We're dreaming of a white Christmas this year, but not the shoveling, tire-spinning, slippin'-and-slidin' kind. Instead, we're wishing you and yours the tranquility and peacefulness...

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We’re dreaming of a white Christmas this year, but not the shoveling, tire-spinning, slippin’-and-slidin’ kind.

Instead, we’re wishing you and yours the tranquility and peacefulness that a nighttime snowfall brings when you have nowhere to go except a cushy, warm chair in front of the fireplace.

There’s something about a wave of white that creates a calming effect, something missing in many hustle-bustle households this time of year. But how do you create this sense of quiet without breaking the holiday budget?

Winter white is a workhorse — in all its variations, sand to snow. Maybe that’s why it’s showing up everywhere, pushing traditional red and green to the wings.

Stores showcase white-flocked and sugar-iced trees and wreaths. Trees are trimmed with white bows and ribbons, often paired with gold and silver for sophistication’s sake.

Here we showcase all that’s white, from snow-flocked wreaths to place-card holders and china, all in the spirit of serenity and snowfall freshness.

• Lavish satin stockings with pink ribbon-roses, embroidery, beading and pearls. $14.99 at Hobby Lobby crafts stores around the nation.

• A spray-painted tree branch with stars and mini-ornaments.

• Pearlized garlands by Martha Stewart, $2.49 to $3.99 at Kmart.

• Ornaments that glitter in white or silver that say “peace.”

• White tree-toppers. Seek one that will draw your attention to the heavens.

• Snowmen place-card holders.

• A flocked wreath, available at most florists.

• Gold and bisque holiday china ($5 to $16 at Pier 1 Imports).

• Faux mother-of-pearl napkin rings ($2.99 each at Linens-n-Things).

• Use white with one other color for a more dramatic effect. White or off-white, paired with silver and glass, takes on a more modern shine.

• For a more traditional look, pair white with green or red.

• Don’t be afraid to use several shades of white together.

• Tuck flocked or beaded “iced” branches into the deep spaces of the Christmas tree.

• A white bowl filled with mono-colored ornaments and a white pillar candle make an easy centerpiece.

• Rosy red apples, fresh or faux, contrast beautifully with creamy white bowls.

• Mix textures when accessorizing in white — sleek satins, luxurious weaves, eyelet, quilted fabrics and organza.

• “Dress” dining room chairs by draping them with shrugs of white or beige netting or organza tied in a bow at the back with a sprig of holly or pine in each one. Tuck a name tag into each.