Do you have a lot of old and sentimental Christmas decorations? But do you also like to incorporate new Christmas decor? Today, I am sharing how you can mix old and new Christmas decorations into a style that is all your own. Learn how to blend in old and new Christmas decor into a streamlined Christmas look!

How to Mix Old and New Christmas Decorations #holiday #vintage #sentimental #christmasornaments

How to Mix Old and New Christmas Decorations

It is just about time to start decorating for Christmas. If you are like me, you may not look forward to the actual process of bringing out all of the Christmas storage boxes. Part of the process of bringing out  Christmas decorations is going through all of the Christmas bins and deciding what to actually display.

Take a look on Pinterest and Instagram and you will see gorgeous Christmas home displays that are decorated with entirely new pieces each year.

I have to remind myself that this is not realistic for me as I have lot of old and sentimental Christmas decorations. But, I also like to pick up a few new decorations each year. So, I have a lot of Christmas decorations to go through. I can sometimes struggle with what old Christmas decorations to put out when I also want to decorate with new things. It can be an overwhelming task!

Perhaps you can relate and you struggle with how to incorporate your old with your new Christmas decor. Here are 5 Tips for Mixing Old and Sentimental with New Christmas Decorations.

1. Group Collections Together

One of the best ways to blend in old and new Christmas decorations together is to group similar items together. Do you have a snowman, Santa or Nutcracker collection? If so, for a really big impact, group all of those similar Christmas decorations together.

Christmas Tiered Tray with Rae Dunn #farmhouse #gingham #olddecor

Christmas Mug Collection on a Tiered Tray

You can seamlessly mix in old and new Christmas decoration with big collections on display. It is a fun and meaningful tradition to add to your particular Christmas collections every year.

Christmas decor less cluttered when you group items together into a few spaces then to try to decorate every inch of your home.


Take a look on Pinterest and Instagram and you will see gorgeous Christmas home displays that are decorated with entirely new pieces each year.

I have to remind myself that this is not realistic for me as I have lot of old and sentimental Christmas decorations. Do not dismiss your old Christmas decorations. New and trendy Christmas decorations do not always remain popular over time.

Vintage Ceramic Tree

So, consider not overhauling your entire Christmas display every year. Instead, embrace your sentimental and old Christmas decorations. Also, keep in mind that was is old tends to become new and trending eventually. Think about the Ceramic Christmas Trees that are so popular these days! You just might have an old item that becomes super popular again!


Another way to mix old and new Christmas decorations together is to tie them together with a similar color scheme. This really helps old and new look like a natural fit.

Cozy Christmas Shelf Styling #mugs #gingerbread #farmhouse

Old Christmas mugs and glasses are mixed with new Christmas houses and trees

You do not need to have the items match identically in color. Just try to tie in at least one similar color into your display. It really makes Christmas decorations look seamless when the items tie into a color theme.


You may have a lot of hand me down or sentimental Christmas decorations. Just because you have sentimental Christmas decorations, does not mean you need to use everything.

Perhaps the first thing you need to do before decorating for Christmas, is to go through your boxes of decorations.

First, decide if an old Christmas decoration is really meaningful to you. Do you remember when you got it? Is it from a family member? Really consider if it is a decoration that you love instead of something you are just hanging on to because you feel like you have to.

It is okay to part with part of a larger collection of something if it no longer brings meaning to you. Perhaps, save one of something instead of getting rid of it all. This same rule can apply to homemade Christmas decorations made lovingly by your kids. Pick your favorites!

If you are really struggling with letting go of sentimental items, put them in a box for one year and see how you feel about it the next season. However, chances are, if you do not want to display the item this year, then you will not want to put it out next year.

Mix old and new Christmas Decorations in an easy way #farmhouse #cozy #rustic

One final note, do not feel like you need to hang onto every single ornament you have every gotten. For instance, does your child have several Baby’s First Christmas ornaments? Pick the favorites and let go of the rest. We do not need to burden our kids with a massive collection of ornaments or Christmas decorations when they move out of the home. Chances are, they will want to start their own collections save for a few special pieces. 


When you put home decor in a new location, it can bring new life to the piece. The same thing can be true for Christmas decorations. If you’ve always put your Christmas tree in one spot, consider moving it to a new location.

Tip: Christmas tree ornaments can be displayed in other ways. Consider grouping similar ornaments on a shelf or in bowl.

Eiffel Tower Ornaments #christmas #girls #collections #christmasdecorating

Collection of Eiffel Tower Ornaments in a Teen Girl’s Room

Also, switch up where you put all of your old Christmas decor. Items can feel like new again when you see them in a different location.

Do I need new Christmas decor this year?

The answer is no! You can absolutely embrace the Christmas decorations you already own and create a holiday decor display that you love.

If you are interested in buying a few new holiday decorations, than by all means, go for it! Perhaps, focus on a few key pieces that you want to invest in. Maybe you need a new Christmas tree this year. Just keep in mind that your old Christmas decor can be just as beautiful and unique as new decor. You can mix old and new Christmas decorations with minimal effort!


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  1. Holly Breton @ Pink Lady on November 9, 2020 at 7:18 am

    Jaclyn I really enjoyed this post- you are spot on- i combine old and nostalgic with some new items but loved your suggestions of grouping collections and colors- I have been working hard on that this year!

    • Jaclyn on November 9, 2020 at 7:30 am

      I can’t wait to see all of your Christmas decor!

  2. Barbara on January 30, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    I have a lot of red and green Christmas decorations that I love but I recently put a beautiful maroon 8×10 area rug in my living room. I fear my red decor will clash.

    • Jaclyn on February 1, 2022 at 9:55 am

      I think if you balance out the red decor with some neutrals like white or gold you will be just fine!

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