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The ev­er­green Christ­mas tree is a prom­i­nent piece of dec­o­ra­tion in homes dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. It is be­lieved that Ger­many be­gan the tra­di­tion of put­ting up Christ­mas trees in the 16th cen­tury.

How­ever, in­stead of buy­ing a new fake tree to put up, along with a host of other dec­o­ra­tions which add to the cost, go for an al­ter­na­tive. Get cre­ative and make a “non-tree” us­ing string, wood planks, washi tape, or try as­sem­bling one just us­ing or­na­ments and string lights. The al­ter­na­tive Christ­mas tree can also help save space in smaller rooms if it is hung on the wall.

As a gen­eral rule, the bot­tom of the “tree” should be at least 12 inches from the floor. Us­ing what­ever ma­te­ri­als you wish, ar­range them to form the shape of the tra­di­tional Christ­mas tree or a pyra­mid. The al­ter­na­tive tree has a host of styles you could try. Sit down with the fam­ily and de­cide what ma­te­ri­als to use and then start dec­o­rat­ing to­gether.

The best part? You won’t need so much space to store it for the fol­low­ing year. Th­ese days, the wreath is merely a dec­o­ra­tive piece that sits on the front door or ta­ble cen­tre­piece and peo­ple have got­ten quite cre­ative in rein­vent­ing new ways to in­ter­pret this fes­tive or­na­ment. Among its many rein­ven­tions, the lat­est to grace the scene is us­ing a naked frame that is dec­o­rated ac­cord­ing to the hol­i­day theme for the year. Empty frames are painted over in tra­di­tional hol­i­day colours, while baubles and bells are hung in the mid­dle of the frame and a vo­lu­mi­nous bow is placed on the top. An­other trend is to break away from the round shape and go for other con­fig­u­ra­tions in­stead. A prom­i­nent fea­ture in this trend are star­shaped wire frames with min­i­mal dec­o­ra­tions on it. Maybe just a small ev­er­green branch, rib­bons or string lights. But if the round shape still rolls for you, there are count­less other ideas to make it a lit­tle dif­fer­ent.

Make a colour­ful wreath us­ing scraps of fab­ric, ty­ing them on a round wire frame. If baubles make the world go round for you, make a wreath us­ing round baubles in dif­fer­ent colours. For a fun ac­tiv­ity with young kids, make a pa­per wreath with pa­per cut-out red rib­bons as dec­o­ra­tion.


Clus­ter of trees ta­ble decor. Cre­ative wreath.

Tree on the wall.


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