Living room with Christmas tree, cookie station, stockings hanging on the fire and a eucalyptus garland to demonstrate Christmas decoration ideas

It’s been a challenging year and we could all use a little holiday cheer. For 2020’s top Christmas decoration ideas, we’re turning to the trends that look and feel the most meaningful.

From sustainable and edible options to the season’s trendiest Christmas home décor ideas, find everything you need to decorate your home for the holidays—including our favourite budget-friendly decorations you can nab from Walmart.

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1. Picture your loved ones.

We might not be able to visit our friends and family, but they’re always in our hearts. Keep them in your line of sight too, by using photos of your loved ones as festive decorations. Printed as squares with a white border and strung along a ribbon, they’ll cue all the holiday feels! And it’s not just a Christmas home décor idea—you can also share the love by personalizing presents with favourite pics instead of cards or gift tags.

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2. Think sustainably.

There might have been a time when wearing the same dress season after season was a party faux pas, but these days, sustainable fashion is a point of pride (just ask Kate Middleton). The same goes for our gifts, all dressed up under the tree! Commit yourself to a more sustainable (and affordable) holiday season. Start with gifts wrapped in reusable or recyclable materials, which make great decorations under the tree, or clustered on a table. Kraft paper, newspaper comics or pages from old books decorated with upcycled fabric fabric trim are great options. Or you can really impress your secret Santa by wrapping their gift in a gift such as a beeswax wrap, festive scarf or stocking!

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3. Bake it to make it.

Great for beating lockdown boredom, baking is also a practical way to make decorations. Think holiday classics, like gingerbread people and houses, sugar cookies and festive log cakes. Whether scattered on silver trays or carefully assembled on tiered displays, the whole family will be eager to help “put away” these sweet decorations long before it’s time to clean.

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4. Create a rustic vibe with a farmhouse holiday.

With travel restrictions in place, a blissful snow-covered winter retreat might be a far-off notion for the holidays, but you can conjure the same magic in your home by tapping into the popular rustic farmhouse look. Use burlap ribbon as a Christmas tree decoration, arrange seasonal greenery or blankets in a pine crate, and toss a plaid pillow or throw on the bed. Add evergreen garlands and twinkling lights as window decorations, and hang a knitted stocking by the bed, and you’ll feel like you’re in a cozy chalet in the woods (even if you’re really celebrating in a condo in the sky).

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5. Spread starlight all around.

You’ve probably spent a lot of time at home this year, so why not mix it up? Hang Christmas lights throughout the home to transform it from the place you spend all your livelong days into a magical winter destination. Cluster lights in a glass cloche on a side table or hang a lighted garland over the bed to feel as if you’re sleeping in a starlit forest.

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6. Add advent-ure.

Bid boredom goodbye! It’s easy to find the novelty in each new day when it comes with a fresh toy or treat. There’s no end to the creative ways you can incorporate homemade or store-bought advent calendars into your DIY Christmas decorations. They make a beautiful vignette propped on a table with mini bottle-brush trees, or hung on a wall with a sprig of evergreen.

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7. Celebrate the great outdoors with front door décor.

This was the year we learned to embrace the sweet freedom of fresh air, with many of us picking up new outdoor hobbies to keep our minds and bodies active. An old-fashioned winter sled or skis propped up beside the door nods to the 2020 trend of doing everything outside, and makes a classic outdoor Christmas decoration. Bonus: it may also conjure childhood memories of rushing in from the hill for a hot cup of cocoa.

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8. Put the kids in charge with DIY décor.

If they’re up to it, giving your kids creative control will keep them busy for a spell—which is more important than ever. Ditch the sophisticated wreaths in favour of DIY decorations like construction paper garlands or simple crepe streamers, and help your littles hang them over beds or along toy shelves.

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9. Bring the outdoors in.

The great outdoors offered sanctuary this year, and it’s only natural to want to bring that look—and more importantly, that feeling—into your home. A eucalyptus or magnolia leaf garland is modern and elegant, while a sprig of green with red berries offers classic Christmas colours that never get old. Secure the ends with large looping bows or jingly bells for extra festivity.

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10. Add a drink station just for yourselves.

You’ve spent the last few months learning how to make the most of your own space, and now’s the time to really let your hosting skills shine (even if it’s just for your immediate family). A holiday drink station is a gorgeous Christmas table decoration, and everyone in the house will have fun meeting up for an afternoon tipple, cuppa, hot chocolate or coffee. (If you haven’t already, now’s a good time for 2020’s hottest coffee trend, the Dalgona.)

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