Will this be the year of the “rainbow Christmas tree,” with clusters of glass balls hung in a manner that mimics the spectral colors (violet, blue, indigo, green, yellow, orange, red) that we learned about in grade school?
British retailer John Lewis & Partners predicts the rainbow tree will be a big hit in 2018, and House Beautiful and other design and decor sources agree.
Other experts suggest that we will be seeing a lot of buffalo plaid decorations, animal prints, neon colors and geometric shapes. At Hallmark, in the meantime, a trend forecaster talks about toile “as a new trend for 2018,” turning up in tree skirts, gift bags and wrapping paper.
And don’t forget the fairy lights, listed in several trend reports as essential to this holiday season.
Etsy, which carefully monitors its searches for “holiday decor,” reports that we’ll be seeing boho themed decorations, neon tones, “modern farmhouse” themes, and “all you can eat decor.”
“This year, shoppers are looking to incorporate the most delicious part of the season into their decor,” Dayna Isom Johnson wrote in an Etsy report on holiday trends. “Searches related to the term ‘foodie’ are up 415%.”
A variety of fun new ornaments are available.(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
Resistmas? Are the holidays a time for political statements? The internet says yes. Here’s one (shatter-resistant) possibility. $11.95 for two, https://shop.getbullish.com(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
A stick of butter (this one is glass) may be the perfect gift for a baker -- or anyone else who appreciates the glories of butterfat. $16, D.L. Rhein, 3303 Motor Ave., Los Angeles. Are you a breakfast person? Are you and your friends constantly searching for the best brunches in town? Consider this mercury glass version of a stack of pancakes as a gift -- or evidence of your own obsession. $20, D.L. Rhein, 3303 Motor Ave., Los Angeles.(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
Some of us believe the holidays will always be associated with snow and freezing temperatures, and yet we don’t want to leave the warmth of Southern California. The solution to this dilemma may be a quilled snowflake in a clear glass disc from the Dawson Davis Designs shop on Etsy (which features several versions of the ornament). $27, Dawson Davis Designs at https://www.etsy.com(Dawson Davis Designs )
Created by Elias Studios, the Nocturne ornament may prompt thoughts of colored lights glowing in the night. $36, Elias Studios ornament available at https://www.artfulhome.com(Artful Home )
If you (or a friend) are concerned about managing holiday gifts (and expectations), this ceramic disc, which reads “Place Valuable Gifts Here” and includes a helpful directional arrow, will leave nothing to chance. $15, https://www.neuronsnotincluded.com(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
Can the Hamsa protect us from the evil eye? It’s the holiday season, so a little extra protection from any elements with the potential to diminish our festive feelings might be appropriate. $18, https://www.anthropologie.com(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
For some of us, the holidays are a time for nostalgia, and a glass gumball machine ornament may fulfill a yearning for a time when sugarless gum was just a novelty. $24, D.L. Rhein, 3303 Motor Ave., Los Angeles(Calvin B. Alagot / Los Angeles Times)
Susan Bradshaw’s koi ornament looks as if it might be able to glide through water, but you’ll probably want to hang it on your tree. $38, Susan Bradshaw ornament available at https://www.artfulhome.com(Artful Home)
This blown glass Holly and Ivy ornament, sourced from Lucky Ducks Glass, is encircled by ivy and holly berries, classic symbols of the holiday season. $55, Lucky Ducks Glass ornament available at https://www.artfulhome.com(Artful Home )
The GourdcraftByCarla shop on Etsy features a number of Southwestern-style gourd ornaments that are dyed and colored with acrylic paints. $25, GourdcraftByCarla, https://www.etsy.com(GourdcraftByCarla )
At Pinterest, DIY “Pinners” are searching for inspiration about temporary tattoo and upcycled ornaments (among other decorations), so don’t be surprised if there’s a run on felt, glue guns, nail polish and ink at the local craft store.
Instagram is flooded with images of “wood slice” ornaments that provide a platform for all sorts of messages, such as “Our First Christmas” or “Believe” or “Peace.”
Some of us choose to stick with the decorations that we’ve collected over the years — the glass passport, the baby’s first Christmas photo ornaments, the beaded Eiffel Tower — and add to our collections in a leisurely manner.
But whether we rethink our decorations every year or cling to our traditions, we probably will be spending money; the U.S. Census Bureau reports that Americans spent about $1.5 billion on holiday decorations last year, and there’s no reason to think that figure will decline in 2018.
Apparently, it’s difficult to resist the beautiful glass orbs, paper snowflakes, felt flowers and politically inspired ornaments that have flooded the market.
In the meantime, here’s a bit of good news for the holiday-obsessed.
An article published in Britain’s Evening Standard suggests that people who get an early start on Christmas celebrations are happier than the rest of us. Alexandra Richards’ report quoted a psychoanalyst who said “decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement,” so “putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement.”
Amy Morin, a Florida psychotherapist, said something similar to Katie Kindelan at “Good Morning America.”
“For most people,” Morin says, “decorating for Christmas reminds us of the best times in our lives. Thinking of those happy memories stirs up happy feelings.”
Perhaps a new ornament or two might be just the thing to inject a little fun into your holiday madness.