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A country Christmas doesn’t have to happen in the middle of rural America, or even in a national forest in Pennsylvania. A country Christmas isn’t in geography or climate. Your own country Christmas can take place in Chicago, in New York City, or even in the middle of the everglades.

A country Christmas is a state of mind. Its the memory of that special Christmas when you were younger, and the money was tight, and you all took the time to make things for each other that really meant something because you didn’t have the money to buy them.

Country decor, in the same way, is not the lights from Target that look like candy canes, or the tinsel that sparkles, or even the country fabric that makes up your soft sculpture wreath.

Country decor is a state of mind. It’s the affection you pour into the candy that you make, or the laughter that takes place when the inevitable mishaps that take place in decorating with children and pets happen. The cup of salt instead of sugar that goes into the cookies accidentally.

Country decorating is more than just fabric and bows, its heart. Here are a few ideas for adding country to your own Christmas.

This particular country room shows one of the biggest and most important parts of decorating for Christmas. Years of collecting and scavenging from flea market finds and country sales. Your country decorating should reflect that same attention to detail. If you collect it, get it out and display it for the holidays.

Let your Old world Santa’s sit in every corner of the room. Greenery tied with bows over the mantle, or over a doorway entering a long hall with a big bow of deep red is a welcoming effect and so easy to accomplish. You can use either the real thing, pruned from a pine tree, or the more popular flame retardant artificial pines that are available in long strands to weave around your chandelier or drape from the staircase.

At the peak of each drape, toss in a bow, or a cluster of bulbs.

One thing I particularly like to do at the holidays is to take some of the acrylic icicles and hang them in my window, several per window, from fishing line, or do the same with red satin bulbs, suspended from garland.

Tie a few candy canes from fishing thread and tape to the ceiling, to dangle among the snowflakes you cut from paper.

A bowl of pine cones, with a few gold bulbs scattered among them, the entire bowl lit up to reflect the bulbs using cordless battery operated lights will look perfect on a coffee table and glow gently in the evening.

Candles everywhere, their candle-holders tied up tightly with bows or ribbon, or a candy cane tossed in.

A simple and easy holiday table runner can be made with no sewing, using just a length of fabric of your choice, and iron on tape for hemming. Add a tassel at each corner and it can be used the whole season for a coffee table, buffet or dining room table.

A pillow, quick stitched from a holly berry or old world Santa fabric can bring in the holiday season and become the focal point of your sofa or chair.

A wreath of hard candy, suspended from a styrofoam form using stick pins in the ends of the candy wrappers leave the candy still edible and make a whimsical addition to your decorations.,

A small wooden sign, purchased for a very low cost at hobby shops can be easily painted up with a “Merry Christmas” to hand inside the door to welcome the drop in company.

A pan of cinnamon in water, simmering on the stove will keep the house smelling fresh and sweet, and be particularly inviting during this season.

Nearly anything that is warm and welcoming, that invites comment and conversation is part and parcel of a country Christmas. Wrap yours up today.

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