Friends and family will adore these handy handmade Christmas gifts -- including dishware, vases, and other home accessories -- that are just as fun (and easy!) to make as they are to give. Start one of these simple Christmas crafts today so you can check everyone off your holiday gift list.View Slideshow
Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree shine.View Slideshow
Christmas wreaths don't have to be made from traditional evergreens -- in fact, we encourage you to mix it up with eucalyptus leaves, boxwood, lotus pods, and even items that don't come from nature, such as peppermint candies and pom-poms. These fun-to-make creative designs show you how to make Christmas wreaths with unexpected shapes, dazzling colors, and out-of-the-ordinary materials.View Slideshow
Get ready for the Christmas season with our clever tricks to simplify the holidays. Including crafty Christmas wrapping ideas, must-try ideas for hosting guests, and why-didn't-I-think-of-that Christmas shortcuts, our tips for the holiday season are guaranteed to make your life easier.View Slideshow
You've wowed us with your best Christmas decorations, and now we get to brag on your creativity! Our editors have selected favorites from your hearth and home and compiled them in one idea-generating spot. We've focused on your concepts for dressing up the Christmas mantel. So get inspired, take a few notes, then add the finishing touches to your treasured space.
Under the tree by sharon9441
Why we picked this: The magical wonder of a Christmas train might have been brought to life in The Polar Express, but a toy choo-choo under the tree is a classic tradition we'll always adore.
a simple silver & white christmas by info4258
Why we picked this: Feathery touches and lacy paper sweeten this display. Its gray and white tones remind us of the soothing shadows of a snowy winter. Plain white candlesticks, miniature Christmas trees, and simple picture frames displayed on sleek black shelves provide a minimal, modern feeling.
Santa Favorites by svorellana
Why we picked this: Watching the kids and grandkids reminisce about their Santa memories over the years is fun for the whole gang. You might even hear a few good stories, too. That's why this holiday decor made up of framed pictures of family members sitting on Santa's lap earns our thumbs-up.
Christmas in Manayunk, Pa. by twirlinmartha
Why we picked this: The balance and symmetry to this mantel caught our eye. We also loved that the decor dipped below the mantel ledge.
Holiday Mantel by michellevacha
Why we picked this: The softness of this color palette -- sage and pink, instead of traditional red and green -- is perfect for a vintage mantel. We especially love the display of cake plates and cream-color pottery in this collection. Candles in mason jars decorated with ribbon, bowls of shiny ornament balls, and lit-up Christmas villages provide warm, homey touches.
Chestnut Hill Holiday House Tour by janepio2256616
Why we picked this: We were amazed at the detail of this panorama -- rich in texture with wispy grasses, low-lying cotton fog, tinsellike trees, and tiny clay pots.
Gold-and-Blue Christmas Mantel by lifecraft
Why we picked this: Blue tones add a wintery ambience to this stunning mantel. We love how candles displayed in a purchased wall hanging are joined by three votive holders sitting on the mantel.
Christmas Crafts by valbrent
Why we picked this: In a refreshing departure from evergreen, a collection of creamy white roses offers an elegant alternative to the familiar pine tree. This blooming tree would look great on any mantel or coffee table.
Christmas by amysaenz1
Why we picked this: Bring the outdoors in! Frame a snowy forest picture above the mantel, then set it off with flocked evergreen, decorative trees, and soft lighting. This artistic mantel could extend as decoration well into the New Year.
Christmas Decor by luvmydecor
Why we picked this: Fresh or faux poinsettias draped across the top shelf provide a stunning show of elegant simplicity. Sprays of vibrant red give this display a warm touch. With a few plants, you could create the same look for your mantel or tabletop.
P1140047.JPG by 151267
Why we picked this: Decorate your mantel with tiny tinsel or bough-stuffed stockings. The creamy white stockings provide a clean, monochromatic look, and the wintery firs pop against this dramatic background.
HPM1408dec07_005.JPG by iloveivy2
Why we picked this: We love the gold and silver star ornaments dancing in the evergreen. The mirrored backdrop gives these three-dimensional stars extra depth, making the mantel twinkle like a starry night.
Kennedy GR Fireplace by bubbamari
Why we picked this: Playful beaded garlands and snowmen dressed in feather hats and skirts drew us in to this lime and ruby setup. The pretty beaded garland helps connect the scene.