Thanksgiving Decorations that can Transition Through the Holidays and into the Winter Season

Interior design experts weigh in on how to make your fall decorations stretch as far as they can into the holiday and winter seasons.

With the holiday season fast approaching, have you found yourself wondering if Christmas seems to be creeping up faster than it ever did before? If so, you’re not alone.

The line between Thanksgiving and Christmas is blurring when it comes to decorations and interior design. Christmas trees are going up far before Thanksgiving turkeys are served, and street lights are popping up as soon as daylight savings time hits. According to interior design expert Julia Buckingham of Buckingham Interiors + Design, there’s a reason for the rush. She says that the rise of social media is contributing to a landscape in which it’s appropriate to start putting up holiday decorations in November.

“People are starting to decorate for Christmas sooner. I think that’s something that’s come with the rise of social media—you’re starting to see holiday décor earlier every year,” said Buckingham. “Thanksgiving decorations are innocuous. But it can be difficult to incorporate turkeys into your aesthetic, and by the time the holiday rolls around, odds are you’re already tired of pumpkins. That’s when Thanksgiving and Christmas decorations can blend. It’s appropriate to push the envelope with when you’re decorating for the holiday season—start with a small amount of Christmas and winter items around Thanksgiving, and then go full force into your seasonal decorations after the fact.”

By layering the way in which you roll out your traditional holiday decorations, you can make your Thanksgiving decorations stretch farther. According to Angela Scaletta, an interior designer with Dwell Candy, you can even keep one theme from Thanksgiving through the New Year to create a more neutral design that lasts from holiday to holiday.

“Some of my favorite Thanksgiving decorations are dried branches in reddish or green tones. These are excellent for tabletops and vase fillers, and can easily transition into the holiday season,” said Scaletta. “Adding a little sparkle—like gold or silver—along with crisp white or green colors also work for any fall or winter holiday.”

Leslie Newman Rhodes, the interior designer behind Chicago and New Orleans-based Space Interior Design, agrees that there’s power behind a neutral approach to seasonal decorations. To avoid decorating for Thanksgiving and Christmas back to back with an entirely different set of items, she recommends basing your design on natural elements, including plants.

“To have holiday decorations transition well, I think it is best to base your design around natural elements and plants. For Halloween and Thanksgiving, it is great to go to fall leaves, berries, dried pods and use natural wood platters and bowls. I love using white candles for all holidays which can be placed in small gourds around a table,” said Newman Rhodes. “To adjust for Christmas or later holidays, I think it is great to switch out to white narcissus bulbs, white azalea plants and shiny green foliage. Keep the natural bowls and white candles, just place them in pomegranates or apples.”

Whether you like to stick with a single theme for the entire holiday season or if you prefer to go all out for your favorite celebration, you can incorporate certain design elements to make your efforts stretch all fall and winter long. That way, you can enjoy your seasonal décor for as long as possible before spring cleaning begins.