Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 7 Amazing Ways to Cook Your Holiday Ham

The undisputed star of any Christmas dinner is the ham. A traditional food that goes all the way back to the olden times, the Christmas ham is not only a delicious dish that captures the flavors of the season; it is also indicative of the bounty and splendor associated with the holidays. Both kids and adults wait with much anticipation for this sumptuous culinary creation. Courtesy of Tree Classics, here are seven recipes that will delight the family and make your yuletide feast extra special:

a delectable ham perfect for the holidays

1. Apricot, Brown Sugar, and Bourbon-glazed Ham

a ham cooking in bourbon juices

An excellent and mouthwatering recipe, this apricot, brown sugar, and bourbon-glazed ham from The Galley Gourmet is for those who want something a little fancy. Filled with the sweetness of apricots and smoky zest of bourbon, this dish will become a holiday favorite.

2. Brined and Baked Ham with Tamarind and Chili

A definite must-try for those who like their food on the spicier side, this brined and baked ham with tamarind and chili from How2Heroes promises a hefty kick with every bite. Coated with chili sauce and elevated by the sour tamarind, this Christmas ham will have people going for seconds.

3. Brown Sugar and Mustard-glazed Ham with Coca-Cola

This brown sugar and mustard-glazed ham from Deep South Dish hits all the right notes. It is cooked with both brown sugar and Coca-Cola, giving it that extra layer of sweetness. It also has that mustard glaze that gives it a tangy dimension. Combined with the classic saltiness of ham, this dish will be the talk of the town for months to come.

4. Coca-Cola and Pineapple-glazed Ham 

a large piece of ham cooked with pineapple and coke

For food-lovers who want something fruity, the Coke and pineapple-glazed ham from Heaven Recipes has the perfect blend. This delicious recipe has a touch of tropical flavor. It is ideal for those unique outdoor Hawaiian Christmas parties in warmer states.

5. Champagne-glazed Ham

delicious slices of ham glazed with champagne

Befitting royalty, this champagne-glazed ham from Thrillbilly Gourmet is a deluxe take on a beloved dish. Delightful and mouthwatering, the cup of champagne added to the mix gives this traditional dish a wonderful sheen and a complex dimension of flavor. Don’t forget to pick out a bottle of champagne that you love for a more personal touch.

6. Slow-cooked Beer-braised Ham

slices of ham cooked in beer

Who says beer is just for drinking? This slow-cooked beer-braised ham from Ricardo Cuisine uses the ever-favorite casual drink to make the meat more savory. As a bonus, the beer and method of cooking make the ham more tender and juicy, giving the meat more flavorful.

7. Spiced Sour Cherry-glazed Ham

Spicy, zesty, and aromatic, this spiced sour cherry-glazed ham from Serious Eats is a marvelous choice for those who want a dish that has a complex flavor profile. The heat from the spiced cherries, sweetness from the white wine, and nutty flavors from the cinnamon and nutmeg make this one delectable treat for meat lovers!

Enjoy your Christmas feast with your loved ones by trying out any of Tree Classics’ seven favorite ham recipes!

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Tree Classics Holiday Guide: 5 Charming DIY Christmas Tree Skirts

Dressing up the bottom of your Christmas tree with a tree skirt is a great way to hide an unsightly tree stand. More importantly, tree skirts serve as a lovely background for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Here are five DIY Christmas tree skirts that can add a heartwarming feel to your tree.

The No-Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt by The Johnston’s

This pretty DIY tree skirt is eye-catching with its lovely ruffles. What is even more interesting is how this was pieced together without being sewn! To recreate this project, you will need about four yards of fabric (to be cut into strips), a cutter, pair of scissors, a glue gun, a rotary board, and an old Christmas tree skirt.

No sew ruffle Christmas tree skirt
Photo from The Johnston’s

Lay out your old tree skirt, or use a circular cloth as base. Start pinning the fabric strips along its circumference by beginning at the edge of the tree skirt. Pinch a portion of the fabric strip and press down to create a ruffle. After pinning, glue the strips on the base. Keep going until you reach the inner part of the circle. Check out Ashley’s post in The Johnston’s blog for the complete set of instructions.

The Simply Quilted Patchwork Tree Skirt by Sew4Home

holiday quilted patchwork tree skirt
Photo from Sew 4 Home

This DIY Christmas tree skirt features vibrant garden prints that look perfect against a traditional green Christmas tree. For this project, you are going to need a sewing machine, colorful fabrics, see-through ruler, thick thread or yard string, lightweight paper, fabric pencil, regular pencil, scissors or rotary cutter, iron, straight pins, and bias tape maker. This project entails a number of steps but the end product is worth all the work. View Sew4Home to read detailed instructions.

The Ruched Tree Skirt by Teal and Lime

layered Christmas tree skirt
Photo from Teal & Lime

This ruched tree skirt is as lovely as the ones sold in stores, but not as expensive. For only $12, Jackie from Teal and Lime was able to make a simple but gorgeous Christmas tree skirt made from two round table cloths of different colors. She made a simple and elegant color combination by layering light blue with a metallic fabric. A printed one on a plain fabric in a complementing color is also a good combination. Read Jackie’s post for more photos and instructions on the project.

Crocheted Tree Skirts

crocheted Christmas tree skirt
Photo from Etsy

Brush up on your crochet skills with unique and special patterns. Crocheted tree skirt patterns like this Snowdrift Christmas tree skirt from the Beaded Bundles’ Etsy store adds to the warm feel of your tree. This design makes your Christmas tree look as if it’s standing on a snow-covered mountain. Add an inviting ambiance to your home by crafting a classic crocheted Christmas tree skirt. Visit Beaded Bundles in Etsy for more patterns.

The Felt Polka Dot Tree Skirt by A Happy Nest

polka dot Christmas tree skirt
Photo from A Happy Nest

Getting inspiration from product catalogues is a great way to start a project, like this Land of Nod-inspired polka dot piece. This adorable Christmas tree skirt looks very simple, although hand stitching and pinning it may take longer, depending on the layout. Check out this post from A Happy Nest to learn how this charming Christmas tree skirt was created. A DIY tree skirt is worth all the effort. Add a personal touch to your lovely Christmas tree with a tree skirt you can make yourself.

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Energy-efficient Christmas Trees

The warm radiance from a pre-lit Christmas tree is just what you need to make your home cozier and more relaxing in the cold winter evening.

But many home owners presume using pre-lit decorations would double their household electricity consumption. What’s the best way to enjoy the beauty and convenience of pre-lit holiday decorations without racking up your electricity bill? Tree Classics has the answer!

Safety and energy-efficiency should always be considered first. To help you find the ideal pre-lit décor to suit your holiday home, Tree Classics offers practical options that will not only give your space a heartwarming appeal but will offer you a safe and power-saving choice as well.

Power-saving LED Christmas Lights


In choosing a lit holiday tree for your home, opt for one that has LED bulbs instead of regular lights for their energy-saving potential. These innovative bulbs are specifically designed to consume less power and have a longer lifespan compared to ordinary Christmas lights. LEDs are also made from non-toxic materials and produce less heat, making them safer to use as decorations on artificial Christmas trees.

Clear and Colored Christmas Lights in One


Another feature people look for in power-saving pre-lit Christmas decorations is the color variation of the lights. It is important to choose a ready combination of clear and colored lights that can easily match different styles. The hassle-free combination will eliminate the need for stringing two kinds of lights. Having color-changing lights not only provides you with a versatile decorating option, but also lets you save money when using different light sets.

Tree Classics® Signature Color Changing LED Lights 

Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas Tree

Tree Classics, the leading producer of high-quality artificial Christmas trees, has come up with a line of decorative trees that feature the latest LED lighting system. With their bulbs expertly strung together, these holiday trees are sure to create an excellent highlight for your home. They are also designed with Tree Classics Color Changing LED, which lets you have clear and multi-color lights all in one Christmas tree.

Choose from our collection of energy-saving and color-changing pre-lit Christmas trees, such as the Kennedy Fir Narrow Christmas tree and St. Charles Spruce. You now have the choice of having warm clear lights or festive colorful lights much like a rainbow on your favorite holiday tree.

What’s the best way to enjoy the holidays? By using energy-efficient, hassle-free Christmas trees made beautifully by Tree Classics!

Tree Classics Holiday Guide: Elegant Christmas Party Ideas

Christmas is all about spending time with family members and friends. The best way to do that is to gather them together for an elegant Christmas dinner party at your very own home. Courtesy of Tree Classics, here are several marvelous tips on how to throw a memorable yuletide celebration.

a group of friends posing for a picture during a christmas party

1. Send out Personalized Invitations

List down all the family members and friends that you want to be there and make them invitations. Most party invites are done through email and Facebook, so creating your very own handcrafted invitation will have a sweeter and more personal touch. List down all the details they need, such as the location, date, and time. Don’t forget to include your contact number so they can RSVP immediately. Indicate if the guests will need to bring a gift.

2. Decorate Your Rooms

Prepare several areas for the party. Ideally, you should have three rooms to use. The pre-dinner and after-dinner gatherings can happen at the foyer and the living room, while the dining room can be for the dinner proper.

a lovely table setting for your Christmas party

Once you’ve decided on the rooms, make sure they have everything they need there. You may need several additional cocktail tables or even chairs. Rent these at least three days before the party. Fill your home with holiday cheer by hanging garlands, wreaths, and ornaments. You can also use several white or red candles to add a soulful touch to your festivities.

3. Make the Perfect Christmas Menu

 juicy and mouthwatering shrimp cocktail

The food is the most important aspect of the celebration so be sure to cover the bases. For starters, serve some finger foods while the guests gather in the foyer or the living room. This light and refreshing prawn cocktail from the Gourmet Traveler is a perfect start to the feast. For something zestier and bolder, try the schmancy smoked salmon recipe from Amazing Ribs.

a rack of lamb for everyone to enjoy

For the main course, go all out and serve sumptuous and unforgettable dishes. Begin with a delectable and creamy winter squash soup from Wishful Chef and follow it up immediately with this apple cider brined turkey with savory herb gravy from Tastebook and some Dijon baby lamb chops with mint sauce from Yum Sugar. Don’t forget to include side dishes, such as Yorkshire pudding from the Pink Whisk, baked potatoes from Add a Pinch, and smoke-roasted vegetables from Epicurious.

the classic apple pie for dessert

Don’t forget the dessert. Serve up a classic gingerbread house from Lydia Bikes, a classic apple pie from Pastry Affair and this delicious pistachio ice cream from Taste of Home.

4. Serve Refreshing Drinks and Stock up Your Bar

 eggnog and bottles of fine red wine

Prepare several drink choices for guests. Serve up this delicious homemade eggnog from Simple Bites. Buy good bottles of exquisite white and red wine for dinner. For the dessert, offer a pot of coffee or tea to everyone. Make sure your bar is stocked with spirits and liquor for the merriment after the wonderful Christmas banquet!

5. Show Your Hospitality

 presents for the exchange gift

As the host, it’s your responsibility to make sure your guests are comfortable and having fun in your home. Introduce people to each other. Make sure to catch up with family and friends. Ask if everyone is having a good time. Offer them food and drinks. Make a heartwarming toast during supper. Afterwards, share stories and experiences. Don’t stay in one spot for too long, but don’t forget to have fun as well.

6. Send Thank You Notes After

A couple of days after, send a note to those who attended your party to show your deep gratitude for their presence. Greet them ‘Merry Christmas’ and tell them that you hope to have their company again in the near future.

Throw a great and unforgettable party this holiday season with these tips from Tree Classics!

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Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas: Silver and Gold Ornaments

There are timeless Christmas tree decorating ideas that never go out of style, match other yuletide décor beautifully, and constantly provide a regal appearance that’s perfect for the season: gold and silver decorations. Here are several inspiring gold and silver choices that are perfect for your Christmas tree:

Silver Christmas Decorations

glimmering silver christmas balls for your tree


Silver Christmas balls instantly add a touch of sophistication to your tree. The contrast between the lively evergreens and the sleek and shimmering ornaments creates a dazzling spectacle that conveys elegance in any space. Guests and loved ones will look at your tree for a few seconds just to bask in its beauty. Mix up the ornaments. Get solid ones and striped ones. This will create a contrast that will add more character to your centerpiece.

delightful snowflake ornaments for your tree


Silver snowflakes are another type of adornment that you can hang on branches. These ornaments bring the unique look of a wintry landscape. The color carries a touch of serenity to your room while the geometric design adds grace and versatility to your space.  Pair these with pine cones and leaves to take full advantage of the season’s wintry charm.

refined elegant antique ornaments


Antique pieces are also excellent choices. These small items with their traditional but timeless shapes and forms add an Old World flair to spaces. They are perfect for houses with classic themes and even rustic, cabin-like undertones. These are particularly lovely with white clear lights that accentuate their physical appearance.

a beaded snowflake tree topper


Finally, a great finishing touch is to use a silver snowflake tree topper. This tree topper is a superb alternative to traditional star-shaped ornaments. At the same, it’s also a great way to capture the appeal of other silver accents in your room.

Gold Christmas Decorations

The color gold has the distinctive quality of inspiring deep sentiment while conveying a regal mood. Gold Christmas balls deliver this precious appeal effortlessly. What’s particularly great about these items is that they go well with both evergreens and white Christmas trees.

gold LED christmas lights


Gold can also be used to give your tree an air of mysticism. Pairing gold lights with a deep green Christmas tree creates an enchanting vision that reminds people of evergreens surrounded by dozens of beautiful fireflies. This enthralling look is especially more delightful at night, when the gold lights shine bright, filling your space with a magical air.

good ribbons, gold balls and gold ornaments are perfect for the season


Gold is also one of those colors that just becomes so much more beautiful when it’s paired with similarly colored items. Traditional artificial Christmas trees, like the one in the image, benefit from a combination of gold-colored balls, leaves, flowers, and even gold iridescent lights. A bountiful display such as this fills homes with a royal and lavish appeal that’s synonymous with the season.

a classic gold star christmas tree topper


Of course, nothing says Christmas like a gorgeous star tree topper. An impeccable addition to any holiday décor, this piece is a powerful statement about the special and festive meaning of the season. This is the perfect crown for any type of Christmas tree.

Add style, sophistication, and beauty to your home this Christmas season with these gold and silver decorating ideas from Tree Classics.

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