50, 25, 12 Days of Christmas: Home decorating ideas as Ikea Philippines opens its Christmas shop

Deni Rose M. Afinidad-Bernardo – Philstar.com

October 15, 2022 | 00:56

MANILA, Philippines – Besides Manny Pacquiao, balut and hospitality, the Philippines is known around the world for starting Christmas as early as September.

With Christmas beats shaking and Jose Mari Chan songs and memes filling the air and cyberspace, many Filipinos are wondering: Should I be decorating for Christmas so soon?

Here are some decorating ideas to get you in the holiday spirit at home – and as Christmas approaches, you can simply layer up and add more elements to energize the festivities!

50 Days to Christmas: Create a Winter Wonderland

During this time, you might feel the need to shop early to take advantage of lower introductory prices and fresh inventory, and to avoid lines and heavy holiday traffic. But also, it can feel a bit awkward because you still have to decorate for a more immediate party: Halloween!

The key is to create a base or foundation starting with year-round ornaments that have subtle Christmas tones – the same accents that you can probably keep even after Christmas is over because they can blend in well. with other timeless pieces. It is also a more economical way than buying accessories that you can only use at Christmas.

Since there is no winter in the Philippines, start creating excitement with a winter fantasy! Here are some ways:

1. Build a terrarium with plants in subtle shades of red and green.

Do you feel like it’s too early to have a Christmas tree or there’s no room for it? A less “Christmas” way is to build a terrarium using a combination of artificial and live plants first – live plants for coolness and it gives happiness to see something grow; and artificial as a backdrop and replacement for the dried live.

Alternatively, you can add plants with touches of red to your existing garden, such as the Pink Starlight and Red Forest mini potted plants from Ikea Philippines’ gardening section, for a subtle Christmas touch all year round.

WATCH: Do-It-Yourself Terrarium

Red Forest (left) and Pink Starlight plants that you can add to your terrarium for a subtle Christmas touch, although they weren’t found in Ikea’s Philippines Christmas store but in its gardening section .

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The Ikea Philippines Christmas Shop has a wide range of bare trees and tree prints – you can just change the pots to red for a more Christmas feel.

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These mini trees which come in sets of three are waterproof and therefore versatile enough to be placed anywhere – from gardens to bathrooms, and even as mini Christmas trees in a child’s playhouse!

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This pocket hydroponic herb garden, assembled during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown, gets a holiday upgrade, thanks to the addition of little frosted pines from Ikea’s Christmas shop Philippines.

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The Christmas Shop has artificial clip-on poinsettias (left) that you can attach to anything for an instant holiday touch – from gift ribbons to curtains and a contrasting wall or grass rug (right).

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This wreath, from the gardening section of the Ikea store, comes in fall hues that evoke a mistletoe or a cabin-in-a-snowy-wood feel trying to say, “Christmas is near but not here yet.”

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2. Dress up your treats.

When not mixed together, these green and red tin cans can pass as cookie or candy jars for any occasion.

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These stackable (left) and two-tier (center and right) trays are from the Christmas Shop and yet they come in all-season colors and patterns that make everyday foods that much more special, whatever the occasion.

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Accents of natural colors and rich textures like this dark green rug (left) from the carpet section of the Ikea store and bamboo bowls from the dining section (right) help add a warm home feel to any space.

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3. It’s starting to smell like Christmas!

Start getting in the holiday spirit with scented candles in “not-so-Christmas” tins from the Christmas shop (bottom) and potpourri from the gardening section of the store (top) that you can spread in your terrarium or candle trays, or hang in satin bags for extra freshness in your bathroom.

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25 days to Christmas: Spice it up!

By then Halloween has passed and there is no longer a need to mix up your subtle reds and greens and wooden elements with cobwebs and skulls.

As an appetizer to your Christmas festivities, you can add another layer of cheer with more lights and subtle Christmas-themed ornaments.

Let there be light: A single giant candle (left) or an LED candelabra (right) can help spark the Christmas spirit.

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Steeping in the Filipino tradition of parol-making, DIY lanterns from the Christmas shop (right) might be a good bonding activity.

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Dress up your little trees (left) with Christmas baubles and/or LED Christmas lights (center). Small paper trees (right) without decorations also give off a Christmas vibe, but not too much.

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The Christmas symbols not in typical red and green, but in sustainable bamboo, also hint that Christmas is near.

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Accents in various sizes and shapes of reindeer and horse, made from sustainable materials like wood (left), cork (center) and bamboo (right).

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Start the Christmas dress rehearsal in your sofa by combining green and red cushions (left) and in your kitchen through glassware with Christmas signs (right).

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These framed three-dimensional paper arts and figures are like a “save the date” reminder for Christmas.

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White Christmas cutouts (left) and a paper Christmas village (right) are more durable and energy-efficient options than ceramic ones. They are also easier to assemble, move, clean and store.

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12 days of Christmas: Santa Claus is here!

Wake up your interiors, it’s Christmas!

Now you can go all out with Christmas-themed bedding, decor, and combinations of bright red and green!

Plush Santas in various sizes – from clip-ons (left) to giant cuddles (right)

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Fuel the Christmas explosion with gold and metallic ball wreaths.

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Decorate halls with light and economical Christmas symbols such as glass stockings (left), paper pennants (top, right) and Christmas balls for any size tree.

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This snow globe (left), tree-shaped box (center) and reindeer-shaped rocking chair are perfect for gift giving or decorating.

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Gift tags (left) and bags that can be used as gift wrapping or decorations for Christmas trees and so on.

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Some of the example Christmas setups from Ikea

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Christmas trees of different sizes (left) – and soon live trees will be added to the mix! This gold star (right) may look like any traditional Christmas tree ornament – but it’s lightweight and designed to be more durable with its built-in LED lights and optional rechargeable batteries.

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