In this post: Everyone has their own approach to Christmas tree decorating. Why not showcase your personal style and passions in your holiday decor?⇒
I have a thing for teacups.
I’m not sure where this passion came from, but it’s been with me for a long time. Certainly it goes back to the early days of our marriage.
No doubt it arose from my taste for antiques and perhaps the realization that teacups were one of the most affordable things you could find in an antique shop.
You could spend a few hours perusing the stalls of an antique market and find a couple of little treasures that packed a whole lot of gorgeousness into a tiny little package.
Hence my collection was born.
I also recall having this budding collection but nowhere to put the teacups, as I didn’t yet have a fully furnished home. An early solution was my teacup chandelier, but as the collection grew I found ever more unique ways to display my teacups.
Until finally one day they wound up on my tree…
Now, truth be told, I don’t have a whole lot of Christmas traditions.
Unlike many of you who have unique and special holiday traditions that have come down through generations of family, I only recently started my traditions completely anew.
As many of you already know, in my religious tradition, we celebrate Hanukkah, so Christmas decorating is something I do for my readers. But boy have I embraced it as if it were my own! In fact it’s something that brings me a great deal of joy.
In this post I’m sharing the very first tree I styled, a few years ago.
And being just a tiny bit of a rebel, I had decided if I’m going to tackle Christmas tree decorating, I’m going to approach it by adding my personal style to our tree.
Because you knew I wasn’t going to just do it the “regular” way…
I started with a Classic Fraser Fir with clear lights.
We have 9′ ceilings so I went with the 7 1/2 foot tree, leaving room at the top for an interesting topper to maybe add in the future. For now I just used a pretty wired bow with lots of holiday sparkle.
At a quick glance, the tree looks pretty traditional with a base of gold and silver ornaments.
But I am a tablescaper and collector and this was my first tree, so I wanted to create my own new traditions that reflect my personal style.
The first thing I knew that needed to be added to the tree was a representation of my passion for vintage china. I selected my favorite vintage teacups from my collection and went to work, wiring them to the tree.
I also chose to place the tree in our dining room so this imagery made conceptual sense.
I often use mixed patterned china on my tables and I have plate racks on the wall to showcase an ever-changing display of pieces I’ve added to my collection over time.
The golden tree skirt is the perfect base as it has a lovely shimmer and works well with my color palette. I wanted to stick with roses and pinks, typically found on vintage china, as well as the more neutral gold and silver.
Wooden lanterns sit nearby, housing additional ornaments.
I also added napkin rings to continue with the tablescaping theme, and above you can see the crystal bracelet rings sitting comfortably on a branch.
The fresh flowers in the room are simple white hydrangeas to maintain the clean and subtle color feeling.
The ornaments and baubles are a plentiful mix of varied gold and silver pieces, in shiny, matte, glittered and transparent, with textured and smooth surfaces alike.
Crystal drops are from another set of napkin rings, looped casually over the branches.
I’ll let you in on a little secret, too.
The wrapped gifts underneath my tree are actually the now-empty storage boxes from the ornaments. When I take down my tree, the boxes to re-store everything will be conveniently right nearby.
I did add some rose gold ornaments to the mix in keeping with my color palette for this year.
To add interest I included gold and silver finials, which add movement in direction by virtue of their vertical shape.
The lushness of the tree can even be appreciated in natural daylight with the lights off.
I tucked in some pine cones for their wintery feel and they can best be seen this way.
So that was my first go at decorating a Christmas tree! It’s fitting that my first tree was the most personal to express my passions.
I have since added many trees in different sizes, shapes and colors, and have upped my decorating game by adding ribbon, picks, and other elements to add more lushness.
But every now and then I like to look back at this tree and realize it helped tell the world (or at least visitors) exactly who I am.
So how about you? Do you put personal items that express your passions on your tree?
Many people have ornaments collected on journeys or that were made by children. But can you take it further and use items that symbolize what makes you unique?
Most of you have way more experience than I do with Christmas tree decorating, so I hope I was able to help you see your tree decorating in a fresh and personalized way.
Sometimes it takes a beginner to see things in a new light… 😉
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