Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tree-trimming tips from New Hampshire

The first Christmas trees were decorated in 16th-Centrury northern Europe with fruits, candles and paper flowers. In the 500 years since, people have been coming up with new and creative ideas for trimming the tree. There are formal Christmas trees of delicate silver and gold ornaments, bright trees bursting with colorful baubles, and homey trees trimmed with homemade decorations and treasured family ornaments.

The most important part of decorating a Christmas tree is letting your own personality and holiday traditions shine through. In a tree-trimming rut? Well, here are some ideas from New Hampshire Christmas tree growers to help spice things up a bit:

* String a wide ribbon with festive colors through your tree’s branches as a garland.

* If you normally use small, white tree lights, switch things up with colored bulbs. Christmas lights are even available in efficient LED varieties now, so check out your options and see what you like.

* Pick a theme that suits your family’s style or that is reminiscent of the year just past. Love the beach? Trim your tree with shells and seashore colors. Excited for winter? Make paper snowflakes to adorn the tree. Nature lover? Figurines of birds and other animals make great tree decorations!

* Get creative and craft some new ornaments. Tissue paper flowers held by pipe cleaners are easy to make and add a pop of color to the tree.

* Bring a bit of nature inside by hanging pinecones or dried flowers on your tree.

* Spice it up with sticks of cinnamon wrapped with ribbon. Or hang candy canes from the boughs.

Of course, if you’re a traditionalist, you may cherish pulling out those old ornaments collected over a lifetime each holiday season. Some families purchase a new ornament each year to add to the collection, and we'd bet your family has some tree-trimming tradition that is followed year after year: popcorn and cranberries or silver tinsel or the special star for the top of the tree.
Whether you plan to follow tradition or break in a new idea this year, be sure to start with a beautiful, fragrant, farm fresh Christmas tree! Looking for a New Hampshire Christmas tree farm? Check out our interactive map
Happy holidays and merry tree trimming!