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Classic Christmas Decorating Ideas

Tour a New England Colonial for classic Christmas decorating ideas that capture the magic of childhood and family memories.

Welcome! I’m so excited to invite you to peek into our holiday home as I share my Classic Christmas Decorating Ideas for Jennifer Rizzo’s 2019 Holiday Housewalk. It’s one of my favorite days each year, and it’s always a pinch-me moment to be included in the lineup.

Jennifer Rizzo Holiday Housewalk

If you are just jumping onto the tour, you can start here to see the homes from Monday! Each home offers something special, so you won’t want to miss a single one.

Dear Lillie Holiday Housewalk

Did you catch the tour from Dear Lillie? Jenni’s holiday home decor is always beautiful, and I can’t get over how gorgeous her new home is! I love all of the lush greenery she used.

Holiday Housewalk 2019 | Classic Christmas Decorating Ideas

Christmas Tree with Golden Retriever

If this is the first time you’ve visited, my name is Nina and I live in Massachusetts with my husband Mack, our three kids, and our old golden girl Lucy (shown above). For the past seven years, we’ve been slowly but surely renovating our 1980s New England colonial. Especially this past year, we’ve been pushing hard toward the finish line of the renovation, which is both exciting and stressful!

Decorating Christmas Cookies

As our oldest approaches his teen years, I’ve been feeling particularly nostalgic… like time is moving WAY too fast… so that was my focus for decorating this year. I wanted to capture the magic of Christmas as a child, so I included all of the classic colors and decor that brought to mind classic toys.

Classic Christmas Kitchen Decorating Ideas

Classic Christmas Decorating Ideas

When I decorated this year, it was very much with the activities in mind that we’d be doing in our home for the holiday season.

Christmas Village Decorating Idea

I kept things more simple than in the past so that our traditions have plenty of room.

Making Christmas Cookies

For example, in our kitchen, I made it as easy as possible to remove the little tiered tray on the island so we could have plenty of space for making Christmas cookies.

Christmas Kitchen Ideas

Most of my fun in the kitchen came from decorating our floating shelves.

Christmas Decorating Ideas for Shelves

I added simple Classic Christmas touches on top of the everyday decor.

Simple Christmas Ideas for the hutch

Similarly, I put away our blue plates for the season and added bright pops of red to our everyday white dishes in the built-in kitchen hutch.

Christmas Decorating Ideas in the Kitchen

Christmas Cookie Decorating in the Breakfast Nook

Making Christmas memories by decorating cookies

The kids love all things cooking and baking. I hope it’s something they don’t grow out of!

Decorating a Christmas Cookie

We had so much fun decorating Christmas cookies and drinking hot chocolate in the breakfast nook.

Christmas Hot Chocolate tray

The tray could be easily lifted away when it was time for dinner.

Christmas Cookie Decorating Ideas

If you’re in the Massachusetts area, I got this adorable cookie decorating kit from Aisling’s Cookies. It had everything we needed ready to go for an afternoon of cookie fun!

Cecorating Christmas Cookies

Cozy Classic Christmas Family Room

Christmas decorating Ideas in a family room

This year for our advent calendar we’re trying to focus on reading books we already have, watching Christmas movies, playing board games…

Christmas Tree with Nostalgic toys

I really wanted the room to feel as cozy as possible to reflect that goal. I’m trying to soak up these memories.

Childhood Christmas Decorating Ideas

I know from experience with our oldest that it will only be a blink before our youngest is a teenager.

Christmas Decorating Ideas in the Family Room

I want the kids to remember how fun and festive our home felt as we celebrate a season of giving and family time.

Christmas Mantel Decorating Ideas

So far, so good. We’ve made some great memories so far this year!

Wooden deer decor with Christmas tree lights in the mirror

Thanks so much for stopping by and visiting our home today! I hope that you have a warm and happy Christmas season filled with family and friends and memories.

Ella Claire Holiday Housewalk

The next stop on the tour is Kristen at Ella Claire & Co.! Her home is so pretty and cozy and her mantle this Christmas is STUNNING! ✨You won’t want to miss it!

10 Comments

  1. cassie Says

    nina, your home is so beautiful! every time i tour it i get a little homesick for new england. it’s such a beautiful place, but fall and winter is when it really shines (i mean, except when winter extends into like april!). love your traditional red and green accents and your sweet memories being made! merry christmas!

  2. Kelly Elko Says

    Nina – you have created such a cozy christmas home for your kids! I love all of your traditions and nobody outgrows decorating cookies!

  3. Jennifer Rizzo Says

    I love all of the holiday joy you’ve brought to your home! Thank you so much for being a part of the walk!

  4. Shannon Says

    Your home has such a warm and lovely CHRISTMAS feel. what BEAUTIFUL memories you are making for your family! Loved the shot of the tiny fingers in the sprinkles. Adorable! And your sweet LUCY too.
    Merry Christmastime.

  5. Kristin Says

    Your kids are adorable! Even though my kids are all in their teens i still make them make gingerbread houses with me :) Your home is gorgeous, love all the beautiful pops of red

  6. Julie Says

    Hi, Nina! Your home is so amazing! Then to see the kiddos making cookies was literally the icing on the cookie!

  7. Danielle Says

    Nina, it all looks so beautiful! Most of all though, I loved seeing your children decorating cookies and playing. I’ll check out that cookie decorating kit. Merry Christmas to you and your family. x

  8. Laura Says

    Nina, I love the color and festive vibe in your beautiful holiday home. Totally get doing what we can while we can with our kids. Sadly, my 13 year has no interest in decorating cookies or doing our gingerbread houses this year. Pass me a tissue! :) Happy holidays!

  9. Susan Says

    So warm and cozy! Your kids decorating cookies are just the cutest!

  10. Savvy snowbirds.com Says

    Your home is beautiful with all of the traditional colours. I am seeing a lot of that this year. I amdoing my lving room in more of the traditional this year too….so pretty. Your home looks very festive.