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.
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:
- homemade ornaments
- vintage ornaments
- 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!
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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- Day 1 – Christmas DIY Ideas
- Day 2 – Front Porch Decorating Ideas
- Day 3 – Christmas Tree Ideas
- Day 4 – Christmas Table Decor Ideas
- Day 5 – Christmas Cookies and Sweet Treats
- Day 6 – Christmas Decorating Ideas
- Day 7 – Bloggers’ Favorite Christmas Idea
- Day 8 – Gift Wrapping Ideas
- Day 9 – Wreaths & Front Door Decor
- Day 10 – Winter Greenery