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A Christmas decoration is any of several types of ornamentation used at Christmastime. The traditional colours of Christmas are pine green ( evergreen ), snow white , and heart red . Blue and white are often used to represent winter , or sometimes Hanukkah , which occurs around the same time . Gold and silver are also very common, as are other metallic colours. Typical images on Christmas decorations include Baby Jesus , Father Christmas , Santa Claus , and the star of Bethlehem . Typical winter icons include snowflakes, snowmen , icicles, and even penguins and polar bears. In many countries , such as Sweden , people start to set up their Advent and Christmas decorations on the first day of Advent . Liturgically, this is done in some parishes through a Hanging of the Greens ceremony . In the Western Christian world , the two traditional days when Christmas decorations are removed are Twelfth Night and if they are not taken down on that day , Candlemas, the latter of which ends the Christmas -Epiphany season in some denominations. Leaving the decorations up beyond Candlemas is historically considered to be inauspicious.