How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree

Christmas is the most joyous time of the year and this is always reflected in the sparkle and glitz of decorations around everyone's houses and gardens.

Created by Nathan James Dodd on Tuesday, 13th of November, 2012.
Updated on Monday, 13th of October, 2014.


Christmas Decorations

It’s a time for merry making and celebration and the centrepiece has got to be the Christmas Tree.

Walk into any room at this time of the year and it is the tree that is the star, brightly lit and festooned with garlands, baubles, sweets and other decorations.

Christmas Trees

Traditionally pine spruce or fir, choose the right height and girth to fit your room, it should be a feature not an overwhelming presence. Trees can be different shades of green perhaps bordering on turquoise but all have that wonderful fresh outdoors fragrence that will permeate everywhere.

An artificial Christmas tree, again in numerous shapes and sizes, might be your choice if you want value for money over several years. These trees have improved significantly since their first introduction, they are now extremely realistic and won’t drop their needles!

Christmas Lights

If the lights you have used over the years have always been traditional coloured bulbs, this might be the time to  think about something a little more cutting edge especially when you see the extensive range that is now available.

Even fairy lights have moved with the times, they can now be brighter and animated to twinkle, chase, move and produce other effects that will excite both children and adults.

To mesmerise your guests wrap the tree with LED cluster lights. Each micro light is on an individual strand creating a marvellous tinsel effect. Choose between white, warm white or multi-coloured, these delightful lights are easy to use as the whole set can be simply draped for maximum effect with minimum effort.

Traditional Christmas Style

Wax candle lights, in red or white, will flicker and glow, realistically evoking the spirit of a Dickensian yuletide in a candlelit Victorian household with gifts scattered under the tree and the smell of the roast bird wafting in from the kitchen.

This is appropriate as it was the Victorians, especially Prince Albert, who imported the Christmas tree tradition from his native Germany.  At that time the tree was decorated with edibles such as apples, nuts or dates and later lit with candles and lights.

Today tradition has evolved into a vivid display of tinsel, ornaments, sweets and chocolate, however the colours of Christmas, green, red white, silver and gold are still apparent.

Sparkling Tinsel

Tinsel glitters and provides the sparkle to complement the lights while garlands imitate holly, mistletoe and ivy, evergreens that are always associated with winter cold, providing colour, especially the red holly berries, against a backdrop of frost and snow.

Delicate glass ornaments and baubles from simple round balls to more intricate designs have given way to ones produced using modern technology. The quality has remained high but they last longer and their metallic glimmer adds colour and light. Also think about small figures of Father Christmas and snowmen perhaps lit by LEDs, reindeer or snow flakes to hang from the branches together with the chocolate coins.

Gifts Under The Tree

Almost hidden under the tree, the stand although practical may be unsightly and should be covered with something ornate and connected to the Christmas scene as it is usually surrounded by gifts to be opened on the big day.

Finally, the most important long established adornment is of course the angel or star that is placed by a small child, excited by all the Christmas festivities, stretching to the top branch. A beautiful golden fairy, fashioned with fibre optic strands so that she also changes colour, is an exquisite finishing touch to any tree.

Decorations are a matter of personal choice mixed with tradition.  You may prefer a simple themed approach retaining the beauty of the tree or go all out to festoon it with a mixture of shapes, colours and lights.  Each approach has its own merits, Christmas means different things to different people and that will be reflected in the decorations you choose and how they are used.

Related Articles

Konstsmide Christmas Window Lights

Konstsmide Christmas Window Lights

Window Lights are wonderful way to greet visitors to your house at Christmas, and here Andy Taylor reviews Konstsmide's contemporary and traditional range of Candlesticks, Welcome Lights and Silhouettes.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Tuesday, 13th of December, 2016.

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

Poinsettias Now Available From Our Garden Centre

With Christmas rapidly approaching, our New Oscott Garden Centre has just taken delivery of that most seasonal of plants – the Poinsettia. These are David Hall's tips on to how to keep these beautiful plants at their colourful best.

Author: David Hall

Written by David Hall.
Published on Thursday, 8th of December, 2016.

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

GardenSite Donates Christmas Tree To Hospice

Our garden centre has been part of the local community for over 60 years, so when one of our partners, David Coton, received a request to donate a Christmas tree to a nearby hospice, he had no hesitation in helping them out.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Wednesday, 7th of December, 2016.

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

Novelty Indoor Illuminated Christmas Decorations

In the past Christmas decorations were limited to streamers and fairy lights, but not any more as Robert Hall discovered when reviewing the huge range of novelty Christmas items that are brought to life by LEDs.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 28th of November, 2016.

comments powered by Disqus

RSS

View RSS Feed

Author

Nathan James Dodd Nathan James Dodd

Garden Designer

View Profile

Follow Us!

Recent Articles

How To Heat Your Greenhouse

How To Heat Your Greenhouse

Heating will be a deciding factor on the variety of plants you are able to grow in a greenhouse and the number of plants that can be kept over winter. Here, Robert Hall goes through the pros and cons of the different types of heating that are available.

Author: Robert Hall

Written by Robert Hall.
Published on Monday, 16th of January, 2017.

Grange Announce New Timber Products For 2017

Grange Announce New Timber Products For 2017

Grange are introducing several new fence panels and gates in 2017 and Andy Taylor has been looking at these fresh additions to their already impressive collection of timber products.

Author: Andrew Taylor

Written by Andrew Taylor.
Published on Friday, 13th of January, 2017.

Safe and Secure Shopping on GardenSite

Safe and Secure Shopping on GardenSite

With the security of online purchases and protection of personal information a priority for our customers, David Coton is pleased to announce that gardensite.co.uk is now fully secure across the whole site.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 10th of January, 2017.

Palmako Timber Garden Houses Now Available

Palmako Timber Garden Houses Now Available

Palmako are one of Europe's leading manufacturers of garden buildings using high quality Nordic timber, and David Coton is pleased that GardenSite can now offer their new range of versatile and beautifully constructed garden buildings.

Author: David Coton

Written by David Coton.
Published on Tuesday, 10th of January, 2017.