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Christmas ideas for every room of the house

Check out more ideas for decorating every room of the home the Winter 2013 issue of Sudbury Lving.

The décor trends for the holiday season were decided at ChristmasWorld  in Frankfurt, Germany, every January. It takes a long time to get ready for the most wonderful time of the year,

Buyers for department stores and boutiques from around the world spend a week in Frankfurt ordering products consumers will be using to trim their trees and decorate their homes.

What’s hot for the holidays?Despite two world wars, the Cold War and everything in between, Germany has maintained its hold on the title of the Christmas capital of the world. Almost all of our holiday traditions from trees to nutcrackers have German roots.

* White Christmas is the current trend. It complements any décor; is easy to live with; and white can be paired with accent colours such as red, blue, green, silver, gold or black.

* Green isn’t only for the colour of your Christmas tree this year. Many people are looking for natural decorations such as evergreen branches, pine cones and dried citrus fruit A real tree, grown on a tree farm and harvested for the holidays, is better for the environment. Most municipalities collect discarded natural Christmas trees and chip them for use as mulching materials. Real trees are completely biodegradable.

* Handmade craft decorations add a homey touch to the atmosphere. Don’t go overboard with the country theme, though, or your guests may leave feeling like they’ve just been run over by Santa Claus.

* Gold and black are the way to go to add elegance and sophistication to your home.

* You either love blue or you don’t. Stores will be full of Blue Christmas wreaths, garlands, lights, ornaments, stars, outdoor decorations and gift wrapping,

* Red and white checked patterns, tweed and Edelweiss motifs with traditional Alpine figures bring a little bit of snowy Switzerland into your home.

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