I’m dreaming of a kitsch Christmas… Baubles and Christmas Tree decorations have come a long way since I was a child. Every year my Mum would get the Christmas box down from the loft and it would consist of brightly coloured foil ceiling garland hanging decorations, satin baubles, fairy lights in the shape of flowers that made your tree look like a psychedelic rave and foil stars.
We would then spend the second Sunday in December (never a day earlier!) with Top of the Pops blaring from the TV and a bottle of Babycham opened in celebration whilst we decorated the 5-foot-tall faux Christmas tree. My favourite part was always hanging the chocolate decorations. My Mum tells me I was very skilful at taking the chocolate out of the foil, but making sure the foil retained its shape. It would dangle from the tree all Christmas without anyone knowing there was no chocolate left!
So, onto Christmas 2020. After what has been pretty much a joyless year, I think we are all looking to the Christmas season to bring a bit of cheer into our lives and decorating our homes seems to be top of the list. I love to craft at Christmas and create my own decorations but I always try and keep to a theme. Instagram and the blogging world are already bursting with Christmas ideas and décor so I thought I would write a blog post about 7 different Christmas tree themes and some of my favourite decorations.
Traditional Christmas Tree
I am a sucker for traditional Christmas tree décor! Red, gold and green are synonymous with Christmas and it is believed it comes from ancient Celtic peoples that used evergreen red and green holly plants to help keep Earth alive and beautiful throughout the dead of winter. Gold is a symbol of royalty and wealth and symbolises one of the gifts Jesus was given by the Wise Men.
I have tried many different colour schemes over the years but I always come back to these three colours!
Ok, so I love animal print. But I didn’t realise this was a Christmas tree decoration thing until I started looking at baubles for this blog post. And oh my goodness, do I want a tree covered in animal print! So unique and fun, you can easily team it up with black and gold accessories and animal ornaments to really pull it off. Who is going all leopard print this year?
There seems to be a lot of colourful, joyful decorations around this year and I think this is a nod to the rainbows that adorned our homes and windows during lockdown. What can be more wonderful than decorating our Christmas trees with all the colours of the rainbow? There are certainly plenty of baubles to choose from.
Which leads me onto kitsch! I am absolutely loving all the novelty Christmas decorations you can buy online and on the high street these days. There really is something for everyone but I particularly love the weird and wacky baubles that are increasingly appearing in the shops.
Last year we started to see people making Christmas Decorations out of unwanted plastic items and toys and mucknbrass.com had the wonderful idea of sending all your unwanted plastic to her and she would turn it into an eclectic Christmas wreath.
Kitsch is described as objects that are considered to be in poor taste but ironically become extremely popular. Kitsch items can also provide glorious colour to your Christmas tree and really give it personality. It has now become a bit of a tradition in the Boyden household where we let the kids choose a ridiculous decoration every year, the more bizarre the better! The Tiger King nestled next to a Turkey Sandwich anyone?
Joyful Jewel Tones
My favourite colours are definitely the rich saturated tones of jewels, including sapphire blue, emerald green, amethyst purple and ruby red. These colours work wonderfully together, often come in velvet fabrics which help give the colours depth and will provide a real luxurious feel to your Christmas tree.
Pretty in Pastels
I must admit, I’m not one for pastel colours but I do love how they look together on a Christmas tree. Pastel doesn’t mean just pink. An under-the-sea theme is set to be huge this year (which has probably originated from all the shells and scallops we’ve seen in interiors throughout 2020) and incorporates soft blues, greens and lilacs. Pastel decorations are a silkier version of the rainbow theme and gives it a fairy-tale feel with whimsical unicorns, starfish and octopuses.
You can’t write a piece on Christmas without throwing in “white” somewhere! A bit like pastels, I’m not one for an all-white or grey theme. I have always been about colour but there is something pure and minimal about an all-white Christmas tree. And just because it is all white, it doesn’t have to be all boring! You can still add a touch of kitsch and creativity to your tree, there really are baubles for every Christmas tree theme out there!
If we are going to go extra with our Christmas tree decorations, this is the year to do it! There are so many different themes to choose from, we really are spoilt for choice! Which theme do you think you will go for this Christmas?