How I Transition my Holiday Decorations

thanksgiving decor

I have a process that I use for fall decorating that helps transition easily from holiday to holiday without completely tearing one down and setting another one up.  There are certain beautiful elements which are really relevant for more than one holiday, and luckily, they overlap right in the middle.

Pumpkins are perfect for both Halloween and Thanksgiving, red berries (and cranberries at that) work really well for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. Using these things to your advantage, means that you won’t be spending you weekends hauling plastic tubs full of holiday decor up and down the stairs, and you’ll spend more time enjoying your handiwork.

Holiday Transition Decor

I am not really a knick-knack type person.  I don’t do Santa figurines, or turkey towels for the guest bathroom, so like to keep things simple and register the change in seasons with new colors, textures and pattern.  It works well for me and I think it can work for you two!  Here is how I break it down. 

For Halloween, I get out some of these black birds (maybe my only knick knacks, but they scare the s#*% out of me, so they work well for Halloween).  I have pumpkins sitting around, using them as decor on shelves, on my bar, and for parties.

For Thanksgiving, pumpkins are still so perfect, and if you don’t carve them, they’ll stay good for months.  I put away the black birds and add in some not-too-Christmasy Christmas pieces.  I used red berries here, but gold accents would work well for Thanksgiving too and transition to Christmas amazingly.

Then when Turkey day is over, the pumpkins go into the trash and what we’re left with is ready for Christmas!  After I add in a couple of festive patterns or colors, like the plaid in my little present here, I’m all set.

Here are some other ideas for decor that transitions nicely from holiday to holiday:

Works for Halloween & Thanksgiving:

  • Burlap
  • Acorns
  • Mums
  • Pumpkins
  • Gourds
  • Sunflowers

Works for Thanksgiving & Christmas

  • Wishbones
  • Metallic Accents (candles, linens)
  • Pinecones
  • Birch Logs
  • Sheepskin
  • Red Plaid
  • Cranberries

christmas transition


See!  It works!

Do you think this is something you’ll give a try?

Do you have any tricks that make holiday decorating a little easier?

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