When decorating Christmas trees, traditions are important and tend to rule how we do things. Many of us like to do things the way our parents did them oftentimes because we have good childhood memories and want to relive these around Christmas time.
However, it becomes harder to incorporate all the old traditions when we create new families or blend families as many of us do today. The secret is to start your own traditions!
Me? I like to try different things! And I like change, which is why I like to go all out and try new things for some years. I go for entirely new color schemes, and some years, I drag out all the old Christmas tree decorations and find a space for each one.
What do you do?
Do you have a tree or buy a new live tree every year and then add more and more decorations to your tree every year?
Or are you the person who goes for a new color scheme every few years and then goes all out to decorate your tree and home in that color?
Personally, I have done both. I used the same tree for many years and added more and more ornaments to it every year. I am sure many of you have too.
But, if you have a long-term plan or are on a budget, it is better to build your collection slowly over time.
The Best Way to Build Up Your Christmas Tree Decoration Collection Slowly
The fun or secret is to start with a few essential decorations, garlands, and lights and then build it up over the years. This way, you can look forward to buying a few unique decorations each year and end up with a perfect set of Christmas tree decorations to use for a very long time.
I like this approach because there are so many cute Christmas tree decorations. Doing it this way means that my tree has a different character every year, but the essence stays the same. It changes from year to year and brings with it the family’s personality.
So, where to start?
Decide What Type of Tree You Want
If you are dead set on a live tree, decide on the size of tree you want and find a reputable supplier to get the best tree. You want one that will last the entire holiday season. But how can you tell if a tree is of good quality?
Be sure to buy a fresh tree. You can tell by looking at the needles. They should be green and fresh. The tree should be well-shaped and symmetrical, and the trunk should have no indentations or bumps.
You’ll know the tree is fresh when you get home, and you have the aroma of the tree in your home. For more on how to pick a fresh tree and take care of it once you purchase it, check out this article from Linda Ly at Garden Betty.
If you start your collection with an artificial tree, get a good quality one that will last you for years. This is one of my favorites:
It is a Balsam Hill Classic artificial tree. It is a good quality tree. You’ll find them in sizes ranging from 4.5 feet to 9 feet. Click on the image to check them out on Amazon.
And, if you want the best guide on how to buy an artificial tree – from choosing the size, shape, look, needle type, species, and color then check out Balsam Hills’ comprehensive guide.
If you are starting and want a cheaper or a thin tree like the one I muse over here, then this tree at Amazon is a good option.
Decide on a Color Scheme
As your objective is to build a long-term collection, consider going with traditional Christmas colors. Unless, of course, you know you want a white tree with light pink decorations, and that is what you want to build on.
Buy Staple Ornaments
Think shatterproof baubles, finials, and balls in all kinds of shapes. This will depend on your budget, the size of your tree, and how much you want to fill up your tree from year one.
The easiest place to start is with the different collections you’ll find at retail stores or on Amazon. I like this set for an extensive collection of 132 times in all colors and shapes.
For more of a starter collection with 50 shatterproof balls in red and gold, I like this collection from Funarty. These are small balls, so if you have a big tree, these will look lost.
Buy Good Quality Garland
You don’t need a lot but make sure the quality is good. Decide on a color to compliment your main Christmas ornaments or contrasting color. You may also want to use garland on your mantle, staircases, or windows so they will never go to waste.
Your Tree Needs Good Lighting
Your Christmas tree has to have lights, but adding is probably cheaper than you think. The main factors to consider when you buy lights are the color, length, and type of globe.
For everything you want to know about the best lighting for your budget and tree, check out this guide from HGTV.
What Else? Star, Skirt, DIY Decorations, and the Piece de Resistance
You’ll need a few more items. If you bought the 132-piece set, you already have a star for the top of your tree, but if you didn’t, you’d need one. No tree is complete without a top piece.
You don’t necessarily need a skirt under your tree to put your gifts on. It is one of those items you can add later.
DIY baubles and other creative projects are a great way to make your tree unique, like with these owl decorations.
Find those special trinkets, characters, and baubles when you travel or are out shopping every day. Keep an eye open for fun, whimsical, or eye-catching ornaments you want to add to your tree next year.
This way, you can gradually add new and unique pieces to your collection each year, and eventually, you’ll have a truly one-of-a-kind tree. Plus, the process of slowly accumulating decorations can be just as fun as putting them up on the tree – it’s a great way to get into the holiday spirit!
Splurge for a Special Year with a Wondrous Themed Christmas Tree
Conversely, a full-color scheme brings a new magical wonder world in exotic colors, pastels, or my favorite mint color scheme. Oh yes, the blue Christmas and light pink color schemes were also very popular with our readers.
Whichever Christmas tree decorations you prefer, you will find ideas for both if you continue to follow my blog. Enjoy!