Decorating for the Christmas season is a yearly ritual in many countries around the world. Homes, offices, and shops invite seasonal cheer with Christmas trees decked in ornaments, strings of fairy lights, and decorative accents that evoke fond associations in residents, workers, and visitors alike. One of these decorative accents is the Christmas swag: a bough or a wreath of pine dressed in red and gold and often combined with other seasonal decorations, such as pinecones, bells, and large bows in red and gold ribbon. The following guide should help pick out the best Christmas swag for one's space.
Positioning and placement
An important factor that'll play into the type of swag selected is where the decorator intends to decorate. These decorations can go in front of/on doors, along banisters, over mailboxes, and draped over doorposts and lintels. Hanging (or "teardrop") swags are typically suspended using a hook or a loop--and are shaped using a wire so they can be bent into the desired configuration.
Swags that go over mailboxes and other unshielded areas need to be made of moderately weather-resistant components in case of snow and flexible enough to account for different mailbox styles. Similar decorations meant for doorposts and banisters should have a means of attaching themselves securely, such as bendable wires or self-adhesive stickers.
Details and elements
A beautifully decorated living or working space is a balm to the senses. Christmas swags use elegantly trimmed boughs of artificial pine, with imitation pinecones, holly leaves, and berries, topped off perhaps with snow flocking and lovely red and gold ribbons. Look for a swag that appears busy and exuberant without crowding the various ingredients together. If the decorator is looking to add their own custom twist to their interior decor, it's also possible to get undecorated, plain artificial pine boughs.
Fairy lights add an irreplaceable charm to Christmas decorations, making them glitter and glow in dim environments and adding a certain coziness when used indoors. They can be woven through swags to add a lit-up effect to them, using warm LEDs to create a soothing visual experience. It's crucial to ensure that the artificial needles on electrically lit swags are fire-resistant, or overheating can occur. Look for automatically timed lighting systems, which turn off automatically after a set number of hours.