How to turn your home into a holiday wonderland

Published September 25, 2021, 3:00 PM

by AA Patawaran

Deck the halls with all manner of fa-la-la and earn rewards as you shop at the Christmas Village at Rustan’s

No stopping Christmas. Here in the Philippines, it has already begun. And it’s not only because it’s September, it’s because at Rustan’s, the annual Christmas go-to for anyone whose idea of the most wonderful time of the year is abuzz with angelic cherubs, shimmering lights, and everything crystal, the Christmas Village is up. Housed in this wonderland is a wide selection of home décor, accents, trees, trimmings, food boxes, gifts, and tokens, from which you can find the perfect match to your vision of a dream holiday.

Our fondest memories of yuletides past notwithstanding, the best of Christmases has yet to come, and this Chistmas, especially because of the pandemic, could be it for you. After all, now more than ever, having spent all this time at home, you know that your family is the crowning jewel of the season, the true star of our Bethlehem, shining brighter than the tinsel, more magically than the fairy lights—and it is for family that your very best Chistmas wishes are written on the list, and expressed in the holiday dressing of your home.  

What’s up at Rustan’s this season, more than a forest of Christmas trees in a variety of shades, shapes, and sizes to catch your fancy, is the magic of togetherness in which all the season’s trimmings are inviting you to revel with your family and the people you love. Deck the halls with all manner of fa-la-la, set the table with all that tastes jolly, and earn rewards as you shop for what you need at this one-stop shop that is the Christmas Village at Rustan’s.

Here are a few ideas covering the traditional to contemporary spectrum for your holiday home.

Why not the nostalgia of red and gold?

Think Christmas as red as holly berries, accentuated with gold sparkling like one of the presents of the wise men, against a foil of evergreens like holly, ivy, and mistletoe lush with warm lights, glimmering balls, and velvet stockings. Nothing is more traditional and heartwarming, replete with all the symbols of the season, especially with a dinner set up in the gilded glow of candelight!

Make Santa feel at home.

Welcome ho-ho-hoing Santa into your home. Dress the season in the color of Santa’s suit, trimmed with white fur, and invoke the joy of Christmas, especially for the children, with snowflake pillows, swirl and candy cane ornaments, polka dot and striped stockings, and decorative ribbons. Make it as red as, if not redder than red-robed, rosy-cheeked, red-nosed Santa—“His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry,” as the poem The Night Before Christmas describes our man from the North Pole—and for sure Christmas in your home will feel like a box of surprises waiting to be unwrapped.

REBEL WITH A CLAUS Santa splitting doll display

Make it pink. Make it chic. Make it couture.

If you’re after contemporary, make it chic or couture. Available at Rustan’s is an opportunity to stray from red, green, and gold in an assortment of décor in what the storied department store calls the millennial shades of rose gold and cream. But there’s always millennial pink—a standout with pastel ornaments and white tinsel pops or candy cane ribbons on soft pink branches or a blushing tree with pearls, fabric flowers, and Christmas balls. Hashtagged #pinkchristmastree every Christmas on Instagram, it’s not such an uncommon choice, but it still is quite a trendsetter.

These are mere suggestions, but there are a whole lot more choices you can make to give your holiday home a personal touch. There’s a wide collection of Santa Claus mugs, figurines, trains, and decorative items to remind your kids to better watch out. Rustan’s charming nutcracker collection is just as varied, ranging from traditional red to wooden to modern white-and-gold styles to suit your holiday palette. Or you can opt to deck out your mantel with any of the many Christmas village sets to choose from, which are sure to turn your home into a homey winter wonderland, even if it isn’t snowing outside. Take your pick from sets replete with busy towns, chug-chugging trains, topsy-turvy buildings, holiday homes, and winter scenes.

HOT PINK Angel Dangling Legs

And, of course, there’s local. After all, this is where Christmas is celebrated the longest, from September to some point in January, when we finally decide to take down the Christmas tree. Check out the table napkins and placemats at Amber & Anne or choose from the handcrafted ornaments, capiz shell decors, and accent pieces from Shell Arts. There are many more lighting pieces and possibilities with all-natural materials from Tadeco Home. An exquisite range of figurines of the Holy Family and angels provides many design options for the Nativity scene you might like to install in your home and, lest we forget, do not forget the love-crafted, now iconic Pampanga Parols.

Welcome ho-ho-hoing Santa into your home. Dress the season in the color of Santa’s suit, trimmed with white fur, and invoke the joy of Christmas.

As for flowers, there’s Rustan’s Flower Shopabloom with every shade and style and scent, as well as extraordinary arrangements, from traditional to modern, of a variety of fleurs and foliage, such as cypress, palay, pine cones, and more, to provide for your Christmas wreath needs.

But there’s more at Rustan’s to amp up the joys of the season, such as curated food boxes, food trays, and gift pouches from partner merchants like Gourmet Garage, Marks & Spencer, and Theo & Philo. Take your pick from holiday biscuits, teas, chocolates, and festive goodies.

Christmas is indeed a season of giving because there are surprises in store at Rustan’s, if you’re a member of the Frequent Shoppers Program (FSP). Earn x5 points when you purchase regular-tagged items at World of Rustan’s Home until Sept. 30, 2021 and get x10 FSP points on Rustan’s Filipiniana Our Very Own merchandise this weekend. Watch out for ongoing promos and displays until Dec. 31.

There’s the Personal Shopper On-Call (0917-111-1952) from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., if you’d like to try.  Join, follow RustansPH on Instagram and Facebook, or visit