Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Trends Ideas List

What’s new in Christmas trends for 2010: Colors, themes, etc.

It’s that time of year again, time to decorate your shops for the Christmas holidays. Why decorate? It highlights your store and draws people in, and it also enhances the morale of your staff. Everybody loves the colored lights, the aroma of cinnamon and apple cider, and the sounds of Christmas carols.

New colors for this year are purple, bronze, gold, black, deep burnt orange, blue, brown, and pink. Any metallic shades are good. Black can be paired with a bright color for a dramatic effect. Of course, we shouldn’t forget the traditional red, green, and white. If you want a different look, try lime green, dark wine or burgundy, and ivory instead of white.

For added effect try glitter and sparkles – anything that shines; feathers, beads, fringe – things soft and fluffy. Add a touch of the unexpected with animal prints and flowers on your gift wrap. The key to a beautiful Christmas is balance and taste. Always avoid anything tacky!

Religious themes are making a comeback this year. Nativity scenes are of primary importance. Folk art is also popular-anything handmade, hand painted, knit, or crocheted. Shells and sea creatures go well with blues, greens, and browns. Personalize your ornaments. Monogrammed ornaments made great keepsakes. Old ornaments are popular. Check out that trunk in the attic. Is Grandmother’s silk angel tree top still there? If you have small children, decorate with their favorite cartoon characters, snow globes, miniature houses with snow on their roofs, and picture frames with your children’s pictures.

The traditional decorations include a Christmas tree, garland, lights, candles, and wreaths. Originally, the tree was decorated with white candles; later silver tinsel was added. The first ornaments were hand-blown glass from Germany. In America, the invention of plastic made decorations much cheaper and provided more variety. Plants that became popular as Christmas decorations are poinsettia, holly, and mistletoe.

Decorating now has become an art form. Neighbors compete to see who can be more creative with their outdoor décor. In addition to lights, we have Santa in his sleigh with eight tiny reindeer, or a nativity scene, or an inflatable snowman. We even have inflatable snow globes with Frosty or Santa standing in a snow storm. There is no limit to the creativeness of Christmas designs, and there are no rules when it comes to selecting and decorating one’s home or business. These lights and decorations delight customers and passersby for the entire season.

Maybe you don’t have time to decorate the way you would like; after all, this is the busiest time of the year. There are companies who can decorate for you at a reasonable price determined by the type and amount of decorations you prefer. This will allow you to spend more time with your family just enjoying the Christmas holidays.

On the other hand, you may want extra income. If you have a seasonal business such as a landscape company, a nursery, or a lawn care provider, or maybe you are a florist and you want additional business, or maybe you just want to open a business; what ever your situation, why not design and decorate homes and businesses for the holidays? This business offers you a chance to generate more income when your regular business is slow, and it cuts your overhead costs and enables you to keep your employees all year. You can sell Christmas decorations to your regular customers while you are drawing in new ones.

Holiday decorating business is growing rapidly. Customers spent over $200 million dollars in decorating services last year. Your company could have a big percent of that money next year if you start right away developing your decorating business. Most of your sales will come from two-income families-those who don’t have the time to climb ladders to hang garlands and strings of lights in freezing weather, and business people understand why it is important to decorate their shops and show their Christmas spirit. Your decorating company can perform a tremendous service to the people in your community as well as aiding you to grow your business.

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