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See details. See all 3 brand new listings. About this product Product Information Christmas with Southern Living continues its year history as the largest, most up-to-date and complete guide to the holidays available. With over all-new recipes and dozens of decorating and entertaining ideas, it's the one-stop, everything-you-need book for Christmas celebrations.

Not only does this book offer readers a variety of recipe ideas to help celebrate the season, but it also offers dozens of decorating, entertaining, and gift ideas. Some of the exciting features of Christmas with Southern Living include: A page write-on-friendly Holiday Planner containing calendars and charts, quick entertaining and cooking tips, and spaces to make holiday card and gift lists, organize menu plans, and note decorating ideas and upcoming holiday events Photos of idea-packed holiday homes for creative, but not costly, decorating ideas Holiday table setting and centerpiece ideas, mantels, wreaths, and natural decorations are prominently featured An extensive source list of where to find props and accessories pictured throughout the book Over the years, Southern Living has truly become known as a Christmas expert and Christmas with Southern Living gives readers that expertise in one easy, complete guide to the holidays.

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To make your house a Christmas haven, decorate every place you can possibly reach — and then some! Grab a ladder, and dress up pendant lights in a kitchen or over an island with festive evergreen garland. Using wire, simply secure the garland to the extended lights. This decorating idea is especially applicable for houses with entertaining kitchens, as pictured. This open floor plan keeps the cook from being cut off from the festivities on Christmas morning, and is perfect for entertaining. Because guests will be wandering through the kitchen, it is important to decorate it in festive holiday greenery.

Make your wrapped Christmas packages Pinterest-level-pretty by attaching small tokens to each gift. Some suggested adornments include bells, small ornaments, sprigs of evergreen, glittery snowflakes and holly. The possibilities are endless, and gifts can be customized dependent upon their recipient. Pick a variety of patterns and colors of wrapping paper, and unify the scheme with the same color ribbon. During the Christmas season, it is easy to get caught up in the gift-buying, house-decorating, meal-cooking, and dessert-baking.

This year, in order to remind your family about the real reason for the Christmas season, incorporate an Advent wreath in your holiday decoration plans. Advent wreaths are an important family Christmas tradition across the entire South, and help keep track of the four Sundays of Advent. Put together a quick and easy Advent wreath by grouping pillar candles wrapped in strands of thread. Arrange the candles in a large wooden bowl filled with dried black-eyed peas, pomegranates, and artichokes.

Because we live in the South, our winters are much more mild, and we can use our screen porches all the way through the Christmas season. Decorate your outdoor spaces with wreaths, candles, and large glowing orbs to draw guests outside to cozy up by the fire. This understated yet festive outdoor spaces is perfect for casual gatherings. We love the rustic candlesticks seen on the table of this back porch. And while these red chairs are functional year round, when taken among all the festive Christmas decorations displayed during the holiday season, they begin to resemble cheery sleighs.

However, the dark green wires often distract from the elegant twinkle that we desire. Disguise those unsightly wires from string lights by winding them around a column or post with Christmas greenery or garland. Personalize the garland by attaching spray-painted pinecones and metallic ornaments with fishing line. Finally, set out a pretty container of ornamental cabbage or kale at the base. To add an additional pop of color, a potted Poinsettia also looks great.

Elegant, yet far from overwhelming, this metallic Christmas tree theme is perfectly understated yet fancy enough for even a formal holiday gathering. Create an opulent feel without overwhelming the space by decorating your Christmas tree with sophisticated metallic shades. The limited color scheme of silver, gold, and bronze is both classy and timeless. Minimal pops of green and red bring festive Christmas cheer, while the dominant colors of silver and gold make the tree sparkle with subtle yet eye-catching flair.

Choose icicle-style lights to wrap the tree to emulate diamonds. In lieu of the traditional reds and greens of holiday flowers, use bright peacock feathers on your mantel as a statement piece. First, select a neutral container for the feathers — we chose this concrete plant box as a solid foundation. Place a block of floral foam inside of the container, and then arrange peacock feathers in a whimsical pattern. Add a few curly willow branches to add dimension in the back. We suggest using this edgy arrangement to compliment other nontraditional design elements.

Even if it means using unexpected colors, like cream and beige, a room with well-incorporated decorations looks classy and expensive. A true Southern decorator knows just how important a well-wrapped gift is, and you will never catch us wrapping our gifts in computer paper. For family gatherings, make the exterior of your gifts look just as good as the presents that lie inside. The bonus is that, until you give the gifts to their recipients, they will add class to your living room while they wait under your tree. Pair preprinted gift tags that reinforce your Christmas decorating scheme with boxes wrapped in chocolate and metallic papers to add character under the tree.

No, we are not telling you to wrap your coffee table in wrapping paper. Rather, get creative and upgrade your living area by wrapping a coffee table in belts of festive Christmas ribbon.


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Transform your coffee table into a Christmas present by crisscrossing strands of ribbon over the top and sides of the table, like you would when wrapping a gift. To avoid over-decoration, choose a neutral ribbon color that is close to the color of the table, and wrap loosely. Add festive centerpieces, like spray painted pine cones, and metallic family heirlooms to add sparkle to the elegant decoration. For a tasteful, intricate, and slightly minimalist Christmas display, fill transparent glass cylinders with painted holiday objects. Use spray paint to add a shimmery touch to pinecones, acorns, or round glass ornaments.

Display these tall decorations en mass, on a dining table, coffee table, or even a demilune. Large glass vases look fabulous when arranged on a windowsill. This do-it-yourself Christmas decoration is easy to make, yet results in a classy, elegant final product. Create a unified and sophisticated alternative to mismatched Christmas ornaments with glittering balls and stars in various finishes. While you can collect glittery Christmas ornaments from seasonal shops, this decoration idea is also very easy to do yourself.

Buy a variety of unfinished ornaments from your local craft store, and select a few festive shades of fine glitter. Adhere the glitter to the ornaments using adhesive spray, Mod Podge, or color-coordinated paint. Experiment with patterns for more intricate details. Take advantage of your beautiful banister. Drape festive green winter garland up the handrail of a staircase, and anchor it with metallic gold or rich red bows for a Christmas welcome in your foyer. When anchoring the garland to your banister, make sure that you select a ribbon with wire trim.

The wire trim will ensure that the ribbon maintains a stiff bow shape that lasts throughout the season. For added sparkle, string white icicle lights up the banister. Wind the spiral tightly around the base of your stairs as a festive finishing touch. Add aromatic clippings from your Christmas tree for a cheery bonus! Forgo the traditional single wreath on your porch, and welcome Christmas guests with three miniature wreaths for an understated yet creative take on a Christmas classic.

Add a colorful, personal touch by attaching all three wreaths to a long piece of ribbon in the pattern of your choice. Choose smaller wreaths to avoid overcrowding your doorway, but mix and match details on each individual wreath.

This design idea is ideal for glass-front doors, as it covers maximum surface area. Quickly take your everyday living area to Christmas village by swapping out your basic throw pillows for festive, holiday-themed pillows. Find pillows at a local interior design shop, or whip up your own from festive holiday fabric. By adding Christmas pillows to a room, you can forgo other holiday decorations and save time. We found our pillows from Judy Ross Textiles at judyrosstextiles. Pillows in wing chairs : Judy Ross Textiles; judyrosstextiles.

Talk about luxe! This metallic show-stopping arrangement will take your Christmas decorations from homey to Hollywood elegance. Mix and match metallic finishes by grouping all of your metallic dishware in one central cluster. Turn silver and mercury glass vases and candlesticks into festive Christmas accents by arranging them in a mismatched group.

Add a few candles into the arrangement, but do not overdo it — just a few candle lights will reflect from their metallic surroundings, and will attract tons of attention and compliments! Add a few bright red Christmas berries, such as Holly or Nandina Berries, for a pop of color. Swags are not only for doorways and porches. Craft a classic Christmas decorative swag on your mantel out of surprisingly nontraditional materials. In this Christmas swag, thin tree branches and birch bark shavings make up the rustic display for a minimalist living room. Red berries and frosted Christmas trees in varying heights lend holiday touches to the natural arrangement, which could be used throughout the fall and winter seasons.

Here are a few of our favorite things! Pretty paperwhite flowers add Christmas cheer to your kitchen. This simple holiday decoration technique is a perfect way to add casual Christmas charm to your kitchen, or any room, using snow-white paperwhite flowers. This easy DIY idea requires only a few materials — Paperwhite bulbs, pebbles, and glassware. Compose an arrangement by planting paperwhite bulbs in everyday glassware and shallow bowls. They are also one of the easiest indoor plants to grow. If you are expecting lots of company this Christmas season, you will need lots of places for people to sit, relax, and, most importantly, eat.

Create a communal spot for guests to meet for breakfast. Create a tiny breakfast nook in the kitchen by fitting an upholstered banquette and a small table in the corner. You will have an ideal spot for your guests to enjoy a quick meal, a cup of steaming coffee or hot chocolate, or a sweet Christmas treat.

Magnolia garland is one of the most traditional elements in all Southern Christmas decorating. If you have access to magnolia leaves, you can turn your Christmas displays into a modern holiday fairyland by making your own wreath. Using magnolia clippings and florist foam wreaths, you can make your own Christmas magnolia wreath — no need for wire or glue! Wide white ribbon secures the wreaths to the ceiling, and keeps the embellishment to a minimum.

Magnolia Wreath: Step-by-Step Directions. This gala- worthy Christmas decoration technique is a quick way to upgrade your outdoor patio with glitz and sparkle. Everyone has a few strands of lights left over after decorating their front porches. Use them to spruce up your patio with holiday cheer. Hang the twinkling white lights on a fountain or stone wall in your garden to create a striking winter focal point on your patio or porch. You can also hang lights from an outdoor shed, pool house, or tall fence. Save those Christmas-tree clippings!

Recycle the simple, fragrant sprigs of greenery by placing them in colorful glass vases or jars for quick and easy coffee table arrangements. For a pop of natural, add sprigs of Holly or Nandina berries to the arrangements. You can even add sparkle by lightly coating the branches in metallic spray paint.

Tie ribbon or fabric scraps around the necks of the vases for added cheer. Have each of your children pick their favorite ornaments, and attach using the ties — they will love their mini Christmas trees. Rumor has it, Santa's elves love leaving chocolate squares under these trees in the days leading up to Christmas night.

This year, instead of wrapping ribbon around your Christmas tree, let it cascade down. Decorate your tree with long, cascading tendrils of colorful ribbon, rickrack, and pom-pom fringe for a whimsical, colorful, and modern Christmas tree. Search the remnants section of your local fabric-and-trim store for clearance deals on pieces that are at the end of a roll or oddly-sized, and collect them throughout the entire year.

Attach the ribbons and trims directly to an embroidery hoop and simply slide over the top of your tree. Stick to one color scheme, or make it bright. Spare your walls, and give yourself or your husband the gift of hardware-less, labor-less Christmas decor. For a minimalist, elegant display, hang your wreath with a simple satin ribbon, using transparent fishing line for any necessary support.

For a fresh and youthful Christmas wreath, use multiple ribbons tied in bows of various lengths. Tie multicolored Christmas ornaments to the ends for bright, fun details. Beautiful evergreen wreaths secured using simple ribbons tied into bows lend an elegant and festive appearance to this white farmhouse. Achieve the same classic look at your own home by hanging simple matching evergreen wreaths on your doors and windows.

One of the oldest, most traditional Southern decorating techniques has got to be the old fruit-in-glass-vase technique. It is so easy to twist this classic decoration to fit the Christmas holidays. Simply use a glass hurricane or vase to create a festive, fruity arrangement by filling the jar with layers of limes, red holly berries, and lemons or oranges. The traditional Christmas colors of red, green, and gold will last all season. Top off your arrangement with steams of seasonal greenery.

For a cheap holiday stocking display, skip the extravagant stockings and instead, make your own. Use simple and inexpensive burlap fabric from the fabric store to fashion handmade Christmas stockings. Hand-stitch the edges of each stocking foot with light-colored twine — the messier, the better.

With these stockings, a loopy, uneven stitch actually compliments the rustic burlap. Label each stocking with mismatched block letters, found at a flea market or on sale at a craft store, for a personal touch. Secure to your mantel using the same twine used to stitch the stocking. Make a department store worthy Christmas present display with this natural present wrapping technique.

The contrasting light and rich browns add cozy, coordinated warmth under the Christmas tree, and the crisp whites add sharp clean lines to the earth-toned theme.


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    Save your wallet by displaying your tree in something that you already have lying around your house — a simple and natural woven basket. While you will likely still need to support the trunk using a tree stand inside of your basket, the results are much more beautiful than displaying your tree in a stand alone, and much cheaper than purchasing that tree skirt you only use once a year. Look into Christmases past, present, and future with these crystal ball decorations.

    You can add these mercury glass balls to a shiny display for even more sparkle and glitz, or incorporate them into a rustic display for an element of elegance. Mercury is such a versatile finish. Because it is made from natural elements, it works in a natural display, as above. Use these mercury glass balls to adorn your Christmas tree, or pile them up in a basket by the fireplace. Their large size is unique and makes a big impression. Rejoice, rejoice. Disco is not dead. This unique Christmas idea is reminiscent of glory days gone but not forgotten.

    Hang a disco ball from the ceiling to float it above your Christmas tree. A disco ball is much more appropriate. This rule is especially true when using a flocked Christmas tree. The white tree branches mean that you get a blank canvas. Turn your house into a winter wonderland by choosing an icy, sparkly theme that is sure leave a lasting impression on guests. Keep the color scheme consistent by introducing only shades of three different colors. Above, we chose bright white, cool aqua, and turquoise.

    In the time leading up to Christmas morning, the gifts under your tree act will as functional decorations. You might as well make them part of your Christmas decoration theme. They are going to be there, anyway. Purchase wrapping paper that coordinates with your decorating color scheme. We suggest selecting at least two different wrapping paper rolls, and three to four different ribbon spools.

    The varied wrapping will bring layers of intricate detail to the space under your tree. Arrange any extra ornaments into leftover vases or wicker baskets. This cheap Christmas decoration idea means that none of your beautiful Christmas tree ornaments will go unused. We even added a few strands of leftover ribbons to our ornament collection to bring color to the display. Stack the vases on coffee tables and side tables to spread the color scheme across your entire living space.

    Arrange gifts around the base of your ornaments to incorporate them into their surroundings. Christmas tree skirt shopping can be either a happy hit or a major miss; you may find a skirt made out of fabric so beautiful that you completely redesign your entire Christmas decoration based upon the festive upholstery fabric.

    Or, you may end up spending money on a plain red tree skirt that you bought out of desperation. Instead of fretting over store-bought tree skirts, make your own Christmas tree skirt. Make a custom Christmas tree skirt using fabrics from other upholstered pieces, like chairs, pillows, or even the sofa, in the room. Save scraps from your past projects to piece together alternating rings that will always match your room. Keep an eye out for temple bells at year-round flea markets, or order them online from a specialty store. Attach the bells to one another using wire, and bunch fresh holly where the two meet, and secure it to the top of your tree.

    Experiment with different toppers using various seasonal greenery and flowers. Bells are a classic decorating alternative to the typical star. Cluster small ornaments together for an extravagant impact. Small ornaments can easily get lost on a busy tree amid the sparkling lights and merry garland. Using thread or fishing wire, simply thread a cluster of ornaments together and tie to make an eye-catching arrangement.

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    Hang them on your tree sporadically for shiny upgrades — we love adding a bell or two for some jingle. Incorporate the same individual small ornaments throughout the tree to echo the larger displays. You can also hang these festive ornamental clusters around your house, such as on wreaths or from your mantel. Pretty gift tags add an irreplaceable finishing touch to any Christmas gift. Make your own for an easy, personalized touch.

    Hand making gift tags is a great holiday crafting project for kids — they will experience the selfless joy of giving by being involved in the gift-giving process. A deck of cards is the perfect medium for quick gift-tag making. Using a cookie cutter and a pencil, trace the shape of your choice onto a deck of cards.

    Cut out and punch a hole in the tops, and string the gingerbread man onto Christmas gifts and ribbons.

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    Use any type of paper and any shape cookie cutter to personalize these hand-made holiday tokens. Take your front door to next-level festivity.


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    • Instead of just hanging up a wreath and calling it quits, go all-out and create an entry with a theme. Stage a royal welcome by hanging lanterns from shepherd hooks anchored in galvanized washtubs planted with ivy. Topped with a faux cardinal, this seasonal lighting solution helps introduce your Christmas decorating theme right at the front door.

      For a red-carpet look, create a clever runner with tartan fabric and green burlap that spans from the door to the steps. Hold the runner in place with heavy-duty double-sided tape from the hardware store. Magnolias and paperwhites are not the only flower that we suggest for Christmas decorating. Bright white tulips are a fun way to add fresh garden holiday cheer straight from the farmhouse. Punctuate classic reds, greens, and golds with a bright burst of white tulips.

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      Tulips are available year-round from your local florist or grocery store, and they are a fresh alternative to other holiday flowers. Group them in thick clusters for maximum impact. Before you arranging the tulips in your vase, cut the tips and add a scoop of sugar for longevity. When hosting a holiday party, let your festive decorations double as fun goodie bags. Pictured above, the holiday hostess displays faux cardinal ornaments on top of a rustic holiday basket of treats. The baskets will then be given as parting gifts to departing guests.

      Outfit your everyday dining room chairs in their Christmas best. Wrap your chairs in a merry cummerbund fashion, using a band of burlap as the base, and tartan on top. Tie with wide red grosgrain ribbon, and secure all cloth with an oversize laundry pin. Add a few jaunty pheasant feathers, and use scissors to make inch-wide cuts along the bottom of the burlap for a frilled, fringe look.

      We suggest staying away from fabric with glitter — when guests lean back on their chairs, the glitter tends to rub off. Instead of a traditional table runner, try this Christmas table decoration as an alternative.


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