Christmas Trends 2021
There are some things that never change: wishful checking the weather, hoping for a 25th December snowfall, crooners on repeat, food comas in front of the TV… but what’s new for Christmas 2021? What trends will we see on trees and tables across the UK this season?
Here are five Christmas Trends we think will be big this year…
1. Sustainable Christmas
First up – and we hope it’s here to stay – sustainability features high on wishlists this year, as more and more people look for ways to have a Christmas that’s kind to the planet as well as small businesses.
This is about choosing plastic-free decorations that are made to last a lifetime (or more!), with carefully considered eco-friendly materials, as well as looking out for presents that are made from recycled or repurposed materials.
Read our blog post on why buying handmade is a great first step – How to shop more sustainably this Christmas
See lots of ideas for a more sustainable Christmas, including plastic-free Christmas cards and eco-friendly decorations on our Christmas page – https://folksy.com/christmas
Find eco-friendly Christmas Decorations on Folksy – https://folksy.com/themes/eco-christmas-decorations
2. Natural Christmas
With everything that’s been going on over the past couple of years, it’s not surprising that people are turning to natural materials and neutral colours for some calm. Ditch the tinsel, because this trend is about celebrating nature, bringing the outside in, foraging for holly, hanging unglazed ceramic decorations, lighting candles and taking time to breathe in the scent of pine on the cold crisp air.
3. Green and Gold
Green and gold are always popular at Christmas. As well as an aesthetic match made in heaven, this classic combination brings together Christian and pagan traditions: gold signifies both the Star of Bethlehem and one of the presents brought by the Three Kings, while green has long been associated with the Winter Solstice when celebrations included bringing evergreen inside to decorate the interior of houses with greenery, blessing the winter fruit of mistletoe, and lighting candles to celebrate the return of the sun.
4. Burnished Berries
We have it on good authority that “burnished berries” is the new trend for Christmas 2021. According to James Cunningham from Good Housekeeping, this is a “dramatic, sophisticated look that’s a move on from the classic red and gold.” Think deep plum tones, over-ripe blackberries and glorious holly, paired with glistening gold.
5. Retro Christmas
After 2020’s very different Christmas when families couldn’t all be together, it’s not surprising that we’re looking to Christmasses past with a sense of nostalgia – hoping that this year, we can recreate that sense of joy and celebration.
If that trip to the charity shop for vintage glass baubles disappoints, there are lots of makers on Folksy creating handmade decorations in glorious mid-century style, as well as pieces with a 1980s retro vibe.