There are some country Christmas decorations that are usually found in log and timber homes. They are traditional, and you are probably already familiar with most of them.

While you do create your own traditions, you will probably want to include at least some of these items in your holiday decorating.

Most log cabin homes are decorated with rustic decorations, very much in tune with their everyday rustic décor. And, in fact, if you have a pinecone theme or a North Woods theme in your log or timber home, you can use many of your favorite decorative items as part of your holiday décor.

Don’t put your favorite things away for the holidays—use them!

Here are some ideas for you to consider:

Candles in Country Christmas Decorations

candle for Christmas
Candles are often used with natural materials like holly and pine cones, in country Christmas decorations.

Candles can be used in every room in your home. They lend a gentle warmth and a bit of sparkling excitement and softened light, when they are used during the holidays.

Candles used to be used in Europe on Christmas trees, although I don’t recommend doing that now, because of the danger of fire.

And candles are traditionally used as part of advent wreaths, another log cabin Christmas tradition. Advent wreaths typically have one candle in the center, with 4 candles on the perimeter of the wreath. Each week during advent, a new candle is lighted, awaiting the birthday of Christ.

A Nativity for the Holidays

  Realistic nativity scene

A nativity is often the center of a family’s country Christmas décorations.

Since the whole reason we have Christmas is the birthday of Jesus, it is only natural to include a nativity. Often this is found beneath the Christmas tree, but a nativity also can be used on a special table or on a chest of drawers, a buffet or a cabinet.

Add a little color to your nativity by including a fresh sprig of holly or a pine branch or two.

Wreaths as Country Christmas Decorations

Christmas wreaths in a shop
Christmas wreaths in a shop, ready to be used as country Christmas decorations.

Wreaths that are made of natural materials or even those that look like they are made from natural materials, make great country Christmas decorations for log and timber homes.

Wreaths, like pineapples in Colonial times, serve to welcome guests. As welcoming agents, you can use them in various rooms of your home—and outside—on the side of your home, on windows and on fences or gates.

Traditional Santa or St. Nicholas as Country Christmas Decorations

Traditional Father Christmas
Every log home needs a traditional Santa.

Did you know that the traditional Santa actually was a real man? St. Nicholas, a saint in the Roman Catholic Church, was a real person who did good deeds and helped others. On Dec. 6, the Catholic Church celebrates St. Nicholas Day, and children traditionally receive a gift on that holiday.

Today, as you know, Santa also brings gifts to children (good children), and he rides in a sleigh with his reindeer.

It’s a fun tradition, and your home should have at least one little Santa. Traditional Santas, primitive Santas, antique Santas or rustic Santas all  complement a rustic home décor.

Make Your Own Country Christmas Decorations

Homemade Christmas decorations
Homemade ornaments make Christmas special.

A country Christmas just demands that there be something homemade! And it’s such fun for family members to participate in making decorations and decorating your home.

This year, why not find some simple projects that you can make yourself, or with your children or grandchildren, and make some homemade country Christmas decorations for your home?

Pine Cone or North Woods Theme

Carstens embroidered pine cone pillow
This pine cone pillow makes a fine Christmas accent piece. Don’t overlook your everyday rustic decor, when looking for country Christmas decorations.  You can purchase one like this here.

Pillows, throws and other decorative accessories that have a pine cone or North Woods theme can make lovely accent pieces when you are doing your country Christmas decorating.

If your regular home accessories fit well with a holiday theme, keep them in place instead of removing them.

Christmas holiday decorating is fun! Keep your projects simple, though, so you can enjoy the holidays, and not feel that decorating is just another source of stress!