Tree decorating is one of the most time-honored traditions during the holiday season where families and friends gather together to prepare their most important centerpiece for the Christmas holiday. Decked out in ribbons, pearls, heirloom ornaments, popcorn and stars, we see some of the most stunning and imaginative Yule tide creations which represent our personal interpretation of the beauty of Christmas. The interesting part of this tradition is the fact that no tree is exactly alike and holds their specific theme within the décor of their branches. Around the world, people intertwine their vision with baubles, sparkle and lights, swaying away from the customary palette of red, green and gold. Contemporary decorators see no fault in purveying a new and unique embellishment for their seasonal balsams and why shouldn’t they? Don’t be afraid to mix up the motif this year by adding a modern flair of imagination! Here are a few suggestions that may help to get your creative juices flowing.
Hot pink, orange and lime green. Yes, it might sound a bit risqué but I assure you this color combination packs a “wow” factor punch particularly when hosting a Christmas soiree. The element of bright and cheery is reflected when using these pigmentations together and can be easily accomplished by using simple accents throughout the tree. Hot pink roses, baby tangerines and limes make affordable yet glamorous ornaments that are guaranteed to stun and awe onlookers. If you feel that this style might be perfect for your holiday party but a little too much for everyday appearance, you need only to substitute the hot pink pieces for shades of cream, blue or silver which pairs well with the remaining tones.
Although ornaments are traditionally crafts that represent the holiday season such as icicles, tinsel and bows, there’s no reason why you can’t utilize objects that you love to become display items as well. For example, a woman collected fine pieces of doll set china and wondered if she could use her beloved treasures to decorate her Christmas tree. She soon figured out that many of the items could be hung with string or easily tucked carefully and securely within the pine needles. Another family who loved animals and had several dogs and cats decided that they would represent this special adoration by placing their pet’s paws in a molding clay, creating a print and then poking a whole at the top to be strung. There was even a boy who enjoyed folding origami and thought that the clever projects he made would be a wonderful theme for his parent’s tree. Whatever you come up with, it will be great but just remember one thing, don’t forget to use a lot of light, my husband insists on over 1000.
Suzie Canale lives in Westwood, MA with her 2 sons and husband. She decorates her tree on December 11th, her son Lance's birthday. What a great tradition.