Privately owned businesses can decorate for the holidays however they want. Publicly owned corporations are typically more careful because of the diversity of clients and stockholders. Even so, the main criteria for holiday decorating in a business setting is good taste. If you can't bring in a professional designer, you can find the look you want in magazines to make sure your Christmas decorations send just the right message to your clients.
Exterior lights, swags of pine boughs and exterior wreaths are festive, yet tasteful, and are the first impression clients have of your business when they pull into the parking lot. Most businesses have a Christmas tree decorated with lights and colorful shiny balls in their entryway to greet clients. The size of the tree depends upon the size of the entryway, but seeing a grand tree in a spacious lobby gives a great first impression.
Indoors, elegant floral arrangements, such as pine boughs around a candle accented by pine cones and red berries, make lovely displays on counters, tabletops and other strategic spots in your business. For a touch of whimsy, use some snow scenes with snow people on sleds, skis and skates, or decorations that look like gingerbread cookies. Groupings of poinsettias add splashes of color where needed, and are always in good taste during the Christmas season.
Place lights, greenery and holly around entryways and windows indoors to add a more festive look to the workplace. Place wreaths on doors and windows, along with hanging balls of greenery. Set up a nativity set under the Christmas tree, or if your business has a customer/patient waiting room, set up a plastic nativity set so that young children can play with the pieces from the set while they are waiting.