How to Decorate for the Holidays Before Thanksgiving (When You Just Can't Wait Until December)

Do you need a little Christmas right this very minute? You can incorporate some festive holiday touches without skipping Thanksgiving entirely.

The stores had their Christmas decorations up before Halloween, and some radio stations have already switched over to 24/7 caroling. But perhaps you feel a little bad putting up the Christmas tree and decking your halls before the Thanksgiving turkey's been served.

Don't worry—there are ways you can start getting your holiday on now and make your home more festive, without screaming "Christmas." Try these tips to create a cozy, holiday vibe that'll take you all the way through New Year's.

01 of 05

Opt for natural and seasonal

Thanksgiving is all about celebrating the harvest—so decorating with natural, seasonal elements can set a holiday mood that works for both Thanksgiving and the winter holidays.

"I love any type of fruit, bittersweet, evergreen, nut, pinecone," says interior designer Benjamin Bradley, host of Holiday Home Makeover With Mr. Christmas. "Bowls mounded with persimmon or pomegranate with a sprig of bittersweet or evergreen look festive, bring a nod to the changing seasons, and can be further enhanced as we get closer to the holidays. Pinecone garlands, undecorated miniature live evergreens, or ilex berry branches placed in crocks, baskets or vases again bring a festive air to a space without saying Christmas."

02 of 05

Put up the lights

Holiday lights aren't just reserved for Christmas. Pretty candles and white twinkly lights can make your home look festive for your Thanksgiving feast, and still look special for New Year's, too.

"Many people have adapted the small clear fairy lights for year-round use, and there is certainly nothing like the twinkle of a holiday light to bring a sense of warmth to the long, dark evenings," Bradley says. "String them through an indoor plant, swirl them among the pinecones in the basket or just arrange them around a vase and let them drip off of the table."

(Bonus: Putting up exterior lights early when the weather is milder lets you avoid spending hours outside hanging the lights when the wintry weather sets in.)

03 of 05

Carefully choose a color scheme

Skip the Christmassy red and green colors for something more neutral—creams, golds, and silver are timeless and seasonless. Bradley also recommends an offbeat color scheme.

"I have, for several years, loved brown for both Thanksgiving and Christmas," he says. "It picks up the colors of the pinecones, and when mixed with vibrant greens, is stunning. Brown with all of the autumnal golds and oranges is the perfect foil for Thanksgiving. Persimmon, green, and brown make a very sophisticated and natural-feeling Christmas when combined with the gleam of freshly polished brass and natural moss."

04 of 05

Look in your own backyard

Whether you pick the branches and greenery yourself, or find them at a florist or farmers market, think local in your decor.

"If you live in the West, nuts, moss, lichen-covered branches, along with rose hips, gourds and pumpkins can take you from Halloween all the way through the New Year, particularly if you pick white pumpkins and gourds that are in the white and green color range," Bradley says. "If you live in the North, take that same theme, but add some snowflakes, snowballs, and snow to your display and you are good until spring."

05 of 05

Just go for it

If putting up your tree or putting up your garlands makes you happy, there's no real reason to fight it. "If Christmas brings you joy, then by all means, put your tree up when the spirit moves you," Bradlee says. "Wherever we can find those pockets of joy that make life so sweet, embrace them."

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles