When did Christmas decorating get so stressful? Also, how are we this far into December? If you’ve just started thinking about what you’re going to put on your Christmas tree, there’s no need to panic just yet. Super ornate decorations are not compulsory, and you can throw together that’s simple, minimalist, and get still completely charming. Here are a few ideas from around the Internet to get you started, but believe me, the sky is the limit, and you’re only constrained by your imagination.You should also check these easy ways to make Christmas memorable for kids.
1. The All-White Winter Wonderland
This Christmas, consider not throwing every decoration you have onto that tree. Maybe it’s time to let go of those faded nutcrackers from twenty years ago, or those golden bells that you plan to paint every year but never get around to. Think all-white and elegant, just artificial white flowers and balls, personalised christmas baubles for each member of your family and a little fake snow as a finishing touch.
2. Little Trees, Big Effect
Maybe you don’t want to go for a tree so tall that you’re scared the tree topper will touch the ceiling. Instead of one huge tree, you could do a lot of little ones! A table top Christmas tree is the perfect way to save space while getting into the festive spirit, with lots of miniature ornaments to match. If you’re not in the mood for ornaments, wrap the base in burlap and add some frosting. You can also replace garlands with ribbons.
3. The Bare Tree
Leaves are optional! If you’ve been thinking about taking a plunge with a leafless tree this year, go for it. Paint it gold and silver and decorate it with whatever takes your fancy. Without the dense foliage to cover them up, your ornaments will stand out even more, and the effect will be stunning. Bare trees also look great with just lights.
4. Maybe No Tree at All?
Don’t freak out, but a tree is not always a tree. Basically, anything can be a tree, and maybe this is the year we finally break ourselves out of the cycle of bringing some poor evergreen home, piling it with decorations, and then throwing it out. Book trees continue to be a perennial favourite, but there are lots of other options. You can hammer blocks of wood onto your wall to make a two-dimensional tree outline that’s lots of fun to decorate, or even better, or even draw the tree in chalk and decorate with gifts at the base.
5. The Tree of Sticks
Another unconventional idea, but this tree has tons space under it for gifts. Use tall sticks joined at the top to make a tripod or quadropod, and then wrap pine garlands around it to create the leaves. Decorate as desired, step back, and enjoy.
6. The Outdoor Tree
Outdoor trees are the easiest to decorate. Use pine cones and lots of little lights, and you’re done in no time. This Christmas tree shows off your holiday spirit and stays out there for all to enjoy.
7. Any Branch Will Do
Finally, remember what we said about anything being a tree? If you find a really interesting tree branch with lots of smaller branches… branching out, stick it in a clear flower vase and decorate with ribbons and clothes pegs.
None of these ideas require too much time or work but could just be the picture-perfect Christmas tree that you’ve been looking for. Wow your family, friends and neighbours with a tree to remember, and inspire them to go the non-traditional route too! Here’s wishing you and your family a happy and minimalist Christmas.
Amila Gamage Wickramarachchi is the founder of this blog where she shares her parenting and lifestyle experiences. She is an engineer and a trainer who works in the construction industry. She is the founder of Sihela Consultants.(www.sihelaconsultants.com)