| |

Create a Festive Christmas Home in 10 Simple Steps

Embrace the beauty of the holiday season with these 10 simple steps for creating a festive Christmas home. Tour the kitchen and dining room all dressed up for the holidays.

This post contains affiliate links. Please see my disclosure policy here. Thank you for your support.

Exterior door decorated with traditional Christmas greens and red accents.

Welcome to My Family Thyme!

Welcome to My Family Thyme! I am Lynne, a wife, mom to two young adults, and Kindergarten teacher by day and a home enthusiast by night. My Family Thyme is my creative place where I share fun crafts, simple recipes, and budget-friendly home decor ideas. I am so happy you are here!

If you are visiting from my friend Tammy of White Lilac Farmhouse, welcome! Don’t you love how she mixes old and new in her decor? So beautiful!

blogger holding a DIY Classic Christmas wreath

Welcome to the Christmas Home Tours

I am so happy to be part of the Christmas Home Tour hop. It has been hosted for several years by Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. This year she is unable to host as she recovering from bypass surgery. I know you will join me in wishing her a quick and complete recovery.

Many thanks to Anne and Ann Marie of Simply 2 Moms for stepping in and hosting the tour. All week you will be able to visit the homes of more than thirty other bloggers who are sharing their Christmas decorating ideas with you. Please check out all of the posts linked below. You will leave so inspired!

A Challenging Holiday Season

To be honest, this year is very challenging for my family. My mom suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease and recently passed. I had planned to participate in a blog hop with some of my blogging friends last week, but just couldn’t do it. All of my time was spent with her.

This is the first time that I have written a post since her passing. Many of the pictures were taken before she passed, when my family and I decorated the day after Thanksgiving. While I am mourning, I am trying to honor my mom by doing things that she loved and would make her happy. My mom LOVED Christmastime and always encouraged me to be creative.

Create a Festive Christmas Home in 10 Simple Steps

When do you decorate for the holiday season? For my family, it happens the day after Thanksgiving, when my both my daughter, Elisabeth, and son, Christopher, are home. It is something that our family looks forward to each year. When my children were little, Christopher wrote the words Fun Decorations on some of our Christmas bins….so sweet!

Although I use many of the same decorations, I like to change it up a bit each year. By moving things around, using different ribbon, and adding in some fresh greens and accessories, a new look can be achieved. Let me show you how easy it is to create a festive Christmas home, with 10 simple steps. Come on in!

view of white cabinets with Christmas wreaths and gold ribbon

1. Bring in fresh seasonal plants and greenery

Trader Joes and local grocery stores are full of fresh seasonal plants to add to your decor. On my kitchen table, I have a couple of Paper White bulbs that I had forced in vintage milk glass dish, full of pea gravel and water, along with a rosemary plant. I love the rosemary’s fragrant foliage and it is so easy to snip a few sprigs when cooking.

Just a note: Paper Whites can potentially be toxic to pets. Please be sure to keep real Paper White bulbs away from pets.

This year, I draped some fresh cedar garland on the kitchen window. I love the color, texture, and fragrance it adds to my home.

view of white cabinets with Christmas wreaths and gold ribbon

2. Hang a Wreath

Hang a Classic Christmas Wreath to welcome your guests. Mini wreaths on kitchen cabinets can add a festive touch of greenery. You may also like to hang a wreath on an on an interior door, wall, or mirror for instant holiday decor.

3. Tie a Ribbon

Ribbon is an easy, budget-friendly way to add personality to your holiday decor. This year I kept my decor simple, with elegant gold ribbon.

Last year I made these pretty jingle bell ribbon ornaments. They are so quick and easy to make and look great hanging on a tree or a doorknob.

December 25 and Joy signs on granite counter with boxwood and cranberries in mason jar with candle

4. Add a Holiday Sign

Holiday signs are such a fun way to add personality to your home decor.

basket with hot cocoa bar on counter with Santa mugs in background.

5. Enjoy the Scents of the Season

For me, seasonal decor is not just about creating a look…it’s about creating a feeling. You can do this by appealing to one’s senses. You may enjoy lighting a fragrant candle or making a natural Christmas simmer pot. I will be sharing this recipe early next week.

sliced oranges, lemon, cranberries, cloves, and rosemary in a pot with water

6. Display Ornaments

Placing a pretty holiday ornament or two in an unexpected place can adds a cheerful detail.

vintage metalic ornaments on white and gold napkins
close up of pine cone ornament on side table, painted candlestick and Christmas dishes in vintage tool box.

7. Add Seasonal Linens

Don’t underestimate the use of linens. Adding festive napkins, a table runner, or kitchen towels can bring texture and color to your holiday decor.

side table in blue dining room decorated for Christmas with wreath on mirror and off white ribbon

8. Use Festive Dishes

You don’t need a whole new set of dishes…just a couple of holiday mugs or side plates can add such a festive touch, while staying on a budget.

side table in blue dining room decorated for Christmas with wreath on mirror and off white ribbon

9. Create a Cozy Feel with Candles and Lights

Adding candles and soft lights makes my home instantly feel cozy.

view of Christmas table decorated with lit garland, mercury glass, and candlesticks

These DIY Holiday Jar Floating Candles are such an easy way to add natural beauty to your holiday home decor.

side table in blue dining room decorated for Christmas with wreath on mirror and off white ribbon

10. Use a Garland as a Centerpiece

I like to keep my centerpieces low to make the table feel open and inviting. It also encourages conversation as I want my guests to linger and enjoy the time together. You can see more ideas of how I used garland as a centerpiece on my budget-friendly Thanksgiving table and last year’s Christmas dining room table.

I hope you are leaving here with an idea or two that you can use in your Christmas home!

I thank you for visiting today and would love to connect with you on FacebookInstagramPinterest, or here on the blog! 

Next, please head over to visit Rhoda of Southern Hospitality Blog. Her blog is one of the first of the blogs I followed. I just love her personality, style, and beautiful Atlanta home.

Collage of 31 pictures of Christmas home decor ideas

2023 Christmas Home Tours

This week I’m joining thirty talented and creative bloggers to share our holiday decorating for our 2023 Christmas Home Tours. I hope you enjoy all their beautiful ideas and inspiration! I especially want to thank Marty from A Stroll Thru Life for organizing this tour of homes. You can visit each Christmassy home tour by clicking the links below.

Monday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Monday blog hop participants.

Simply2Moms | Worthing Court Blog | Midwest Life and Style

DIY Beautify | Peacock Ridge Farm | The Stonybrook House

Tuesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Tuesday blog hop participants.

Our Southern Home | Calypso in the Country | Chalking Up Success

Pink Peppermint Design | The House on Silverado | Lyndale Drive

Wednesday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Wednesday blog hop participants.

Southern Home and Hospitality | A Pretty Life in the Suburbs | Whispering Pines Homestead

She Gave it a Go | Decor to Adore | Eleanor Rose Home

Thursday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Thursday blog hop participants.

County Road 407 | Thistle Key Lane | White Lilac Farmhouse

My Family Thyme | Southern Hospitality Blog | Clean and Scentsible | Bungalow 47

Friday’s Tours

Collage of homes decorated for Christmas for Friday blog hop participants.

Shiplap and Shells | It All Started With Paint | White Arrows Home

This is Our Bliss | Thrifty and Chic | Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Similar Posts


  1. Lynne, you have beautifully honored your mother with such special touches placed throughout your lovely home. Pinning, sharing and sending a virtual hug.

  2. Your home looks so beautiful, as always, Lynne. I’m so sorry about your sweet momma. I can’t imagine how hard your first holiday without her will be. Sending you all the love, light, and prayers as you navigate this journey.


  3. Rachel Hill says:

    So sorry to hear about the passing of your mom. I know what it’s like to lose a parent with Alzheimer’s.

  4. You are amazing to even get this post done amid your grief.
    Your home looks beautiful and so inviting. I’ve never thought to add garland over the windows but can hardly wait to try it! I especially loved the holiday plates stacked in the vintage crate. Praying for you and hope your Christmas is filled with laughter and happy memories. Big hugs.

  5. Hi Lynne, I’m so sorry about your mother’s passing. I’m sure she would highly approve of your charming Christmas decor! Love your creative tips for a festive Christmas, and the photo of you! Hugs!

  6. Your home tour is so beautiful. Hugs and blessings to you. Merry Christmas.

  7. Calypso in the Country says:

    Lynne, I’m so sorry to hear about your mom. I’m sure this holiday season will be hard for you. Sending hugs… Your home looks beautiful. You’ve created some lovely vignettes that give a warm and cozy feel. I hope you find comfort in your home this holiday season.

  8. Lynne, your home looks so festive and beautiful for the holiday. I love the Paper White bulbs that I that you forced in vintage milk glass dish.

  9. You shared so many great ideas for decorating your home for the holidays! I’m sure your mom would have loved seeing all the special details and how you touched on all the senses. I know this Christmas will be challenging, and know I’m praying for your comfort and that you’ll be able to find joy in the season.

  10. What a beautiful home! I especially love your paper whites and other greenery. I’m so sorry to hear about your Mom – my Mom passed away this year too and the holidays are definitely a struggle. I hope you can find some comfort and peace in the season.

  11. I am so sorry for the loss of your mother Lynne. It is so devastating to lose a parent, especially from Alzheimer’s. Sending my love and prayers. Your home looks so beautiful for the holidays. I love all your simple tips.

  12. These are perfect tips for a festive holiday home! Your home has all the perfect festive touches. Merry Christmas!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.