Top Christmas Trends of 2012

Christmas traditions are one of the most anticipated activities of the holiday season, but sometimes we all need to switch it up a little, start new traditions and have a little more creative fun when it comes to making our homes more festive. Keeping up with holiday trends is a great way to be inspired to start new projects that involve the whole family. Not to mention: a unique Christmas tree is sure to have all of your guests buzzing about your decor. To have your home ready by the time the first snow falls, check out these top Christmas trends of 2012.

Grand Fir Christmas Tree

Upside Down Trees

The classic triangle shape of a Christmas tree takes a whole new form with the trend of upside down Christmas trees, which actually began much sooner than its revival today. Upside down Christmas trees were actually a Catholic tradition that began in the Middle Ages, designed to indicate that the tree was not merely a floral decoration, but a symbol of Christianity. Continue reading “Top Christmas Trends of 2012”

A Timeless Favorite: Classic Fraser Fir

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree…

The opening lines of Joyce Kilmer’s classic poem, ‘Trees,’ perhaps best captures the marvelous beauty of nature. Truly, a tree evokes many wondrous feelings, making it such a fitting symbol of the season of life and love. A traditional holiday centerpiece, it also plays host to many merry holiday practices that have been with us far longer than anyone can remember.

Families look forward to recreating this magical setting in their home each year. Fortunately, there are artificial Christmas trees that are so realistic you would be enticed to give it a closer second or third look just to make sure. The Classic Fraser Fir from Tree Classics is just that.

Fraser Fir
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Mom Talk Mondays: Teaching your Kids Christmas Values

Christmas values

Kids love the holiday season – who wouldn’t with all the merriment and excitement? Sometimes, though, the real essence of Christmas is drowned out by all the glamor. With treats and gifts having become trademarks of the season, these images easily become the symbols of Christmas for children. Instill the timeless values of Christmas in your kids this season with these ideas:

Spreading Joy by Giving

The core of Christmas is selflessness and giving. Teach your kids to make the season a truly joyous one by making other people happy. Spend a weekend with your kids cleaning out each other’s closets. Set aside clothes, shoes, and toys that are still in good condition and go to the nearest Salvation Army station to donate these. Better yet, tie ribbons around the toys and clothes, search for a shelter near your home, and personally give these simple gifts to them.
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Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine

There’s nothing more magical than snow falling and transforming the outdoors into a shimmering, enchanting scene. Kids and adults alike can’t help but press their noses on the window pane to take a closer look at this winter wonderland.

It is only fitting that winter also heralds the coming of a magical holiday. Winter creates the best setting for the Christmas season, which is all about warmth – from the steaming hot chocolate and pot roast to the cozy gatherings brimming with love. With the beautiful landscape and the chilly weather, you can’t help but find joy in everything around you and want to give everyone a hug. No wonder many of us want to recreate this captivating ambiance in our homes. For families who do, Tree Classics offers the perfect tree: the Arctic White Pine. Continue reading “Charming Space Saver: Arctic White Pine”

A Lot Like Christmas

“It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…”

The song’s on loop in our minds and the following images of holiday love are making us more and more excited for the Christmas season. From merry-go-rounds to gumdrops, these delightful pictures are sure to put anyone in the mood for Christmas.

By the Boardwalk

Eric Wittman spotted this holiday tree while visiting San Diego one Christmas. “Being from Kansas, I found a Christmas tree on the boardwalk of Ocean Beach to be incredibly fascinating. I loved seeing the normally wintery icon in such a warm spot.” Continue reading “A Lot Like Christmas”