A global Christmas tree
I’m often uninspired by the sight of people’s Christmas trees. When most, if not all, of the decorations are the same colour and shape, and they’ve opted for one set of plain lights, the overall effect can be somewhat disappointing.
Before you even begin to think about decorating, you’ll need a fantastic tree to work with. I would always opt for an artificial tree over the real deal. They can be used time and time again, so they’re cost effective and much better for the environment.
The top of your tree should be around half a foot from the ceiling of the room, so it’s important that you know the height of your ceiling. If you buy a Christmas tree from Hayes Garden World, you can organise your search by height, which is the easiest way of making sure you get the right size.
Swedish households decorate their trees with snowflakes and stars made from straw, in simple designs. Making your own decorations is a great activity to do with children and is the perfect opportunity to teach them about the different customs of countries around the world. Other popular decorations in Sweden include wooden animals, to represent those in the stable at the birth of Jesus.
A small population of the Chinese population celebrate Christmas and decorate their trees with paper lanterns in traditional Chinese designs. Though itÃ¢ÂÂs not safe or practical to light these lanterns using a candle, positioning the lights on your tree so that they shine through the lantern will create a wonderful effect.
In the Ukraine, itÃ¢ÂÂs traditional for trees to include some form of spiderÃ¢ÂÂs web, whether it be a small ornament or a large web covering the entire tree. The tradition can be traced to Ukrainian folklore and a tale about a poor woman who couldnÃ¢ÂÂt afford to decorate her tree. One morning, when the woman woke up, a spider had covered it in a beautiful, glistening web. The story of the spiderÃ¢ÂÂs web is the reason why so many households decorate their trees with tinsel, a trend which was adopted by other nations.
All of these ideas will help you to create a unique and beautiful feature of your room, as you acknowledge and embrace Christmas traditions from around the world.
There are many more pages on site with a Christmas theme such as – Christmas Decorating Tips
Christmas recipes, presents and giftsÃÂ
Tips on how to hang holiday / Christmas lights
Christmas and Party Recipes
Christmas decorations to make and buy