How to Fill Your Dorm with Holiday Cheer


It’s almost that time of year — the Christmas lights are starting go up all around the country. While some people don’t really do this until after Thanksgiving, there are plenty of people who had the decorations up the day after Halloween! Soon there will be lights, wreaths and Christmas trees everywhere you go. Most towns have their own traditions for this, such as a tree lighting ceremony or a section of town that is always decked out.

Dorm Decorating

When you’re in college, you may miss this time of year. Things just don’t seem the same when you’re living in a dorm. There’s really no option for deciding on your exterior holiday decorations and you aren’t able to partake in your normal hometown’s traditions. However, living in the dorm doesn’t have to mean a drab bland holiday season. The campus will likely have decorations, but let’s face it… you probably spend a good amount of time in your room studying.

Bring the holiday cheer into your room! Of course, if you have a roommate you should talk to them about how extravagant the decorations should be. There’s so much more you can do than simply putting a string of lights in your window. Here are just a few ideas that you can consider…


Wreaths come in all shapes and sizes. You can get ‘em big, you can get ‘em small. You can get them in a traditional circle shape, you can get them in the shape of hearts or a Christmas tree. Find one that suits you to hang on your door. Look for one or two smaller ones to use on closet doors, windows or on the wall in front of your desk. Depending on the ‘personality’ of your campus, you may not want to put the main wreath on the outside though… someone just might take it.


Just like in any bedroom, the bed is usually a focal point of the room. Use that to your advantage with some holiday-style sheets, comforters and pillows. You could get some green sheets and comfy, smooth maroon comforter and top it off with a couple of small Christmas pillows.

Bring a Touch of Home

Your parents probably have quite a few knick-knacks or other personal Christmas decorations you grew up with. Ask them if you could use one or two to put in your room. This will add a personal touch to your holiday decorating and bring a touch of home to your dorm room at the same time.

Holiday Candles

Some dorms allow candles and some don’t. There are many places you can find candles that come in holiday scents. You can get candy apple, pumpkin spice, oatmeal cookies, pine tree and lots of other variations that give off holiday-related scents. Soy candles burn longer and don’t emit as much soot and other yucky stuff. If you can’t use regular candles in your dorm, you can always find flameless ones or soy melts in your favorite scent, too.

Wrapping Paper

Yep, wrapping paper. No, I’m not talking about wrapping gifts to lay out around your room. You can do a lot of things with some festive Christmas wrapping paper. You could alternate different styles for each of your dresser drawers, wrapping the front of them. Pick your favorite paper and wrap the inside of your door (again, if you put it on the outside someone may rip it down). You could even cover the top of your desk.

Author Information

Veronica Davis is a freelance writer and Internet business columnist. She currently works with saving money websites and invites you to get your soy candles to help decorate your dorm or home this holiday season.


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