When it comes to Christmas, the only thing almost as predictable as Santa’s ample waistline is the color scheme. But guess what? “Nobody said you have to stick with red and green,” points out Kimberly Kennedy, lifestyle expert and author of The Art and Craft of Entertaining. “There’s no reason why there should be any rules during the holiday.” So feel free to think outside the ornament and mix up your color combo. Go with fashion trends. Want to try a plum and taupe décor? Go for it. If you’re a tried-and-true traditionalist at heart, then try different shades of red and green. (Maroon and olive, anyone?) It’s a perfect opportunity to represent your own unique style — and with the inevitable barrage of holiday activities, your guests’ eyes will relish the change of scenery.