Christmas festivities may have originated in the West, but they have become an integral part of Indian culture and tradition over the years. As December 25th approaches, Indian families, even those not traditionally Christian, excitedly adorn living spaces with Santa Claus motifs, stars, stockings, and trees.
From installing twinkling fairy lights to displaying a Nativity scene, a splash of decoration transforms regular households into a magical wonderland. If you want to fully revel in the Christmas spirit at home but don’t know where to start – we’ve got you covered!
Focus Areas to Decorate
These zones tend to draw immediate visitor attention, so focus on jazzing them up:
Front Door – The entryway signals the start of festive indulgences. Hang a gorgeous Christmas wreath ornamented with plush pine cones, berries, and a red bow. Affix decorative holiday banners around the doorway like “Wish You a Merry Christmas!” securing with velcro strips to swap out next year.
Windows – Hang string lights along window frames or silhouettes of Santa Claus, reindeer sleighs, Christmas tree cutouts etc. on windows. Use washable frost spray to create a snowy dusty effect displaying “Merry X’mas” messages for neighborhood enjoyment.
Living Room – As the main gathering area during celebrations with family and friends, maximize Christmas touchpoints here. Trim the entire room with sparkling fairy string lights and set up a tabletop tree adorned with tinsel, ornaments, and a star topper. Arrange a red, green, and white throw blanket and matching cushions on couches.
Dining area – Building anticipation for the grand holiday feast, lace dining chairs with Christmas print ribbons. Adorn the table centrepiece with pinecone accents, holly berries, and candles encased in glass red and green votives. Display ceramic Santa cookie jars for dessert goodies to be enjoyed after wonderful turkey dinners.
Christmas Tree Décor Essentials
The evergreen Christmas tree remains the pièce de résistance you decorate everything else around. Follow these pointers for Christmas tree beautification:
Type – Select from real firs or artificial trees in sizes ranging from tabletop to towering ceiling versions depending on space availability and convenience considerations. Ensure sturdy branched structures preventing toppling over during enthusiastic decoration.
Lights – Fairy lights rarely go out of style when it comes to tree décor. Opt for modern remote-controlled RGB options performing mesmerizing light shows in red, blue, and green – quintessential Christmas colours.
Ornaments – Raid your decade-old Christmas boxes for beloved nostalgic ornaments accumulated over the years. Bolster treasures like snowflake filigrees, ceramic Santas, and nutcracker soldiers with new additions each season for an evolving aesthetic.
Tree Topper – An angel or star shining atop the Christmas tree represents a prized final flourish. splurge on glass-blown, crystal-studded versions or handmake popsicle stick stars painted gold by kids for thoughtful DIY alternatives.
Tree Skirt – For a polished look, encase tree bases with lush green velvet skirts embellished with fur linings or seasonal motifs.
DIY Decor Ideas
Want to craft bespoke Christmas flourishes harnessing Indian aesthetics? Incorporate these inventive projects:
Rangoli Stencils – Cut Christmas tree, snowflakes, gingerbread men and star shapes out of cardboard. Trace powdered rangoli designs prominently on doorsteps and floors gearing up for party visitor arrivals.
Thaali Centerpieces – Craft stunning table centerpieces by filling brass thaalis with Christmas tree décor items encircling tall glass candle holders. Surround with itty bitty diyas to amplify traditional charm.
Marigold Garlands – Procure marigold garlands from nearby flower markets to infuse quintessential Indian essence into Christmas décor. Drape them above doorways alongside green garland strands and golden bells for vivid cultural fusion.
No matter which decorative flourishes you favor for the upcoming Christmas season, the mere act of enhancing your home ticks mental wellness boxes during these holidays. So unleash your creativity, involve the entire family, and undertake thoughtful décor projects reflecting Christmas joys and Indian heritage in equal measure.
Here’s wishing all Indian friends “Merry Christmas!” May your homes shine brightly with holiday cheer to mark the festive season. Do share any novel Indian style Christmas home decoration ideas not mentioned here!