Guide to Christmas decorations

Getting out the Christmas decorations and putting up the Christmas tree are at the heart of the festive experience. Different households have different traditions, but for most of us, one of the most enjoyable is when we get to deck the halls and festoon our homes with sparkling tinsel and baubles.

Find out more about the types of decoration on offer with our handy guide. Whether you think you might like a wreath to hang on your front door, or you are looking for something different, we've got the information you need to keep the whole family happy this December.

Different types of Christmas decorations

There are almost too many different types of Christmas decoration to mention. This means there's nothing stopping you from decorating your home exactly how you like. It's up to you whether you choose a more reserved Christmas display, or an ostentatious and colourful display for all your neighbours to see.

Why not have a read over our guide to Christmas decorations if you're not sure where to start? From wreaths to tree toppers and stockings, we stock everything you need to have a happy Christmas.

Christmas wreaths

A garland or wreath is a great way to welcome guests into your home over the festive period. Wreaths tend to go on your front door and they're frequently made from branches or straw, offering a rustic and earthy look.There is plenty of choice, meaning it's easy to find a wreath that matches your home's style.

If you have a modern house, you can choose a more simple one-colour wreath to complement your contemporary décor. If your home has a traditional exterior you can opt for a classic wreath fashioned from poinsettia flowers and baubles.

The diameter of your wreath will need to be selected in line with the width of your front door - diameters generally tend to range from between 20cm and 60cm. For a creative idea hang a wreath over your fireplace or on the end of a stairway bannister. Most wreaths from Tesco also have matching Garlands to help you coordinate your festive look.

Tinsel

The archetypal Christmas decoration - a liberal hanging of tinsel can give any home the Christmas spirit. Tinsels remain an ever popular decoration as they add sparkle and colour all by themselves. Tinsel also suits different budgets. There are lots of affordable tinsel options out there plus more luxurious tinsel brands such as Weiste - the oldest manufacturer of Christmas decorations in Europe.

Co-ordinate your tinsel with your decorations. Tinsels come in a very wide range of colours, so you are sure to find some that matches what you need. Another alternative to tinsel is strings of beads, which can be hung on the tree or placed decoratively around picture frames on your walls. Think about Christmas tree size before purchasing your tinsel, the larger your tree, the more you will need.

Decorations and ornaments

A Christmas tree needs the proper ornaments to become the centrepiece of a room. From sparkling baubles to miniature Santa figurines, choosing the right decorations for your tree can help set the festive mood.

There is plenty of choice of decoration to suit different budgets, from more affordable plastic baubles, to more luxurious glass or gem encrusted ornaments that help add extra festive sparkle. We stock individual decorations or multi-packs.

Tabletop, mantle and room decorations

Christmas ornaments aren't just for your tree either. There are plenty of tabletop, mantelpiece and other room decorations available to help bring your home's Christmas theme to life. From nativity scenes to miniature Christmas trees,spreading cheer throughout your home is easy. Take a look at our Christmas themes for ideas - you can mix and match colours and textures, or stick to one bold theme.

Christmas stockings

Nothing says Christmas like stockings hanging above the fireplace. One thing to think about when choosing stockings is whether they are just for decoration or to be stuffed with 'stocking fillers' for Christmas morning. They come in a wide variety of styles, and you can also opt for Santa sacks.

Tree topper

Like the cherry on top of a cake, a tree topper is the finishing touch to any Christmas tree. Traditionally in the shape of a star or an angel, tree toppers these days come in a whole heap of shapes and sizes. Choose to perch an angel atop your tree, get a model of Santa Claus, or go for a sparkling silver snowflake.

Advent calendars

Advent calendars are a traditional way to count down to Christmas. These days most calendars have a chocolate treat behind each door. If you don't have a sweet tooth you can buy advent calendars that have other little surprises inside them. These include anything from Lego figures to make-up. Tesco even offer advent calendars that you can fill yourself, allowing you to be as creative as you like.

Outdoor Christmas lights and decorations

It is safe and easy to add a little extra colour to the exterior of your property with some outdoor Christmas decorations. From solar-powered fairy lights to larger decorations like large LED snowmen, you can create a glowing winter wonderland in your garden.

When purchasing Christmas decorations for outside always make sure they are waterproof and suitable for outdoor use before installing them.

Christmas trees

By taking advantage of an artificial Christmas tree, you can tailor your choice. You could opt for a natural looking tree, or you could choose something a little more fancy. Pre-lit trees are available that mean you don't have to get fairy lights separately. You could also take advantage of a coloured or frosted tree for a unique look this Christmas, while pre-decorated trees are perfect for people with busy lifestyles. Read our Christmas tree buying guide to find out more.

Artificial trees leave no mess and can last for years if they are looked after. Thanks to improved modern materials they are becoming more lifelike all the time.

Decorating your tree

There's no right or wrong way to decorate your tree. How you want your Christmas decorations to look is up to you. If you want to keep to one style and save money you can opt to buy an all-in-one pack of decorations. These include all the baubles, beads, and tree toppers you need for a festive paradise. These sets are usually colour coordinated, so you can add a little style this Christmas. Remember, when wrapping tinsel, fairy or LED lights round your tree it's best to start from the bottom up. Find out more about the lights we have on offer with our guide to Christmas tree lights.

If you prefer a more eclectic style, just choose all the decorations individually. You could also buy an all-in-one selection to get you started, then buy a new individual decoration each year. You'll be surprised how quickly your collection builds up!

When putting up your Christmas tree make sure it is not up against any heat source like a lamp or radiator. This can prove to be a fire risk. When you're decorating your tree it's best to add the fairy or LED lights first, and then add the individual decorations. If you've picked a taller tree, use a step ladder to reach up to the top. You should never try to climb the tree itself.

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