In honor of it being the weekend we go and get our Christmas tree, I thought I would share some of my favorite Christmas tree decor items.
Every year, when the first weekend in December rolls around, we head to the Pine Tree Barn in Wooster to get our tree. When we first started this tradition, we would head out before Thanksgiving with Mike’s sister and her family to tag the perfect Christmas tree. Ideally, the weather is still warm making the hunt for the perfect tree enjoyable. Then, during the first weekend in December, we would go and cut it down.
Our tradition has changed a bit over the last few years and we no longer go and tag our tree. Instead, we start with their pre-cut trees and head out to the field only if we can’t find something we love. The team at the Pine Tree Barn is always bringing in the best, fresh trees from their field and we’ve found that we can ALWAYS find something we love. It also gives me more time to shop inside and check out all the new Christmas decor they have!
Favorite Christmas Tree Decor Items
Every year, I try to change up the look of our Christmas tree a bit. I love the idea of a modern tree with a non-traditional color pallet but I find that’s not what I crave in our home during the holidays.
I love the traditional green and red and the nostalgia and memories that come with the family ornaments. To keep things interesting and fresh though, I’m always tweaking and editing our Christmas tree decor. Looking for what’s new and trending for the year and figuring out how I can incorporate it but stay true to our style. Helping me to create a new look for the year while also sticking with the traditional vibes we love.
Below I’m sharing some of my favorite items I use to trim our Christmas tree. Some of these items I use every year and others are new finds for 2020 to update our look.
Trimming the tree with these favorites
Kicking off my list of favorite Christmas tree decor items is, of course, string lights. What’s a Christmas tree without lights? It’s the first thing everyone tackles once their tree is up.
I have a love-hate relationship with adding lights to our tree. I always want to rush through this step and get to the fun part of decorating, but it’s one of those foundational elements that when done right, make all the difference.
String lights add the magic and wonder that is Christmas to your tree. Is there anything more peaceful and cozy than sitting by the tree at night when it’s all lit up? Taking the time to get into all the nooks and crannies to really make your tree shine is so worth it.
Christmas Tree Candle lights with clips
This item is new to me this year and I am SO EXCITED to get these on our tree. I found them at the beginning of November and have been patiently waiting to add them ever since.
Mike and I stopped in my favorite local florist, Leaf: Home and Blooms, to check out their new shop. If you’re local to Akron/Cleveland I highly recommend stopping in to see them. You won’t be disappointed.
The inside of their store is beautiful and decked out for the holidays. One of the trees on display had these candle lights with clips on it and it stopped me in my tracks. It was so nostalgic looking and gave off major cozy and traditional vibes. Just what I was feeling for our tree this year.
The set comes with 10 4″ candles with clips and a remote making it easy to turn them on and off. Now, all we need are some batteries.
If you want to add these to your tree, I found a similar set of Christmas tree lights on Amazon for a great price.
Another new item I purchased for our tree this year that I’m in love with is our glass icicle Christmas tree ornaments. I found these on amazon while looking for ornaments and instantly fell in love.
They feel classic and fresh and will bring a ton of sparkle to our tree. Adding to the traditional feel that I’m looking for.
Is there anything more traditional, classic, or luxurious than velvet at Christmas time? I love this medium and it has become a favorite tree trimming item of mine over the last couple of years.
There are some really beautiful ways to use ribbon on trees right now that are trending. I love how Studio McGee used ribbon on her tree by tying it in simple knots to add some interest and color. I also love the classic but fresh take The Makerista took with her tree by adding simple small bows.
I’ll be honest, I wasn’t always a fan of garland on a tree or found it necessary. By the time I did all the lights and added in our ornaments, the tree felt complete to me.
As I’ve gotten older and have continued to hone my style, I’ve found I crave a layered design more and more. And, that includes the design of our Christmas tree. Adding garland to a tree is just another opportunity to add some depth and create texture and interest.
Another new item for our tree this year that’s been on my wish list for a while is a tree collar. I love the look of them and the way it keeps the base clean and tidy. Hiding the ugly tree stand.
Normally, I use either a painter’s canvas drop cloth from Home Depot or a plaid table cloth to hide the base of our tree. Just something simple and easy. I constantly feel like I’m having to fluff and fix it all the time though if I don’t want it to look messy.
Tree collars can be on the expensive side. I like this wicker basket tree skirt from Terrain but it’s a little more than I wanted to spend. Then, I stumbled upon this tree collar at Target and the price tag was just right. I can’t wait to see it with our tree.
Mix of vintage and new Christmas ornaments
I think what really makes the holidays special are all the traditions and memories we have with family and friends. And a lot of those can be summed up by our ornaments.
At Christmas time, I always have a mix of vintage, family ornaments, and new ones on our tree. From our first Christmas ornaments as babies to an ornament celebrating our marriage, each milestone and happy memory is represented on our tree.
Every year I’m tempted to do something modern or trendy but find those vintage family ornaments are the ones that make us smile the most. I’ve found that a mix of both makes for an eclectic and homey tree that brings all the feels. And someday, those new will be vintage filled with their own memories.
Personalized tree topper
A tree isn’t complete until it’s been topped with a tree topper. Growing up, we were lucky enough to have two trees in our home. The kid tree with all of our family ornaments and another that my mom decorated with a set color pallet and beautiful victorian ornaments. Our trees were not complete though until each had its own beloved angel on top.
Fast-forwarding a few years to my family Christmas tree with Mike and our tree topper looks a lot different.
We struggled to find something we loved and that spoke to who we are as a family. Frustrated one year I decided to get creative and topped our tree with a stuffed animal moose that I had from when I was a kid.
It was something personal to me and my love for the animal but also a nod to our fur baby, Moose. It’s become one of our favorite things to put on our tree and a conversation starter when people visit.
Christmas Tree Favorites
These are some of my favorite items to trim our Christmas tree with. The combination and mix of all of these elements are what elevates our tree and create a beautiful and layered look.
What are some of your favorite Christmas tree decor items that you’re drawn to year after year?