With so much planning and preparation for the holidays, shopping among the many types of Christmas tree skirts to choose the perfect one can be tough. But with the Internet, it’s easy to browse through hundreds of skirts in just a short amount of time.
Christmas tree skirts are placed over the tree stand to finish off the bottom of the tree. Whether presents are piled on top or off to the side, it’s nice to choose a skirt that matches the tree or the home’s decor. The first step in making a choice is determining the size of the tree. The skirt shouldn’t be too big that it creates a walking hazard, but it shouldn’t be so small that it can’t be seen either.
Some styles are made to be dramatic centerpieces adding to the overall design, while others are more subtle and designed to simply cover the stand. Add a personalized touch by having the skirt monogrammed with the family’s initials. Velvet in red, green or white is perfect for a festive feel. Light satin fabrics are great for a soft and elegant look. Quilted skirts can be a lovely addition for a unique, one of a kind look. Whether looking for something traditional or modern, shopping online is the quickest and easiest way to find the perfect tree skirt.
Christmas wall decor can be a great addition to any entryway, hallway, empty space in the kitchen, guest room, restroom, or any small space that would typically go without any decoration. Some people’s living spaces are small in size, so they are limited in what they can display during the holiday season. Adding something to the walls is a unique way to add holiday cheer.
This form of decoration has become increasingly popular, gracing the pages of trendy magazines and blogs. Due to this trend, they have become readily available at local home retail stores and websites. An idea when using this holiday trimming is to remove an already existing picture and replace it with a holiday version. Maybe even rearrange an existing picture collage and add in some Christmas prints.
What are some examples of Christmas wall decor?
There are many options to choose from on the internet. It may be reusable wall decals, paintings, framed pictures, or repurposed wood featuring a holiday scene. Paintings or pictures may be of wintery scenes that are appropriate for all of the winter months, so there is no rush to take it down after Christmas is over. Repurposed wood is typically painted, or vinyl lettering is applied. Reusable decals run the gamut from sayings, poems, lines from famous movies, to pictures or scenes. Unlike items that are hung on the wall, these are placed directly on it and can range in size, color, and shape. Some popular options are family holiday rules in the shape of a Christmas tree, or holiday scenes featuring snowmen and Santa. Other sought after options are various forms of the nativity, or simply words like Joy or Noel.
Snowflake ornaments are seen both inside and outside of the home, in store front windows, and displays galore throughout the holiday season. They are the epitome of winter and a classic piece of any wonderland scenescape. They haven’t always held such a place in Christmas decorations, but they have been sought after for centuries. The first time a snow crystal, as they are commonly called, was written about, was in 135 B.C. by Han Yin, a Chinese scholar. Each snowflake is as individual as a human fingerprint in that no two are exactly alike. There is, in fact, a study of snow crystals with over 35 identified types that have been classified. However, the ones that are typically snowflake ornaments are classified as Stellar Dendrites and Fernlike Stellar Dendrites. These are the six-point variety that most of us recognize.
These beautiful reminders of winter are commonly made out of materials like plaster, pewter, various metals, fabric, and even twine. They can be simple, or adorned with beads, faux pearls, faux semi-precious stones, and glitter. Because of their variety, they can be used in conjunction with any kind of holiday décor; whether it is a log cabin style, shabby chic, vintage or themed. They also come in different sizes, and large ones can dress up the home’s exterior along the eaves, railing, and hung from the trees. Inside the house, smaller versions can be placed on the Christmas tree, garland, and in centerpieces. Larger ones can also be used inside the home by placing them on the fireside hearth or hung from the center of a large mirror.
The Christmas season is the perfect time to flex those creative muscles and break away from the norm to create thematic Christmas trees using various holiday ornaments. All-white and multi-colored trees are what most people are used to, though more and more people are pushing the limits of what a Christmas tree can look like.
What kinds of themes are possible when decorating a Christmas tree?
- Festive holiday themes – Sometimes traditional Christmas decorations aren’t enough, and people want to appreciate other aspects of their culture or heritage. For instance, a Mardi Gras themed tree could easily be accomplished with purple and gold balls and maybe a huge mask for a tree topper. Or how about a 4th of July-inspired patriotic tree using red, white and blue colors with some matching lights to complement the theme.
- Kid’s tree – A Disney-inspired or princess theme, complete with thick pink garland and white lights can delight any child. Or a racecar theme with red, yellow and green lights, along with some checkerboard flags and toy tires hanging.
- Monochromatic theme – Creating a thematic tree doesn’t have to be complicated. A simple color theme such as an all blue tree can really make an impression. Using white lights and some white lace garland along with blue holiday ornaments, ribbon and snowflakes is all that’s needed to achieve the perfect look.
The possibilities are limitless when it comes to crafting a striking Christmas tree. All it takes is a simple idea and some planning. Other ideas to try include a pet or animal themed tree, hunting or fishing theme, and even a western-inspired Christmas tree. Try experimenting with different combinations of textures, colors and lights to help inspire ideas.
Wreaths are one of the most common Christmas decorations these days, but they are now being featured in unique ways with some unconventional decorating ideas. Due to their versatility, each year they seem to be reinvented, and those ideas grow in popularity through various websites and blogs.
What are some of those ideas that have gained popularity?
In the kitchen
- Draped over the back of dinette chairs or bar stools
- Hung from pantry doors
- Suspended from the top cupboard doors
- Framing in the kitchen clock
In the entryway
- Hung from the top of the entryway mirror
- Laying on the entry table with a candle or light in the center
In the bedroom
- Strung from the headboard or footboard
- Hung from a large mirror
- Used as a natural mobile with battery operated lights over the bed
On the table
- Used in multiples to go down the center of the table
- Used as the primary table decoration in the center of the table
- Miniature wreaths can be used to dress up the table setting and as place card holders
On the home’s exterior
- Placed on the front door
- Used around the bottom of a pot or planter
- Using three of graduating sizes, creating an evergreen snowman
- Using one made of twigs, hung from a tree as a bird perch
There are literally dozens of ways to incorporate a wreath into any holiday decor. And many of them are made from other materials as well, like twigs, burlap, ribbon and Deco Mesh, making the decoration easy to use in any area of the home, both inside and out.
A tree skirt is a perfect way to complete the look of the tree itself. In a sense, it is like putting the icing on the cake. Because of that, most people are willing to invest in a skirt that will last them some time, and be a classic piece they can use again and again.
This classic decoration had humble beginnings much like most of the other Christmas decorations we see. Long ago, when Christmas trees were lit using candles, the hot wax was an issue. As they say, necessity is the mother of all inventions, and that is true in this case as well. Placing something like a mat or a piece of fabric under the pine was done to protect the floor from sap, fallen pine needles, and melted wax, and it made clean up a cinch. Even though candles are rarely used today for lighting Christmas trees, the tradition of using a tree skirt continues with only the materials changing.
Now skirts are available in many different patterns, shapes, and materials. There is one for just about any décor taste. Some popular options are round red velvet with white, shimmery trim; much like jolly old Saint Nick’s suit. Others feature layers of material like burlap and lace with ruffled edges. Some are unique with satin trimmed lace and intricate appliques. Sports fans aren’t left out either. Most athletic teams have Christmas decorations with their team’s logo or mascot, and the adornment beneath the evergreen is included in that. Monogrammed skirts are also very popular in the rising trend of personalized décor.
Popular Christmas tree decorations have varied over the years, and this year is no exception. People are taking a variety of items either not typically seen on an evergreen and using them, or are rethinking the way they have used these items in the past.
One such example is the star. This embellishment typically sits atop the tree, but this year it is being used in other ways as well. Whether it is a star garland or star shaped ornaments, they are being placed among the branches as a theme. And they go well with a collection of ornaments someone already has. This embellishment simply adds a bit of character.
Another example is pictures. Many people collect photo ornaments. Typically it has a child or couples picture in it, but they are now being used to showcase older pictures. Using either gold or bronze as the overall color theme, adding garland or ribbon in a complimenting color turns this centerpiece into an heirloom tree.
A way that people are personalizing their Christmas tree decorations, as well as many other home décor items, is with a monogram. Using a large monogram letter and decorating it before placing it on top of the tree has become a trendy option. A nice compliment is a monogrammed skirt at the base. A way to coordinate this is by using a single color ornaments or ribbon, and then using an accent color for an extra pop.
Any of these ideas are sure to make quite the statement during the holidays.
Christmas decorations can run the gamut. Trees, garland, ornaments, and wreaths are just the basics of any collection. The traditional greenery has sprouted anew with colors of pinks, purples, and blues. Ornaments of these bold colors are emphasized with iridescence, glitter, and sparkles. No longer are red and green the staples of holiday colors, and people are using this bolder color scheme to produce a theme in their décor.
Take for example the red and white color choice. This color scheme goes particularly well with a Nutcracker collection. Nutcrackers can take on many forms and sizes, but pair well with the solid, traditional colors of red and white. Used together, one can create quite a festive look.
On the tree, hang a variety of Nutcracker ornaments against a backdrop of colored lights. Fill in the tree with ribbon garland made of red and gold. Cover the base with a tree skirt featuring a festive red with a gold leaf pattern. For the fireplace, add Nutcrackers in groupings of odd numbers on either end of the mantle, or place a larger sized Nutcracker on one side of the hearth. Green garland would be fitting for these classic pieces, no matter how old or new they may be.
When using decorations as part of a centerpiece on a table, take an odd number of items and place them down the middle of the table among some green sprigs, or group three similar items and place them inside of a wreath. Add some red and gold ribbon and some berry picks and the Christmas table decorations are complete.
A giant red velvet Xmas stocking with white trim is sure to be a hit come Christmas morning. This 60-inch sock can be filled with just about anything. Baby’s First Christmas is a popular stocking option as well. Pink and blue are the obvious choices, some made of satin and others of felt. Each sock is embellished with trim and ornamentation. There are also stockings with snowmen and Santa Claus himself.
But why do we hang these by the fireplace each holiday season? Well, the answer would depend on where someone was to look or who they asked. There is, however, one tale that seems to be the most common. A nobleman loses his wife and has three daughters that are old enough to wed. However, he has no dowry to give a potential suitor. He tries his hand at various businesses, but none are successful. After losing everything, he and his daughters move to town. A man by the name of Saint Nicholas hears of these terrible woes. Late one night, Saint Nicholas makes his way down their chimney and drops bags of gold into the girl’s stockings hanging by the fireplace. In the morning, the girls and their father discover this gift, and the father can now give his daughters away in marriage with a nice dowry. Regardless of how the tale started or if there is any truth, it has become the tradition to hang a Xmas stocking by the yuletide fire. Then wait expectantly to see what the jolly old elf brings Christmas morning.