Once upon a time, everyone’s Christmas baubles were pretty much the same. Of course you’d have the occasional vintage or even antique bauble handed down the generations, grateful for its annual outing over the years, but apart from that all baubles seemed to be created equal.
You’d get small and medium-sized decorations in silver, gold, blue, green, red and yellow. If you were lucky you’d see a purple one, and maybe even one with frosted leaves or snowflakes pasted on… In the main, though, baubles, no matter how artistically they were hung, looked just like everyone else’s.
Now, however, you can personalise your Christmas baubles to any degree you fancy. There’s a thriving market for hand-made decorations that celebrate “Baby’s First Christmas”, or “Jack and Monica’s First Year Together” and so on.
These individualised decorations not only add a unique touch to the Christmas tree, but they can serve as lovely mementos of the times and occasions enjoyed by the family in the past.
Baubles with names on are especially popular with children and some are very delicate indeed. There’s a range of clear glass baubles, each containing a white feather with a name printed upon it. Then you have animal shaped baubles upon which you can have a name or a date stamped or etched.
There’s something special about opening up the box of Christmas baubles every year and a touch of personalisation will only make it even better.
Christmas is one of the happiest times of the year. There is an excitement, and a certain kind of magic that catches everyone. Time spent with close friends and family, great food and festive music all make the season special. But what really tells us Christmas is here? It’s the decorations! A big green tree with twinkling fairy lights, shimmery tinsel and delicate glass baubles, all topped with a big star.
Lights adorning the front of homes and bustling town centres sweep everyone up in the Festive spirit. Hanging icicles and the smiling snowmen decorations
bringing the joy of Christmas.
Figures depicting the rosy cheeks of jolly old Saint Nick smiling out at as everywhere we go. And of course, the cosy, warm feeling that comes when your eyes come to rest on the wonderful nativity scenes – the real meaning of Christmas.
The feeling of joy and excitement in children as they first head downstairs on Christmas morning to see a sparkling, shimmering Christmas tree aglow with fairy lights and surrounded by colourfully wrapped gifts. Christmas is a season of the senses, and once the myriad colourful, inviting decorations go up, we all know the Season of Joy and Goodwill is upon us.
Christmas is a special time of year because it’s an opportunity for family and friends to get together to have fun, socialise and meet up after a long period of time. Make choosing your Christmas ornaments part of the event, and you can involve your children or friends in the happy times. If you pick a theme for your decorating, it enables everyone involved to have something to focus on.
Traditional Christmas colours of red, green and white make a great basis for a theme as you can add items such as fresh flowers, leaves and berries to your Christmas ornament stock. Alternatively, you may prefer to go with a gold or silver theme, which can be elegant and festive. Introduce these colours with tinsel, glass balls and garlands, and hang ornaments on your tree, in windows and on your front door.
Bought or Homemade Christmas Ornaments
Whether to buy Christmas ornaments or make them is entirely a matter of personal choice and depends on what your budget can stretch to. Purchase ornaments on specials or sift through your local charity shops, and buy the odd expensive item that matches your theme and which gives your tree a lift.
Handmade Christmas ornaments often hold great sentimental value as they may be items from your own childhood, that your adult children made when they were in kindergarten, or pieces that were recently made by your kids or grandchildren. Christmas is often a time of fond memories or remembering those who are far away, so ornaments that were carefully crafted add to the festive season. If this is the case, make your theme one that brings to mind each member of your family.
Choosing Christmas ornaments around a theme adds to the enjoyment of the season, so make your plans and go for it. Looking for Ornaments? Check Xmasdeco.com for the latest offerings.
Six weeks before Christmas the signs start to appear, hand painted with a childlike naivety, images of triangular trees and arrows, or the words ‘Trees, 50 yards on left.’ No more is needed, the message is clear; the Christmas tree shops have arrived and are ready for business. They can appear wherever space is available, disused garage forecourts are a favourite as the awnings supply a bit of shelter, but any vacant plot of land with easy access and nearby parking will suffice. The more entrepreneurial will branch out with holly wreaths, mistletoe and lumps of wood cobbled together that vaguely resemble reindeer.
Most Christmas trees are harvested from early to mid November so do not be afraid to buy early; it actually means you will have the pick of the crop, rather than the leftovers. They survive quite happily outside, away from central heating, until you are ready to bring them in and decorate them. Trees that arrive on the market last minute are the ones that shed their needles, and even if they stay on until Christmas you will still be vacuuming them up at Easter. It is best to select a tree before it is netted, so that you can see that it is well balanced and the branches evenly spaced.Generally, these pop-up Christmas tree shops
will offer cheaper prices than the retail chains that have to pay rent and rates but beware of offers that sound too good to be true. Christmas tree theft from farms and plantations has been growing in recent years and cheap trees provide a fast turn around and a swift getaway. Trees have even gone missing from parks, care homes and churches, definitely not what the Christmas spirit is all about.