Turkey? Check. Cranberries? Check. Pumpkin pie? Check. Holiday decorations? Umm. Not yet.

I’m a bit behind, but I know it’s time to brighten up the outdoors with some holiday decorations. Up here in the Northern hemisphere, we’re barreling head-on to the darkest time of the year, when we miss getting a blast of natural Vitamin D from the sun. That’s why I find it so comforting gazing at twinkling lights and greenery.

Looking for pictures of outdoor décor for this story put me in a very cheery mood; I hope they do the same for you!

Some Holiday Decorations

Do you have an sun porch or patio you can decorate? If so, it could look like this!

I love the simplicity of the wreaths and garlands which balance the front porch of this beach house in South Carolina.

If you’re lucky, you can serve holiday meals outdoors…

…for an al fresco holiday dinner (like this one in New Zealand).

Holiday Container Gardening

Want an easy way to add color to your front porch, deck or patio? Change your summer planters into holiday container gardens! They are especially cheery if you live in a cold-winter climate and you can personalize them however you want.

Professional landscape gardener Deborah Silver has some good suggestions on her blog, Dirt Simple as does bhg.com. Below are some of my favorites.

I think it’s the colors that are so eye-catching. In this first container garden, via Rikki Snyder Photography, the silver and gold decorations next to the purple hues of the front door are so striking and beautiful.

Here’s a window box with ornamental cabbage or kale (both are wonderful cold-weather container garden plants).

This old-school, traditional green mix is updated by small, soft lights.

I love these moss covered balls because you can use them throughout the winter.

Wreaths

Whether elaborate or simple, a wreath on the door signals hospitality. Here are some of my favorites.

Who says wreaths have to be round? I love the idea of using an old ice skate and wrapping it in a bright green ribbon.

This wreath from The Netherlands is quietly bright, like a fine day.

This handmade wreath, available from SucculentSolutions on Etsy, is made of fully rooted succulents, moss, berries, and a flameless candle, so it can hang or go on a tabletop. (There’s a heat pack available for colder climates.)

The bounty and color of this wreath make it a winner.

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Holiday Wreath (©Depositphotos.com/simply)

Who says you have to use red and green? This tropical wreath reflects the sea.

Although I personally prefer rather understated holiday decorations, the most important thing is to do what makes you and your family happy. The pictures above offer inspirations for outdoor décor, but we’d really like to see what you’re doing at your home. Post your pictures on our Bombay Outdoors Facebook Page so we can share them!