The 613 Holiday Special: Christmas Tree Staples

Follow five Ottawa bloggers as we set our tables, deck our halls & try to survive the holiday season with style & cheer. Grab your eggnog and toast to the season with us every Monday until Dec 23rd. Happy Holidays!

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For those of you who read last Monday’s post on our Dinosaur holiday decor, you will already be aware that Christmas involves a little kitsch at our house.  With two children haring around, our decorations can’t be too precious.  The boys aren’t too fond of my matchy-matchy ways, either, so our tree is a bit of a hodge-podge, and I’ve grown to appreciate it that way.

In that spirit, I present to you three of my favourite tree ornament staples.  Most, I cannot claim to have made myself; they have been accrued from miscellaneous sources over the years.  But if you’re crafty, you might have a little fun re-creating them, or variations on these three must-haves… that is, if your holiday can stand a little bric-à-brac.

The classic clothespin ornament:

This, the most basic of craft supplies, is a chameleon for the Christmas crowd.  Ready to take on whatever role your imagination can conjure up, it’s cheeky appearance will surely bring a smile to your face, winking from the tree.  Here, the bagpiper and lumberjack options are shown:



The unexpected walnut:

Walnuts aren’t just for cracking anymore.  Add a bead or a hazelnut for a head, and you’re well on your way to a darling adornment for your evergreen.  A penguin and angel are shown here, but the sky’s the limit:



Faux flowers for your Fraser Fir:

Being completely outnumbered by boys in our house, these sweet little things always seem to end up at the back, facing the wall, poor dears.  Scoop up a few silk flowers from Michael’s and turn “fake” into fabulous.  The pinker the better, in my opinion.



However you trim your tree this season, have a laugh and enjoy!

For more musings on the Christmas Tree, please do visit these terrific Ottawa-based blogs:

The Sweetest Digs
Lisa Goulet Design
Newberry Sykes
Keep it Beautiful


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4 thoughts on “The 613 Holiday Special: Christmas Tree Staples

  1. Pingback: 613 Holiday Special: Collected Ornaments (& A Cautionary Tale) | Newberry Sykes

  2. I think a healthy dose of kitsch is essential at Christmas. Nothing better to make everyone smile. Have I mentioned one of my favourite Christmas songs is Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer? If that’s not kitschy, I don’t know what is!

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