This weekend, 2 weeks before the 25th there will be a rush for Christmas trees and this weekend families will gather to decorate and dress up the main attraction. The strings of lights will come out, the treasured decorations and mulled wine to make it all warm.
There are many decorations through out this season that have some link to nature and our pagan past, the pine tree is an evergreen tree, so it has the symbol of life through the cold winter months when others have shed their leaves and are bare.
Decorating a spruce, a fir tree, a pine tree, comes from Northern Europe and it started in town squares, churches and then gradually over time moved into homes till today we see them as the focus of where we come together to share and exchange gifts. They were originally decorated with fruits and nuts but today the decorations are endless and so pretty. I have always loved decorating the tree and we collected ornaments over the years so our tree is a treasure trove of memories of Christmas past, one year we strung together cranberries and popcorn and used it as garland.
The decorations available today are plentiful and colourful, some are like small toys, others glass balls, birds, stars, snowflakes, faux fruits and on and on.
And the style, I am not fussy, this is where I think the style should be about your family what you like and damn the style police. Although I am wondering when we will see a chic black and white tree to fit with stylish white interiors… or a taupe and gold tree to match the taupe dupion silk curtains, which I did one Christmas rushing to have a living room all done before the party. They look good, but I feel the homemade decorations are more touching and about what Christmas is for, to celebrate with family and friends during the time when it is dark and cold and just after the solstice when we are longing for more light.
The tree as a symbol is seen in many places on cards, knitted, gingerbread, in sugar and cupcakes, made of lights, and as pretty items for the mantel or shelves:
Have fun decorating your tree, make some mulled wine or hot chocolate, make some popcorn, put lots of little lights on it and use the decorations your children made, much prettier, they will be delighted and it will be fun.
An interior designer with a passion for light, colour, patterns and textures bringing them all together to make a beautiful space, Kelly wants to share with you her love of light and colour and all parts of helping people bring beauty to their lives. She authors the blog Light Color Design and you can follow her on Twitter @kellyfannon. Read more posts by Kelly Fannon.
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