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39 Best Country Christmas Ideas for a Down-Home Holiday
If you've never decorated your truck before, now's the perfect time to start.
Although Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year no matter where you live, there's just something about a country Christmas that's extra magical and cozy. Perhaps it's the lovingly-prepared, home-cooked meals or the holiday craft projects and holiday decorations that make December in the countryside so special. No matter the reason, it's hard to beat it.
To help you bring that down-home feeling to your neck of the woods, we've rounded up some of the best country Christmas ideas that you'll love for your holiday farmhouse. From personalized Christmas stockings and vintage wall decorations to setting out seasonal centerpieces and mini Christmas trees, adding any one of these country Christmas ideas to your home will do the trick.
When you're done decorating, we've also included some small-town Christmas activities that your whole family will enjoy. Whether it's simply hanging Christmas lights and heading to a tree farm to find your perfect Christmas tree, or visiting your local Main Street and buying Christmas presents at the general store, we've equipped you with many activities that you can cross off your country Christmas bucket list. If you think you and your family will love an old-fashioned country Christmas, then you've definitely come to the right place.
Nothing puts everyone in the holiday spirit like cuddling up to watch a favorite Christmas film. Add to the fun by setting out a display of festive snacks, and print out some Christmas movie bingo cards to make your binge-watching more interactive.
For easy Christmas decor that's bound to impress, add garlands of greenery and dried citrus to your bar.
Charcuterie boards are always crowd-pleasers, and they're easy to execute: create little groupings of dried and fresh fruit, nuts, cheese, olives, and cured meats on a large cutting board, then add touches of green with rosemary and sage garnish.
Christmas is all about family, right? Therefore, you should decorate with classic photos that'll have everyone reminiscing.
Display your Christmas spirit everywhere you go by decking out your truck (or car). Show off your favorite wreath or get creative with different seasonal elements.
There are so many ways to make your tabletop feel seasonal, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't also be rustic. Set bottlebrush trees in a repurposed wood box for the ultimate country centerpiece.
From soft pillows and blankets to rough burlap, adding a little texture can go a long way. Bonus points if there's plenty of plaid!
Ditch traditional Christmas stockings, stars, and photos for more unique options. Instead, swap stockings for seed bags and top your tree with a tiny house.
It only takes a handful of ornaments to make this mini tree merry and bright! And instead of a traditional stand, try a vintage candy box instead.
Add some bits and baubles to your work space. This collector uses both grown-up and school-house staples as merry accents.
Holiday displays don't have to strictly be all Christmas items. Emulate this collector by adding Christmas-colored everyday items to your festive figures.
You can make a wreath out of nearly anything: All you need is a circular object and some ribbon! This vintage metal tree skirt does the trick when a bow is tied to the top.
Even empty ornament boxes hold graphic charm and come in handy when adding height to holiday vignettes. Try using your vintage containers to display bottle brush trees.
The more, the merrier! Emulate this Michigan homeowner and hang both your stockings and your garland together for a super festive finish.
Add plaids, stripes, and your other favorite prints all over your living room to make it extra cozy. And don't forget the matching Christmas pajamas!
This fresh garland is super simple to recreate: Just puncture
a hole through an apple, close to the center, then string wire through the fruit and secure wire to the garland.
Make merry like the Junk Gypsies and invite your friends and family over for a wintertime campfire. Serve up lots of hot cocoa (we suggest flavorful Spiced Mexican Hot Chocolate) with skillet s’mores.
Pick out a special present for everyone on your list by heading into town. If you don’t live in a small town, visit one for the day or weekend to get your festive fix.
Grab your warmest coat and snow boots for an afternoon spent outdoors. Go sledding, snowshoeing, ice skating, or take your family on a classic horse-drawn sleigh ride. Silver bells are a must!
You simply can’t go wrong with a handcrafted token of your love. Pass out candles, soaps, and other heartfelt DIY presents, or serve ‘em something sweet like cookies, biscuits, pies, and other food gifts.
Draw some inspiration from the Junk Gypsies, who assembled this hay bale Christmas tree outside their Wander Inn in Round Top, Texas. Make your own by stacking straw and adorning it with lights, a star, and some ornaments.
And go for something a bit more rustic and retro! A vintage potato chip pail makes the perfect container for a mini tree, while an upcycled drum or stock tank works well for larger ones. Visit your local thrift store and get creative with whatever they have in store.
Blogger and Connecticut homeowner Nora Murphy infused her home with holiday charm using tartan blankets as tablecloths, plaid dishware in her tablescape, and buffalo check blankets in her bedroom.
Add a touch of green year-round by installing forest green lamps on the exterior of your home or barn, then dress things up for the season: Outfit a drape of greenery with lights, ornaments, or berries. Finally, use what you've got: Stash plain planters, pots, and pails with birch logs and tiny pine trees bedecked with pinecones.
Move over, Macy's! We love the pomp and circumstance of the big-city pageantry but, to us, nothing signals the start of the season—or shows off the heart of a small town—quite like a quaint Christmas parade. The excitement is everywhere, from the moment the homemade floats find their places. Folks happily take a break from the hustle and bustle the season brings. They slow down. They gather. They bid one another well. Year after year, along the never-changing route, Boy Scouts wave and toss out candy while little ones scramble to scoop up a treat or five. The local marching band cheerfully bears the cold, performing for friends and families huddled together. This year, don your mittens and scarves and hit Main Street to welcome the season the small-town America way.
Tired of popcorn? Thread marshmallows with red-and-white baker's twine for a sweet update.
Hang a grain sack, seed sack, or gingham stocking—they're just waiting to be filled with delicious dry goods.
Show off the influx of season's greetings on a vintage tobacco basket by tucking well wishes into the overlapping strips of reed. (For old baskets, try eBay, Etsy, or CL Fair vendor Great Stuff By Paul).
Look no further than your backyard for the makings of a pretty table runner, then add a pop of plaid with a classic tartan tablecloth. For a whimsical place setting, slide good old handwritten name cards into the slots of vintage sleigh bells (we found these on eBay). Use candles in oversized Mason jars and rose-gold flatware—both help to reinforce the warm, magical vibe.
Say what you will about the convenience of an artificial tree, but there's nothing like holiday decorating from the ground up. So pile into the station wagon (or your family's equivalent) and go on a hot cider-fueled pursuit of this year's specimen at your local Christmas tree farm.
As is true for most family outings, good-natured arguments will ensue (That one's too wide! Why, why are we walking so far? Mom, put down the axe!), but all will be forgiven by the time that one-of-a-kind fir finds its way home. And after Dad hauls down the ornaments from the attic and you go to hang that clay handprint from 1972, you'll be reminded that family, like the "too-wide" tree and its humble homemade trimmings, is perfect in its imperfection. Take that, plastic.
This idea's perfect for a mantel or entry table: Fill six like-sized canning jars with ornaments, tinsel, greenery, you name it. Assemble the jars in a pyramid, then wrap it with a shiny garland and top with a star. Done!
...pinecones, wood, pom-poms, bells, paper, a wagon wheel, or rope! Or make your own Christmas wreath with flea market finds like Christmas carol sheet music, tinsel, bulbs, or shiny brite ornaments.
Simply affix the decoration of your choice to a Styrofoam wreath and secure them u-shaped greening pins, tape, or hot glue depending on their size, weight, and shape.
Yet another reason to spring for the next dough bowl you run across at the antiques store: It makes for a beautiful centerpiece (or menorah). Fill the wooden bowl with floral foam, insert candles (we love the simplicity of plain old white), and nestle seasonal greenery in between the tapers.
The spirit of the old-fashioned general store lives on, thanks to newcomers like Laurel, MS's Laurel Mercantile and Pawhuska, OK's The Mercantile. Plus, they're great resources for distinctive gifts!
Blame it on the hurried pace of our hyper-connected world, but the sit-down breakfast, it seems, has fallen out of favor. Let's change that.
This year, on Christmas morning, after the gifts are unwrapped and the shiny new bikes make their inaugural trips down the driveway, assemble your family around the table to revive the lost art of a leisurely country breakfast.
Just promise us this: Between bites of sugar-cured bacon, pause, for a second, to sop up this delicious moment, when the humans you hold most dear are gathered, together, around the table, breaking flaky, buttery bread. This, this sunny-side-up moment is what matters. The rest—the tree, the gifts, the bikes—is just gravy.