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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?
Editor's Lights Tip: Watch ads closely for the best sales on Christmas lights as it gets closer to tree decorating time, and be open to where you shop for Christmas lights -- the hardware store, grocery store, and crafts store are all good places to get your lights.
"Forget fancy! Decorate with handmade Christmas ornaments for a homey, cozy Christmas tree. Colorful candy cane, wreath, and snowflake ornaments crafted from pipe cleaners and animal ornaments made from Perler beads pop against the subtle white lighting. A multicolor beaded garland looks like a candy necklace against the evergreen and adds simple sweetness.
Editor's Lighting Tip: Mix and match your Christmas lights. Highlight a background of white or clear lights by wrapping the outer limbs of the Christmas tree with strands of colored lights."
Retro Santa Tree!
Use old-fashioned framed silhouettes in a fresh, updated way -- as Christmas tree decorations. Hang them on the tree with green ribbon, then embellish with silver mementos and sprigs of faux white berries to complete the classic look.
Editor's Lighting Tip: Match the color of your Christmas lights with the color of your ornaments to create a classy, monochromatic look for your Christmas tree
This year, I am doing a themed "tea party" Christmas tree using my tea cup porcelain ornaments and other related tea party items. I'll get photos soon...