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I spend a little less time in the garden in December and more time with those I love inside our home. Thoughtful decorations add meaning to the holiday season. Decorations need not be expensive to add sentiment and a sense of belonging and tradition to your home. In this post I share some of my favorite meaningful Christmas decorating ideas that make my home feel like Christmas. 

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Meaningful Christmas Decorating Ideas: Ornaments

The Christmas tree is a great place to begin in adding meaning to the decorations in your home. Ornaments do not all need to match to be beautiful. Ornaments collected through the years are reminders of places you’ve visited, past Christmases, and friends and loved ones.  

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I hosted an ornament exchange for years. Each of the ornaments I received reminds me of dear friends who made them as I put the ornaments on the tree. I also give my kids an ornament each Christmas that is representative of that year for them. 

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This ornament tree has pictures of my kids’ grandparents and great-grandparents. As we put the ornaments on this special tree, I always think of each one of them (all the great-grandparents have passed away) and share any memory that comes to mind with my children. We also put a new picture of the kids on this tree each year as they are growing up. It’s fun to see how they change from year to year. 

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Meaningful Christmas Decorating Ideas: I Believe

Santa embodies the spirit of Christmas for me. The Christmas spirit is alive and well at our house and Santa Claus plays a part in that. 

I love this quote about the origin of Santa Claus from one of my favorite books, The Immortal Nicholas, by Glenn Beck. “The entirety of his life to this point had merely been to prepare him for what he was to do next: bring hope to the hopeless and joy to the joyless. He would serve mankind by reminding them every year that a King had been born who had died for their sins.” 

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It’s no secret I have a thing for Santa. That mom kissing Santa? It was me. I find ways to add Santa touches all through the house. 

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My Santa collection has grown through the years but it began with this Santa given to me by my grandma the first year I was married. I love vintage Santas and have purchased almost all of them at Goodwill. 

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Personalized decorations add meaning to Christmas

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Displaying pictures of Christmas past is one of my favorite ways to add meaning to the Christmas decorations in my home. Pictures of when kids were younger, art, and ornaments created by young hands are all treasures. 
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These silhouettes of my children are one of my favorite things in my home. It’s fun to add a Christmas touch to them with a simple felt hat attached with removable tape. 

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This yule log made for me by my grandpa from a tree on his property is priceless to me. 

Meaningful Christmas Decorating Ideas: Remembering the reason for the season

Although it’s easy to get caught up in the other parts of Christmas, I want to make sure the reason we celebrate Christmas, Jesus Christ’s birth, is evident when you are in our home. 

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I took this picture of my 5 children shortly after the birth of my youngest son.
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We love the tradition of adding a piece of straw for each kind act during the month of December to make the manger soft for baby Jesus.
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Our lighted nativity is a favorite decoration.
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Meaningful Christmas Decorating Ideas: Decorations meant to be played with and touched

Decorations become meaningful as children interact and play with them. It’s important to have some items that you aren’t concerned about being broken. Children will remember time spent playing with those Christmastime toys fondly. 

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I make sure to include decorations that little hands can play with and touch
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Magnets added to the back of scrabble pieces make this month-long interactive scrabble game a lot of fun

Meaningful Christmas traditions

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We love sharing caramels with friends
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A handmade quilt is a favorite decoration
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Letters to Santa!
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Thanking those who help us this year
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Exchanging cards with friends and family

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