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How to Transition From Christmas to Winter Decor

Hey hey friends! Can you believe Christmas is officially over? I’m always amazed at how fast it comes and goes. We had such an amazing day–we ate lots of delicious food and didn’t get out of our PJs all day, which is a ginormous win in my book. And as much as I’m sad to see the holiday season end, I have to say I’m more than ready to declutter the house. I spent all day yesterday boxing Christmas decor up and it felt soooooo good. I thought a few of you might be preparing to do the same thing, so today I wanted to share my tips on how to transition from Christmas decor to winter decor. It’s actually a lot easier than you might think, and I’m excited to show you how a couple of my favorite Christmas decorations are playing double-duty and staying out for the winter months.

How to Transition From Christmas to Winter Decor

How to Transition From Christmas to Winter Decor

1. Declutter

Let’s all nod our head in agreement on this one. I think it’s safe to say we all feel that urge to organize and declutter after Christmas. Sometimes all that extra home decor can feel overwhelming, so I always welcome the opportunity to clean up. My first step in transitioning to winter decor is to go around the house and gather up any Christmas decor that I know will not work for winter. You know what I’m talking about–the mini Christmas trees, the ornaments, the Christmas wreaths, etc. Pack it up, and while you’re at it go ahead and get rid of anything else that you aren’t loving anymore. Take this opportunity to organize and do a little “winter cleaning”. I promise, you’ll feel better with less stuff.

2. Get the red out

I mentioned this tip in my post about decorating after Christmas last year, but I think it’s still the single best thing you can do to transition from Christmas decor to winter decor. Like I mentioned earlier, I think many Christmas decorations can double as winter decor. But what’s most often missing from winter decor is the pops of red. Now I’m obviously a neutral loving, farmhousestyle kind of gal, but red just screams Christmas to me. This little tip works really well for me personally because the ONLY time I use red in our home is at Christmas.

How to Transition from Christmas to winter decor. Easy tips to decorate your home for winter!

If you saw my Christmas living room post, you will recognize this 3 piece birch hurricane set. In that post I used these, along with lots of greenery and red berry stems, to make a Christmas centerpiece here on the coffee table. Transitioning to winter means all I had to do was take away the bulk of the greenery for a more subtle look, as well as remove the pops of red. Easy and quick! And I love that I can get even more use out of this birch set.

3. Leave your Christmas tree bare

This tip is for those of you that really love your Christmas tree, and hate that feeling of emptiness that often comes after taking it down. If you want to keep it up a little longer, but don’t want the Christmas look, go ahead and try removing all the ornaments and lights. There’s something so rustic and beautiful about a bare tree, and I think it can totally work in the weeks following Christmas. I didn’t decorate this tree in our basement and I plan on leaving it this way for a while.

How to Transition from Christmas to Winter Decor. Easy tips to decorate your home after Christmas!

4. Add in simple, rustic touches

Unlike Christmas decor, winter decor doesn’t have to be big and bold. I actually prefer to tone things down after Christmas by using simple, rustic touches like pinecones. I had pinecone picks out with my Christmas decor this yearI actually paired them with some red berry stems. For winter I decided to use a smaller bundle and style them alone as the focal point on my mantel.

I also love replacing all the heavy garland around the house with small, subtle trimmings. For an easy winter coffee table centerpiece try wrapping a pair of old books in twine and lace, then simply pop a few tree trimmings on top. Boom. Easy winter decor.

How to Transition from Christmas to winter decor. Easy tips to decorate your home for winter!

5. Keep the Cozy

One of the best parts about winter is the fact that we get to use really cozy blankets and pillows. Give me alllllll the cozy things! I love using oversized fuzzy pillows and faux fur throw blankets. They instantly make any space feel more warm and inviting.

6. Do what inspires YOU

Above all, do what inspires you and what feels good in your home. There are no rules you have to follow to decorate your home for winter. Truly, it’s about doing what makes you feel energized and refreshed for a new year. Even something as simple as fresh flowers can make all the difference. I bought this bouquet of baby’s breath for $4 from the grocery story a while back and I was shocked to get two weeks out of them. I love the little puffs of white. And am I crazy or do they remind you of snowflakes? Maybe that’s a stretch but I think it works.

Simple and Practical Winter Decor Tips for Decorating After Christmas

As much as I love Christmas, it always feels so good to get the house back in order after the holidays. This year I started decorating earlier than ever beforeit was actually the second week of November when I put our tree up, so I was definitely feeling the itch to take it all down and move on to winter decor. And it really wasn’t that difficult. It’s just a few simple changes here and there that make the transition from Christmas to winter decor an easy process. Thanks so much for stopping by! I’d love to hear when you take your Christmas decorations down or if you have any great tips for making the transition to winter. I always love hearing from you so don’t be shy!


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  • Jan
    December 27, 2016

    I did the same thing yesterday!
    Your home looks great & ready for winter. I use lots of fake furs, red/black buffalo plaids, pine cones, and touches of evergreens to make it through the cold months.

    • Sarah
      > Jan
      December 27, 2016

      High five Jan. It feels so good, right? Sounds like your home is nice and cozy for the winter months!

    • Cinthy
      > Jan
      January 9, 2018

      I decorate for different seasons and holidays all through the year. This year I pared down the red poinsettias and decorated with white ones inside my apartment. The red stayed at the hallway and foyer down to the front door. I’m never in a hurry to take down the pencil tree in my living room. The lights in all the rooms are soft and glowing.

    • Annie
      > Jan
      December 20, 2021

      Hello – I just found your lovely blog tonight. I am hosting a post-holiday lunch for a few friends on Dec 27. I usually host this lunch before Christmas, but I had too many conflicts. Is it OK to use my Christmas table decor since it’s only 2 days after Christmas? I’m trying not to make things too complicated. Thank you.

      • Sarah
        > Annie
        December 21, 2021

        I say it’s totally fine to leave up the Christmas decor!

  • Jenny Young
    December 27, 2016

    I love decorating with the same things year round & adding nature to show off each season.

    I’ll be leaving up all of my bottle brush trees on top of my kitchen cabinets. I have the fairy lights back lighting them & it’s so beautiful…like a little winter forest against my white farmhouse cabinets. They are the only Christmas decor I’ll reuse for winter.

    I also love using baby’s breath. I leave mine out until spring. I don’t leave them out in a busy place like the coffee table but I do use them on my mantle or other high places. They dry out & hold their shapes very well. When I do my spring cleaning I toss them.

    • Sarah
      > Jenny Young
      December 27, 2016

      Oh that sounds so nice Jenny, I’m sure your kitchen looks so cozy and welcoming with those lights! So glad you stopped by today!

  • Carolyn Wesolowski
    December 27, 2016

    I look forward to getting back home and taking everything down. Looking at your beautiful home makes me anxious to get my done. We’re actually starting some home remodeling in January. Looking at what you’ve done to your your home has given me some great ideas-thanks????

    • Sarah
      > Carolyn Wesolowski
      December 27, 2016

      Aw that’s so exciting Carolyn! I’m so happy my blog has given you some ideas. I’m hoping to do some renovations in our kitchen in January too, fingers crossed!

  • Alice
    December 27, 2016

    I am with you. I decided this year to decorate early for Christmas because the day after I am anxious to get my house back to just winter. Love your ideas. Thanks for a beautiful and inspiring blog.

    • Sarah
      > Alice
      December 27, 2016

      I’m right there with you Alice! Decorating early is awesome, but it generally means you’re ready for a change by December 26th. And boy am I ready! Thanks for stopping by! xoxo

  • Karlee
    December 27, 2016

    Your home is beautiful! Question- is an old wooden snow sleigh too Christmas or can I use it for winter too??

    • Sarah
      > Karlee
      December 27, 2016

      Thank you Karlee! I’d say you can definitely use an old sleigh for winter decor. You could style it on your front porch or simply prop it up in the corner. Lots of possibilities!

    • Jacy
      > Karlee
      December 29, 2016

      Ohhhh good question! I was wondering the same thing!

  • Doreen Sulfaro
    December 28, 2016

    Right there with you Sarah. Putting away the Christmas decor makes you feel so good and the. To make the home cozy for winter is a big plus in my book. Love what you did. Happy Wednesday.

    • Sarah
      > Doreen Sulfaro
      December 29, 2016

      Totally agree. Putting away Christmas decor is always so energizing for me. I get excited about a clean house! I hope you had a great Christmas Doreen!

  • Eve Kyle
    December 29, 2016

    Hi Sarah, I’ve been following you on Instagram for a while & just recently subscribed to your blog…I love it! You have such great ideas & your decor is what I aspire to. I never thought of decorating for winter until I read this but, when I take down my decorations next week (I put them up late this year so am leaving them up a little longer), I’ll definitely be looking at what I can leave up. I have a plain wreath of bronze coloured leaves that will stay on my front door and a small tree that I can just take the red birds off of as a start. I’m excited to try something different! Thanks for the inspiration:)

    • Sarah
      > Eve Kyle
      December 29, 2016

      Hi Eve! I’m so glad to hear you are enjoying my blog–that makes me so happy! And I hadn’t really done much “winter decor” until the past few years, but it really helps fill in the gaps until I can start decorating for Spring. Sounds like your bronze wreath will work perfectly for winter! Thanks again for reading!

  • Chelsea @ The Johnsons Plus Dog
    December 29, 2016

    Love all these ideas… so cute. I’ve been busy with some cozy Winter crafts that I’m going to be sharing on my blog to replace our Christmas decorations that are getting packed up. The house always looks a little bare, so I like to add in some fun “just for Winter” touches 🙂

  • Jacy
    December 29, 2016

    I packed away my Christmas decor a few days ago and was wishing you were in my house so you can help me redecorate everything! I kept thinking “I wish Sarah was here to make it look pretty”! I was trying to channel my inner “Sarah Decorating Goddess”! Todd thought I was a lunatic! Thanks for the inspiration as always!

    • Sarah
      > Jacy
      December 29, 2016

      hahah! You crack me up! You don’t need my help, your house has always looked amazing. I can even remember being in awe of your cute little house in FoCo!

  • Jill
    December 31, 2016

    Hi Sarah, I just discovered your blog! It is darling and has so many great ideas!
    Jill from Chicago

    • Sarah
      > Jill
      December 31, 2016

      Oh yay! Thanks Jill, so happy to have you here! xoxo

  • Sharon Stinson
    January 1, 2017

    Sarah, love your home and the beautiful ways you easily move from Christmas to Winter! I’m with Jan’s earlier comment in that my own touch is to bring out red and black buffalo plaid and other “winter warm” patterns. That’s mainly because, although my living area has an overall neutral/white palette, my year-round accent furniture pieces are either basic black or cheery red – I just personally need that red to keep me as happy on the gray, overcast days of winter as I am during sunshiny summer. 🙂 That being said, am thrilled to use some of your ideas to play up the neutral/white/silver touches for a fresh winterized look. Thank you so much for sharing them!

  • Mary
    January 1, 2017

    I just love that Christmas tree in your basement.. Is it real? In soil or do you water it? Keep it up for sure

    • Sarah
      > Mary
      January 1, 2017

      Hi Mary! The tree is real! We have it in water actually. Lucky for us the tree stand fit perfectly in the basin!

  • Cindy
    January 2, 2017

    What is the paint color on your walls? It’seems just the perfect shade of golden creme i have been looking for.

  • Nuala
    January 10, 2017

    Love the birch & gypsophila!! Lacking a white enamel pitcher like your beauty, I blend some white floral component with small pine cones. In case you have some crazy/lazy people on your street with lights and decorations up long past the norm, Christmas is “officially” celebrated through Christmastide (sounds very British, no?) a 40-day period that ends on February 2nd (according to the old calendar). The more modern calendar ends the Christmas season on the Sunday after Epiphany (popularly identified with the Three Kings/Magi).

  • Dayna
    January 17, 2017

    Sarah, beautiful post! I keep coming back to it. Q for you- I NEEEED, like, NEEEEEEEED, that milk & cream sign! Did you make it? If so, where do you get those letters? I could cut them out myself if need be, but what are the letters made from? They look like they have puff to them. Thank you!

    • Sarah
      > Dayna
      January 17, 2017

      Aw thank you Dayna! I’m so glad you are enjoying it. About the milk & cream sign, I actually made it! All you need is an old window. I just printed the letters from Word, cut them out, and traced them on with a black marker, then painted them with black paint. Super duper easy. I have a tutorial here:

  • Marisa
    January 20, 2017

    Hi Sarah- your house is amazing. I love, love, love the base you have your tree in! Is that an old family piece or did you purchase that somewhere?

    Thanks- Marisa

    • Sarah
      > Marisa
      January 20, 2017

      Thanks Marisa, I actually found that at a junk yard believe it or not. Works perfectly for the tree!

  • Jesse Jamison
    February 8, 2017

    I love the idea of leaving my tree up for a while without decorations. It is nice to have something so green in my house during January. I normally just take off my decorations slowly during the weeks after Christmas as a way to keep the tree up longer. However, this only works for two, maybe three weeks. Your idea is better.

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  • Connie
    December 26, 2017

    Found your post while looking for “after Christmas into winter” decor ideas. Lovely post. But most people don’t realize that the 12 Days of Christmas (yeah, like the song of the same title) actually starts on Christmas Day and goes to January 6, when the Epiphany season starts. 😉

    Nonetheless, I am like you, itching to declutter from the Christmas decor and your post gave me some great ideas!

    Lovely home btw! Glad I found your blog.

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  • Erin
    November 27, 2018

    Can I ask where you got the pot that you have your tree in, tip #3? I’d love to incorporate this design after the holiday season but just adore that pot you have!

  • Jennifer
    December 27, 2018

    I love your blog! Could I ask where your pine cone picks are from?

    • Sarah
      > Jennifer
      December 27, 2018

      thank you Jennifer! Those were from Balsam Hill.

  • Denise
    December 28, 2018

    Another idea for winter decor is to decorate a tree with “winter” decoratios. ice skates tobogans polar bears etc. If it is real you can put outside where it can be seen from inside.

    • Sarah
      > Denise
      December 30, 2018

      ah that’s a great idea!

  • Jennifer
    December 29, 2018

    I love your blog! Could you tell me where you found your pine cone stems?

    • Sarah
      > Jennifer
      December 30, 2018

      Thank you Jennifer! Those stems are from Balsam Hill.

  • Angela B Gonzalez
    January 2, 2019

    This was a great article. I was trying to figure out how to make the apt still feel cozy after taking down Christmas. And these ideas are very helpful. I’m even thinning of meeting my faux white tree up just changing out the ornaments for a more wintery vibe.

  • Denise
    January 8, 2019

    I have been looking for a blog like your’s! I decorate every holiday and try to stay neutral so the transition from holiday to holiday is smooth. Lots of simplicity ! Keep the ideas coming !

  • Deanne
    January 19, 2019

    What a beautiful rustic container that your tree is sitting in. What kind of container is this and where could I find one? It doesn’t have to be as large as the one you have.
    I love the idea of keeping the tree up for a while after Christmas.

  • Mary Stewart
    January 22, 2019

    Love your post-Christmas ideas. I live in North Florida and our post -Christmas temperatures are in the 70’s. I love to bring out my winter whites and vintage milk glass collection. I use a lot of white candles and still love to add the rustic pine cones and plenty of greenery. I miss all the beautiful lights and try to carry the lighting through for a month or two with more candles. I also have some wooden trees that I leave on my mantel. I so love all the cozy ideas in a harsher climate with the grey skies and find it a challenge to keep winter alive in Florida. Love your blog.

  • stella HENRY
    January 23, 2019

    Thank for suggestion. so to keep from looking so drab so i change out Christmas wreath to a glitter wreath that more soft look yet it stills give me that holiday feel also i have candles in some of my windows .

  • Mary
    January 29, 2019

    I grew up in old farmhouse. My mother made a warm home by using what she had. Using old shirts or sweater to cover old bed pillows, things outside as centerpieces.

  • Lorrie s
    December 26, 2019

    I wait a few more days but I take everything down and put out my winter stuff… we are in a sunny clime and I want to make it feel not quite so “beachy” during the winter months.
    I love your cedar candles.

  • Candy
    December 26, 2019

    Hi Sarah
    I hope that you had a perfect Christmas Day yesterday.
    You always come up with so many excellent ideas. I must try to de-clutter. I am so bad for this.
    I can’t wait to see what you will be doing in 2020. I so look forward to all your posts.
    All the best in the New Year for,you and your family

  • Andrea
    December 27, 2019

    Hi, Sarah! The link for the birch hurricane set just goes to all candle holders. I really dog these, is there a way the link could go right to the set, or you could link the brand please? Thanks for all the helpful tips. Also, if you lived in Florida, where it’s been basically 80 all winter, would you still decorate the same? Thanks, love your blog and IG!

  • Anna Lancaster
    December 28, 2019

    Just finished taking my Christmas stuff down today. I left my throws out and I made some pillow covers this year .So,there not to Christmas looking,so I have them out.But, mostly it’s my Buffalo plaid I love ,it will be out all winter.Plus,I hit some really good half off sales at Walmart yesterday.Best time to buy new stuff for next year. Enjoy your blog.

  • Penny
    December 28, 2019

    Sarah, you rock! Loved the idea of lining everything up and putting things into totes. Where did you get the pail?, for the tree in your basement. Happy New Year! Penny

  • Lori
    December 28, 2019

    Just wanted to say that you’re such an inspiration. I try to hard with decorating and I end up with a mess. My rooms never look pulled together. Your rooms are always warm and inviting. I absolutely love your tips and pics!

  • Sandra D Sanchez
    January 1, 2020

    Hi sara i work at Ralphs grocery store in the bakery were did u get the bakery sign at i like to get one

  • Gloria
    January 3, 2020

    What do you think of leaving snowmen out after Christmas?

    • Hancy
      > Gloria
      January 11, 2024

      That’s what I do! I love all their cute smiling faces though the long dark cold winters here in Illinois.

  • Kelsey
    January 4, 2020

    Helpful! Do you have any tips on how to have warm lights up all year without looking like year Christmas?

  • Debi
    January 8, 2020

    Hi Sarah: I’ve been following you for quite sometime and draw a lot of inspiration from your posts. Question: do you know if anyone makes covers for a sectional? I know there are so many variations but am curious.

  • susanna perry
    December 26, 2020

    Love this blog. Good to know I have lots of company when it comes to seasonal decorating. Today I will change to winter! I go to reindeer in prints,fur and everything cozy. Keep the electric fireplace on all day and the lighted twig trees. Ready for spring come February!!!

  • Teresa
    December 28, 2020

    Thanks for all these great ideas! We bought our home in April and doing lots of changes. Will use what you suggested to decorate for winter!

  • Kelly
    January 6, 2022

    I have Christmas decorations put away again for another year and the yard is tidy! However, I have left the electric candles in the window. My husband and I love the cozy ambiance. My question is, how long can I leave them in? Would all winter look silly?

    • Sarah
      > Kelly
      January 8, 2022

      Oh I say leave them up all winter, they will add so much coziness!

  • Marilyn Dawson
    January 7, 2024

    I keep red decor up thru Valentine’s Day. Makes the transition from Christmas less bare. Hang hearts on my tree with just white lights.