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What is your tradition? Do you pull out all the ornaments from the past every year...or do you go with a theme and mix old with new collectibles?

Barbara Crews, excellent author for About.com Collectibles, personally decorates several themed Christmas trees each year. Here's a peak at her NYC tree, loaded with all kinds of collectibles...some traditional, some not so much! :)

What's your favorite tree?

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"When I was in my late 20’s my parents lived in Potomac, Maryland right outside of Washington D.C. My Father worked for Lockheed Martin and was the Vice President of their Aeronautical Systems Business. At that time my mom started giving my sister and I the official White House Ornament every year as a gift. The White House Gift Shop started releasing these ornaments in 1990. Each ornament comes in a special gift box that tells the story behind the ornament.

When I met Mr. Information. he was a huge history buff, and had lived in Washington, D.C. while he attended college at The Catholic University. He immediately fell in love with these ornaments and my mom was sweet enough to go and order all the old ornaments for him so we have a complete set."

Miss Information: How to Decorate a Themed Tree

Clock Christmas Tree
"A fir tree covered in vintage clock faces creates a timely theme. The vibrant pink-and-gold color scheme extends to Christmas stockings and a tree skirt fashioned from old quilts by Sis Boom, and clock-inspired trimmings."

Read more: Christmas Decorations - Collectible and Vintage Decoration Ideas - ...

"All it takes is a collection — or even an idea for one — to spark an exciting theme for your holiday decorating. For instance, Letter Ornaments! The top of a tree, trimmed with vintage letters found from old signs, printers' type, and alphabet teaching aids."

Cute idea!  I'd love to decorate a tree with teacups and pearls.  That would be too girlie for my hubby.........I bet it would look so pretty. 

Oh yeah, Donna, that would be lovely! My mom used to do that - Victorian Christmas Tree with pearls, tea cups, angels and lace. My Dad never said a word. Such a nice guy. :)

Children's Tree

Make it RED! Your themed Christmas Tree that is! Lovely with all kinds of RED vintage ornaments, red ribbon and then real red roses! Who knew??

Holiday Homecoming - HGTV

This theme is PINK and Victorian! Great combination...

A Victorian Christmas

For those of you who live on the coast...what about a 'beach themed' Christmas tree? This one is filled with ideas!

And then a train themed Christmas Tree from a couple who own a toy store. How fun!

Almost a Baby Boomer

Stagetecture: "Happy Holiday D.I.Y. Saturday at Stagetecture! We are now into December and the countdown is on to Christmas! Today I thought I would focus on the number one decor item of the season, the Christmas Tree. Depending on your family traditions and decor style dictates how you and your family enjoying decorating the tree. At my house, we’ve been collecting family ornaments since 1987! So we have a lot of ornaments! So our theme-inspired tree is family oriented.

One of the most famous houses in the United States is Biltmore Estates in Asheville, North Carolina. See this YouTube video on tree decorating tips from the professional designers who dress the trees every year!

Decorating Your Tree Biltmore Style

"Theme inspired trees have always intrigued me! Whether it’s a certain color, a favorite sport, or your kid’s sports memorabilia. Here are some great inspiration ideas on how to decorate a theme inspired Christmas tree from Better Homes and Gardens.

Be creative by decorating your Christmas tree with a favorite theme that suits your decorating style or your family's personality. We were inspired by a local festival of trees and have included tips for bringing the looks inside your own Christmas home. Bonus: We've included lighting tips to make your tree beautiful." By Jessica Anderson

Here's SANTA'S WORKSHOP Themed Christmas Tree!

Oh...I love this one! Family Photos Christmas Tree

Photocopy pictures, glue them to silver paper, and frame them with rickrack and other trims to turn your Christmas tree into a family scrapbook. Fill the boughs with small apples, kumquats, and vintage-style ornaments.

Editor's Lighting Tip: Pick lights in a color that match your key ornaments (in this case, orange). That way they enhance the color scheme rather than draw away from it.

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