It’s the merriest season, and I’m thrilled to invite you into my humble home! Today, I’m sharing red and gold Christmas tree decoration ideas. Along the way, I’ll even toss in a few personal stories of Christmases past. (Ooo, it’s gonna be juicy!)
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A Red and Gold Christmas Story
As I began planning my Christmas tree decor, I realized much of my style is inspired by Christmases spent with loved ones. Red and gold are traditional colors that may set the stage, but my tree has so many other secrets to unlock.
Let’s make a few stops, and I’ll tell you all about it…
It started with a red and gold Christmas wreath.
Years ago, when my husband and I were first married, I wanted to design my first Christmas wreath to hang over our mantel. I enlisted my mom’s help, and we quickly fell in love with the red and gold checkered ribbon you see throughout the wreath and garland.
I’ve since made several holiday wreaths and recently published this homemade Christmas wreath tutorial with step-by-step instructions.
The ribbon has a timeless but whimsical, eye-catching quality that I still adore.
Santa’s gifts come in white.
When I woke up on Christmas morning as a child, I immediately knew which gifts came from Santa Claus. He always wrapped his presents in pristine white wrapping paper.
In a nod to the Santa of yesteryear, I decided to wrap my gifts in a white and red color scheme. I love how the white contrasts with the red and gold ornaments on the Christmas tree. For the final touch, I added a simple red ribbon on the gifts.
The best Christmas gifts are always DIY.
A few years ago, my sister-in-law gifted us with a framed print that has the words “Wise men still seek him” printed on a chevron pattern. Beyond adding charm to our coffee table tray, it centers us spiritually during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.
What is Christmas without music?
I began playing the piano and singing in choirs at an early age, so naturally, I can’t do Christmas without music! Lots and lots of music. This red and white “fa-la-la” pillow added just the right musical reference to our living room.
Christmas magic happens when the lights go down.
Like many other households, we have magic that happens when the lights go down. I love seeing our living room illuminated by nothing more than the white lights from our mantel and beautiful Christmas tree standing in the corner.
Do you spot our little friend nestled underneath the red and gold Christmas tree?
Other secrets hide within the tree.
One of my favorite ornaments came from our babymoon in Asheville, N.C. I was very pregnant with twin boys and thought I deserved a memento after the never-ending Biltmore Estate tour!
At first glance, this little wooden house looks like a simple wooden gingerbread cottage…
A closer look reveals the surprise…a bride and groom on their wedding day. My boys ask to see this ornament every year!
Speaking of surprises, this magic once happened by the red and gold Christmas tree.
Nearly 10 years ago, my boyfriend (at the time) surprised me with an early gift by the Christmas tree. He presented me with three small boxes.
The first contained the ornament below…
The second contained another framed ornament with our names printed on it and the word “married.”
Needless to say, the third box contained an engagement ring, and the rest is history!
The ornaments now hang on our tree, nearly a decade later, but the ring hangs on my finger. (wink)
If you know of a couple that recently tied the knot, check out my recent post for top newlywed Christmas ornament ideas.
All that glitters is not gold. It could be silver or champagne color, too.
Not every room got dressed up in a red Christmas theme. Our dining room has a more neutral metallic feel with blue and white tones. I recently wrote a post about how I made a Frontgate knock-off wreath as a holiday decoration for this room.
I’ve also since created this DIY holiday table centerpiece with mercury glass to complement the wreaths.
You can also get the full tutorial on the stenciled table runner shown above.
When you make friends feel welcome, they will keep coming back.
I hope you felt welcome here and got some Christmas decoration ideas for your own home. I look forward to your next visit! In the meantime, you can visit my Home & Decor and Holidays & Events pages for more ideas.
Tip: You may notice the small battery-operated LED lights in my front-door wreath. The lights twinkle each night on a timer and add an extra sparkle to my front porch.
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