But some Italians take a more creative approach - because if you don't decorate your tree with Nutella, you're doing it wrong.
Here's a look at some of the most weird and wonderful festive decorations you'd only ever find in Italy.
1. Hot priests
One sure sign that Christmas is coming in Rome is that the street kiosks start selling the newest copy of the Calendario Romano, known in Rome as the 'hot priests calendar'. Make sure you pick up the 2017 edition! (Don't know what we're talking about? Read this.)
Forget the usual baubles and tinsel - decorating the house with Nutella jars is the top festive trend for 2016. Maybe.
3. The tree
Where else would you find a Christmas tree made entirely of wine bottles?
Or if that doesn't appeal, what about a salami Christmas tree?
4. Creative decorations
It turns out wine glasses make excellent Christmassy centrepieces.
If you've been to Italy around the festive season, you might be confused at the popularity of witch-themed decorations. No, the Italians haven't got confused between Christmas and Halloween; this is Befana, a staple of the holidays in Italy - read more about her here.
6. Babbo Natale
Don't expect Italian Santa to arrive in a sleigh...
Instead of climbing down a chimney, he might abseil down the side of a 13th-century palace (this is Palazzo Re Enzo in Bologna).
7. Inventive nativities
Here we have two Italian Christmas traditions in one: a presepe (nativity scene) carved into a panettone (Italian Christmas cake).
Alternatively, here's a minimalist grappa nativity (it's probably a better likeness after drinking some of the contents...)
8. Ice cream at Christmas? Only in Italy.
9. A twist on the advent calendar
Chocolate advent calendars aren't as popular in Italy as in the UK and US, but in Milan there's an even better countdown to the big day. Each day in Piazza Duomo, a new window opens to reveal a musician giving a live performance, culminating in a show by a 24-piece orchestra on Christamas Eve.
10. Festive coffee