Holiday decorating can be fun and creative. In the past, I've decorated with the traditional colors of red and green.
Scaling down the size of your tree and being more selective in regards to what you want your tree to say creates a special meaning throughout the holiday season and promotes conversation and memories during family gatherings. If fresh cutting of the tree is not your cup of tea, Almo's Garden Center in Dracut has some manageable sizes for $30.
Living in New England, we always pray for a white Christmas. Seeing white through the decorations in my home during the season is a must. Through the use of white, ivory and gold, a white Christmas is guaranteed. Using this neutral color pallet allows for contrasting decorations to stand out on your tree and also makes for a classy and elegant feel in the room, especially when using mini white lights as the final touch.
Another different approach is creating a theme tree. Use Victorian angels to embellish your tree. Cherished handmade decorations from your local artists' studios create conversation and spark interest in your tree.
Another alternative to the large Christmas tree is to have a "Charlie Brown" tree. I love this idea. Venture into the woods of your backyard to choose the perfect size branch. This can be a birch branch or any other kind of tree branch -- bare, of course. The size is going to be determined by where you will want to display the tree branch. Small iron tree stands are available for tabletop displaying. Or be creative with a larger glass mason jar or wooden oak barrel filled with stones for that country feel.
Embellish your tree branch with simple decorations. The white theme can be carried over through the use of glitter-covered snowflakes and mini pinecones of white glass. Or create your own memorabilia. Seashells collected during those summer beach days can be dressed up with gems, pearls and crystals. Don't forget to use mini white lights on your branch with a white electrical cord, rather than a green one. The green-corded lights will stand out too much on the branch. The final look can be completed with a rolled white ribbon and a gold glitter scroll design for added elegance.
Fresh greens are always a must in holiday decorating. While venturing out into the woods to cut your Charlie Brown tree, don't forget to walk by the fir tree. Snippings of fir branches look fantastically fresh arranged as a spray over the mantle and serves as a backdrop for bright ornaments and candles. The same display can be created on a buffet in the dining room as well. Fresh pine branches can also be used to drape through your chandeliers and hanging lights do create a festive feel in the room. If making your own swags isn't your thing, Almo's also has some inexpensive ones of fir, boxwood and holy berry at $6.99 each.
Debbe Daley, owner of Debbe Daley Designs, is an interior designer with more than 25 years of experience as a professional interior redesigner, stylist, stager, trainer and project manager. Follow her blog at blogs.lowellsun.com/daleydecor.
Simple Holiday Decorating Tips:
- Downsize the tree add more meaningful ornaments.
- Use themed ornaments or family heirlooms.
- Lack of Ornaments? Lights and ribbon cascading from the top of the tree fills the space.
- Downsize: Substitute the large tree for a twig tree (the Charlie Brown).
- Seashells make great inexpensive ornaments.
- Pinecones, acorns and cranberry roping create a natural tree from the woods.
- Walk the woods to cut your own pines and fur branches.