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Creating An Edible Christmas Tree

If you have young, or young at heart people, in the home, then a favourite Christmas tree decoration is that made from edible products. There are several issues to deal with when it comes to using edible products, the most obvious being that people will eat the tree bare. A second problem is that of health and keeping some products fresh. There is a solution to the second problem; with the first problem, all we can suggest is to keep plenty of extras on hand to fill the gaps.

The edible Christmas tree starts with a live cut or pot grown Christmas tree, and a range of edible products. These can included:

  • nuts – still in their shells
  • dried fruits
  • whole fresh fruits
  • biscuits/cookies
  • popcorn garlands
  • sweets/candies

When using dried fruits, biscuits/cookies and sweets/candy, it is advisable to wrap them in cellophane to ensure they remain fresh and edible. Clear cellophane works well as the contents can be seen. Clear cellophane also works well with Christmas lights as they either bounce off or shine through. Whole fruits can be hung from string bags, however, keep heavier for lower stronger branches. Popcorn looks good as a garland, however, it doesn’t remain fresh for very long so either use it cautiously or paint the popped corn before threading and use it as a pure decoration only.

Traditional Christmas trees were edible trees. The origin of many of the modern decorations come from the practice of using fruits and nuts to decorate a tree at Christmas. Baubles were originally designed to replace fruit like apples and pears. In some parts of Europe, villagers still gather each year to decorate a tree with food items. These items are distributed on Christmas day to those in community who are less well off and in need of a helping hand.

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How To Theme Your Christmas Tree

The key to decorating a Christmas tree
to a theme is repetition and simplicity. You can use any theme you that takes your imagination, just be sure you have plenty of decorations to support the theme. What you shouldn’t do is cover your tree in a hundred different decorations. You are better off having dozen decorations that you use repeatedly – this is what reinforces your therm.

When it comes colours, red is one of the most popular. Decorate your tree with various-sized red baubles, tinsel and garlands, then scatter in decorations with complimentary colours. Silver and black go well with a red-themed Christmas tree, however, you select the complimentary colours that suit your personality. This holds true for all decorations.

Other popular themes include Santa, angels and stars.  Older themes include using fruits, both fresh and dried; flowers, both fresh and dried, and a combination of fruits, flowers and nuts. More modern themes include beach or seaside inspired decorations; monochromatic themes whereby all decorations are a shade of the one colour; and the ultra modern look using bold unusual colours such as purple, pink and orange.

One trend that is now popular is to the theme a Christmas tree according to the room it is in. This decorates a tree using colours that compliment the interior paint and the furnishings. What these themes do have in common is what I started with, repetition and simplicity. Keep the design simple, and learn to repeat decorations in both size and color. There is one exception to this – don’t be afraid to scatter a couple of larger decorations on your tree, they really do add contrast. If you have themed your tree, for example, a teddy bear theme, then a couple of larger teddies spread around the tree really delivers the message.

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Christmas Trees Bring Cheer To Workplaces – Has Your Workplace Ordered Theirs Yet?

Christmas trees are returning to the workplace in greater numbers each year. Unfortunately they are often the imitation type, made from plastic and aluminium. There’s nothing that brings home the message of Christmas like the look, feel and perfume of a real Christmas tree, and they can be easy to set up and easy to care for.

Whether your workplace is an office, a shop front or a factory, there is always room for a Christmas tree. I noticed last year one business that involved their customers in the decoration of their tree. Each customer was invited to hang a bauble or piece of tinsel – the end result was a very attractive Christmas tree, and one in which the customers had a little ownership in. It was a neat little piece of marketing.

One of the benefits of a real Christmas tree is the range of trees available, from both cut or potted, and the range of sizes. You can have a tree that is small enough to sit on a table, or large six foot plus tree that would look grand in any corner, especially all dressed up. The downside to a real Christmas tree is that you really do need to order one early if you want to secure a tree to meet your needs.

By ordering a tree early, you can guarantee the size and type of tree – you can even have your Christmas tree delivered to your door, all ready for decorating. The workplace doesn’t have to be a dreary place in the lead up to Christmas. Dress up your workplace with a brightly decorated Christmas tree and share the good cheer of the festive season.

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Tips For Attaching Gifts To Christmas Trees

Some families like the idea of attaching small gifts to their Christmas trees. It can certainly add to the overall look of your tree and adds a touch of excitement for children of all ages. However, there is a right way and a wrong way to attach gifts to your Christmas tree.

The single most important issue is not the size of the gift but the weight. If the gifts are too heavy they will cause the branches to sag too far. This may place too much stress on the branch causing it to break or drop too many needles.

When attaching your gifts, ribbon is kinder to tree branches than string. String can rub and create a ring barking effect, again placing stress on the branch. Ribbon is flat and helps to spread the load thus causing far less damage.

Place larger heavier gifts on the lower branches since they are thicker and stronger. It adds to the overall look of the tree if the gifts get progressively smaller as they go up the tree.

Children can be impatient when it comes time to open gifts. Help them remove the gift by untying the ribbon rather than pulling the gift along the branch. Pulling the gift will cause an increased drop of needles and leave a lot of bare patches.

Finally, don’t forget to give your Christmas tree a gift. Plenty of water together with as many oo’s and ah’s as possible. I don’t know if the tree can hear you – it certainly adds to the occasion.

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Caring For Your Potted Christmas Tree

Potted Christmas trees are living trees that will continue to give you service at Christmas time for many years to come. Of course, potted Christmas trees will grow to ten feet or more given the right conditions so at some stage may need to plant it out into your garden.

If you don’t have any space in the garden for a potted tree, you can either cut it down to get one last Christmas from it, or keep it heavily pruned, particularly at the tip. In the meantime, there are some basic care requirements you need to consider when you take your potted Christmas tree home.

Don’t rush your tree inside. Give it a day or two outside and only take it in when you are ready to start decorating it.

Keep the tree well watered. Don’t let the tree out – this leads to needle drop. This is particularly important once the tree goes inside.

Don’t place your tree close to direct heat – this includes sunny windows. At Christmas time the sun may not have a lot of heat but glass will magnify what heat there is. Heat leads to dehydration and stress resulting in needle drop.

When Christmas is over and the tree is taken out, let it acclimatize by placing it in a shady position.

Once you have taken your tree outside, either plant it out or plant it up to a bigger container. Don’t forget water and, during spring, a regular feeding.

Christmas trees are no different to most other potted plants – except perhaps for size over time. Look after your Christmas tree and it will reward you with many happy Christmas’s into the future.