Your Best Photos: Christmas Decorations, 2009

Check out these photos of Christmas trees, ornaments, and more submitted by BHG.com users - then get inspired to create your own for this year's holiday season.


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Candy Christmas tree
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Top 5 Christmas Trees

    Candy Christmas Tree from DREWSMOM0430

    Why we picked this: Only real candy ornaments adorn this playful tree. We wouldn't mind having this around the office!

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Top 5 Christmas Trees

    Double Decker from musbafox

    Why we picked this: Can it even be real? We can't believe how this larger-than-life tree got into their home, or how they managed to decorate it all the way to the top. It's breathtaking!

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Top 5 Christmas Trees

    Tropical Christmas from sandysand1

    Why we picked this: Just right for a living room corner or tiny apartment, this tropical-looking tree is decorated with a flair for color and a sense of humor. We love the wrapped trunk and whimsical ornaments.

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Top 5 Christmas Trees

    Full of Butterflies from amsorrentinocastro

    Why we picked this: Spring themes in Christmas decor are a rare find, but we find this tree's oversize butterflies to be a fresh alternative to traditional trimmings.

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Top 5 Christmas Trees

    Mardi Gras from patdbar

    Why we picked this: We are crazy about this tree's rich fabric garlands and real feather masks. It looks like Fat Tuesday came a little early!

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Christmas Mantels

    Rustic Hearth from parmstrong3641491

    Why we picked this: The antique crocks, chest, and other decorations look flawless next to a rugged stone fireplace. What a warm, welcoming Christmas hearth.

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Christmas Mantel

    Christmas Mantle from jjl62mom

    Why we picked this: We love the simple shapes used in this striking mantel display, as well as its hip combination of traditional and modern decor.

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Christmas Mantels

    Up in Lights from boozerlog

    Why we picked this: Plenty of white lights help create the cozy glow every fireplace is meant to provide. The ribbon, ornaments, and other details add elegance, too.

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Christmas Mantels

    Nutcrackers from joan_calvin

    Why we picked this: What a great example of classic Christmas style. The white, green, and gold Nutcrackers coordinate perfectly with the rest of the decor.

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Christmas Mantels

    Dramatic Candles from K. Morgante

    Why we picked this: Nothing tops stockings better than candles and evergreen garland. Plus, we love this mantel's small touches: tall glass candlesticks, greenery carried around the picture frame, and a small red cardinal. Beautiful!

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Doorway mantel

    Doorway mantle from annether

    Why we picked this: No mantel? This framework of architectural trim, garland, and ornaments proves that you can still hang the stockings with care -- even without a chimney.

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Tabletops

    Table Setting from Tar58

    Why we picked this: Simply stunning! Ornate patterns on doilies and glasses accentuate the alternating layers of red and white to make a very merry tablescape.

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Tabletops

    White Gold from chic.shabby

    Why we picked this: Simplistic beauty is striking at Christmastime. Just three elements -- greenery, crystal, and fruit -- create a serene display.

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Tabletops

    Rich elegance from mcheryl135

    Why we picked this: The owners of this regal holiday dining room made full use of poinsettias to complement their lush red drapes. Those colorful wreaths in the windows look gorgeous from here -- we just wish we could take a closer look!

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Tabletops

    Formal Dining from rachelrnmedic

    Why we picked this: Pink-and-yellow topiaries brighten up the otherwise-traditional red, green, and gold table design. We love the fresh color combination!

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Christmas Displays

    Christmas Birdhouses from adiennieves

    Why we picked this: Pairing white lights with sprayed-on faux snow gives this display a frosty-yet-friendly charm. And the miniature village looks right at home in front of the old-fashioned window frame with mirror inserts.

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Christmas Displays

    Village Houses from gab52521760

    Why we picked this: This ladder makes a perfect village for these miniature houses. Faux snow, fresh evergreen boughs, and twinkling lights create a winter wonderland.

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Christmas Displays

    Foyer Tablescape from suegoo

    Why we picked this: Apothecary jars filled with fruit make a fool-proof holiday addition to any table. The two-tone green theme is especially nice for Christmas.

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Christmas Displays

    Lighted Woodlands from beaswax59

    Why we picked this: Perfect for any corner in the house, this friendly woodland scene (complete with snowmen) brings Christmas cheer to the room.

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Christmas Displays

    Oh, Deer from ednamills45

    Why we picked this: Bright red poinsettias provide a colorful backdrop to these elegant deer figurines, and the fabric bow borders the scene.

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Christmas Displays

    Glass Arrangement from semilove

    Why we picked this: The variety of objects in this vase is so interesting, we find something new every time we look at it!

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Christmas Displays

    Russian Santas from malaia_llama

    Why we picked this: Playful, adorable, nesting Saint Nicks -- what's not to love?

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Christmas Displays

    Dining Room Decor from donnaschultz802

    Why we picked this: Mercury ornaments, pinecones, and silver and white ornaments look especially pretty under this glass cloche. "Have someone to help turn it over," Donna says, "it can be tricky!"

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Christmas Displays

    Gift Wrapped from sissieschrader

    Why we picked this: Check out this fun way to recycle old wrapping paper! "It is good to alternate colors," says Sissie, who adhered the paper to her cupboards with double-stick tape.

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Christmas Displays

    Trophy Cup from lpenner1

    Why we picked this: We adore this eclectic mix of vintage collectibles served on a silver platter.

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Centerpieces

    Topsy-Turvey from brobert177

    Why we picked this: An upside-down candlestick serves as a snowflake ornament display piece. We admire the ingenuity.

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Centerpieces

    Breakfast Table Centerpiece from suzybullock

    Why we picked this: Simple meets classic with this do-it-yourself centerpiece comprised of a mottled white and green candle surrounded by fresh cranberries.

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Centerpieces

    Sandy's Centerpiece from sandanbo1

    Why we picked this: Colorful fruit and bird accents transform a greenery centerpiece into something special. And those miniature deer are too cute!

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Ornaments

    Handprint Snowmen from tlk4023202

    Why we picked this: One tiny handprint turns into four friendly snowmen after a little paint embellishments. The creator recommends writing the child's name and year on the ornament, then finishing it with a few light coats of sealer.

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Ornaments

    Keepsake from johnsjenrog

    Why we picked this: The delicate beads used to craft this intricate ornament were recovered from a fire that destroyed a multigenerational family business. We are so touched by the story and impressed by the design.

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Ornaments

    Golf Ornament from tlk4023202

    Why we picked this: This ornament was custom-designed with the creator's husband in mind. "He loves it!" she says.

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Outdoor Decor

    Christmas Porch from frenchfever

    Why we picked this: Symmetry at its finest, this elegant doorway serves as a stunning focal point for a Christmas porch. And we love the lighted wreaths and bows on the large flanking windows.

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Outdoor Decor

    Bell Wind Chime from heatherfields57

    Why we picked this: Made from metallic jingle bells, ribbon, and a small ornament, this clever wind chime glistens even more with a little snow on it.

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Outdoor Decor

    Ice Candle from rosemary_baker

    Why we picked this: This luminaria's textured glow lights up cold holiday nights. For the icy shell, a 5-gallon pail of water was partially frozen. Then the excess water was dumped, the ice form was removed from the pail, and a votive candle was placed inside.

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Outdoor Decor

    Jingle Bells from bklyndodgers13

    Why we picked this: We had to chuckle at the sight of those gigantic Christmas ornaments next to this outdoor tree. In the evening, this scene turns into an amazing lights display.

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