Candles are common in holiday decor.

We all love our holiday traditions, and that includes the way we deck the halls – from special ornaments to favorite festive wreaths. However, you may be looking for ways to revamp the tried-and-true look, especially when entertaining friends and family.

Here are some unique ideas for adding a twist to your usual holiday decorating routine.


Add dynamism and vitality to your home by infusing older, vintage elements that you’ve had and enjoyed for years with more modern pieces that speak to you today.

You can also breathe new life into these items by using them differently this year — for example, moving your favorite garland from the bannister to the mantel, or hanging a wreath on a wall instead of a door.


When many people plan their holiday decorations, they start with visuals. Why not try mixing it up by focusing on fragrance first? Scent is closely associated with memory, so adding holiday fragrances to your home allows you to both build new memories for future seasons and reflect on happy times in the past. For inspiration, draw on the vibrant spirit and brisk weather that the holidays bring.

Use candles to add a finishing touch to a holiday gathering. They also make for a great host or hostess gift.

Check out the new holiday fragrance lineup from Yankee Candle, which offers both classic favorites, as well as new modern takes on traditional themes. Fragrances include “All is Bright,” a blend of citrus on warm musk, “Bubbly Pomegranate,” a mix of juicy berries, pomegranate and citrus, “Alpine Martini,” a tart concoction spiked with mountain berries and fresh snipped pine, and “Christmas Thyme,” a lemongrass and thyme scent that’s mingled with sandalwood and musk. For holiday inspiration, visit


Incorporate wintry throw pillows, quilts and blankets into living areas. Fabrics like table runners and tapestries can also add warmth around the house. Crank up the fireplace. Be sure that all your efforts work to combat the brisk season with a touch of coziness.


When hosting guests, don’t just set the table, create an impressive and unforgettable tablescape. One sleek and modern way to do so is to add candles, tumblers, vases, ornamental table toppers, fresh greens and seasonal flowers.

Tumbler candles, such as those from Yankee Candle, come in various sizes and designs, so you can stagger the heights for eye-catching appeal. Consider using their Pure Radiance candles that feature a crackling LumiWick, creating a soothing sound that evokes a fireside.

This season, add fragrance, beauty and brightness to your home with unique twists on traditional holiday themes.


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