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Good morning friends. I know there are two camps for Christmas decorating, those that like to decorate early and those that wait until after Thanksgiving. This year though it seems as if more people are jumping on the early bandwagon. I think it is great because if you decorate early then you have lots of time to enjoy all of the things on your Christmas bucket list.
Christmas Decorations on Your Front Door and Porch
One of my favorite things is to decorate for the holidays and I think that it starts at the front door. Your front door welcomes your family and friends and sets the tone for whats to come inside.
How do you decorate your front entrance? Do you have a wreath? A tree? Do you use fruit? A sled? This year I am using lots of pinecones and natural elements, and am hoping to have a few small live Christmas trees in pots that I can re-plant later.
Decorating your front door or entry can be as simple as adding a pinecone wreath or as elaborate as adding garland, a wreath or swags, lanterns and more.
Garland is an easy addition to make to your entrance. You could use this gorgeous live garland inside or out. I cannot remember the name of the account but on Instagram recently someone used layers of fake garland and then added eucalyptus from the market, and other foraged pine and holly from their yard, it was stunning.
Or you could forage for pinecones like I did and make your own garland. I have never made pinecone garland so if you have any tips and tricks let me know.
Magnolia is another natural and popular element to use and the best part is that it is free if you have your own tree. If not there are many places you can buy magnolia leaves to make your own garland or to purchase the garland including, Esty, your local florist or even a garden center.
A simple wreath or two or three made from greens, colorful Christmas ornaments or even a combinations of all three is another way to add festive cheer to your front door.
I think this wreath with cinnamon sticks and oranges is another piece that you could easily make, If you do not feel like making one this Williamsburg style with pinecones and oranges is beautiful, as is this one with its plaid wreath.
A wreath on every window along with the porch is a beautiful look. This little fairy tale cottage looks beautiful with its red bows, wreaths and urns filled with greens.
Door mats are an easy and quick fix to add a touch of the holiday to every door in the house. You could add one on the front porch, one at the side door and even one in the garage so that you have a touch of the holiday spirit in an unexpected place. I like this gingerbread inspired one, and this plaid one. I wish I had seen the plaid one before I ordered this one and this one.
Christmas Trees on the Front Porch
A tree on the porch in a beautiful pot, basket or crock is an easy idea. You can use a faux tree or head to the nursery to get a few live ones that you can use later in your own yard. That is what I am planning on doing. I was going to use faux trees but there is a shortage and they are hard to find.
While you are at it, bring a little of the inside outside by using baskets or pots that match your decor to hold the trees.
You could also add swags of fruit, like apples, oranges, lemons and the traditional welcome symbol, pineapple as they do at Colonial Williamsburg.
Or add a sled, skies and other winter paraphernalia, that you could leave up all season long.
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There are so many fin things to do to add a little holiday or winter charm to your porch and door, you are only limited by your imagination and creativity.