A Tale Of Two Christmas Trees began as I looked around our sunny Florida home with its open concept design and I realized it was going to be a challenge to decorate for Christmas. The warm December weather, windows looking out at towering oleanders and palm trees, tropical fabric on the throw pillows…no nothing made me want to sing “it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas“.
If you have followed my blog over the years, you know that Christmas is my favorite time of the year and that I decorated almost every room in our former 1730’s farm house in New Hampshire for this lovely season. Knowing we were downsizing, I sold all of my Christmas trees and decorations to a dealer the week before we moved to Florida. I only kept one special tree that has a real cedar tree trunk and is flocked with snow. I thought that it would remind us of our wonderful years in New England. You might remember that it was the tree we had in our kitchen that was featured in Country Woman magazine last year, you can read the article here if you haven’t seen it before.
Knowing that the tree would now take center stage in our great room, I took a good look around to figure out if I wanted the tree to have a Florida or beach theme. No, I totally rejected the thought of seashells, starfish and sea turtle ornaments which are very popular in our little beach town. I also felt we needed a different look from the reds and burgundies that I’ve used in the past but I didn’t want the tree covered in varying shades of sea foam blue that I’m seeing everywhere here in Vero Beach. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen gorgeous trees decorated that way but I believed the look wouldn’t have worked with our color scheme that uses green as an accent color.
Instead of the simply decorated traditional tree that I’ve done in the past, I decided on a more contemporary look. I wrapped the Christmas tree in chartreuse green ribbon and then draped it in bronze and gold beads. I used ornaments in various shades of green, gold and silver which picked up the colors in the carpets that lie on either side of the tree and the accessories throughout the room.
While the top of the tree had to be bent down to fit in our New Hampshire kitchen with its low ceiling, our eleven foot ceilings presented no such problem. I was able to use a star made of beautiful gold paper that I have had for years as a tree topper. To keep the tree from looking too dinky in our large room with its tall ceilings, we place the tree on a wooden box for additional height. I covered the box with a skirt made from a new round tablecloth that bends with our tile floors.
My husband and I found two wonderful light boxes wrapped as Christmas presents when we were out Christmas shopping recently. Their bows match the chartreuse ribbon I had used to wrap the tree….needless to say we had to have them. They look so pretty sitting under the tree, especially at night when the Christmas tree is lit.
This is the same tree that once stood in our New England country kitchen but it now has a very different look. By simply changing the ornaments, I believe that this year’s tree fits in well with our new Florida decor. Would a taller, fuller tree be better suited to our great room? Definitely but I’m very happy with it because the tree comes with memories of Christmases past that will always be with us no matter where we live.
Yes, you do see a palm tree in the corner of the room. I guess that is just part of living in Florida that I’m going to have to get used to…palm trees and Christmas trees together.
Tell me my dear friends, have you ever given your Christmas tree a totally new look, a makeover of sorts? Have you started from scratch like I did this year out of necessity? Perhaps you are like I was in the past, keeping your treasured ornaments for years. I do hope you enjoyed my tale of two Christmas trees, the same special little tree but with two totally different looks.