Christmas Tree Ornaments and Lights Guide
Every celebrating household dreams of the perfect Christmas tree . To some, it's all about lots of personalised ornaments and bright tree decorations . For others, the perfect tree is beautifully coordinated in festive colours for the holiday season. Whatever your taste, we have something special here for you, whether you're having a tree-trimming party or preparing right before Father Christmas visits.
Christmas Tree Essentials
No matter what kind of theme you are going for this holiday season, there are some essentials that will be necessary for any Christmas tree . The specifics, including colour choices and ornament theme, are up to you.
- Garlands : To decorate inside and out.
- Lights : To wrap around the tree for a pop of colour.
- Ornaments : To give the tree a personal flair.
- Tree Skirts : To protect your floor from those falling pine needles or hide the base of an artificial tree.
- Tree Toppers : For a little something special on top.
Remember, some of your choices may need alteration--if you go from a live tree to an artificial one, if you've recently acquired pets or are having children over, or if you're planning to use actual food as ornaments.
Decorating the Christmas tree can be fun for the whole family, especially when everyone helps. Let the little ones place candy canes on the tree, and give them a boost when it's time to place the topper. You can start a family collection of ornaments that can be passed down or you can make decorations yourself with flour or out of gingerbread. You can even make it look like snowed inside the house and on your tree. Get glitzy with tinsel and finish with an angel or star on top.
Ring in the holidays with a touch of gold . Small details like bows and white lights add the finishing touches to this elegant style. A touch of red can add a last big pop to a gold-trimmed tree, so don't forget to toss a bauble or two on there. Be sure to use a light touch as too much gold can be garish.
For a winter wonderland , stick to frosty colours like silver and white . This echoes the look of snow-covered trees and makes the tree a spotlight in the room. With the right details a mostly white Christmas tree can still be decadent, for a simple yet classic décor.
Back To Nature
Maintain the natural feel of your Christmas tree with these decorations inspired by nature itself. Woodland creatures and rustic touches can create a cosy holiday atmosphere. And winter blooms and seasonal plants, like poinsettias and holly , can be stuck between branches to make your tree look festive and full. You can also use fruit and nuts to imitate ornaments, though for sanitary reason you may want to use glass fruit instead.
For those with an artistic edge who want to keep this classic ballet as a part of their Christmas tradition, go with a Nutcracker theme. Think of sugarplums and toy soldiers and other whimsical elements.
If Christmas nostalgia is what you seek, then opt for depictions of old-time Yuletide celebrations and holiday memorabilia . Hand-painted wooden ornaments, gingerbread, and colourful lights help bring this style to life, as do homemade ornaments like paper snowflakes , popcorn garland, and clothespin angels and soldiers.