2020 Holiday Season Trends

It’s hard enough to keep track of your own world during the holidays without trying to figure out what’s new and trendy. But Christmas Night Inc. has done it for you! We have our finger on the pulse of the holidays every year, and our guide to the holiday season trends of 2018 will help you have a more rewarding, less stressful December. While you can’t go wrong with tradition, our tips and advice below can put you at the forefront of the season.

Holiday Shopping Trends

1. Mobile shopping is here to stay.  The year 2017 saw more than 40 percent of November and December purchases were made using mobile phones, especially via store apps. In 2018, this is expected to climb to more than 50 percent. In fact, some in the newer generation only browse and shop on their phones. Most mobile purchases are made during the early morning, at night and on weekends. Work hours are one time where desktop purchases still dominate online sales.

2. Yes, Christmas shopping will start earlier.  The holiday shopping season continues to get earlier and bigger every year, from “Black Friday” sales beginning on Thursday to Cyber Monday expanding into Cyber Week. This year, shoppers are expected to start looking for deals as early as late October. As much as some people profess to dislike this “Christmas Creep”, there has been evidence in recent of “buyer fatigue” setting in following the initial rush. So it’s probably best to get your shopping and selling in early, as much as you might loathe it.

3. Post-Christmas shopping is a hidden opportunity for everyone.  Studies have shown that shopping surges again during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Known to some as “Cyber Week 2”, this is when A) stores are often trying to unload excess inventory and B) shoppers are armed with gift cards they received on Christmas. Both businesses and customers can take advantage with the right deals.

Holiday Decoration Trends

1. Colors are in the cooler spectrum this year.  Pretty much everyone is familiar with the traditional Christmas colors of red, green, silver and gold. But in 2018, the range of purple, blue and gray is in fashion. These cool but vibrant colors will enhance the wintery aspects of your ornaments, lawn figures and other decorations. Metal hints such as platinum and copper – and yes, silver and gold – will give them the fiery edge that befits Christmas Eve.

2. Go rustic with greenery.  Whether you’re dressing up the mantle or setting up a  giant Santa sleigh  on your front lawn, try lining it with some real evergreen clippings or leaves. These darker tones add a natural rustic touch and fit perfectly with the seasonal theme of life and rebirth.

3. Urban chic is in.  If you haven’t thought of metal, glass or concrete decorations as being part of Christmas, think again. The brilliance of this modern décor lies in its simplicity, as it brings a feeling of coziness to your home. Use metal and glass to create geometric ornaments, candleholders and tabletop sculptures. Their reflective qualities create cool light patterns that dazzle at night.

4. Decorate the table.  Tables aren’t just for eating. A new trend is to make the table a focal point for holiday decoration, as this sets the mood of each meal. Everything has potential, from the tablecloth and plates to the napkin holders, candles and ornaments. Go classic chic with a red scheme and some small white details or try out the blues and grays we mentioned earlier.

Trends in Holiday Fashion

1. You can’t go wrong with white.  If you live in the northern climates, you may think there’s too much white around with all the snow. But white provides a great seasonal canvas to accent with other colors. A white jacket will make the pops of black polka dots, a red scarf or blue hat stand out even more.

2. Velvet is on the comeback.  A velvet outfit is an increasingly trendy look. The combination of the soft look and feel with some bold dark colors up the romantic aspect of the holiday season. You’ll especially stand out against the white and green all around you. A black and blue velvet outfit is a good choice for ladies, while men might go for a maroon velvet suit.

3. Plaid is rad.  Grunge rockers remember plaid, and this check pattern is back in vogue for both men and women as part of the ’90s nostalgia movement. It’s a timeless look that’s way more fashionable than a holiday sweater – and when the pattern is printed on flannel fabric, it’s just as warm. Keep it minimal, though, or you’ll end up looking like a 25-year-old grandma.

4. Flowers aren’t just for summer.  A floral print will really stand out during the holiday season. Go for a dark, romantic print as opposed to the brighter tones of spring and summer flowers. Asian floral prints are another fun option that is always in style. This isn’t limited to women, either. Guys can rock a floral shirt with roses or carnations as well, especially if there are a few star embellishments to balance the theme.

Evolution of the Beloved Nutcracker

Giant Nutcracker

The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale….”
Vera Nazarian

Primitive nutcrackers were nothing like the nutcrackers that we know of today. To understand the significance of the nutcracker, we need to go back in time to a point when malevolent spirits held a place in everyday life. In these early times, typically referred to medieval times, nutcrackers were used to ward off spirits, bring luck and crack nuts.

The Nutcracker as an Everyday Tool
Typically, nutcrackers were of simpler but creative design. During medieval times, the nutcracker was an everyday tool. And nuts were a staple in everyday life. Medieval nutcrackers were whittled from wood and were skillfully designed by the whittler.

Some nutcrackers appeared with human or elfish heads, animals and other objects. But typically, the nutcracker had two handles which clasped together, and at the end was a cracking mechanism. The nutcracker was more geared toward function but also had ornate design. Nutcrackers weren’t considered decoration in these times, but simply a tool. Once, harder metals were introduced, nutcrackers were also ornately fashioned from metal, but were not as affordable to the lower classes.

The Nutcracker Doll
In the late 17th century the nutcracker was transformed into a doll, by German craftsman. Although, it was doll sized and was given as a gift and used as a toy, the nutcracker still functioned as a nutcracker. It was during this time that the nutcracker became associated with Christmas. It was also, in this time that the dolls began to be used as household decorations and the nutcracker took on a whimsical toy solider appearance with bright colors and embellishments.

In 1892, a ballet was created based off a Prussian novel about a nutcracker prince and a mouse king which was titled “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.” In the ballet, The Nutcracker, the nutcracker was dressed as a Prussian prince adorned with a fancy cap and elaborate suit. Prior to the novel and ballet, nutcrackers weren’t typically associated to royalty.

nutcracker ballet

The ballet debuted in December, because part of the ballet is focused on Christmas morning. In both the novel and ballet, the Nutcracker Prince, in toy form, is given to the children to play with as a gift to them all. In the novel and ballet, the Nutcracker Prince, came to life at night, as a life-sized prince who battled the Mouse King. It is possible that once the ballet became more accepted, that the concept of life size nutcrackers, became a part of the holiday season.

In the 19th century, the nutcracker solider became a popular Christmas decoration and gift, and its popularity spread across Europe. As the demand for the nutcracker solider grew, the doll began being mass produced. And this solidified the nutcracker solider as the symbol we know it as today.

life size nutcracker

It wasn’t until the 40s and 50s in the US, that The Nutcracker ballet made its debut on the west and east coasts. The debut in 1944 was on Christmas Eve in San Francisco, and then 10 years later in New York City, in 1954 also on Christmas Eve. These ballets solidified the nutcrackers’ association to Christmas and the holidays in the US. As well as furthering the concept of larger nutcrackers. The costumes evolved from a Russian influence to an English influence as the ballet was adapted from country to country. And the Nutcracker Prince became a giant nutcracker on stage with alterations made to his costume of a nutcracker head, and real sword.

life size nutcracker

The Life-Sized Nutcrackers of Today

The nutcracker has evolved from a household tool essential to daily life into a fiberglass outdoor nutcracker statue adorning the entry ways of the White House in Washington D.C. It is amazing that a simply crafted tool designed centuries ago, withstood the test of time, and is now recognized all over the world as “The Nutcracker.”

Perhaps a prince was trapped inside of a nutcracker, and it is of that magic which nutcrackers came to be part of households across the world during the Christmas season. Or perhaps the magic of Christmas itself cast a spell on the simple nutcracker giving him a new life filled with whimsy for all eternity.

out door nutcracker

Historical Origins of Outdoor Nativity Scenes

Outdoor Nativity scene

Giant Nutcracker

“All cultures…have grown out of myths. They are founded on myths. What these myths have given has been inspiration for aspiration.”
— Joseph Campbell, Mythology and the Individual (1997)

From church iconography to Easter baskets, from Yule logs to small indoor crèches and huge outdoor Nativity sets, the backstories behind the outward manifestations of Christian belief, in all their rich variety, remain a source of endless historical interest, and not a little speculation. Continue reading “Historical Origins of Outdoor Nativity Scenes”

Announcing Dog-Statues.com by Christmas Night Inc.

Christmas Night is proud to introduce our new website, www.dog-statues.com. Just as Christmas Night is your ultimate source for outdoor Christmas decorations , dog-statues.com will try to be your ultimate source for all kinds of statues of your family pet, working companion or animal best friend.

Our dog statues represent the very best versions of dog figures made of resin, fine stone , ceramic, structured plush, metal and plush. These dog figures are skillfully, carved, constructed or assembled and colored in factories and workshops in the US, Italy and the Philippines.

Some of our dog statues are made to order and shipped in 4 to 6 weeks from our US factories. Many statues are carried in stock in our and our suppliers warehouse for immediate shipment by Fed EX Ground or LTL truck.

Poodle Statues
Proud, elegant and a bit of a show-off the Poodle is traditionally one of the most fashionable dog breeds. What Poodle owners know is that this ancient breed is also loyal, sensitive and intelligent.

Corgi Statues
The Corgi’s distinctive markings and perky ears, identify a sturdy, alert, athletic dog .which also shows dependability and loyalty to its owner as well as kindness to both man and dog.

Scottish Terrier Statues
Did you know that the Scottish Terrier is only one of two breeds that have lived in the White House more than three times? Our Presidents must have been taken by the Scotties charming, jaunty intelligence as well as respecting the Scotties’ self reliance and willfulness .

Great Dane Statues
The Great Dane, despite appearances , is truly a gentle giant with more than a touch of elegance. They are also, friendly, mid mannered and loyal to their person.

Dachshund Statues
The Dachshund’s build is one of the most distinctive among popular breeds.
Encased in that body, is a dog that is clever, amusing and curious. They are superior but affectionate and lively but suspicious A wonderful combination for the dog person.

Cocker Spaniel Statues
The ideal family dog, the Cocker Spaniel has a gentle, sweet and happy personality. They love people and show it with a seemingly constantly wagging tail.

Labrador Retriever Statues
The Labrador Retriever is one of the most popular breeds in the US.
They achieved this popularity by having a personality that is ideal for growing families with small children. These dogs are playful and bouncy but kind, gentle and patient. They are dependable and loving as well as cheerful.

Different Ways to Decorate Buildings

While homes seem to lend themselves naturally to Christmas decorations, decking out a building can seem like an insurmountable challenge. It’s not. The key to effectively decorating buildings is to ensure you match the size and scope of the building with the décor. Check out some ideas on different ways to decorate buildings we put together here at Christmas Night Inc.

Exterior Christmas Building Decorations

To truly make a statement on the exterior of the building, you typically have to go big and bold with your outdoor Christmas décor. You want to think in feet, not inches, and you also want to go larger-than-life for larger buildings to make the greatest impact.

Large Lighted Signs

Lighted signs that depict holiday greetings can be a great way to add instant impact to the exterior of a building. Since these signs are available in sizes that span up to 68 feet wide, they can serve as the central focal point of your exterior building décor. Smaller options are also available, as are saying that range from “Merry Christmas” to “God Bless America.”

Lighted Stars, Shapes, Figures

Large lighted signs aren’t the only way to make a significant impact when decorating a building. Other wire-frame signs featuring a series of light depicting different shapes are likewise available. Choices include stars, wreaths, lamp posts with ribbon, Santa Claus, elves, reindeer and other holiday themes.

Large Figurines

If your building has a front courtyard or other outdoor areas you want to decorate, large figurines are a notable way to do it. Life-size figures of Santa Claus, carolers, reindeer, elves and snowmen are all options, as are Christmas figures that double as outdoor benches or seating areas.

Massive Wreaths and Reams of Garland

Suspending an outdoor Christmas wreath in the center of the building’s face is another way to make an eye-catching statement. If one large wreath still feels lacking, you can choose several wreaths to display on the exterior in key locations. Smaller wreaths work well on exterior doors and planters, especially if they’re outfitted with lights and bow.

Outdoor garland is another option for festooning the face of the building. It can also be used around the main entryway and exterior planters as desired. Use a thick, hearty, outdoor-rated garland that can stand up to the elements. You also want to use enough of it to create a lush look that stands out against the rest of the building’s façade. Garland can also be accompanied by lights, ribbon and bows to further enhance the look.

Interior Christmas Building Decorations

Having a well-adorned building exterior sets up the expectation that your building’s interior will be equally as fascinating. Placing stunning Christmas decorations in the reception area, lobby and any large front windows will ensure you don’t disappoint.

Reception Area Christmas Decorations

A Christmas tree near the reception area in front of the main desk automatically adds holiday spirit, as does hanging a wreath on the wall behind it. Other options can include hanging a row of stockings or garland along the front edge of the desk. Lights can be included on the tree, wreath and garland to bring an even warmer look to the display.

Reception areas are also prime spaces to display poinsettias, which can be arranged in groupings for a spectacularly lush look.

Lobby Holiday Décor

An expansive lobby and high ceiling are characteristics of many office buildings, creating the perfect canvas for large-scale décor. Suspending decorations from the ceiling can look particularly stunning, especially if you choose large-scale lighted decorations that match with the scale. A collection of large, lighted stars can be suspended at different heights throughout a high-ceiling lobby for an exceptionally dramatic effect.

Large staircase banisters can also be wound with lights, with or without thick garland and large-scale red velvet ribbon and bows to add color into the mix.

Don’t forget the large-scale holiday figures. You can choose from the same selection of large Christmas statues available for outdoor use, or you can opt for those specifically designed to be used indoors.

Large Front Glass Windows

If the front of a building has large glass windows, the area is ideal for a large, eye-catching centerpiece suspended in the middle of it. A single massive wreath could work, especially if it’s decked out with ribbon, lights, ornamentation and a bow. For a more streamlined look, you could opt of a lighted wreath display that features a wire outline of a wreath highlighted with multiple LED lights.

Other lighted shapes or figurines can work in this large area as well, either suspended from the ceiling or placed directly on the floor facing outward from the windows.

With all these ideas of different ways for decorating buildings, you have a sensational starting point to move forward. Feel free to use as many of these ideas as you like, mixing and matching them as you so choose. Decorating buildings for Christmas can make the workplace as warm and welcoming as the home during the holiday season. Check out the selection of holiday decorations at Christmas Night Inc. for even more inspiration.

Fun Christmas Games

Holiday parties are joyful times to begin, but you can turn up the amusement level even further with fun Christmas games. Christmas Night Inc. gathered up a host of different holiday-themed games that can have you and your guests laughing in merriment all night long.

Christmas Trivia Games

Keep guests of all ages guessing and laughing by setting up a Christmas trivia. You can find a few Christmas trivia board games on the market, or you can create your own either in advance or on the spot. Picking a theme can help narrow the questions, and you can also adjust the trivia to match different age groups. Some ideas for Christmas trivia games can include:

  • Santa Claus trivia
  • Reindeer trivia
  • Christmas movie trivia
  • Christmas tradition and history trivia
  • Famous holiday figures
  • Holiday trivia based on past events with family and friends

The last option can be particularly fun if the same people get together every year and have a number of holiday moments you all remember keenly. Questions can include things like: “Who is usually the first to arrive/or last to leave at holiday parties?” or “What notable phrase did Joey utter when he opened a gift to find socks instead of a toy when he was 5?”

Name that Holiday Carol

This fun Christmas game invites participants to guess the name of a carol based on a line from the song. Have one guest say any line that comes to mind, such as “Had a very shiny nose.” Other guests must then guess what carol the line comes from.

The simple example above comes from “Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer,” but you can make it as easy or as challenging as you wish. Whoever guesses the song correctly gets to present the next clue to the crowd.

If remembering the words to Christmas carols becomes too taxing, you can play an alternate version of this game by having someone hum part of a Christmas carol as the clue.

Holiday Spirit Pop Quiz

This game is a fun way to tally how much holiday spirit is in the room. Have someone go around with a piece of paper to use as a scorecard, giving out points for each accessory or article of clothing in their outfit that showcases holiday spirit. You can give one point for each item, or adjust points accordingly.

Someone wearing holiday socks, for example, could get two points. A holiday pin could be worth one point. And if any guests show up in an ugly holiday sweater? At least five points would be a good score for such a grand display of Christmas spirit.

Marshmallow Castle

Similar to building a house of cards, this game engages guests in building a castle of marshmallows. Put a plate in the center of the table, then have each guest put a marshmallow on the plate when their turn comes.

After the bottom layer of the plate is full, they’ll have to start building a castle on top of the marshmallow foundation. Keep the game going as long as possible, until the castle topples from someone’s marshmallow placement. That person, alas, loses the game.

Christmas Charades

Christmas charades follows the same format as the traditional charades game, but with a holiday twist. Guests here have to act out a Christmas-related scene, character or situation without speaking. Examples include pretending to be Santa, a reindeer, or acting out parts of a song. “The 12 Days of Christmas,” for instance, has a slew of different lines someone could use as the clue.

Two Truths and a Lie Game

This game involves a person answering a question with two true statements and one false statement, with participants having to guess which statement is the lie. The Christmas version of this game uses the same format, but with holiday-themed questions.

Let’s say the question is, “What was the worst Christmas gift you ever got?” The player would then name three horrible Christmas gifts, two that he actually received and one that he never received but sounds believable enough to fool the other participants. Those who can spot the lie get a point on a rolling scorecard.

Holiday Guess Who

Sometimes a crowd needs some warming up, particularly if it’s a Christmas party where guests don’t know each other all that well. Holiday Guess Who is a terrific way to go about it. This game involves a list of holiday-related facts about people, and guests have to find a person who matches up with the facts.

Facts on the list can include things like:

  • Find a person who can name all eight reindeer.
  • Find a person who has re-gifted three or more Christmas gifts.
  • Find a person who is wearing holiday socks.
  • Find a person who has dressed up as Santa Claus at least once.

Use your imagination to come up with facts that are straightforward or outlandish as you wish.

With so many fun Christmas games at your disposal, you can bet your holiday party will have nary a dull moment. You can also bet your guests will thoroughly enjoy getting to know each other better while making new memories for many Christmases to come. Feel free to check out the holiday decorations at Christmas Night Inc. to add another layer of fun to your holiday get-togethers.

Create Your Own Christmas Light Show

One of the most fantastic elements of the holidays is all the glimmering, shimmering, brilliant lights, and you can create your own Christmas light show in your very own yard. These tips from Christmas Night Inc. outline how.

Sketch an Overview of Your Yard

Creating a rough yet accurate sketch of your yard gives you a bird’s eye view of how much room you have to work with. It also provides a working draft of all the different areas you want to cover. Once you have an overview of how much space you want to fill and elements you want to light, you can more easily assess how many larger light displays and what type of backdrop lighting will produce the most dramatic effects.

Choose Your Main Lighting Displays

Outdoor Christmas light displays come in a huge variety of options, so it’s important to have a central theme in mind so your Christmas light show has a unified look. Some of the most striking choices include wire-framed displays with lit outlines depicting:

  • Santa Claus
  • Stars
  • Wreaths and Poinsettias
  • Trains
  • Holiday Greetings, such as Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Large light displays often come in animated versions, which is a fun option to consider for even more pizzazz.

You can find lighted displays that measure anywhere from 6 feet to 68 feet wide, with the size you choose depending on the size and layout of your outdoor space. A smaller yard may do fine with a single, 6-foot Santa Claus LED light display, for instance, while a larger yard could use that same Santa as part of a larger display that also includes a 6-foot lighted snowman and a 12-foot lighted Christmas tree display.

Choose Your Backdrop Lighting

While your larger outdoor Christmas light displays will be the most prominent stars of your outdoor light show, you still want to provide backdrop lighting for the greatest impact. This involves strategic placement of outdoor Christmas light strands, light globes, rope lights and other smaller light fixtures.

Outdoor light strands always look keen outlining doorways, windows and outdoor wreaths. Rope lights look particularly gorgeous wound around the trunks of bare trees, while strands can be draped throughout bushes and evergreens.

Globe lights can be placed in darker areas that could use a brilliant boost, while laser projector lights can add a splash of vibrancy and color throughout large areas of the yard. Lighted icicles dangling from the eaves or tree branches can add another intriguing element. Landscape mesh lighting features small LED bulbs on a piece of mesh that can be laid over shrubs like a blanket. Whatever lighting you choose for your yard, make sure it’s rated for outdoor use.

Add Your Lighting Elements to Your Sketch

Go back to the initial sketch you made of your yard and indicate where each light display and different lighting element will be placed. This lets you ensure you space out the displays and lights in a uniform way to create a robust light show.

It also lets you determine what other supplies you may need before you head outside for the installation. Pay particular attention to the length and amount of extension cords you may need to ensure every lighting element has a power source. Use only outdoor-rated extension cords, and connect no more than three strings of lights to a single outdoor extension cord.

Use Safe Installation Techniques

Once you have your sketch and supplies ready, it’s time for the big installation. Before you begin to haul everything outside, plug in all your different light strands, displays and other elements to ensure all of them are in working order.

Several additional do’s and don’ts for installing outdoor Christmas light shows include:

  • Don’t use tacks, nails or metal staples to secure any outdoor Christmas lights.
  • Do use insulated hooks for light strands, and string lights tightly enough to avoid being blown off by the wind.
  • Don’t hang decorations on light strands. Give them their own hooks secured to a stable surface.
  • Don’t tap into your house’s feeder line to power your outdoor lights. Choose
  • Do make sure all larger light displays are firmly secured to avoid wind damage. Either insert them directly into the ground or use a floor stand to display them on a solid, flat surface.

Another big must is to ensure your main source of power comes from a GFCI outlet. GFCI stands for ground-fault circuit interrupter, and it shuts down the circuit if there’s an overcurrent. If you don’t currently have a GFCI outlet, you can have one installed by an electrician for future displays. In the meantime, you can purchase a portable GFCI plug that fits into your regular plug to provide protection.

Make it Easy to Manage

One final step after installation is to make your amazing light show as easy to manage as possible. Rather than having to manually turn the outdoor light show on and off each day, consider using an outdoor timer. Since you want to shut off the lights each night when you go to bed, you can set the timer to align with your bedtime to automatically shut off your display.

While creating your own Christmas light show does take some planning and work, the results are always worth it. With hundreds of lights and eye-catching displays shimmering throughout your yard, your display is sure to instill instant holiday spirit in everyone who passes by. Check out the light displays at Christmas Night Inc. for inspiration any time.

The Best Collectible Christmas Gifts

While giving Christmas gifts like socks and candies may be useful and delicious, neither one is going to be around for the long haul. Collectible Christmas gifts, on the other, can be enjoyed for years to come. Collectibles refer to gifts that are beloved, cherished, passed down through the generations, and may often align with a specific theme as part of a larger collection. We here at Christmas Night Inc. are big fans of collectible Christmas gifts of all sorts and sizes, and we gathered up the best collectible Christmas gifts to share with you.

Angel Collectibles

From minimalist angels crafted out of wood to sleek and shiny sterling silver, angel collectibles are as varied as they people who adore them. Striking ceramic angels, delicate glass angels and cherubic snow angels are all included in the variety of angels collectibles you’ll find the warm the heart of your gift recipient.

Angels serve as much-loved symbols of protection which double as messengers of love, joy and peace. This gives them universal appeal for many, with different angel statues aligning neatly with different personalities and styles.

Another plus with angel collectibles is their ability to remain on display all year long. While you can certainly opt for Christmas-themed angels adorned with holiday details and colors, many angels

Christmas Village and Train Collectibles

If any of your intended gift recipients already have a miniature Christmas village or train set as part of their holiday decorations, gifting them with collectibles that match the set can be a welcome gift indeed. With so many different sets available, you want to make sure you know what collection they own so the pieces you give them match the same style and scale.

For recipients who don’t yet have a winter village or miniature train set, you have the opportunity to jump-start their collection with any of the amazing pieces on the market. These range from miniature, lit-up buildings and homes to train stations and cafés. Again, make a note of which collection you selected so you can add new pieces to the growing collection year after year.

Nutcracker Collectibles

Strong, sturdy and nostalgic, nutcrackers make delightful gifts that instantly bring on the Christmas spirit. They also have the added benefit of bringing on instant functionality when it comes to snacking on shelled nuts.

Nutcracker collectible gifts range from the traditional wooden soldiers to themed collections that even include options such as a “Star Wars” and “Alice in Wonderland” theme. You can find a variety of heirloom nutcrackers as well as those representative of different countries and cultures, providing you with a vast selection of charming options.

Collectible Christmas Characters

Whether your pal is a big fan of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” or the tale of “Rudolf the Rednosed Reindeer,” you can find collectible figurines from a variety of classic Christmas stories. The figurines come in a variety of materials, sizes and styles, from the meticulously hand-painted and handcrafted statues of Scrooge to the adorable ceramic figures of Rudolf and friends.

As with many collectible Christmas gifts, the characters make a striking statement when arranged along the mantel or near the tree as part of the holiday décor. And the collection can keep growing with additional figurines you can gift year after year.

Santa Claus Collectibles

Like nutcrackers, you can find Santa Claus collectibles in a huge array of styles. The traditional North American Santa Claus sports the familiar red suit, black boots and jolly red nose, while the European version of Saint Nick wears a flowing robe. Quality Santa collectibles can be crafted out of ceramic, wood, glass or soft materials with a velvet or fabric outfit.

The vast selection of Santa Claus collectibles means you can find a different Santa for every recipient on your list, one that matches their personality, style or existing décor. Opt for Santa on his own, with an overflowing sack of presents, or even perched in his sleigh led by eight prancing reindeer.

Collectibles related to Santa Claus are another category you can explore, with figurines and statues that would be part of Santa’s North Pole home. In addition to the reindeer, you can find a wide range of elf figurines as well as items such as Santa’s throne, Santa’s mailbox and Santa’s hot cocoa café.

While we covered what we feel are the best collectible Christmas gifts, there are many others out there from which to choose. You can even find life-size collectibles, with impressive nutcracker and Santa Claus statues that stand as high as 6 feet tall.

Whichever collectible Christmas gift you choose, you’ll be choosing a gift that keeps on giving to keep the recipient smiling every time they see it on display. Check out the collectibles available at Christmas Night Inc. for even more ideas for Christmas gifts that make recipients smile.

Indoor vs. Outdoor Christmas Decorations

For those serious about holiday decor, Christmas decorations don’t stop at decking the halls. You are also likely to deck out your living room, kitchen, foyer and areas around your living space, both inside and out. While you may be tempted to use whatever holiday decorations you purchase anywhere you choose, you’re better off keeping indoor Christmas decorations inside the home. Christmas Night Inc. will tell you why.

Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Outdoor Christmas decorations are designed for use outside in the elements, which means they need to be constructed using materials and finishes that are able to withstand the weather. Since they’re usually out in a larger space, they often need to be quite large themselves to make an adequate statement.


One of the most common materials for outdoor statues or figurines is fiberglass resin. Highly durable yet lightweight, fiberglass resin works particularly well for larger statues and decorations that may otherwise be too heavy to easily move.

Other base materials that are often used for outdoor holiday decorations include aluminum, wrought iron, wood and plastic. Although plastic decorations tend to be quite inexpensive, plastic is also the least durable material of the bunch.

Wrought iron is hearty and heavy, yet it can eventually rust and may be very heavy to move. Wood is not a prime choice for cold and wet winters, since wood is prone to warping and rotting. Aluminum is an ideal choice for its light weight as well as its resistance to rust, yet you may not find the fanciest Christmas decorations using it.

Outdoor decorations also require weather-resistant fastening methods, such as screws, nails and wire. Some will feature a single, solid piece crafted out of resin, rather than multiple pieces that need to be attached together and run the risk of being jostled apart.

Extra Protection

Quality outdoor Christmas decorations will also be sealed or protected in some manner to provide extra protection against the elements. Fiberglass resin statues and other figurines may be sealed with a weather-resistant coating.

Wreaths, trees and other Christmas greenery for outdoor use may sport heavy-duty wire bases and branches, along with needles coated with a UV protectant to prevent fading from the sun. Outdoor Christmas lights will often indicate outdoor use on the label. If the lights were made in the U.S., you can also look for a red or silver and red label from Underwriters Laboratories, or UL, which generally indicates decorative lights are suitable for outdoor use.

A green label or silver and green label from UL indicates suitability for indoor use.

Durable, but Not Infallible

While outdoor Christmas decorations are more durable and stronger than those designed for indoor use, it doesn’t mean they are indestructible. You still want to take precautions when setting up your outdoor holiday decorations to ensure they won’t easily blow over – or even down the block.

Staking or weighting down lightweight decorations is a good idea, as is placing or hanging décor in areas that are less exposed to the elements if possible. Covered porches and windows protected by eaves are typically good choices.

Indoor Christmas Decorations

Outdoor Christmas decorations can also be used indoors, as can a wide scope of other ornaments, light fixtures, statues, dolls and other holiday decorations. The selection of indoor Christmas decorations is typically much greater than outdoor decorations, and they come in a variety of sizes and materials that may never work for outdoor use.


Because they’re protected in an interior environment, indoor Christmas decorations can be made out of pretty much anything. Choices range from Christmas trees made of feathers to life-size reindeers sporting fur-like material. You may still find some of the same materials used in outdoor Christmas ornaments, such as resin, aluminum, plastic and wood, but you aren’t be limited to that selection.

The foundations and bases of indoor Christmas decorations don’t need to be as sturdy as outdoor decorations, either. While outdoor Christmas trees and wreaths may come with heavy wire foundations, indoor versions may have wire that’s not as heavy or durable. Many indoor decorations could be blown about with the slightest wind, with the materials easily faded by the sun, soaked by the rain or altogether ruined by the snow.

Fine Details

While an outdoor Christmas statue may sport a solid base painted with weather-resistant paint, indoor Christmas decorations can include a host of different textures and finishes. Faux snow, faux fur, velvet, felt, glitter, metallic paint and other eye-catching fabrics and details are often found more commonly on indoor decorations.

The wider range of materials is matched by a wider range of options for constructing them. Rather than sticking with only weather-resistant screws, nails and wire, indoor decorations can be held together with glue, fine stitching and other methods unlikely to last all that long in the great outdoors.

To ensure you get the longest lifespan and beauty out of your Christmas decorations, it’s important to keep those rated for indoor use inside the home. Feel free to use your outdoor holiday decorations both inside and out, as they’re designed for durability against the elements. Also feel free to browse the vast selection of Christmas decorations right here at Christmas Night Inc.

Last Minute Christmas Decorations

Despite the weeks of excitement and fanfare, Christmas can still sneak up on you quicker than you think. This can leave you expecting a house full of guests with nary a Christmas decoration in sight. Don’t fret. Get creative. We’ll even show you how. Christmas Night Inc. gathered up a handful of last-minute Christmas decoration ideas you can implement in a jiffy.

Go for Bulbs, Bulbs and More Bulbs

Maybe you have some glittery bulbs stashed in the basement somewhere, or you can make a fast trip to the store or have a few boxes delivered quickly. Bulbs and other Christmas ornaments can be hung, strung, placed and propped just about anywhere around the home to create a festive look.

Weatherproof Christmas ornaments can grace outdoor trees or shrubs, while those meant for indoor use can add a holiday touch in any number of creative spaces. Try hanging Christmas bulbs and ornaments in your front windows, from light fixtures or chandeliers, around the bannister, in the center of your front door, or even around interior doorframes.

A batch of Christmas bulbs can also make striking centerpieces for the dining table, or holiday décor for end tables. Simple pick several holiday bulbs that share a common theme, them place them in a decorative bowl or vase.

Just Add Lights

Christmas lights add instant ambiance to your space, and strings of them can be quick and easy to install. Gather up several strands of holiday lights, then use thumb tacks to secure them around windows and doorframes. Drape them generously across the mantel, down the bannister and around picture frames.

String lights also make a striking statement when gathered inside Mason jars, vases or other glass containers that let you see the glow. Bookcases, cabinets, desks and mirrors are also work as places to drape strands of Christmas lights.

Grace Your Home with Greenery

Like holiday lights, Christmas greenery has the power to decorate your place in a flash. Go for long lengths of garland you can wrap around the same type of areas you can hang lights. Spruce up the greenery even further by including a few evergreen boughs and wreaths.

Try Some Sticks and Stones

Tree boughs don’t have to be covered with pine needles to be festive. You can make your own mini tree decorations using sticks. A single larger stick can work as a mini tree on its own. Simply place it in a heavy vase and add lights and ornaments as desired. Smaller sticks can be arranged in vases in batches, and again adorned with ornaments and lights.

Stones can take on the role of Christmas décor if you paint them with festive colors and designs. Use acrylic paint or paint markers to decorate rocks you can then place in strategic areas around the home. Line them up along the fireplace mantel, place them in a decorative bowl, or arrange them in a circle in the center of the table.

Even better, you can gift your painted rocks as stocking stuffers or as a parting present for your guests as they leave.

Dazzle with Glam Candles

Candles of any shape, size, scent or color can contribute to dazzling Christmas candle display. Once you round up your existing candles, or purchase several you can acquire quickly, arrange them into groupings. Perhaps one group is all white candles, while another features candles of all the same size.

Glam up the candles by placing a small ornament on each candleholder, and place each group of candles on its own decorative tray. You should now have several warm and cozy collections of Christmas décor to place around your home as desired.

Build Your Own Tree

No time to go out and get a Christmas tree? Why not try building your own. Take a look around your home and garage to see what types of materials you may have handy. Then build a tree with what you find. Options may include a wire sculpture Christmas tree or a tree that features rolled-up brown bags or paper as branches attached to an old broom handle.

Some of the more creative DIY Christmas trees we’ve seen include one created out of a stack of books and adorned with lights, several made out of glued-together sticks or planks of upcycled wood, and a Christmas tree made out of a ladder. Simply place a ladder in a highly visible area, wrap it with lights and dangle several ornaments from the light strands and ladder frame.

Whether you want to quickly spruce up your home with holiday décor to impress your guests or for your own enjoyment, these last-minute Christmas decorations have you covered. Try one, two or combine all of the ideas to having your house feeling a lot like Christmas in no time at all. For future reference, you can also order Christmas decorations from Christmas Night Inc. all year long so you’ll be set with plenty of time to spare for next year.