If you are looking for a way to decorate for Christmas that is fun, out of the ordinary, and definitely non-traditional, consider using ‘whimsical’ as a decorating theme.  It’s bright, it’s colorful, and there are several different ways to do it.

Whimsical refers to a fun and playful style of decorating.  It usually encompasses bold colors and shapes.  You can read this article for a more general overview of how to decorate using a whimsical theme, but in this article let’s get into more specifics so you can get a better idea of what the style looks like.

Starting with ornaments, choose ornaments that are colorful and glittery.  You can find these pretty easily at any hobby or craft store.  Look for purples, pinks, lime greens, and bright blues.  Also look for ornaments that have shapes on them, such as polka dots, curly cues, stripes, etc.  If all the non-traditional colors are just too much, then consider toning it down with red, white and silver ornaments, but staying with the playful shapes.  This will add a touch of fun while keeping with a traditional Christmas theme.

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Now for the tree.  Yes, trees are popping up all over in different colors.  White, pink and purple can easily be found in your local store right along with the whimsical ornaments!  Of course, the usual green Christmas treeWhimsical Christmas Trees

will work just as well, but why not start off with a small bold color and see how it looks?  You may be surprised at how festive it is for the holiday!


Lights are important too.  Colorful lights for the tree have been around for years, but they will really pop when added to a bold new tree and decorations.  LED lights are perfect for a whimsical theme.  They are not only more modern looking and brighter, but they use less energy and are cool when you touch them, making them easier to handle.

To add to your whimsical theme and stray completely from the traditional look, you can add other elements that one would not normally think about using for Christmas decorations.  One idea is feathers.  Tucking them around the Christmas tree makes for a dramatic look and adds additional texture.  Another way to use feathers is as part of a tree topper.  Using several together on the top of a tree along with floral decorations is a trend that is becoming popular.  A second idea is to use a boa instead of ribbon or tinsel to wrap around the tree.   Boas come in a wide variety of colors and are inexpensive, and they add to the drama of a whimsical tree.


These are but a few ideas to update your Christmas decorations and try out something different.  The best thing about using whimsical Christmas decorations is that there is no right or wrong way to do it.  As long as you have fun and it still reminds you of the joy of the season!

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