What theme are you doing re decorations(40 Posts)
In regards to colours around the house/on your tree?
I'm thinking of either traditional red & gold or maybe something modern like black & gold or purple & silver.
It will be my sons first birthday on Christmas Day so we will have some birthday stuff up too!
Where are you all getting your decorations?
I love my tree. we have a trip out to get a real one. I put tonnes of white lights and on Christmas eve, I use orchid tubes and get real flowers. I have different ones every year; this year I fancy white freesias (I don't know if they are in season). I have lots of tea lights and light them every night I am off work. I move all toys out of the sitting room until Christmas day. It all looks very grown up until Christmas eve. I decorate the kitchen, conservatory and patio doors so it does look festive and jolly in other parts of the house.
Dh brings his office led Christmas tree home and that goes in ds's room.
Our theme this year will be:
The Bad Taste Christmas Fairy Vomited Xmas Decorations All Over The House.
I like traditional, (but proper Victorian traditional, not this so called 1970s tack traditional!) with a modern twist!
So this year, lots of red, white and golds. I am very lucky that in the village where I live, we have an all year round Christmas shop, which sells traditional Christmas decorations (you know the little red toys etc) but they're quirky and interesting.
I like to stick to the colour scheme, but provide interest buy using very few plain baubles (I personally find them really boring, whether in a colour scheme, or a kaleidoscope of colours), and instead have a variety of different shapes, designs etc. Each year, my children buy me a new decoration, and that goes on the tree. I tell them a colour and they find something nice (thankfully, they have good taste!) so, lots of memories, lots of interesting items, but one that hopefully looks nice too.
I can't be doing with themes. My mother would only decorate the tree to match her decor and it was so dull.
Christmas is supposed to be fun, bright and twinkly and yes a bit gaudy and I love it. Ours is always a mixture between traditional and vintage stuff and then random more modern stuff like Nightmare Before Christmas shit. But it works, at least I think so . There's a lot of gingerbread people, I'm obsessed.
I have been co ordinated with white lights for years. I upset myself last year by getting shirty with ds trying to sneak stuff on that wasn't gold or silver and the tree depressed me for the rest of christmas.
I gave ds £30 in The Range last week and we have coloured lights, a mismatch of gaudy baubles and a massive bag of tinsel. I can't wait actually!
We have two trees so I can indulge my neat, co-ordinated tree and the girls can do what they want with theirs from the zillions of decs we have
Mine this year will have home made bead candy canes, along with snowmen, sweeties and lollipops that look a bit like they're made from gingerbread and some red & gold tinsel or strings of beads maybe.
My girls will just chuck what they fancy at theirs and it'll be a very colourful explosion of a tree
For the ceiling I've bought a truck load of paper snowflakes and we're going to make some bits too.
My big tree is really the only co-ordinated bit of Christmas that happens here
We don't have a theme per se, but the decorations I like tend to wood, felt or wicker, and don't like tinsel or baubles on my tree. I'm not a Christian, so I avoid decorations which are overtly Christian such as angels. I have white lights though.
I prefer greenery as my other decorations, not least because I can get plenty of pine, ivy and holly for free.
My tasteful decorations will be enhanced by paperchains, salt dough decs and other creations made by the dds.
Have you ever seen the book Lucy and Tom's Christmas? I always fancy my house will look a bit like that. Our Christmases are homemade I suppose. We make decorations out of holly, fir cones, popcorn, dried oranges and cinnamon sticks, ribbons and paper. They smell lovely and look simple and traditional. The tree has decorations from my childhood on it as well as ones my dc have made over the years. I buy the dc a decoration each year and they are allowed to choose but have v traditional tastes. DD has picked one already this year. It's a wooden snowman. The other decorations I have amassed from shopping in charity shops or on ebay. They are generally vintage. Things like honeycomb trees, crepe streamers and ancient fairy lights.
I go to a wreath making evening with the WI (think Christmas music, mince pies and mulled wine, plus an army of women with sacks of foliage and sharpened secateurs) and make two wreaths, one for indoors, one for out.
I adore Christmas.
Oh yes salt dough too and paper snowflakes and paper lanterns. We go craft mad. Lots of dried out stuff from the beach and forest, lots of greenery.
I also have a nativity which I knitted and dd puts it on the piano. I have lots of snowglobes too which are dotted around. Vintage ones mainly.
I'm doing a black and metallic Tim Burtonesque theme this year.
Our main tree has evolved over the years. It started off with white lights and all gold decs, then a bit of copper crept in, then red and finally, now DCs have grown up, their favourites from their smaller trees have crept on too. I am even debating adding some tinsel this year!
I have a smaller tree in the dining room that is all red, red lights and red decorations and DD has a small tree with lots of pink in her room
Generally we stick to fairly traditional so lots of greenery, reds and golds
I started off pre dc's with a lovely gold theme, which I neither want it can afford to change. It's pretty and traditional. Then then dd came along and coloured her Christmas decoration in red and orange and it didn't fit but it was better than any of the others so the theme went out the window. Each year a few random dc things are added which is great. I have lovely memories of some of my childhood Christmas decorations- a total mishmash but lovely, cute little things. And this is what I want for my girls so I'm phasing out the gold and in with some child friendly decs.
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