Is your tree all decorated and ready for Christmas? Mine has been up since the beginning of November. I went tranditional this year. Today I’m showing you how to decorate a traditional Christmas tree, Mitten style!

I love joining my friends to bring you beautiful content. Today, my friend Wendy at WM Design House is hosting a fun tree hop along with some of my blogging friends. If you are coming to my cottage from Missy at Sonata Home Design, wasn’t her tips on decorating an upside down Christmas tree so fun?! I just love Missy’s colorful style!

If this is your first time to my Cottage in the Mitten, I want to welcome you and say I am so glad you’re here! It’s always fun meeting new readers!

My name is Kim and I have lived in the state of Michigan my entire life. I’m passionate about my faith, family, a good cup of tea and I love home decor! Another tidbit about me, I make blankets for a cause and I would love for you to read all about that, in my post The Journey.

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What Does “Traditional Tree” Mean?

The definition of “traditional” is existing in or as part of a tradition; long-established.

Long established.

I’ve been decorating my own tree now for 30 years. I’d call that long established! I have plenty of ornaments that have been passed downed, handmade, given as gifts, and gathered from various vacation spots.

Is there anything better than a quiet evening at home, looking at all those memories on the tree?

When my kids were growing up, we always had two large trees. A themed tree and a traditional tree. However, since we moved into the cottage, we only have room for one.

This year, I got this new amazing flock tree from King of Christmas. I was struggling with feeling like it would be so pretty as a themed tree, but deep down in my heart I wanted a traditional tree… All the goodness of years past.

So that’s what I decided to do and I couldn’t be happier with how it came out.

Tips For A Traditional Tree

Some items you might find on a traditional tree are:

  • baubles
  • homemade ornaments
  • vintage ornaments
  • lights
  • tinsel
  • candy canes
  • ribbon or garland
  • a tree topper
  • a traditional skirt

Even though I used the pretty ornaments I’ve gathered over the years, I like my tree to look a little dressed up.

Below are a few tips I use to make it look just that!

Add Ribbon

Adding a pretty ribbon to your tree makes a big statement.

Find a wired edged ribbon you love and depending on how big your tree is, buy two or three rolls. When adding ribbon to my tree, I cut it into 9 inch strips. Folding the strips in half and pinching them at the base, I insert each piece in between the branches.

I add the strips until I think the tree has enough or until I run out of ribbon.

I used traditional plaid for my home decor this Christmas, so it was fitting to choose this fun plaid for my tree.

The Tree Topper

If you’ve been around here awhile, you know I always like to put some fun facts or trivia into my posts. So here goes…Do you know what the original tree topper was?

If you guessed the baby Jesus, you are correct. However, the trend evolved to an angel or a star, which are still both significant Christian symbols.

Growing up we always had a star on the top of the tree, however, I’ve always used large bows when decorating. If I use ribbon on my Christmas tree, I then make sure I buy enough to make a large bow to match.

“And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” Luke 2:7

Hanging The Ornaments

When it comes to ornaments I hang as many as possible. It’s just my personal opinion but I believe the tree takes on a totally different feel when you have a ton of ornaments.

My suggestion is be sure to hang some of your ornaments closer to the trunk to create depth. The ornaments refect the light and it makes your tree sparkle on the inside too.

An easy way to do this, add round bulbs and set them inside the tree, resting them on the inner branches.

Make sure to hang your small ornaments near the top. It doesn’t look proprotinate to have your small ornaments near the bottom of the tree. The most important part, make the tree your own using your speciality items, like those handmade ornaments and treasures you have gathered over the years.

Under The Tree

There are so many options these days for the skirting under your tree. There are collars, baskets and other vessels you can use.

This Christmas, I used a traditional red velvet tree skirt.

Speaking of under the tree, I always try to match my wrapping paper to the theme of my tree. It make everything look so cohesive. This year, I’ve used multiple colors just like all the ornaments on my tree.

What do you think?

You can see how easy I make my bows in my post Easy and Beautiful Christmas Gift Wrapping.

How To Decorate A Traditional Christmas Tree

I hope you enjoyed my post on how to decorate a tradtional Christmas tree. I’m thrilled with how my traditional tree came out this year. There is something so special about adding those handmade ornaments and speciality items that hold so many memories.

Next up, on our tour is my friend Crystal at Sweet Valley Acres. Make sure you stop by and see how beautifully she decorated her tree!

However you decorate your tree this holiday season, I hope it brings you hours and hours of joy!

May your Christmas be bright!

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  1. Kim, I love how all of the ornament pop on your new white flocked Christmas Tree. It looks so gorgeous! I know you have to love it. A beautiful decorated home for the holidays! Hugs to you my good friend.

  2. Kim, your flocked Christmas tree is absolutely beautiful! I love all of the colorful, charming details. It is traditional but feels very updated as well. And, the handmade ornaments have my heart! You did a beautiful job decorating this tree! Merry Christmas, Kim!

  3. Kim, I absolutely love your traditional tree adorned with all of your special family ornaments! We have those Thomas the Tank ornaments on our family tree as well! They bring back such sweet memories of when our boys were young! I love all of the colors on your tree!! Merry Christmas, my friend!

  4. I love your tree! I decorate mine with all old world ornaments. Some from my Mom and some collected. I have a question about your flocked tree. Does the flocking come off a lot? And was it prelit or did you add lights and was that difficult? Thank you. I too am a born and raised Michigander.

  5. Kim your tree is gorgeous! I never thought of using ribbon for the topper but what a fantastic idea. I love all the little personal and handmade decorations – aren’t they just the sweetest to put on the tree year after year? I get all teary as I bring them out. Thank you for your traditions and all your creative skills!

  6. Kim, I love your traditional tree. All the personal touches and the gorgeous plaid ribbon make it all so beautifully done! Merry Christmas to you and your family. It was great to share in this hop with you today! Susan

  7. Kim, love that tree!!!! Seeing your tree each year, the white flock is such a beautiful addition, also adding to that traditional look! I too, put up a traditional tree, which is probably my most favorite part of the Christmas season!! I decorate similar to you with a mix of vintage ornaments from when I was young to those I’ve accumulated from travel, and finally the annual picture ornament that we have for each of our kids from each year since they’ve been born. So having kids ages 30, 28 and 24 years old, that’s a lot of picture ornaments we add each year which is become our most beloved tradition!
    Merry Christmas 🎄!

  8. Oh my goodness, Kim! You make me nostalgic for the bin of “special” ornaments that hasn’t been opened in four years. We always used to hang the ornaments as a family when the kids were young and then even as young adults coming home for the holidays. But now, when they all arrive, they just want to sit by the fire looking at the tree (even with just. lights) catching up which quickly evolves into telling stories on each other.

    You make me realize that there’s no reason I cant hang those ornaments before they arrive and have our Traditional Tree by the fire.

  9. Kim, I love your traditional tree so much, it is beautiful! My family keeps a traditional tree in our living room and it is one of my favorite traditions. It’s so fun to pull out all of our ornaments from when my kids were little! Thank you so much for sharing yours.

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