Christmas Tree Decorations: From Start To Recycle

Before you know it, Christmastime is just around the corner, meaning you must prepare your Christmas tree decorations. Do you stick with the old, traditional way that worked for years or start something new?

Each year, you and your family look forward to decorating your Christmas tree, bringing many cheers to the holiday celebration, tradition, nostalgia, and spending more time with each other. You may be wondering if this year is the time to break from tradition and consider a new theme that incorporates what is important to you and your family.

A Bit of History

The history of Christmas trees and decorations goes back to the symbolic use of evergreens in ancient Egypt and Rome. Early Romans marked the solstice by decorating their homes and temples with evergreen boughs. Much later on, Europeans brought the German tradition of candlelit Christmas trees to America in the 1800s. By the 1890s, Christmas ornaments came to the US, and the Christmas tree’s popularity rose. By the early 20th century, Americans decorated their Christmas trees with homemade ornaments.

Determine the personality of your family Christmas tree based on your family’s preference, children’s age, and whether you want to make a statement-making tree or something more subdued. You may want to go with more traditional, classic Christmas tree decorations, minimalist decor, or go in a whimsical direction which can be a lot of fun.

What’s Your Theme For Christmas Tree Decorations?

Nowadays, it is hard to tell the difference between the trees, as artificial trees look more natural. According to a survey, about 80% of Americans have a Christmas tree. The majority (63%) opt for artificial trees while 24% want a real tree; a small percentage of families have multiple trees mixing both types.

The Christmas Tree: Natural or Artificial

There are several advantages to favoring artificial trees. They are reusable for years, easy to install, take down, and store away, and may be cost-effective in the long run. Most artificial trees are made from 100% recycled plastics from PVC packaging materials in China and are tidier than real trees.

Christmas Tree Lights Once you have your tree, artificial or real, you’ll want to add your Christmas tree lights before you deal with the other decorations. You may want to get twinkle lights to enliven your tree.

Christmas Tree Decorations: From Start To Recycle

A topper is the first thing you see on your Christmas tree, and it should match your overall Christmas tree decor. Once you decide on a multipoint star, bow, angels or other figurines, or a graceful finial, there are many options. Families can engage their kids with a DIY tree topper using materials you can easily find in your home or outdoors, like twigs, paper, ribbon, yarn, wire, and pliers.

Choosing A Tree Topper

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