Posted by Mark Godsell-Fletcher on

Christmas scene

If you’re like the majority of other working adults in the UK then you’re probably of the opinion that Christmas can wait because you simply don’t have the time. However, sooner or later you’ll have to get over the bah-humbug attitude in order to introduce the festive spirit into your home. When it comes to bringing Christmas into your home it is possible to create a warm, cosy and festive atmosphere without it costing the earth.

There are plenty of ways that you can completely transform your home without breaking the bank. This means you can spend your money on more important things like your Christmas roast and drinks with your friends, family and neighbours.

The most important part of creating a Christmassy feel in your home is adding warmth, in which colour is of vital importance. Rich colours and dark woods are all essential when trying to make your home feel warm, cosy and inviting. Red and gold are extremely popular Christmassy colours and adding them in any form, whether it’s tinsel, beads, baubles or table decorations, will make a décor instantly feel instantly cosier. For evidence of this, take a look at some of these inspiring Christmassy ideas.

It’s not just about the decorations that you put up though, the layout of your furniture is also really important. If you want your home to be cosy and hospitable make sure that your furniture is arranged to promote socialising. A coffee table and proper dining table, in a dark finish, that all of the family can gather round is essential at Christmas. A focal seating point will mean that the whole family can mingle and spend time together if they want to or segregate into smaller groups in different areas of the living space.

Once you’ve arranged your furniture you can then add the decorative touches – and it doesn’t have to stop with the tree.


Bows look great in the home all through the year. At Christmas bows of different sizes in a variety of rich colours can be the perfect addition to any Christmas table, tree, Christmas garland and even on picture frames and bannisters throughout the home.

It’s really easy to make your own bows too. Just choose some thick ribbon that fits well with your everyday décor, as well as your Christmas colours.  Use some sturdy wire to attach the bows to the different objects around your home. Wire will also make it easy to untie the bows and straighten out the ribbons ready for use again next year.

Table dressings

Christmas dining table

Throughout the whole of December make an effort to eat your evening meal at the table with your family in order to catch up with each other about the day. Most people dress their table especially for the Christmas period. Why not dress it a little early this year and enjoy the festive spirit every time you and your family share a meal through December? Use dinner plates, side plates, bowls, tumblers and wine glasses in complementary colours along with table runners and decorations to enhance the Christmas feel. In order to avoid costly expenses, instead of buying place settings for each place at the table just buy a couple and then build on your collection each year.


Christmas lights

When trying to create a festive, sociable atmosphere the choice of lighting is really important. Nowadays, a lot of modern houses have dimmer switches attached to their main lights so that any kind of mood can be set. If you don’t have this luxury then switch off the main lights in your living room, light a few candles and turn on a lamp that has a warm coloured shade. Orange, beige and red tones work particularly well for creating the perfect Christmas ambiance in your home.

If you have a fireplace then it should be lit at every opportunity because a fire is both a visual and physical form of warmth – it can also help you to save money on your energy bills too. The Christmas spirit shouldn’t end in your living room though. There’s no reason why the festive spirit can’t be spread around your home. Use pillar candles in your bathroom or alternatively, line the edge of your bath with tea lights and turn off the main light. You could even put some white fairy lights in around your window for the ultimate relaxing experience.

Wreaths and garlands

Christmas wreath

Christmas wreaths and garlands hanging on doors, mantels and bannisters really do spread the festive spirit throughout your home. A wreath on your door will make your guests feel welcome even on the coldest of winter nights. Garlands inside your home will add warmth too. Decorating them with berries, bows fruit and even pine cones – decorated or not – will add to your Christmas colour scheme of warming colours.


Although a Christmas tree is important, believe it or not, it’s not the most important part of decorating your home. Perhaps the most important part of decorating your home is adding warmth through the colours that you choose to introduce to your current style of décor. The obvious Christmassy colours that people tend to fill their home with at this time of year are gold, red and green. However, there’s no reason why you can’t introduce other, less traditional colours if you want to; think about coloured garlands, beads or bows hanging over mirrors, pictures or railings. Whatever colours you decide to use to decorate your living space should also be used on your tree in order to create a balance in your home that will flow through and make your family and guests feel comfortable.


Christmas carols

Christmas songs and films put everyone in a good mood even if they’ve had an awful day at the office so make sure you’re always playing something Christmassy whenever you’re at home. The classic Christmas films are often the best. Your family and any guests will really enjoy squeezing up on the sofa with a hot drink and settling down to watch something like ‘Home Alone’, ‘Santa Clause The Movie’ or ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’.

Sweet treats

Christmas biscuits

One of the great things about the Christmas period is that it’s perfectly acceptable to eat more of the foods that are considered to be bad for you the rest of the year. A lot of people go out of their way to bake lovely snacks and always have some sweet treats on hand when they know visitors will be arriving. Whether you choose to have a bowl of fruit, sweets or freshly baked cookies to give to r family and friends is up to you but make sure you have something as this will make your guests feel comfortable and make you and your family feel all the more Christmassy.


Nature is a really important element of Christmas and if you have a real tree then branch breakages are inevitable. Rather than simply throwing these out for rubbish, collect them up and use them to create table centrepieces or garlands.

Pine cones are another item that make great festive arrangements. If you have the time then consider spray painting pine cones gold or silver and pile them up in a bowl on the mantelpiece, window sill or bookcase.

Twinkles and sparkles

At Christmas time everything sparkles. Whether it’s with glitter, tinsel or fairy lights, there’s guaranteed to be something twinkling or sparkling in most houses throughout Britain. Really go to town by sprinkling fake snow or glitter over the table before you lay it for Christmas dinner and hanging shiny baubles or decorations from generic household plants.

Simplicity really is everything when it comes to decorating your home and getting into the Christmas spirit. By keeping things simple you may find that you enjoy the season all the more.

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