Make Your House Merry and Bright: Truly Expressive Christmas Trees

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Very few things can evoke so much warm feeling as putting up the Christmas tree every year — and if you have a tree that’s “you” through and through, it’s all the more enjoyable. Here are a bevy of ideas for expressing your personality in the way you do up your tree, as featured at Better Homes & Gardens (bhg.com). Are you an all-American girl? You might love a tree done up with Stars & Stripes, Early American-style angels, and red, white, and blue lights and ornaments. Love France? Have a French-style tinsel tree; if you’re bright and sunny, do your tree up all in yellow lights and keep it lit all the time — or deck it out in shining gold ribbon or a thousand icicles. Retro décor is all the thing, and your tree can have a minimalist look as well — sometimes less truly is more.

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A “sweet” touch can mean bubblegum pink and bright blue, or a white-flocked tree with citrus-colored ornaments. Set up your tree as “Santa’s workshop” with miniature toys, elf figurines, and little stockings — or have a “winter fun” theme of ice skates and mittens. If you’re a traditionalist, a vintage tree with old family heirloom trims will lift your spirits; handcrafted accents of all kinds are beautiful, from banners and stars made of book pages to framed family pictures. A single color, such as all-red, can look stunning on a small tree; a large one benefits from abundant lights and plenty of ornaments, tinsel, and shine. Take a look at some of these suggestions and incorporate them into your own scheme — for a tree that’s both unmistakably personal and fun.

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