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Christmas has always been a time for cherishing family traditions and building memories around the Christmas tree. Here are some traditions that have stood the test of time.
The holidays are always the most opportune time for the family to bond and instill new traditions. As the years pass, simple family customs are cemented into our lives – and those who once established such traditions begin to hold a special place in our collective memory. Here are a few Christmas tree traditions with heartwarming beginnings.
The Wessler Christmas Tree
While stationed in Guayaquil, Ecuador in 1963, Bob Wessler, his wife Anne and sons Tony and Jim wanted to honor the holiday tradition of decorating a Christmas tree in their home. But the lack of traditional evergreens in Ecuador at that time made it nearly impossible to set one up. Since Ann Wessler did not want to adopt the local custom of attaching painted sticks to a base, she decided to have an artificial tree sent to their home.
After 49 years, this same tree still stands strong and has now been adopted by Tony and his wife Beth. They have been continuing the tradition of decorating this family treasure. In 2012, the couple decided to share this tradition with their community by putting the tree up in their office in Sullivan, Montana.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree
When you talk about Christmas trees immersed in tradition, you can be sure the Rockefeller Christmas tree is among them. First displayed during the Great Depression, the Rockefeller Christmas tree was once just a small, unadorned tree set up by construction workers.
In 1933, the tree was replaced with a lighted one, and it has since become grander each year. More than 80 years later, the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree remains an icon of New York City.
The Oldest Christmas Tree
Do you have a family heirloom that has been passed on from generation to generation? For the Parker family, one of their greatest treasures is their 126-year-old Christmas tree. Measuring only 14 inches tall and bought in 1886 for a mere sixpence, this diminutive masterpiece has been confirmed by the Guinness Book of World Records to be the oldest known artificial Christmas tree in the world. It now has a value of £1,000 or about $1,500.
For Paul Parker, the third generation owner of this incredible tree, the miniature ornamental Christmas tree is priceless.
Family traditions truly leave an imprint on our individual lives, and Christmas is the perfect season for strengthening these bonds. For one family, Christmas traditions may involve prepping the tree and the family feast. For another, it may be the opening of gifts on Christmas morning. One thing is for certain: time-honored family traditions live on.
We would love to hear from you. What are the Christmas traditions of your family?
With only a few days left before Christmas, people are starting to keep themselves busy preparing for an ideal holiday feast. But with a hectic work schedule, many of us just can’t seem to find enough time to decorate our homes and cook food all at once. The solution: why not whip up a batch of edible Christmas treats you can also adorn your home with?
In this edition of our Tree Classics Christmas Decorating Ideas, we present five amazingly delicious edible Christmas wreaths recipes that are sure to make your tummy happy.
Cornflake Christmas Wreath
Transform your favorite breakfast cereal into a healthy and scrumptious Christmas wreath. With this recipe, you can enjoy the benefits of a high fiber diet with a mouth-watering confection. Who says you can’t healthy food during the holidays?
Candy Christmas Wreath
For a sweet holiday delight for the kids, try out this colorful candy Christmas wreath. Not only is it delicious, but it is also easy to prepare. You can even have the kids help out and turn it into a family tradition.
Ginger Bread Christmas Wreath
A classic favorite by old and young people alike, ginger bread is perhaps one of the most recognizable holiday treats along with candy canes and fruit cakes. The consistency of the dough and its distinct sweet and spicy taste give ginger bread its long lasting fame. A single bite from this pastry masterpiece and you are sure to be transported to happy childhood.
European Christmas Wreath
A culinary confection from across the ocean, this delectable European Christmas wreath combines the heartiness of fragrant spicy brioche buns with the sweet and tangy flavor of orange icing and orange curd filling.
Cinnamon Cookie Christmas Wreath
After a nice holiday dinner, share a good cup of coffee with family and friends while nibbling on this tasty cinnamon cookie Christmas wreath. This saccharine creation is the perfect treat to cap off an unforgettable yuletide evening with loved ones.
Make your holiday celebrations merrier with these delectable delights that can fill your senses and tummy at the same time.
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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:
1. Apricot, Brown Sugar, and Bourbon-glazed Ham
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
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
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
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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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.
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
4. Serve Refreshing Drinks and Stock up Your Bar
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
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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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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Garlands are an excellent way to bring the crisp and marvelous beauty of the holiday season into your home. Their compact size and flexibility make them the perfect addition to smaller spaces, such as mantels, doorways, and stairs. Here are several wonderful Christmas garland ideas that will fill your home with the splendor and holiday cheer everyone loves:
Bringing Yuletide Delight to Your Doorways and Entryways
Create the perfect entrance to your holiday home by hanging a clean and simple Christmas garland on your doorway. This brilliant idea serves as the perfect beginning to your yuletide theme. At the same time, this also creates a jubilant statement to your friends and neighbors that your family is already in the spirit of everyone’s favorite time of the year. For a more festive look, make sure to play with the classic Christmas colors of red, green, and white. You can also match this with a precious wreath or a pair of topiary trees.
For a more elegant and bountiful display, you can try Tree Classics’ Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath. This piece features pine cones, bronze ornaments, gold streaks, and deep red flowers, creating a vision that is both resplendent and sophisticated. Designed to elevate any area in your home, this is another exceptional addition to your entryway. Match it with its companion wreath for a more exquisite showcase.
For a more glowing and captivating display, hang some bright clear LED lights on your garlands. This will accentuate the fine details of your foliage and bring lovely warmth in your area. This is ideal for those cold winter nights. The front of your house will be bursting with life with this pleasant addition.
Turning Your Mantelpiece into a Spectacular Christmas Showcase
Another ideal location for your garland is the living room mantel. This does not only complement your Christmas tree by mirroring the beauty of your choice evergreen, but also delivers a statement of boldness. Pick out a garland that echoes the style and look of your overall Christmas decorating theme. This will no doubt make for a stunning and alluring display.
Garlands can instantly infuse your home with a touch of royalty. Hang a bevy of gold pine cones, balls, ribbons, and even small figurines. Match the colors with your drapes or even sofa set for a timeless appearance.
Filling Your Living Room with the Charm of the Season
The living room is often the center of holiday activities, so it should be filled with all the glory of the season. Hanging a prelit garland across your ceiling showers your space with an unmistakable festive atmosphere that will further enliven your home. Make sure to place this in the center of the room to cover the entire area.
Windows are also ideal places where you can hang your garlands. This addition not only brings a touch of charm into your space, but also frames your vision of the outside. What’s even more magnificent is that against the clear radiance of natural light, the garlands look more delightful and fill your home with a lush atmosphere.
Creating a Yuletide Path in Your Home
Finally, garlands can also accent stair railings as they create the perfect path towards the center of your holiday celebrations. Homeowners will feel excitement once they see this enchanting vision of holiday grandeur and head down the stairs. Don’t hesitate to add texture and color to these fine garlands by hanging small ornaments. This will be a remarkable sight for the family and for guests.
Add more beauty and elegance to your home and festivities this holiday season with these delightful garland ideas from Tree Classics.
One classic holiday piece that beautifully fills homes with the spirit of the yuletide season is the Christmas wreath. It dons the same beautiful foliage of the Christmas tree in a more compact size. Here are several Christmas wreath decorating ideas that will infuse your home with the charm of the most awaited time of the year.
Creating a Festive Welcome with a Christmas Wreath
Wreaths are always excellent additions to a front door. Hanging one in your entryway is the first step to creating a holiday home. It also announces to the entire neighborhood that you’re all set for Christmas. Make sure to choose a wreath that would pleasantly echo your indoor décor pieces.
Setting a Joyous Tone Using Christmas Wreaths with Large Ornaments
Most people are under the impression that the Christmas tree sets the theme of the entire home. A wreath can also perform that impressive function. Placing a lovely wreath adorned with large ornaments on your mantel creates a striking statement of joy and splendor. Pairing this with several more pieces, such as snowflakes, Christmas socks, or even a small tabletop tree can enrich that statement and highlight your decorative theme even more.
Bringing Wintry Charm into Your Home with a Snow-kissed Wreath
One of the most wonderful things you can do to your space is to fill it with the exquisite and remarkable beauty of the winter landscape. Tree Classics’ Oakland Hill Christmas Wreath does just that. The lush gray-green foliage of this piece is dusted with crisp white snow that calls to mind the powdery forests found in mountainsides. It also comes with pine cones that provide a countryside quality to any space. Place this on your coffee table or on top of your mantel. Pair this with a flocked evergreen or a white tree with silver snowflake ornaments to fully complement this superb wreath.
Adding Regal Charm Using Christmas Wreaths with a Touch of Gold
Another marvelous idea is to give your room a hint of royal elegance this holiday season. This kind of resplendence is found in the color gold made prominent in Tree Classics’ Golden Treasure Christmas Wreath. This wonderful decorative item features the classic evergreen foliage that everyone adores. It is further made beautiful by the presence of ornaments, leaves, pine cones, and a ribbon in a gold shade. Ideal for both indoor and outdoor use, this artificial wreath provides a dimension of magnificence to any home. Place this near bright clear Christmas lights to make the piece sparkle during those winter nights.
Giving a Festive Touch Using Christmas Wreaths in Classic Holiday Colors
Creating a red and green holiday theme is always a timeless and safe decorative approach. You can elevate this time-honored and well-loved theme even more by adding Tree Classics’ Venetian Elegance Christmas Wreath. The green needles and gold ornaments found in the piece create a splendid atmosphere, while the red flowers add a touch of drama that evokes our feelings about the season. Family members can’t help but fall in love and adore this artificial wreath.
Inviting the Quiet Charm of the Holidays Using Minimalist Christmas Wreaths
A simple evergreen wreath with a dainty ribbon hanging on a glass window brings in the cheerful atmosphere associated with Christmas. You can further complement this by making a few changes in your space. In the photo above, the plaid tablecloth on the kitchen nook beautifully echoes the pink shade of the ribbon, creating a yuletide pleasantry to an otherwise plain space.
Create a gorgeous holiday home with these sophisticated Christmas wreath ideas from Tree Classics.