Dreaming of a purple and blue Christmas

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Jutta Baumann, director of annual Christmas trade show Christmasworld, outlined the trends for the 2010 festive season in a statement ahead of next year's trade show.

Christmasworld is an annual trade show held in January where exhibitors from around the globe showcase new products and the defining trends for the following Christmas.

Re-capping the themes for Christmas 2010, the October 6 statement by the Christmasworld director outlined the trend for "decorations from another season" and the use of blue in the Christmas color scheme.

This year the colors for Christmas are bold mauves and berry colors combined with blue, blue combined with silver, grey or white, and blue as an independent color scheme.

In addition to curious color schemes, quirky and unusual designs such as "abstract Father Christmases" are expected to take pride of place amongst more traditional Christmas decorations, as people look towards innovation but embrace the security of the familiar in uncertain economic times.

As Ms. Baumann states "classics, such as lavish balls, angels, drops, stars and birds, are joined by fairytale figures, mushrooms, keys and unicorns ."

In keeping with the desire to "embrace the familiar," old Christmas customs, such as hanging decorations believed to bring good luck, are also expected to be in fashion this year.

Unusual decorations such as Father Christmas in lilac and baubles of pink were also popular at the Tendence household trade show held earlier this year in Frankfurt August 27-31.

But those unwilling to decorate their homes with blues, mushrooms or unicorns need not worry about appearing unfashionable, as according to Ms. Baumann "fans of traditional Christmas decorations are well catered for" and "there are practically no taboos when it comes to color."

The next Christmasworld will be held from January 28- February 1, 2011 in Frankfurt, Germany.