Christmas tree decoration ideas
2020 was an unprecedented year in every sense and Christmas plans were drastically changed because of the pandemic. This year, we are seeing some improvements and are keeping our fingers crossed that Christmas plans will go ahead. Because we are so excited, we are making plans earlier than ever, including choosing the perfect presents for the people on our list and picking out the decorations we’d like on our Christmas trees.
We all know Christmas trees are one of the most traditional symbols for this holiday, but we wanted to find out more about the reasons why today’s trees are so strongly associated with Christmas celebrations.
Similarly to Christmas wreaths can be dated back to Roman times. Evergreen were in fact a symbol of perseverance, as they were able to survive cold winters. Egyptians, Romans, and Celts decorated their places of worship with fir trees, spruce, and pines to mark some of their most important celebrations.
The Christmas tree tradition as we know it today is accredited to Germany. In the 16th century, people started to use evergreen to decorate their houses around Christmas time. It is believed Martin Luther was the first to add candles to evergreens. Delighted by the view of lights amidst the trees, he re-enacted the scene in his home, where he erected a tree and added candles.
Despite its popularity in Germany, elsewhere some resistance to the use of the tree as a Christmas symbol was met. Puritans saw it as pagan and frivolous. It was only at the end of the 19th century that the Christmas tree became popular in the United Kingdom, thanks to a sketch of Queen Victoria and German husband Prince Albert posing next to a Christmas tree. Queen Victoria was a beloved monarch in the United Kingdom and this helped the spread of the tree as a Christmas symbol in the country.
Christmas decorations came at the same time as the Christmas tree. At the beginning, fruits and festive treats were hung on the tree to represent health and wealth. Baubles first appeared when glassblower Hans Greiner started to blow glass apples because he could not afford real ones. Others saw his creations and started ordering and using them, starting the baubles tradition that we know and love today.
Now that we know more about the history of Christmas trees and decorations, we are ready to give you some ideas on how to decorate your Christmas tree this year! We hope our suggestions will inspire you, no matter what size your tree will be! For 2021, the Good Housekeeping Magazine has put together a list of trends for Christmas trees decorations. We selected our favourite looks…
If you are looking for an alternative to the more traditional Christmas baubles, you might want to opt for unusual decorations! Here at Caroline Gardner, we are big fans of quirky and unexpected accessories for our trees. That’s why this year our Christmas decorations range features a felt mice line and some colourful fun glass decorations.
Our mice are made from felt and are the perfect decoration to add a modern yet nostalgic touch to your Christmas tree, a little house for these creatures, which come in different styles and roles!
Our mice collection includes:
- On bicycle
- Watering can
- Marching mouse
Fun and multi-coloured decorations
Colours, colours, colours… We couldn’t be more excited about this one! As you probably know from our blog about the meaning of colours, we love colours and that’s why we are offering a range of multicoloured, shiny baubles that will make your tree sparkle with vibrant hues. These baubles come in different shapes. Our selection features our favourite foods and some of London’s most famous landmarks!
We believe personalisation is an amazing way to add a unique touch to our decorations and that’s why this year, we decided to offer personalisation on some of our most loved items. Why not hanging a hand painted personalised keyring to your tree? After all, 2021 has been all about the unusual decorations!
DIY decorations are another way to add a personal touch to your tree. There are many decorations that can be handcrafted using sustainable materials, such as recycled cardboard and paper mâché.
We hope we inspired you with some ideas to decorate your Christmas tree! We suggest visiting our Christmas shop to find even more inspiration and amazing decorations, including felt dogs, fluffy sheep and stockings for your trees!