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Christmas Tree Trends, Part 3
Fresh Ideas for Your Old Tree
Centuries ago, families began decorating holiday trees by using natural items such as fruits and nuts. The practice evolved into using lighted candles in the days before twinkling, multicolored lights were available.
Holiday decorating is an annual ritual that brings families together. Traditions are honored and new ones are born around this holiday, perhaps more than any other. Yet every Christmas tree could use a fresh face now and again. In some homes, there are trees in more than one room and each may have its own theme.
If you're looking for a fresh idea for your old tree, try one of the following.
The Candy Cane Tree
Sweet, whimsical and drenched in traditional red and white holiday colors, this tree would make a great addition to any family room. For an even sweeter twist, consider working in some actual candy canes and peppermints for all to enjoy throughout the holidays. Accent this tree with snowflake ornaments to add to the crisp, cool vibe that your mint accents have evoked and you're sure to create a fresh tree that really makes a statement!
Don't be afraid to stick with the red and white theme throughout. This tree doesn't need any other colors and you'll be amazed how two simple colors can create such a magical appearance. Consider using non-tradtional tree toppers such as corkscrew shaped candy cane sticks, lollipop bouquets or large snowball or snowflake arrangements instead of angels or stars. These will give the tree a unique appeal more in keeping with your unorthodox theme.
The Snowflake Tree
There's nothing quite as romantic as a white Christmas, so why not bring a little bit of the outdoors in? By decorating your tree in snowflake ornaments and white lights, you can create a winter wonderland in your very own living room. Gold or silver accents such as ornaments, pearls, tinsel, or antique paper garland will add an elegant appeal to this clean classic. As in the photo below, this tree holds up well against an over-ornamentation style. In fact, that's part of its appeal.
The Snowman Tree
The snowman tree is another whimsical tree that will have your friends and family smiling throughout the holiday season. Smaller versions would make great décor for a child's room.
The origins of snowmen are not definitive, but the first snowman on record is thought to have been in 1380 in The Hague. Not many people would know or care about this, but few have not heard the timeless story of Frosty the Snowman. This beloved children's classic is certainly worth building a theme around.
Additional touches such as candy canes in keeping with the color scheme, snowflake ornaments and candy accents create a visual appeal so stunning that this is one treat that looks good enough to eat!
If you really get into the snowman theme, consider ornaments that scream snowman such as carrots, charcoal, snowflakes, top hats and boots. Your guests will imagine piecing them together to create the most animated, fun snowmen in town.
The Icicle Tree
Creating an icicle tree provides another opportunity to bring the magic of winter indoors. Icicle trees lend themselves to dainty accents such as glass icicle ornaments, silver tinsel, white lights, and delicate snowflake ornaments. The layered look of tinsel draped liberally from the boughs of this stunning tree will add to the cool winter vibe. The sheer magnificence of this tree will have everyone who sees it wondering how something so crisp, cool and stunning could exist in a house that exudes such warmth and love.
Colorful Glass Icicle Ornaments
The Poinsettia Tree
The most famous holiday flower, the poinsettia, comes in a variety of traditional holiday colors and each looks fabulous as a centerpiece or mantelpiece. But have you ever considered constructing a Christmas tree theme around this plant? This plant is native to Mexico and Central America but was first introduced to the United States in 1825 and quickly became the signature foliage of the holidays. But Americans were not the first people to associate the poinsettia with Christmas.
Legend has it, that the poinsettia first became associated with Christmas, when a young, poor child in Mexico could not afford a gift for the celebration of Jesus's birthday. As the story goes, the child was visited by an angel that inspired her to collect weeds along the side of the road and place them before the church altar. From her precious gift sprouted beautiful red flower that would become known as poinsettias.
Additional poinsettia plants on your mantel or beneath your tree will add to the theme and create a rich red ambience that is reflective of the season.
The Blue Tree
There may be no special significance to blue holiday lights but they certainly add a modern, yet trendy twist to any Christmas tree. They mimic cold winter ice and summon thoughts of ice skating, ice sculptures and clear night skies on a cold winter night. There is something elegant and delightfully eerie about blue lights against a white tree. If you're a person that enjoys breaking with tradition and marching to your own drummer this tree is the one for you!
Decorate this beauty in white and silver snowflake and /or ball ornaments and drape in frosted pearls for dramatic flare.
The Monochromatic Tree
Most people tend to stick with the traditional evergreen for their holiday tree but branching out (no pun intended) to white trees can really up the "wow" factor this year. White trees, adorned with white lights, and white and silver and/ or gold ornaments creates a rich, warm ambience that will embrace your guests like a warm holiday hug.
The monochromatic theme will create a tree that guests can't keep their eyes off of, as they search for hidden treasures among the simple yet elegant boughs adorned in similarly colored accents.
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