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.
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” →
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.
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” →
“Flocking” is a relatively new technique that gives your Christmas tree that sparkling winter wonderland glow. As a general term, to flock means to apply a downy, raised texture to something. However, when applying the term to Christmas trees, it means to apply a certain compound designed specifically to resemble snow. The result is a more natural look that gives your home an extra artistic edge. If you have a fake xmas tree, flocking can be a great activity for creating an even more realistic look. To add this gorgeous touch, simply apply the following steps.
Mix Together Ingredients
To create the light, airy look of snow, you can mix together starch and snowflakes for a bright white, frosty accent that really captures the essence of a fresh winter snowfall. You’ll need to combine 2/3 cup of starch with two cups of soap flakes and mix them together in a medium-sized bowl. This will add the perfect balance of soft, powdery texture with delicate flakes. Mix in 2-4 tablespoons of water one tablespoon at a time. Stop when the mixture begins to develop a thick, stiff consistency. Stir in a drop of blue food coloring at a time until the mixture features a glistening hue of light blue with the white.
Most people can agree that the Christmas holiday just isn’t complete without a Christmas tree, but this same group of Christmas tree enthusiasts will likely be divided over the issue of exactly what kind of tree to get. Although there are several elements that go into choosing the perfect tree, one of the biggest issues shoppers are conflicted with this season is whether or not to purchase a real or artificial Christmas tree. Real trees can be a nice, traditional decorative item, but they lack many of the incredible benefits of artificial trees. Understanding these benefits will help you make a better decision when it comes to buying your own tree this year.
Although it’s true that you can search through several real Christmas trees to find the best fit for your needs and preferences, artificial trees are often easier to manipulate into your ideal final result. Artificial Christmas trees can be made from a variety of different materials, which each produce a realistic and unique effect that contributes to your overall holiday decor. Narrow to full models can also be more accurately applied to your tree, so you can maintain full control over every element that ultimately makes up your Christmas tree.