How to Mix and Match Ornaments on Your Christmas Tree

After finding out how to properly assemble your Christmas tree for the season, it’s now time to learn how to choose Christmas decorations that would look best on your tree. Just like in any other decorating project, the key to a stunning Christmas display lies in finding the right combination of ornaments that would both present the elegance of the holidays and your own personal style as well.

In this edition of the Tree Classics blog, let us walk you through the fine art of Christmas tree decorating. Here is our easy to follow guide to choosing the best ensemble of Christmas ornaments for your dream Yuletide display.

Plan Your Christmas Theme and Stick to It

Before you start decorating your Christmas tree, try to come up with an overall theme first. Not only does it add personality to your holiday display, it also helps keep your ornamentation balanced and harmonious.

For a rustic holiday display, you can dress up your Christmas tree in a woodland theme using floral picks and bird ornaments, such as these assorted mini snow-bird and mini cardinal ornaments. The bright red plumage of the cardinals adds a festive accent to your display while the pristine white feathers on the snow-birds give it a cool wintry charm. Whatever theme you choose, be sure to stick to it to avoid making your Christmas display static and confusing.

Create an Impact Using Overscaled Ornaments

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Tree Classics’ Gold and Silver Glass Ornament Set

Another way to add character to your Christmas tree is by using overscaled holiday ornaments. Large ornaments, such as these gold and silver glass ornaments, cover a wider area on your Christmas tree, allowing you to use fewer decorations than you would with smaller pieces. This is a great idea if you want to let the beauty of your Christmas tree to become the focus of your centerpiece.

Match the Color of Your Home

If you’re still looking for a theme to suit your Christmas tree, you can take inspiration from the design of your room. Using ornaments with matching colors as your living room or dining room allows your tree to blend easily in your home as seen on this holiday display.

For traditional homes, you can create a display featuring the timeless appeal of classic Yuletide colors. You can go with these red and gold assorted teardrops, holiday tradition ornaments, or with these snowmen and holly glass ornaments in order to showcase the red, green, and gold colors of Christmas.

If you prefer a minimalist display, try adorning your tree with these green and red and green and gold glitter glass ornament sets or with these glass champagne ornaments. The simple style of these ornaments makes them an ideal accent piece to match the tamed or muted colors typically used in modern or contemporary homes.

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Tree Classics’ Timeless Treasures Glass Egg Ornament Set

Make you Christmas tree more festive and delightful with these timeless glass egg ornaments. These ornaments make use of traditional colors in unique and fun designs.

Create a Designer Look Using a Monochromatic Christmas Tree

Give your holiday display a unique and designer look by using a monochromatic Christmas tree. One-color trees make excellent backdrops for Christmas decorations in different shapes and textures. It allows the focus to stay on the ornaments themselves and not on the Christmas tree. With this you can use holiday ornaments in various sizes or try to combine shiny and matte finishes as well to create a theme for your display.

Some examples of ornaments that would work well on a monochromatic Christmas tree are these holiday heirloom ornaments, gold and copper beaded pearl ornaments, and these iridescent globe ornaments. Each set features ornaments in different designs and finishes that would stand out on a one-color tree.

Make your Christmas display memorable each season by learning how to mix and match your holiday ornaments. With these simple holiday decorating tips from Tree Classics, you easily create a new look for your Christmas tree to match your personal tastes.

How to Set Up Your Artificial Christmas Tree

For many families, setting up their Christmas trees is one of the most cherished and time-honored of all holiday traditions. From the oldest family members to the youngest, each one takes part in bringing this beloved tree to life with classic and fanciful ornaments. It has bridged countless generations together. With the Yuletide season now in full swing, it’s time bring back the Christmas tree into our homes and into our hearts.

To help you setup your Christmas tree for the holidays, here are Tree Classics’ four simple and easy to follow steps on how to assemble an artificial tree.

1. Take out your Christmas tree from storage and cleaning it

After spending several months tucked away in your closet or garage, chances are your Christmas tree may have accumulated a few layers of dirt and dust. The best way to get rid of these is to wipe the branches and needles with a clean piece of cloth dipped in water and soap. However, if you’re dealing with a pre-lit Christmas tree, it would be better to skip the soapy water to avoid ruining the light connections. As you work your way through the different sections of your Christmas tree, make sure to pay close attention to even the smallest tips and corners of the foliage. Once you finish, let your Christmas tree dry for a few minutes before continuing your tree assembly.

To avoid having to worry about dust and dirt covering your Christmas tree during storage, try storing it in a Christmas tree storage bag instead of its original box. These storage bags are specially designed to keep your artificial Christmas tree dirt and dust-free while kept away. They also help preserve the quality of your tree for more years to come.

2. Put your Christmas tree together section by section

After cleaning the foliage your artificial Christmas tree, it’s time to put tree all together. Start by setting the tree stand on a level place. For smaller Christmas trees, you can use a support base to give it more height. Some homeowners place their trees on a small platform for elegance while others prefer an old wooden or steel bucket for a more rustic look.

Next, assemble your Christmas tree according to its section, beginning with the bottom. Insert the tree pole into the tree stand and secure it. Spread the branches of the tree outward so you can see the following connection for the middle part. This is also to prepare the foliage for the shaping and fluffing later on. Attach the next section of the tree then repeat the same process as before. Finish the assembly by adding the top of your Christmas tree and attaching all the light connections together.

3. Shape the branches of your Christmas tree

To achieve an elegant and realistic look for your Christmas tree, always remember to shape and fluff its foliage. Since different trees have varying shapes and forms, this process allows your artificial Christmas tree to take on the appearance of its live tree inspiration. It involves spreading out the branches of the tree either upward or downward starting from the innermost parts to the very tips. Fluffing your Christmas tree also makes its branches more suitable for ornamentation.

4. Check the Light Connections and Bulbs

The following step is very important whether you have a pre-lit Christmas tree or an unlit tree you plan to decorate with lights. Dealing with light connections requires the utmost care in order to keep your family safe and to avoid any untoward incidents during the holidays.

Before you plug your tree to an outlet, make sure to double check all the wires for any damages or loose connections. Pay attention to the lights to see if there are any busted bulbs that need replacement. Once you’ve scanned the light strands, plug your Christmas tree in. Again, watch out for busted bulbs or malfunctioning connections.

If you spot any damages, carefully unplug your tree then set it aside. Contact the store where you bought your tree for any possible parts replacement or a professional electrician to check and fix the connections further.

The Christmas tree is an important part of many family traditions. It is a classic reminder of just how much we value celebrating the holidays and the spirit of giving it represents.

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Holiday Home Decorations with Tinsels

To have a sparkly Christmas home, it’s time to play up your shiny and colorful tinsels. Although these classic ornaments are more associated with tree decorating, as they never fail to enhance the beauty of a Christmas tree, tinsels can blend with practically all kinds of holiday decorations. This post will show you how to snip, hang, pin, and fix your tinsel in a certain way to make it stand out in your home.

Let Your Tinsels Drape on Stairs 


Aside from being a staple Christmas tree decoration, tinsels can be used as fine garlands, too. Create your own festive garland by twisting brightly colored tinsels together. Embellish your DIY garland with berries, baubles, or any ornaments of your choice then frame it around your main door. If your garland is too long, you can cut the excess or let it drape just like on this banister.

Create a Charming Welcome using Tinsels 


When it comes to pairing decorations together, always remember that wreaths are your garland’s best friend. If you’re going for a tinsel holiday garland on your door, you can spruce it up more by adding a tinsel wreath as well. Try embellishing your wreath with glittered bells, pine cones, and ribbons to make it look festive and unique. This eye-catching pair is sure to marvel your holiday guests.

Turn Your Tinsels into Bottled Tufts 


For another delightful tinsel display, fill three clear jars with tufts of colored tinsels. Throw in some baubles to recreate the look of tuft in a bottle then put you jars on corner or center table. You also have the option to arrange your tinsel pom-poms on a tray with some pine cones, berries, and a decorative candle.

Hang Your Tinsels for a Sparkling Highlight


Long strips of shiny, colorful tinsels in the archway will surely delight your family and guests. To achieve this curtain-inspired décor, pin one end of each tinsel strip on the arch that separates two rooms, usually the living and dining rooms. Whether you let the tinsel strands hang loose or make swags under the arch, this will surely create a festive ambiance.

Tinsels, though seemingly trivial, are an important aspect of holiday decorating. Their shiny texture can animate even the simplest home décor, which is why a Christmas home doesn’t seem like one without it. You can write your thoughts on tinsel decorating in the box below.

How to Pick an Outdoor Christmas Tree

Family reunions, delicious home-cooked dinner, children with their presents, and a beautiful Christmas tree all describe a perfect holiday. The last is, in fact, already a telling sign of heartwarming celebrations in the offing. That explains why having the perfect tree is more important than any expensive Christmas décor. However, picking the right tree for your home entails a great deal of planning, especially if you’re visualizing an outdoor Christmas tree. The following steps will guide you in your search for the ideal outdoor holiday tree.

Plan the location of your tree

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Make a festive and welcoming entryway for your home by Adding an outdoor Christmas tree to your front porch.

Before you can actually buy an outdoor Christmas tree, you have to know first where to put it. You may want to consider the porch where everybody can see its cheerful, illuminating branches, or highlight its beauty in the patio where it can be a favorite table topic during outdoor family dinners. To make this step really easy, try identifying a single area outside your house where you love to spend long hours with people that matter to you.

Measure the space intended for the tree

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Measure the area for your outdoor display so you can purchase the ideal size of Christmas tree.

If you’re placing your Christmas tree in a roofed porch, measure the distance between the floor and ceiling to have an idea of how tall the tree should be. You also need to get the square footage of the exact area intended for the tree. By doing so, finding a tree that is neither too small nor too big shall come effortlessly.

Check the base and foliage of the tree

Classic Fraser Fir

The high quality flame-proof material of Tree Classics’ Classic Fraser Fir makes it an ideal Christmas tree for your outdoors.

As you start your Christmas tree shopping, check the key features of every potential candidate in your list. An outdoor tree must have a sturdy base that will prevent it from tipping over, or being blown away by the wind.

Also take some time to meticulously check the foliage of each tree, as the best outdoor Christmas trees on the market have PVC branches. Such branches don’t break easily even if you hang big ornaments on them. In addition to having durable branches, the color and shape of the tree’s needles should blend with the plants in your surroundings. Remember, it’s going to be the central décor outside your home, so it should appear as one with nature.

Pick a tree with UL listed lights

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When buying a pre-lit Christmas tree for your porch or patio, make sure that the lights are UL-approved for outdoor use.

Most trees on the market come pre-lit with lights that have been tested and certified by the Underwriters Laboratories (UL). If you’re opting for an unlit Christmas tree and stringing the lights yourself, check the UL ratings of your lighting system. Make sure that it is listed for wet locations, for your tree is subject to rain and snow. Doing so will ensure the safety of your family and home.

With this helpful guide, picking an outdoor Christmas tree that is perfect for your home should be quick and easy. If you have comments or suggestions, feel free to write them in the box below.

Classic, Wintry or Rustic: Choosing Your Ideal Christmas Tree

As we get closer to December, your holiday decorating plans inevitably start taking shape. You find yourself thinking about that vintage set of multicolored bubble lights you picked up. Or maybe you’ll be breaking out all the homemade decorations and ornaments your family has crafted over the years.

Whatever the plan, everyone has decorating traditions they look forward to that signal the beginning of the season. At the center of your home’s holiday decor is your Christmas tree, and whether your family is all about the standards or prefers something unconventional, Tree Classics offers a variety of different choices that will match your holiday spirit.

A Style to Suit Your Celebration

Even though a Christmas tree is a holiday standard, that doesn’t mean it has to have a standard look with a singular kind of style. Whether you prefer the woodsy style you grew up with or something more modern, finding the ideal artificial Christmas tree for you and your family is a cinch. The styles below will give you a cross-section of what we offer:

A classic Christmas showcase from Tree Classics

  • The classic look: For many, Christmas is based around the traditional visuals, such as a tree showcasing a red, green and gold color scheme. Our Classic Fraser Fir and Majestic Blue Spruce exemplify this classic style, with lifelike Real Feel™ needles that won’t dry out and collect on your floor. For those whose living room is tight on space, we also have the slender Kennedy Fir and the Oregonian Slim.A rustic Christmas display from Tree Classics.
  • Rustic and outdoorsy: If you want a tree that looks as if it’s just arrived from the snowy woods, we have choices perfect for a country-themed Christmas. These include the Snow-Kissed Pine, the Snowy Aspen Spruce, the Clifton Pine, and the Alpine Estates Flocked Fir. One of these trees will allow you to enjoy the beauty of winter inside your home alongside some wreathes and pine cones.A wonderfully wintry display from Tree Classics.
  • Wintry trees: For those who prefer something distinct and unconventional, a white or silver tree will definitely stand out and create a wintry look. A Flocked White Fir Deluxe, the Arctic White Pine or the Silver Bells Silver Tree will ensure you have a White Christmas, regardless of the temperature outside. You can also choose a tree with eye-catching multi-colored lights or ones that change colors.

  Perfect Tree, Just a Click Away

No matter the style you’re looking for, our artificial trees will provide the perfect look without adding more tasks to your holiday to-do list. With an artificial tree, you won’t have to worry about daily watering or preventing your pets from trying to climb it. Our trees are easy to set up and to store away when the season is over. Whether you’re making the switch to an artificial tree for the first time, or you’re already familiar, Tree Classics will deliver the style and beauty you’re looking for, with a Christmas tree you’ll be able to use for years to come.

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Tree Classics Grand Fir Christmas Tree First for Women Giveaway

The Grand Fir, also known as the Abies grandis, brightens any corner of the home with a festive holiday touch. Our artificial tree features an abundant profile while our wreath boasts a rich crown, symbolizing the bounteous season.

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Now that Santa is in the hot seat, what do you want to know? We’re looking forward to your questions!

 

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Attending midnight mass, cooking up a storm in the kitchen with Grandma, and gathering around the Christmas tree – heartwarming holiday celebrations never grow old.

Each family has its own tale of holiday traditions to tell. Whether it involves candy canes and stockings, bountiful Christmas feasts, or chestnuts roasting on an open fire (as the old song goes): it’s Christmas at its purest and you celebrate it with your loved ones.

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Get a head start by following us on the Tree Classics Facebook page now, and spread the happy holiday bug this early by sharing your own family’s cherished Yuletide tradition! We’d love to hear about your kids making cookies for Santa or reindeer dust or your grand homecoming for this special time of the year.

Tree Classics Product Feature: Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland

As far as holiday decorating goes, artificial wreaths and garlands provide an excellent way to enhance the timeless appeal of Christmas displays. Whether used as accents or as centerpieces on their own, these decorative pieces easily infuse space with the warm and festive atmosphere that the Yuletide season is known for. And since they are a lot smaller compared to Christmas trees, wreaths and garlands also make versatile decorating options that allow you to highlight different corners of your home.

To help you choose the best holiday accents for your home, we take a look at Tree Classics’ Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland. Featuring a gorgeous combination of evergreen foliage and classic Christmas trimmings, this holiday showpiece brings the magnificence of the season to your display.

Quality Evergreen Foliage 

Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland

Inspired by the rustic beauty of live evergreen trees, the Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland features lush dark green needles made of a mixture of high quality pine and PVC tips. The rich foliage of this wreath and garland lets you add the elegance of nature to your Christmas display. Place the Venetian Elegance on your entryway to turn it into a heartwarming welcome for guests, or hang it above your holiday mantel to create a charming centerpiece that your family and friends will surely love.

Classic Holiday Adornments

Pine cones, red flowers and bronze ornaments

The beautiful foliage of the Venetian Elegance already makes it a breathtaking fixture on any room, but with its lavish adornments of holiday trimmings, our Christmas wreath and garland combination simply transforms spaces into a vision of Yuletide elegance. Decorated with pine cones, bronze ornaments, gold streaks, and red flowers, the Venetian Elegance infuses homes with the timelessness of classic Christmas décor.

High Performance Christmas Lights

The Venetian Elegance wreath and garland also features UL-approved bright clear lights to let you decorate both indoor and outdoor spaces. Professionally strung to hide the light strands, these high-quality Christmas lights allow our wreath and garland to sparkle with a warm and inviting brilliance seen even in dark winter evenings.

This season, usher in the holidays with a magnificent Christmas display with Tree Classics’ charming Venetian Elegance Wreath and Garland. For more information on our Christmas products, stay tuned to the Tree Classics blog.