Guests are expected and your front door is still bare of holiday cheer. What can you do that’s simple yet welcoming and joyful? We’ve gathered a few ideas from around the web to get you ready for Christmas festivities in a jiffy.

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Christmas Door

Hang some fresh fragrance at your door. Dress up a standard wreath, swag or garland with sprigs of juniper, branches of eucalyptus or opt for a spicy scent with sticks of cinnamon and dried orange slices.

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Porch Christmas Decorations

If one wreath looks good, two might look great! Introduce a rustic look with birch logs and an old plaid camp blanket draped over a chair. Instant warmth!

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Front Door Gift Wrap Ribbon and Bow

Gift wrap your front door with a sparkly ribbon and massive red bow.

layered snowflake cluster on a door
Snowflake Door Hanger

Or hang a cluster of glittering snowflakes. These affordable beauties came from a dollar store.

Sled and ice skates on a porch with a small evergreen tree and radio flyer wagon
Sled and ice skates

Conjure memories of a playful childhood with a display made from an old sled and ice skates. Tuck in some ribbon and fir branches around the nostalgic tableau or augment the vignette with some wrapped packages in an old red wagon.

With a few sap buckets, a chalk pen, some ribbon, greenery and battery-operated fairy lights, you can set up a charming display in less than 30 minutes.

If you’re a collector of vintage artifacts, incorporate them into your Christmas display. It’s a look that’s as unique to you as it is charming to the neighborhood.

ornament filled lanterns

Fill a group of lanterns with holiday baubles and top them with some greenery and bows.

porch christmas trees decorated with orniments and lights
Christmas Trees

A real or faux Christmas tree in a basket at your door will signal to your guests that a celebration awaits. Wrap a few empty shoeboxes to tuck beneath the tree.

lite wreath and garlands on a night front porch
Front Porch Light Display

Make your front door merry and bright with lights threaded through garland, wreaths, railings and greenery-filled urns. Designer Erika Ward set her decor up in just an afternoon.

House and Lawn entirely decorated with holiday lights in white
Christmas Lights

String lights are an affordable way to get a lot of bang for your holiday decor buck. Wrap lights around doorways, pillars and railings, window frames and anything else at the front of your home for the most cheerful house in town. This dazzling display is from one of our favorite designers, Brian Patrick Flynn.

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