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Find a Theme for a Christmas Tree

Updated on October 25, 2014
My tree includes ornaments from the many places I've lived or traveled.
My tree includes ornaments from the many places I've lived or traveled. | Source

Ornaments to Make Your Christmas Tree Unique and Special

Make your Christmas tree special by decorating it with a unique theme. Chose something with special meaning for you and find ornaments that fit that theme. It can be work related or hobbies or all about your locale or vacation. In this lens, you'll find some ideas to help you decorate your themed Christmas tree.

Be creative in choosing a theme. How about an accountant's Christmas tree for the lobby of their office? Think how pretty a bride's tree would be at a Christmas wedding reception. On this page, I've collected ideas for cultural themes, travel themes and other ideas for special trees. For each theme, I've found ornaments to carry out the idea.

Happy Holidays to you!

(photo by Virginia Allain)

African Theme

This ornament on my neighbor's tree symbolizes their time in Africa.
This ornament on my neighbor's tree symbolizes their time in Africa. | Source

Decorate a Tree with an African Theme

Tips and Ornaments

My neighbors lived in Africa for a number of years. They filled their home with wonderful momentos from their time abroad. At holiday time, their tree evokes memories of their years in Africa. It's wonderful and I could spend hours examining the different ornaments and hearing about their time there.

You sometimes find unique ornaments, even handmade ones, that you can't find anywhere else online.

Ornaments from around the World - Photos by Virginia Allain of my tree and friends' trees

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Australian Christmas Ornaments on eBay

I lived in Australia for 3 1/2 years. It was a wonderful experience. Creating an Australian themed Christmas tree would bring back all the great memories of that time.

Hispanic Theme

Check Out These Hispanic Christmas Ornaments - on Amazon

Feliz Navidad will be the spirit when you deck your tree with Hispanic ornaments.

You will find more Mexican themed ornaments at this link.

Hispanic Christmas Ornaments on eBay - Add a Latino Flair to Your Christmas Decorating

Show your pride in your hispanic heritage with these ornaments. Some are hand-painted and others are imported from Mexico. Be sure to look around on eBay for ones you can't find in a store.

Victorian Theme

Decorate with a Vintage Victorian Theme - An Eclectic Style for Christmas

I made this fan from a taffeta ribbon.
I made this fan from a taffeta ribbon. | Source

Ideas for Decorating a Victorian Tree

You can make Victorian ornaments like small fans from pleating ribbons. Add sparkle by hanging old chandelier crystals found at yard sales and on eBay on the tree. Instead of the old-style candles, use the modern version (electric or battery powered) for a safer tree. Collect Victorian era postcards and place them around the tree.

Victorian Christmas Ornaments on Amazon - Very Elegant Decorations

When shopping for these, think of the ornaments on your grandparents' tree. That may give you some ideas on the kind of old-fashioned ornaments you want to start collecting. It's nice to be able to bring back memories of your childhood in this way.

Chandelier Crystals for a Victorian Look - Find some on eBay

I use these on my Christmas tree no matter what theme I'm using this year. They add some sparkle and often can be found very inexpensively. Check the auctions here for some bargains.

Find Victorian Postcards on eBay - and reproductions on Zazzle

I think these look great propped in the tree's branches.

Florida Christmas Ornaments on eBay - Don't Miss the Bidding Deadline

Now that I live in Florida, a tree with a Florida theme seems like fun. I saw one recently and it was really eye-catching with the flamingo ornaments and Santas in beach attire or on a surfboard. I'm not a sports fan, so it wouldn't have Florida Gators' ornaments on it. Maybe your Florida Christmas tree would though...

State Themed Christmas Trees

Texas Christmas Ornaments on eBay - Colorful Texas Themed Decorations for Your Tree

An ornament that matches the Texas flag.
An ornament that matches the Texas flag. | Source

Seashell Christmas Ornaments on eBay - These Are Great for a Florida or Coastal Tree


Texas Flag Heart by Vexillophile

I lived in South Texas along the Mexican border for 11 years. Of course, my tree sports some Texas ornaments now.

Coastal Theme

Seasonal Seagulls Postcards by BarbaraBayerArt

When I lived in South Texas, we were just a short drive from South Padre Island. The Friends of the Library bought real seashell ornaments for the library's Christmas tree. They were dusted with just a little sparkle and looked fantastic on the tree.

Still More Themes

Create Your Own Christmas Ornaments

Theme: A Homemade Christmas

My family has lots of fun making new ornaments each year for the tree. One year they made clothespin reindeer (photo shows the side view). Another time we made Victorian fans using wide, lacy ribbon. It makes a good bonding activity for the whole family and a unique tree with memories for everyone.

(photo by Virginia Allain)

Tell About Your Christmas Tree Theme

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      6 years ago

      Angels don't have to be saved for just the top of the tree. If you love angels, like I do, then fill the whole tree with angel ornaments. Angel ornaments co...

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      Virginia Allain 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      @BarbaraCasey: Check back soon, I have several more ideas for themed Christmas trees to add.

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      6 years ago

      I was looking for Christmas tree ideas and found... a bunch! Thanks, Virginia.

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      7 years ago

      I've done themed Christmas trees, but mostly prefer an eclectic look. Although, a tropical tree would be nice, as I do miss living in south Florida. Why, oh, why did I head north? It's cold here in Ohio and I miss the Sunshine state!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      Great suggestions and ideas! I would have to put up a second Christmas tree to actually have a themed tree, but oh what fun!

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      7 years ago

      I am totally into theme. Great ideas!

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      June Parker 

      7 years ago from New York

      Our big tree is always a real one and it is an eclectic assortment of ornaments collected on our travels and homemade ornaments, some of which were made by my grown children when they were little. I like doing smaller themed trees in different rooms. They are always so much fun.

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      7 years ago

      Mostly, our trees have been themed by little creative hands. I rather enjoy seeing alla' the different ways that kids can create decorations, although I have dreamed of... jus' once... having a tree with a specific theme. *sigh*

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      8 years ago

      Super selection of Christmas tree themes! Am lensrolling to my related Christmas ornament lenses!

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      I have had many years with theme Christmas trees. We just bought a real tree today. I haven't decided yet on going with a theme. Nice looking lens.

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      Angela F 

      9 years ago from Seattle, WA

      Unfortunately, many of my ornaments were stolen a few years back, but one of my favorite tree themes was a Victorian tree that we used antique postcards and chandelier glass as ornaments.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      9 years ago from Canada

      My theme is rather eclectic although one theme is that we pick an ornament from many of the destinations that we travel to.


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