Pink Christmas trend ideas to make your house blush in 2023

May your days be merry and bright, but may all your Christmases be pink! If you find yourself drawn to hot pink ornaments, pastel pink Christmas trees, and even blush garland, you’re not alone. One of the main trends in Christmas decor this year is simply pink, and it’s a vibe that works for a variety of styles. Traditional Christmas fans, retro Christmas fans, modern Christmas fans — everyone can join the pink trend.

I found out I was pregnant with my third daughter in November 2021 and suddenly I wanted an all pink Christmas. I didn’t go all Barbie, but I did choose a pink ceramic tree for the girls’ common room, a pink reindeer ornament, and a pack of soft pink bottle brush trees. I was in pink mode for my girls but the craze was here to stay and apparently I’m not alone. Whether it’s because 2023 is the year of Barbie and Taylor Swift or because pink is such a good color, “pink Christmas” has skyrocketed as a Google trend. It feels like such a specific decor choice, but because of the many variations of pink and the different ways the color palette can work with the decor you already have, it’s not as unconventional as you might think.

Jane Mansfield in Christmas Pink in 1957.Screen Archives/Moviepix/Getty Images
Google search trends for Pink Christmas over the past five years
A Christmas tree from the 1960s with pink hues.H. Armstrong Roberts/Retrofile/Getty Images

Retro pink Christmas decor

Pink as a color is steeped in history. Once considered a “masculine” color due to its associations with the dominant red, pink is often used to dress boys and was not yet considered a “girl” color. And thanks to the icons of the 1950s and 1960s, the color pink took over some glamorous aspects and became a color that women wanted to be seen in. This era also ushered in some bright, happy changes in home style, thanks to Mamie Eisenhower, who famously wore a pink dress to the inauguration of her husband, President Dwight D. Eisenhower, prompting people to call the color “Mamie Pink.” The White House was even called the Pink Palace thanks to Mamie’s remodeling, and a trend was born. (Pink. The trend was pink.)

Eisenhower family Christmas tree with lots of pink baubles.NPS

Pink has been appearing in Christmas decorations for years, even before Eisenhower made it popular. While red, green, and white are known as the traditional Christmas colors (it makes sense—green for trees; red for ribbons and poinsettias, etc.), the entire rainbow has appeared in decor trends before, and almost all of them can to be related to different themes of the holiday. Lots of blue can be for a winter wonderland scheme, while lots of orange and yellow can be for a citrusy Christmas mood or ‘Mele Kalikimaka’ style.

When you find pink Christmas decor, it’s often associated with themes of candy canes, gingerbread houses and sugar plum fairies a la The Nutcracker. And since The Nutcracker didn’t hit New York until 1954, it’s easy to see how pink tones could influence Christmas decor in that decade—along with Mamie in the White House.

Pink Nutcracker Christmas Decor

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But the sudden surge in pink as a Christmas trend — frankly, just as a trend in general — this year probably not because of Mamie Eisenhower. There was an entire Barbie movie where people, especially women, took great joy in dressing up and letting their wardrobes explode in a sea of ​​pink without a second thought. There were Taylor Swift concerts where people, especially women, shared friendship bracelets with each other and wore hot pink sequins and ombre pink bodysuits unashamedly. There was #balletcore, a fashion trend that started at the beginning of the year with an emphasis on soft pink, tulle and layers.

Fun pink Christmas decor

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Pink is here to stay – always has been. From Ralphie’s pink bunny suit A Christmas story of Cindy Lou Coy’s pink nightgown in the 1966 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, pink has been a part of Christmas for some time. And whether you’re a Christmas traditionalist or someone who likes to change up their decor every year and go a little wild, there’s a pink Christmas style for you. Pink comes in so many shades, and depending on what you like about your own Christmas decor, there’s a way to make the color work for you this season.

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