By now most of you have found that perfect fresh Christmas tree or you have managed to unearth your artificial tree from the depths of your basements or garages. Mix it up this year by placing your tree in a new location, an unexpected location. This is the bedroom of Chip and Joanna Gaines (of Fixer Upper fame). With their 5th child taking residence in the room where their Christmas trees presided every year, they made the bold move of choosing to place this year's tree in their master bedroom. It's the only room in their house with a working fireplace and where the family has been gathering since baby Crew was born. It's a cozy family room for the Gaines family.
If your home is tiny and floor space is at a minimum, try something wall-hung, something DIY. It doesn't have to be complicated and these ideas are nice alternatives to miniature table top trees. They add a bold and fun statement to any sized space.
If you are lucky enough to live on acreage, why not decorate a beautiful evergreen growing happily in your own backyard? This way, you don't have to worry about falling needles, forgetting to water or the cat getting into it. Your family and neighbours can all enjoy this unique gesture.
I saw this idea introduced a few years ago. I'm not sure how well it was received. This is a good example not of where but how to be unorthodox with your Christmas tree. I think
that having the wrapped presents on the ceiling is a bit over the top, but it's really fun and a great talking point for when family and friends come by.
This year at the White House, hallways were also treated in a very special way. I love the idea of multiples for impact with minimal or homogeneous decorations. In our own homes, we could have small fresh or artificial trees scattered throughout. Most of us tend to decorate in only the public spaces. Using multiples can give the lesser viewed rooms something to sing about.
Multiples of sweet little trees such as this one, can add subtle Christmas flavour to your home.
If you tend to be a perfectionist at heart about your main Christmas tree, why not have smaller ones in each of the kids' bedrooms - decorated themselves for very personal and individual results. They would have fun adorning with store bought and homemade ornaments. They could get their friends involved in decorating them and exchanging DIY ideas.
How about a small tree in the front hall? What a beautiful and homey way to greet family and friends. The fresh tree aroma would be nice to offset malodorous boots and shoes and wet pets!
In this season of giving, I feel it's important to encourage our loved ones who live alone, to put up a tree and some decorations. They may not feel up to it or feel it's not necessary. But with a bit of help from us, they can participate in the joy of Christmas, be a part of the celebrations. The season need not be a lonely time for solitary people.
For me, the best place for a Christmas tree, is the one in my heart. I love this time of year. It's a time of sensory sensations - hearing the familiar carols, whiffs of fresh boughs and baking, gazing at glittery lights and decorations, laughter and smiles from time spent with special friends and family. Merry Christmas to all. I wish you love and happiness this holiday season. May the new year bring us hope and peace on earth.