Your Christmas Decorations Checklist

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist 

A Christmas decorations checklist for your Holiday. Stay organized and make sure you have what you need to make this a season to remember.

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Christmas Tree

The biggie!  Whether you go faux or real, you want to make sure you have your Christmas Tree checked off the list. We do one of each, and then my kids get a mini one for their room. It makes a great little night light for the season!

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist 
Your Christmas Decorating Checklist - House and Home
House and Home

Tree Skirt or Collar

You can use faux sheepskin throws or even a chunky knit blanket and just wrap it around your tree for a tree skirt. Whether you use that or a more traditional tree skirt, you need something there to cover the ugly base!

Tree Ornaments and Star

You don’t need a lot here – just a few baubles and/or even some handmade ornaments. I personally love making my own ornaments. My favorite ones this year are these salt dough snowflakes. They are a cinch to make and look so pretty on your tree.

Tree Lights

Tree lights make everything feel and look magical. I’ve even seen some folks use net lights around their tree!

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist - Studio McGee
Studio McGee

Tree stand

If you are buying a faux tree, most of them will come with their own tree stand. If you are buying a real tree, you will definitely need to buy a tree stand that holds water and holds up the tree upright in place.


Wreaths are essential! Not only do you need one for your front door, but these can also be hung over mirrors, on cabinet fronts, blank walls, the backs of chairs, and interior and exterior windows.

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist - Country Living
Country Living


I’m going to repeat what I said about wreaths for garlands. Garlands are essential! And these are the most realistic garlands you can buy. Not only do you need one for your front door, but these can also be hung over mirrors, draped across the tops of cabinets and furniture, across windows, your mantel and so much more.


Mistletoe is a tradition that dates back centuries. It was a symbol of luck, health, and fertility. I like it because it feels very Christmasy to me. We hang ours in the foyer (and no, we don’t force people to kiss under it). I’m ok with the faux varieties since the real stuff is poisonous!

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist - Amber Interiors
Amber Interiors


I like to place flameless candles around the house and then just a couple of real candles with a favorite Christmas scent strategically placed to welcome guests and set the mood.


Don’t forget the stockings and your stocking hangers. As much as I love the ones that all coordinate – our stockings are hand-me-downs from when we were kids. Don’t have a fireplace? You can hang them from your staircase banister or even hang them on a window!

Natural Elements and Vase Fillers

Natural elements include cranberries, cinnamon sticks, oranges, dried eucalyptus, berry stems, and more. These make fantastic bowl and vase fillers and don’t feel too forced. You can get in the Christmas spirit by making a batch of these dried orange ornaments.

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist - Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart

Tabletop decor

Tabletop decor is anything like Nutcrackers, mini trees, bottle brush trees, nativity scenes, mini light-up houses. You don’t want to go too crazy here but little touches here and there are so festive.

Table Linens

Table cloths, table runners, and cloth napkins are perfect for dressing up your dining table. You can even make your own table runner and DIY placemats.

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist - Better Homes and Gardens
Better Homes and Gardens

Ribbons and bows

Ribbons can go on your tree and adorn your garlands and wreaths, too.

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist - House and Garden UK
House and Garden UK

Advent Calendar

A tradition for some, including us. Best to have it up by December 1st!

Wrapping Paper

One of my favorite decor ideas is also one of the cheapest! Take some old boxes you have laying around and wrap them up with pretty Christmas wrapping paper. Don’t forget the bows! Then, set these around on accent chairs, under the tree, and going up the staircase. I made a TikTok video about this too. It helps fill in those blank spaces that just need something.


Poinsettias and Christmas just go together. And luckily you can find one in a color (white, red, or pink) that would match your existing Holiday decor.

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist 

Hanging Essentials

Handy tools and products for hanging your decor! These include 3m command strips, jute twine, mini light clips, large hooks, and wreath hangers. Get my tips for how to hang garland here and how to hang wreaths here.

Your Christmas Decorating Checklist 

Outdoor Decor

We can’t forget about curb appeal! Net lights, mailbox swag, garland, wreath, battery-operated lights (in case you aren’t near an outlet), and lawn decor. And then the fixings for a pretty outdoor planter like pinecone and cedar picks, evergreens, and berries.

I hope this helps with your holiday decorating this year!

xo Karen

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