Beautifully decorated Christmas tree represents the joyousness of the world as it prepares to welcome the savior. Started in 15th or 16th century, the tradition of decorating Christmas trees is getting more and more popular every passing year although some changes have occurred in its decoration styles and materials used. It's a joyful time at the end of the year when the family gets together and works on the intricacies of the tree before finally placing the Christmas star or angel on top of it. Time has had its effects on the decorative ornaments too. From the old-world decorations like apples, nuts, dates etc., we have now moved on to wide varieties of decoratives. However, there are still admirers for vintage and Victorian Christmas tree decorations even in the boom of other trendy ornaments. As every year, this year too has a new set of trendy ornaments to offer you. You may use your creative skills and make your own trends or go through the latest trends in Christmas decorations as mentioned below.
Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas 2012
Themed Christmas Trees
Themed Christmas trees are quite the fad this year also. Anything you like or are passionate about can be the inspiration for your tree. After the huge success they faced in 2011, it is no wonder that these are back with a bang this year also. Crocheted and knitted artifacts for the craftsperson in your mum, sports inspired ornaments for an athletic kid, a gizmo themed tree for the tech-savvy daddy, the 'Wolverine' look for the X-Men fanatics etc, all cater to the new era. For those who have a thing for the old world charm, photographs hung ornately on the tree for the family tree inspired look, would do the trick. You can think of other things that inspire you and have a very different looking tree this season.
Select your tree ornaments according to the theme you have selected. If you don't want to go for a specific theme, then try some trendy ornaments to bring about a modernistic look. Pretty hanging balls, wreaths, snowflakes, pine cones, bells, tiny lanterns, flashy stars, etc. are all-time favorites. To walk with the latest trends, check out the newest displays in the shops. Latest ornaments have added features like lights, music, mobility etc. You can even decorate tour tree with family photos or make your own ornaments and give the tree a personalized look.
Tree Toppers For Christmas
Tree toppers highlight a Christmas tree. Some people may prefer sticking to the same traditional topper every year but there are some who would want some novelty in their tree toppers every year. There is a mad variety of tree toppers to choose from this year. From elegantly lit to hilariously noisy, you can opt for anything that matches the overall mood and theme of your home this Christmas. However, while many figures and ornaments have now come in vogue as tree toppers, the simple charm of a bright star on top of the Christmas tree can never be undermined. So, this year, if you want to go back to the basics and get that starry topper for your Christmas tree, take you pick from papier-mache stars or even stars with fine filigree. Now that's one tree topper you can never go wrong with!
Tree With A Difference
Moving on from the traditional decorations is not a big deal as long as it does not go against anybody's religious beliefs. If you are really interested in experimenting with unusual themes then try gothic or Zombie Christmas tree decorations. It would definitely be a different Christmas tree with skulls and spooky ornaments used as decorations. However, think twice before experimenting with such themes as they may be considered offensive by the common society and may even stir up a big protest.
Christmas Tree Trimmings
Rotating tree stands and wheeled stands are becoming popular every passing year. These stands help you change positions of the tree easily, enabling you to try various places before you can finally fix up a spot for it. Christmas tree skirts can give a special finishing touch to the tree. No matter what the theme is and how the ornaments are, elegant Christmas skirts are always trendy. Traditional velvet skirts or the ones with beaded work or patched designs are available almost everywhere. Fine ribbons, rope lights, swags of netting, or Christmas garlands can be draped around the tree to enhance it all the more. Materials like pine cones, clusters of flowers, metallic berries, etc. can be used to make garlands. Satin drapes are also getting popular.
These are some latest trends for Christmas tree decorations this season. From new ornaments to skirts and trimmings, decorating a Christmas tree can be a joy. Use your creativity and ensure that your Christmas tree is one of the most talked about this season.