Holiday Decor Tips Joanna Gaines Swears By

Thanksgiving has yet to arrive yet, here we are, already talking about the holidays. If you’re like Joanna Gaines and her family, you like to get a head start on the holiday decorations and are often first in line at the Christmas tree lot well before your neighbors have put their pumpkins away. And, we don’t blame you! Decorating for the holidays is unlike any other time of the year. Not only is it a special way to get everyone involved in the festive nesting, but it’s a time to anticipate new memories, old traditions, and the things that make this time of year so special.

Joanna Gaines Christmas Dinner Party table setting

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Joanna Gaines holiday decor tips

In Joanna’s family, the holidays are a season they look forward to all year. “The way my family anticipates Christmas feels different from the way we look forward to almost anything else,” she wrote in her latest issues of Magnolia Journal. “For other things, we’re excited about learning, seeing, or exploring something new and exciting. We anticipate what we have yet to know. But Christmas is different. We look forward to it all year. We count down the days, just to experience it nearly exactly as we always have,” she added. For Joanna, the holidays are a time to be nostalgic and, much of her holiday decor tips comes from that notion.

Here are some of Joanna Gaines holiday decor tips to try this season:

Joanna Gaines Christmas Decor

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Don’t fear the popsicle stick ornaments

With so many beautiful images of Christmas trees on social media and your favorite home decor books, it’s easy to get caught up in new holiday decor trends. But, even though Joanna is the queen of the trends, she prefers to stay true to her family when decorating the tree. “While the popsicle-stick picture frames have cracked over the years, and the photos within them have faded — it only makes me love them all the more,” she said in this month’s Magnolia Journal.

Decorate together

For the Gaines family, holiday decorations are a team effort. “Everyone takes a task: The older kids lead the charge on hanging the ornaments while the younger ones hunt for everyone’s stocking. And every year, Chip and Drake hang my very favorite antique sign, the one that we got earlier in our marriage, that says ‘Christmas Trees For Sale,” she shared.

Deck the halls … with garland

Joanna Gaines’ holiday decor tips are abundant, but one of our favorites is her passion for garland. “Garland is one of those holiday decorations that is timeless and beautiful wherever it’s placed,” she shared on her blog. The former Fixer Upper star likes to add garland to her staircase, mantle, chandeliers, and even makes a DIY dried fruit garland that adds an earthy, yet elegant touch.

Mix old with new

Joanna Gaines’ holiday decor at Target features a variety of Christmassy items perfect for any modern-meets-vintage space. While she loves her old, worn-in ornaments — especially those popsicle-stick ones — she also likes to mix in some newer pieces to blend old with new.

Advent calendar

Countdown to Christmas Gaines style with a fabric advent calendar. “Another holiday favorite is putting little notes in our advent calendar,” she shared with Target.

Get creative with place cards

If you’re having family over for dinner, Joanna suggests having some fun with your place cards as a way make each guest feel special. “Set out place cards and brass pinecone holders as a warm welcome,” she shared with Target. If you don’t have brass ones, you can always go on a treasure hunt for some real ones outdoors!

Layer your napkins with your dishes

Another tip for hosting? Layer festive napkins in between your dinner and appetizer plate. The subtle touch adds texture and dimension to a table.

Artificial stems

If you don’t want to deal with the mess of real pieces of pine tree and other festive sprigs, consider adding some artificial stems in a vase for the holidays. “I like to stick to one kind of stem and use a few in each vase because it looks the most authentic,” she told Target. “Make sure you tease out the branches to give them a little life and movement,” she added.

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