Christmas Decorations on the Inside
Decorating the outside of the house and yard is so tedious. I admit, it is very beautiful if done correctly, but I have come to the point where I concentrate mainly on the inside of the home. Christmas comes once a year, but I intend to enjoy it as long as possible for the month of December.
When I was growing up, decorating the Christmas tree was a tradition for the kids to do. I can remember my mother taking pictures of us as we placed each ornament and string of lights on the tree. Looking back, I know we did just a horrible job of it, but mother loved it because it provided her with memories of seeing her babies happy.
Ornaments have come a long way since I was a child. Sure you can design and craft your own, but there are so many more beautiful ornaments out there than there used to be. But ornaments aren't the only thing that make the tree. You have to have a tree topper also. Finding the perfect tree topper can be hard because you want it to match your overall design of your tree. If you have a plethera of colors on your tree, then naturally, you want your Christmas tree topper to be colorful also.
Lighting your Christmas Tree
The first thing we did after getting our tree set into place, was string the lights onto the tree. Of course this takes preparation, as you have to inspect each strand and make sure that none of the bulbs are blown. After you are certain that the strands are in working order string the lights in a circular motion, going around the tree from top to bottom. Always be sure to have a string of lights that have a connecting socket on the end so that your star has an outlet to plug into. My method was to always allow about 3 inches between each line of lights. I love my tree to be very bright. The more light you have, the more your ornaments will shine. Whether you are a colorful Christmas tree lover or a basic two color scheme lover, white lights are usually the best way to go. I like the colored lights, but it seems to me that they can draw attention away from the other aspects of your tree.
If you are not one that likes to string lights onto a tree, there are always other options. You can get a pre-lit tree from most retail stores. This, however, eliminates the idea of having an original pine, but I don't know many that have real Christmas trees anymore anyway.
Christmas Tree Decorations
After you have your tree lit, it's time to start adding our ornaments. I, myself, have 3 different Christmas schemes. Mine are very simple, only containing 3 different colors. I use the traditional Christmas ball ornaments along with several other individual ornaments. The key to staying within a budget is to get ball ornaments that match your other individual ornaments. I have several ornaments, but do not like a gawdy looking tree, so lots of times I will leave a lot of ornaments off of the tree so that it doesn't clash.
Some of my favorite ornaments to get are the clear Swarovski Crystal ornaments. They go with almost any scheme because they in their own self are simple, yet still beautiful. Some Swarovski ornaments can be expensive, but there are several smaller ones that are very affordable. Even if you choose to buy the more expensive ones, you can always add to your collection each year, instead of shelling out a big sum of money at once.
As said earlier, I do like to keep my Christmas tree simple. My favorite colors to use are blue and silver, burgundy and gold, green and white and orange and white (because I like the Tennessee Volunteers). Using only two color designs will be easier on the eyes. Like the old saying goes, "Less is more".
While matching ornaments are a key aspect to having a beautiful tree, there is always room for a few special ornaments. If you are a sports fan, don't be afraid to add a couple ornaments of your favorite sports teams, but I wouldn't go crazy with it. Some may have handed down ornaments or heirlooms and that is perfectly fine too. These types of ornaments give a tree a personality of its own. Kinda like setting it away from the crowd, even though it's the only one in the room.
The final type of ornament that I think every family should have is a personalized ornament. Whether it's a picture of your first baby and their first Christmas or just a random ornament with your name on it, they are always a great addition.
Now that we have all of our ornaments in place, it is time to get our Christmas tree topper onto the tree. Most people like using stars, but there are several different toppers you can use. It depends on your style and the color scheme you have used with your tree. You can use anything from a star to a bow to a Santa to an angel. Just make sure it coordinates with your overall tree scheme and you should be fine.
Christmas Tree Skirts
The final part to completing your Christmas Tree is hiding that awful looking base of the tree. We of course do this with a tree skirt. The same follows as the previous decor. We want to find one that matches our overall scheme. Once again I like something simple. If you add too many colors, it will blend in with the gifts that are sitting on it. Glittery skirts are fine and so are striped, but as far as having several patterns on a tree skirt, I tend to stay away from that.