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Classic Christmas Decor Ideas (Traditional & Nostalgic)

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year for classic Christmas decor ideas! I’m a traditional gal who loves the nostalgic feel of holiday decorations that are of the past but never go out of style. They make me feel as cozy as a mug of hot chocolate!

Below I share where to shop for classic Christmas decor. I also highlight specific classic Christmas decor ideas and then provide even more for you to shop from a very curated list.

Where to Shop for Classic Christmas Decor Ideas

Throughout my research for this post, I found the following retailers to have the best classic Christmas decor:

Classic Christmas Decor Ideas

Below are some of my favorite classic Christmas decor ideas:

Glass Ornaments

Glass ornaments are one of my favorite classic Christmas decor ideas. I collect them one at a time every year and love the beautiful, nostalgic colors and shapes that just feel like a warm and cozy Christmas of yesteryear. Above is my favorite glass book ornament, as this is primarily a book blog!

For more ornaments, shop 55+ book ornaments.

Ceramic Light Up Christmas Tree

I’ve thought about my grandmother’s ceramic light-up Christmas tree for years now. They were such a popular DIY decoration from my youth. And they are back “in” style now! I searched for months to find one that looked authentic and not modern/store-bought, and I was thrilled to finally purchase this specific Lenox ceramic tree (which comes in white and green and is battery operated and has pretty gilded details like a handcrafted ceramic.

Bubble Lights

Bubble lights feel “extra” vintage. I added this specific bubble nightlight to our collection this year, and my husband lights it every night, as it reminds him of his aunt’s house at Christmastime.

Evergreen Wreaths & Garland

Nothing says “Classic Christmas” like evergreen wreaths and garlands. They give such a rustic, homey feel. I like these options for high quality at an affordable price.

Byers’ Choice Carolers

Byers’ choice carolers are one of my new favorite classic Christmas decor ideas. I didn’t know about them until recently but loved their Victorian look and adorable accessories. They look straight out of a Charles Dickens novel!

They can be pricy, so I started my own personal collection on eBay, even though they are also readily available on Amazon. I love having them from a range of decades and that you can add to a collection over the years.

Brush Trees

Brush trees have always felt like “vintage Christmas” to me. This year, my family and friends have been displaying them with little paper or ceramic houses in glass lanterns and cloches for a sweet, creative holiday display.

Red Velvet Stockings

Perhaps nothing says Christmas quite like red velvet stockings, and I’m a huge fan of the customized ones of varying sizes from Pottery Barn, which you can buy once and have forever, but you can browse Amazon if you are on a budget.

Light Up Candles for Windows

When I was little, we always lit our windows with faux light-up candles. These remind me both of my childhood and the age of candlelight in books like Little Women at Christmastime.

Tartan Plaid & Buffalo Plaid

I’m a prepster at heart, and the plaid season is simply my favorite. Tartan plaid decor and buffalo plaid decor are so festive and cozy. I use a mix of both in my home!


I’m humming the Nutcracker theme in my head, as I type about the Christmas decor at the heart of this classic decoration. It’s about as traditional as it gets!

Advent Calendar

Advent calendars also remind me of my youth. While there are so many fun ones to choose from these days, the paper ones always feel the most classic to me. You can even get an advent calendar with a book theme (for all the book lovers around here)!

I always buy the Keurig K cups advent calendar.

I hope these classic Christmas decor ideas put you in the holiday spirit, reminiscent of Christmases past.

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