Decorating Your Shop for the Holidays

December 9, 2020

December is a busy month and it can be hard to know how to decorate your shop for the holidays. There are a lot of religious holidays going on which makes it difficult to be inclusive. Of course, you’re not expected to cater to every celebration but focusing on some major ones is a great place to start. I have found that it can be quite easy by incorporating certain colors into your regular decorations. It’s all about getting creative! Here a few ideas for decorating your shop for the holidays based on the different celebrations happening.

Decorate your shop for Christmas

Decorating Your Shop for the Holidays - Christmas

Christmas is a Christian holiday based around the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ on December 25th. Although it is a religious holiday it is also commonly celebrated just as a cultural celebration. Meaning there are many different ways to celebrate Christmas that vary by region. Australians experience Christmas in the summer. Since Australians have summer in December, they celebrate Christmas quite differently. Learn more about the Aussie Christmas here.

There are many ways to decorate for an American Christmas, here are some ideas:

  • Christmas tree
    • Any size works! You can find plenty of affordable options for small or big fake Christmas trees and their ornaments at stores such as Walmart and  Target.

Decorating your shop for christmas

  • Christmas lights
    • Christmas lights are an essential way to make any space look cozy and festive. This also isn’t specific to any holiday, it became popular because these lights originally are put on Christmas trees. At some point, they migrated to walls, windows, and any other place you can imagine.

decorate your shop with christmas lights

  • Snow
    • Real snow isn’t necessary to have this effect, they sell sprays to spray on trees and/or windows to make it look like fresh snow. This Pinterest page has all the right ideas when it comes to decorating with artificial snow.

decorate your shop with snow

 Decorate your shop for Hanukkah

Decorating Your Shop for Hanukkah

Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday after the re-dedication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem. The holiday came about because the witnesses of the re-dedication saw it as a miracle as the candles burned for eight days. Based on the amount of untainted oil, they were only said to last for a single day. It takes place 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar. It is also known as the Festival of Lights.

Hanukkah is just as easy to decorate for as Christmas, especially because you can decorate for both of these in a subtle way! Here are some ideas:

  • Blue and Silver Ornaments
    • If you are already decorating for Christmas but want to commemorate Hanukkah just use some blue and silver ornaments on your tree! This is an amazing way to be inclusive that some people may not even catch! You can also decorate your wreaths with blue and silver ornaments.

decorate your shop with blue and silver ornaments

  • Garlands
    • This decoration is so easy to display, whether you place it at your store’s counter, on a shelf, or near a window. It looks good and makes your Jewish customers feel welcome! There are plenty of options such as a blue garland or a dreidel pom garland.

decorate your shop with blue and silver poms

decorate your shop with a Hanukkah stocking

Decorate your shop for Kwanzaa

Decorating Your Shop for Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a holiday celebrated by African Americans which is held from December 26th to January 1st. The holiday is a time to reflect on basic principles and to share and enjoy the fruits of one’s labor. The name comes from “matunda ya kwanza” in Swahili which translates to first fruits. It was originally developed by Maulana Ron Karenga and the U.S. Organization in 1966 originally as research African harvest celebrations.

Much like Hanukkah and Christmas, these can also be combined to celebrate Kwanzaa. Here are some examples:

  • Red, black, and green decorations
    • Do these colors sound familiar? Well, that’s how easy this is! Represent some African culture by incorporating the two classic Christmas colors and adding black decorations.

decorate your shop with christmas colors

  • Bendera ya Taifa (national flag)
    • Kwanzaa’s official flag represents the struggle for freedom. It is traditionally hung facing east. Just like in the example above, you can create your own form of representation of the flag with its colors.

decorate your shop with a Kwanzaa flag

Decorate your shop for Ōmisoka

Decorate your shop for Ōmisoka

Ōmisoka is a holiday celebrated on New Year’s Eve. This holiday is the second most important in Japanese tradition. The tradition celebrates the end of the year and is celebrated by eating a bowl of Toshi Koshi-soba or Toshi Koshi-udon. This tradition is based on eating long noodles to cross over from one year to the next.

The zodiac is the biggest part of this holiday, here are some ways to decorate:

  • Kagami mochi
    • It is common to decorate with kagami mochi with the zodiac of the coming year. I, unfortunately, didn’t find many options online but I’m sure this can be found in local stores in your area.

decorate your shop with a kagami mochi

  • The new year’s zodiac
    • Decorate with the coming year’s zodiac, for 2021 this would be the year of the Metal Ox. This is another subtle way to represent the Japanese tradition.

Chinese Zodiac in Japan: 2021 is the Year of the Metal Ox! | LIVE JAPAN travel guide

There’s plenty of ways of decorating your shop for the holidays. As a small shop, decorating for your community’s holidays is a great idea. Get to know your own community to observe where you can get involved.

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Paulette Squicimari