It is theorized that our tradition of decorating Christmas trees started in the 16th century as a way to mimic the evergreens lit up amongst the starry night sky. Those first trees were decorated with small candles and later became more elaborate with the addition of homemade ornaments. We’ve definitely come a long way since then, but for those of us who celebrate Christmas, our sentiment for the Christmas tree remains the same. Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without it .
Whether you go all out on your Christmas tree or prefer to keep it simple, one thing we can all agree on is that is has to be eye catching. After all, the Christmas tree will serve as the centerpiece for the holiday season. One look I can get behind is this deconstructed (eco-friendly!) take on the traditional evergreen by Jubiltree. What it lacks in substance, it more than makes up for with creative possibilities.
By ditching the actual tree and using a stand as an alternative, it becomes a reusable and endlessly create-able decoration. Now the minimalist design may not work for everyone’s holiday scheme, but what you can take away is that breathing some new life in an old tradition can be fun! This whimsical tree works because the natural branches draped along the sides contrast with the illuminated finished wood frame, all while reducing the weightiness of a traditional christmas tree because the wrapped presents are stacked neatly inside.
This year, consider going subtle with the Christmas theme by simplifying your tree decorations. Pair natural objects/fabrics like terrariums bulbs and burlap with bold and shiny ornaments. Keep the amount of differing decorations to 5 or less and stick to only one color for the lights. When you have less items to display, it’s crucial that they mesh well. So pay attention to the size of the decoration in comparison to the stand and how they lay on the tree.
For the rest, get creative! You can even create your own Christmas tree out of a potted spruce or a stack of surplus wood offcuts. Now’s the time to use your DIY and Krrbin’ skills to plan a tree that’s wholeheartedly you.
Tell us in the comments below how you plan to drum up some new traditions this year with your take on the modern Christmas Tree!