Discover fun and practical tips, inspiration and unique decorating ideas for the holidays with decor perfect for Christmas and all winter long. The themes for 2020: cozy + family + traditions.

There seems to be a deep yearning for tradition this Christmas season like never before. And there’s a good reason for that. 2020 has turned out to be a strange year, marked by a whirlpool of unexpected events and general chaos on a global scale.

Most of us are ready to forget this terrible year and regain some semblance of normalcy, especially around the holidays. Many want this Christmas to be cozy, intimate, full of meaning and nostalgia. Think comfy Christmas pajamas, your favorite holiday movies, pine-scented candles, hot cocoa and festive holiday decorations in every room. The most important thing for this year’s Christmas is: family.

Here’s how you can start creating the perfect holiday vibes in your home.

10 Tips to Make Your Home Cozy For The Holidays

This year’s pandemic has turned our world upside down, so it’s no wonder so many of us are looking forward to the most wonderful time of the year. Since we’ll all be spending more time indoors this Christmas than in the years past, taking the time to make your home cozy and festive will surely pay off. Holiday decorations are a big part of this, but creating a warm, comfortable space for family activities is more important than ever.

Start by finding holiday traditions and family activities that involve everyone, so you can make your home comfy, cozy and full of fun. Here are 10 tips to make your home the best it can be for this year’s holiday celebrations.


Decorate your bar cart, coffee bar, office, bedroom, bathroom and other unexpected places with small accents and custom touches. Bring the holidays to every room.

Festive Foliage Bar Cart


Use your favorite holiday quote, saying or Christmas song lyric in your holiday decor. But make sure you do it sparingly. A wall full of things to read can seem a bit overwhelming. Think: one per room.

Christmas Quotes Wood Sign


Create and display your own Advent calendar to start the countdown to Christmas on December first. It doesn’t have to be fancy – a chalkboard or dry erase sign can work nicely! Tip: See if you already have one you can reuse for Christmas.

Christmas Countdown Sign


Make your own DIY Christmas ornaments and decorations, like popcorn garlands, snowflake cutouts and more. Homemade is always more special. Tip: Pinterest has tons of great ideas for DIY holiday decorations.


Decorate your Christmas tree as a family and do it early. Think: Thanksgiving Christmas tree. If you have small kids, consider a smaller Christmas tree for them to decorate.


Create art with your family name, individual first names, initials or even photos. Get creative. Use your family established date, birthdays and special milestones to display in your home for the holidays. Frame your kids’ favorite art pieces. Display your most cherished souvenirs and family mementos. They make great conversation starters!

Family Name Holiday Art


Don’t forget to also decorate the outside of your home with Christmas lights, garlands, wreaths and more. If you have the space, create a Christmas themed porch or backyard space near a fire pit to enjoy on milder days of winter.


Decorate a gingerbread house or a whole gingerbread village and use it as a holiday display. Put up a hot cocoa bar, complete with toppings and healthy snacks. Put your baking efforts on display in the kitchen and living areas for everyone to enjoy and appreciate.


Make a creative display for your Christmas cards so they become a part of your Christmas decor. Turn wine glasses or jars into candle holders or luminaries for your outdoor space. Cake stands and cheese domes are perfect for displaying your holiday collection, or even just evergreens and pinecones.

Festive Foliage Candle Holder


The most important thing about creating a holiday look you and your family will love is to have fun and do it together. Turn decorating into a family activity and let everyone help out. If you live alone, invite friends and loved ones to help you get your home the most festive it can be for this season.

Interested in recreating your holiday look? Find inspiration and holiday decorating ideas with classic Christmas motifs and traditional holiday themes.

5 Holiday Decorating Ideas for 2020

Since we’re all spending more time indoors this holiday season, make your home the winter wonderland of your dreams. Create a festive atmosphere with holiday decorations that will transition well into winter, so you can enjoy them a bit longer.

Look for quality over quantity and focus on what truly brings you and your family joy. Finding meaning and purpose in your choices will make them more special. You can do that by adding personalized touches, like family member names, photos, your favorite holiday greetings, sayings and more.

Here are 5 popular holiday decor ideas that include classic and traditional Christmas elements.

1. White & Black Buffalo Check Christmas Decor

This new white and black buffalo check Christmas decor collection has the perfect combination of vintage elegance with a modern, nature inspired update evoking a winter in the woods look.

It’s an elegant design with traditional Christmas themes, featuring hand drawn pine needles alongside modern typography, juxtaposed with a classic palette of evergreen, deep red, and the classic black and white buffalo check. The Festive Foliage collection offers contemporary simplicity and sophistication with a nostalgic touch.

Shop White & Black Buffalo Check Christmas Decor

2. Classic Christmas Plaid Decorations

Create a warm, homey feel in your home for the holidays and all winter long with the Christmas Plaid collection. The traditional look of plaid and winter motifs offers that perfect woodsy winter cabin charm your family will love.

Grab some hot cocoa and put on your favorite Christmas music playlist while you decorate. We recommend you start early this year and get most of your holiday decor together prior to Thanksgiving. By using traditional elements, like plaids, natural wood accents, and classic Christmas themes against a neutral palette, your decor will look right at home for the entire holiday season.

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3. Farmhouse Christmas Decor

The charm of rustic country farmhouse style has spilled over to winter and holiday decor. Look for rustic, natural textures like wood, preserved greenery, burlap, twine and galvanized metal. Be selective and try to find the right balance between minimalism and country charm.

The key to your farmhouse Christmas decor accents is to choose classic Christmas colors, like red, green and white with lots of natural elements. Country inspired antiques and rural vintage finds will feel right at home with your farmhouse Christmas decor, adding interest and intrigue.

4. Vintage & Nostalgic Christmas Decor

Sometimes the best Christmas decor ideas are ones that have been borrowed from past generations. Feel free to mix and match vintage items and antiques that have been passed down to you from family and loved ones, along with new modern finds and decorations with a vintage vibe.

Remember the Christmases of your childhood by adding personal elements and decorations that evoke nostalgia and heirloom feelings. For me it’s shiny glass baubles, paper chains, foil garlands and lots of tinsel.

There’s something timeless and classic about vintage inspired holiday decorations. What makes them even more special is when they are homemade, designed with custom details or personalized just for your family.

5. Nordic Inspired Christmas Decorations

No truly festive and stylish “Christmassy” look is complete without lots of branches and twigs of eucalyptus, evergreen, spruce, and pinecones. Nordic and Scandinavian inspired Christmas decor is characterized by natural elements like these along with a simple color palette consisting of white, cream, pale blue, and traditional greens and reds.

Traditional Fair Isle prints are a common theme, as are handmade and repurposed decorations. The Nordic style is typically a bit minimalistic, with decorations crafted from items you can find around your home.

This traditional Christmas design is really about thinking outside the box, choosing items that can be used throughout the winter season and utilizing as much as you already have.

2020 Holiday Inspiration & Decor Ideas

What are your favorite Christmas and winter decorations for this year?

Share your holiday decor ideas and inspiration in the comments or on social.


Kasia Lorenc is a writer and editor at Personalization Mall, covering gifting, home decorating and more.

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