Establish some serious holiday spirit round the house to make the season bright.

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Congrats! You’ve held out until Thanksgiving week to start thinking about decorating for Christmas (and if you didn’t wait, we’re not judging).

But now it’s time to start making merry around your home. Here are five finds that will help establish some serious Christmas spirit.

Crate & Barrel Natural Santa Nutcracker ($100). Harken back to grandma’s house with this solid wood, handmade nutcracker dressed as St. Nick. Only 1,000 were made for Crate & Barrel by the Christian Ulbricht toy company in Seiffen, Germany, so pick him up while you have the chance.

CB2 Trees Frames ($22–$30 at If you’re into a more modern Christmas look, check out these graphic, sculptural trees that you may be tempted to leave out year-round. Opt for a large silver tree, small copper tree, or medium green tree, all cut from iron in complementary designs.

Pottery Barn Christmas Tree Crewel Embroidered Pillow Cover ($69.50). Swap out your throw pillows with holiday-themed styles to get festive fast. A whimsical embroidered tree adorned with hand-knotted ornaments adds texture and flair.

Thymes Frasier Fir Ceramic Pillar Candle ($56 at Camelion Design, Ballard). The scent of fir instantly evokes the holidays, and this candle has a crisp and authentic aroma. And the limited-edition packaging — ivory ceramic with a wood grain and 20-karat gold rim — can be used for years to come.

Thymes Frasier Fir Ceramic Pillar Candle ($58 each at Create a winter wonderland with these 3D snowflakes that stand on their own or glow softly via a 25-watt bulb. Five styles are available, in a large enough size to stand alone, but that look especially dramatic clustered in a window or over a table.