Thanks to Queen Victoria, Americans have fully embraced the tradition of having Christmas trees in our homes. And ever since, we have enjoyed a myriad of different styles for our holiday decorations. Real Fraser firs, artificial and pre-lit plastic trees, Pink trees, Disney-themed, flocked, all metal, and anything you can imagine are now part of our annual expectations of Christmas tree decorations.
Before Victoria, the Puritans had a dim view of Christmas trees. Too crass, too commercial and not quite right they thought. This attitude persisted until Victoria’s German husband, Albert, brought the tradition of the Christmas tree to England. Once the trend caught on, Americans across the pond began to gleefully string popcorn and cranberries amongst the branches of their trees.
But what about before Victoria? How did the Christmas tree tradition get started in Germany? Find out this interesting tale in Advent Devotions for Busy Families and teach your children how the tree points to Christ.
For more Christmas tree decorating ideas, enjoy these images of extravagant trees!
Sticking to just two colors (below you’ll see shades teal and silver) creates a striking look.
Next, I call this the Gnomes and Owls tree! Don’t be afraid to put large, stuffed animals or toys into your trees. Notice the top? No star or angel, but branches and wild-looking, forest-themed accents. Love it.
And below, a uptown black and white tree.
And why not think PINK? Notice that tiny, cute, slingback shoe?
And something classy and elegant. Lots of gold and frosty globes, gilded artificial plant material and crystal beads.