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Got a theme for your tree?

Christmas trees are a popular tradition that date back to a 7th century to a monk who went to Germany. He brought a tree for the people to decorate with simple, white candles. It wasn’t until 1610 that tinsel (made with pure silver) was added to the tree.

Eventually, the Christmas tree made its way to England where decorations became more ornate, with glass beads and hand-sewn snowflakes. In the 1800s, the tradition of decorating the tree crossed the Atlantic and became a staple in American homes everywhere.

Today Christmas trees come in almost as many colors and shapes as their ornaments. Many people have more than one Christmas tree, which allows them to choose a theme or themes for the other tree(s).

Here are a few ideas for some unique themed trees:

Pet Tree: a tee adorned with biscuits, animal-shaped ornaments (only), and pictures of pets.

Kitchen Themed Tree: decorate with small or miniature cooking utensils, recipe cards, ingredients hung from the branches, and small breads that have been preserved.

Candy Tree: make one tree a Candy Cane Tree — all red and white or maybe many different colors since there are so many varieties of candy canes now. Other candy works well too including gumdrops, ribbon candy, Life Saver types of candies, and more (poke a whole in the candy if possible and use a string or ribbon or thread a bunch of pieces on a ribbon or string to look like garland).

Vacation Tree: hang pictures of places you’ve been to or want to go to, or hang ornaments you’ve bought (or found) while on vacation and hang only those souvenirs on the tree (can be seashells you’ve collected on beaches).

Favorite Things Tree:
dedicate one tree (perhaps a smaller one) to be decorated with favorite things from the family. These things can be store-bought or made but allow each member of the family to hang a few of their favorite things (or replicas of them) on the tree.

Do you have a themed tree in your house? Share your theme and how you decorate it here.

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