With Thanksgiving being only a memory for most of us, the holiday decorating now begins in earnest. Like many, I need to have and enjoy my Thanksgiving holiday without Christmas getting a foothold in my mind before its time--not an easy task if you go out into the retail world any time after the Back to School posters come down.
Some homes are adorned with one grand tree, decorated from tip to tip and top to bottom. Many trees sport a different theme each year. Some homes have a tree in many rooms and each tree reflects the family’s interests and each room’s décor.
Even a modest home can usually support a small table top tree of the family’s special and most precious ornaments, including those classroom, Popsicle creations, the children made 30 years ago, once dripping with glitter. While some families proudly hang these worn treasures each year on the family tree, some are a bit more hesitant to do so, as not to “spoil” the themed tree. Why not create a small table top tree of just those special ornaments, or a tree with the most delicate pieces that you fear might meet a disastrous end if they are hung among the mass of shiny, bright ornaments?
A small manzanita branch that is secured in a sturdy base can fill in for an evergreen that is more traditional. Ornaments can stand out and not compete for attention when they are hanging from delicate ribbons on bare branches. This is especially nice for the young children who like to admire their own creative works.
Another great idea for a small accent tree is to hang pictures of favorite people who cannot be with you during the holidays; family members past and present can bring warmth of fond memories as you pass by a small tree set up on a side table or in an entry.
To shine a little light on your accent tree, use a small accent light, the kind usually used for highlighting a plant; simply place it near the faux tree and let the light cast interesting shadows on the walls.
Decorating trees is long-standing tradition for most families; add your own family tradition to the ones you grew up with; simply take into account how your family enjoys this festive holiday. When the children have a “great idea”, there is no need to stifle it; allow them to create a tree of their own imagination. After all, it is all about enjoying the season, no need to make holiday decorating off limits to anyone.