Red and Gold Christmas Tree Decoration Ideas

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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!)

Red and gold Christmas tree with presents and mini sled underneath

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Christmas tour of 22 homes

This year, I’ve partnered with over 20 other bloggers on the Christmas Tour of Homes. I hope you’ll visit their lovely homes at the end of this post.

Big thanks go to Carol of The Red Painted Cottage , Sherry of  Savvy Apron, and Nicki of Sweet Parrish Place for their hard work organizing this tour!

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…

Red and gold Christmas tree

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.

Christmas wreath and mantel by Christmas tree, decorated with red and gold

The ribbon has a timeless but whimsical, eye-catching quality that I still adore.

Red and gold Christmas mantel garland

To see how I switched up the ribbon on the tree and mantel for a totally different look, check out my plaid Christmas tree decorations.

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.

Red and gold traditional Christmas tree

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.

Living room decorated with red and gold Christmas decorations

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.

Living room sofa with Christmas throw pillows in red and white

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 the beautiful red and gold Christmas tree standing in the corner.

I’m not sure how you feel about artificial Christmas trees, but I’m delighted with the one we purchased a few years ago. The prelit aspect really sealed the deal for me.

Lighted red and gold Christmas tree at night
Balsam Hill Pre-Lit Christmas Tree with LED Lights

Do you spot our little friend nestled on the tree skirt?

Red and gold decorated Christmas tree with white presents underneath

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…

Gingerbread cottage wooden ornament hanging on tree

A closer look reveals the surprise…a bride and groom on their wedding day. My boys ask to see this ornament every year!

Gingerbread cottage wooden ornament hanging on tree with couple inside

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…

Framed photo of couple hanging from three small boxes

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.

Dining room metallic table centerpiece

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 red and gold Christmas tree ideas for your own home. I look forward to your next visit! In the meantime, you can visit my Home & Decor and Party & Events pages for more ideas.

Red and gold Christmas wreath on black front door

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.

Visit my latest Christmas tree decorating tips for more inspiration!

Don’t forget to check out the wonderful bloggers below for more holiday tours!

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    1. That’s the kindest compliment, Michelle! Thank you! I feel the same about your style. You’re my twin soul of decorating. Hugs back to you, and Merry Christmas!🎄

  1. I love your decorations this year Crissy, they are so beautiful. Something about those memory ornaments, the ones you put up every year that remind you of the past, they are always the best ones. Got me right in the feels.

  2. Aww! Such a sweet engagement story and I love how your husband proposed through ornaments and a RING! 🙂 I really like that red and gold ribbon that influenced the rest of the decor in your home. Gold is my favorite color!


  3. Crissy, I’m so glad you took part in our tour this year because your house and decorating is beautiful! I really love your tree, mantel and your wreaths using red and gold. I also love your selection of pillows and your dining table centerpiece is gorgeous!

    1. Thanks, Carol, for the kind comments and for including me in this wonderful tour! I very much enjoyed meeting some new talented bloggers. Looking forward to staying in touch! Happy Holidays! 🌲

    1. Hi Carol! I didn’t see your comment at first! Thanks so much for stopping by, and thanks for the kind compliments. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

  4. Crissy, I love the personal stories in this post, and your home is so elegant and beautiful! Have a wonderful Christmas!

  5. I love the bright red and green on the mantle and tree. It is gorgeous and I love the idea of the presents from Santa being wrapped in white wrapping paper. I might have to steal that idea. Your home is just beautiful and I am so glad that you joined the Christmas Tour of Homes this year.

    1. Thank you, Sherry! And thanks for helping to organize such a fun tour of homes this year. I’m blown away by all of the talent and inspiration.

  6. I loved reading the little stories throughout your post, and your tree and mantle are just beautiful! Love that checkered ribbon! Thanks for joining us this year for the Christmas tour of homes!

    1. You’re so kind. Thank you for organizing such a great tour, Nicki! It’s been so much fun visiting everyone’s home all decked out for Christmas!

  7. Super impressed with your mantel, wreath and centerpiece making skills. So happy to pin these posts for others as good tutorials are hard to find. Your red and white theme is beautiful…love your pillows. Congrats on your newlywed Christmas. Enjoy and enjoy!!

    1. You’re so sweet, Susie. Thank you! Loved seeing your home on the tour as well and will enjoy reading all of your other great content this year and next! Happy Holidays!

  8. Wow!! Your home is so beautiful! There’s nothing more classic that the traditional gold and red this time of year, especially when it’s as stunning as yours! Happiest of holidays to you!

  9. What a beautiful holiday home tour. I love how perfect your tree is with all the festive and holiday colors. You have such a lovely home. The table runner is my favorite. Its been a wonderful tour and great to meet you. Maria

    1. Thanks so much, Maria! I forgot to mention in the post that I made the table runner a while back and have a post about that. Glad you liked it! It’s great to meet you on this tour, too!