Thanksgiving weekend is traditionally the time homeowners light up for the Christmas season. But before tossing any tinsel, do you have a plan for getting your holiday bling on?

The difference in a good look and a great look is a plan, says Kevin Roberts, designer at Trees N Trends in Cleveland, Tenn. Decorating starts outside, he says. Begin with the front door and match outdoor decorations such as mailbox arrangements. Then decorate from the door to inside the house -- the same style and colors should flow from the entryway into the living spaces.

More than 250 women packed into the home decor store on a Saturday afternoon earlier this month to hear a Christmas decorating seminar led by Roberts and designer Michelle Sowder. Here are five trends for Christmas they described along with some how-to's to get the look.

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