Make Your House Merry and Bright: Truly Expressive Christmas Trees

Truly Expressive Christmas Trees Make Your House Merry and Bright 01


Very few things can evoke so much warm feeling as putting up the Christmas tree every year — and if you have a tree that’s “you” through and through, it’s all the more enjoyable. Here are a bevy of ideas for expressing your personality in the way you do up your tree, as featured at Better Homes & Gardens ( Are you an all-American girl? You might love a tree done up with Stars & Stripes, Early American-style angels, and red, white, and blue lights and ornaments. Love France? Have a French-style tinsel tree; if you’re bright and sunny, do your tree up all in yellow lights and keep it lit all the time — or deck it out in shining gold ribbon or a thousand icicles. Retro décor is all the thing, and your tree can have a minimalist look as well — sometimes less truly is more.


A “sweet” touch can mean bubblegum pink and bright blue, or a white-flocked tree with citrus-colored ornaments. Set up your tree as “Santa’s workshop” with miniature toys, elf figurines, and little stockings — or have a “winter fun” theme of ice skates and mittens. If you’re a traditionalist, a vintage tree with old family heirloom trims will lift your spirits; handcrafted accents of all kinds are beautiful, from banners and stars made of book pages to framed family pictures. A single color, such as all-red, can look stunning on a small tree; a large one benefits from abundant lights and plenty of ornaments, tinsel, and shine. Take a look at some of these suggestions and incorporate them into your own scheme — for a tree that’s both unmistakably personal and fun.













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Written by Janet Butler

Janet W. Butler is a freelance writer, editor, and editorial consultant by day and a “small soprano” by night. An RWA Golden Heart Winner, she is the author of the inspirational romance From the Ashes (“the best little book no one’s ever heard of”), published by SANDS Publishing in 2001; and a romantic suspense, Voice of Innocence, from Desert Breeze Publishing. She is a Chicago native transplanted to northeast Indiana, where she lives with her husband, daughter, and Cassandra “Trouble” Butler, S.R.C. (Spoiled Rotten Cat).

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