How to Personalize Your Christmas Tree and Make it Shine

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I have to admit I never look forward to putting up our Christmas trees, but once they’re up and decorated I love them and hate to see the season end. So, I thought it might be fun to give you a peek through our front door and show you our trees; plus a few ideas on how you can personalize your Christmas tree and make it shine.

Kitchen Christmas Tree

This tree stand in our kitchen – we leave it up all year. It looks like a Colonial feather tree and we keep Primitive ornaments on it. My favorite part – I never have to take it down or put it back up.

BHG - Family Photo Christmas Tree

I found this Family Photo Christmas Tree at Better Homes and Gardens. Do you put family photos on your tree? You can hang them in tiny ornament frames, or make your own frames using scrapbooking supplies.

HGTV - Festive Christmas Trees

While getting my hair cut the other day, my stylist shared that she loves her white tree and has no idea what color ornaments and lights she’ll use this year. This Whimsical Tree at HGTV would look great in any modern colorful space. I love the bright atypical colors on this tree.

ML - North Woods Christmas Tree

I’ve spent many Christmas celebrations in the north woods of Michigan; so, this North Woods Christmas Tree – from Midwest Living brought back lots of memories. Magnolia sprigs, pinecones, and knotty pine walls . . . add a beautiful fireplace and you have a taste of home.

BHG - Sparkling Starfish Tree

Maybe snowmen and sledding is not your idea of holiday bliss,. If you’d prefer warm gentle breezes and sandy beaches, then this Sparkling Starfish Tree at Better Homes Garden is for you. Simple green flowers, starfish, and sand dollars give this tree that Florida feeling.

HGTV Mobile Christmas Tree

Whether you need your tree to be mobile or not, this is a beautiful way to show off a small tree. Thanks to HGTV for sharing this fit anywhere idea.

Tree 2

This is our new Christmas Tree. We like a more traditional look – so, we use white lights, deep red, gold, and white ornaments. I would like to add ribbons, but I have a terrible time making ribbon garland look right. If you have any tips this garland challenged gal would love to hear them.

Living Room Christmas Tree

Silver and gold gift boxes and gold bells cover our tiny living room tree. Do you decorate multiple trees at your house? Where would you like to put a tiny tree?


This Charlie Brown Christmas Tree always makes me smile.

Charles Schultz blessed us when he shared the message of hope in A Charlie Brown Christmas Special, when blanket toting Linus took the stage with a simple tree branch decorated with one red ornament and said:

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this [shall be] a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

That’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.

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6 thoughts on “How to Personalize Your Christmas Tree and Make it Shine

  1. That was fun! Putting up the tree is all about family time for me. If my boys & husband aren’t in on it, it’s not going to happen. Same with all our decorations. We have a wide variety of ornaments on the tree from traditional to hand-made to those that represent personalities and likes.

    You mentioned spending a lot of time in Michigan. What’s the story there? I live in SW Michigan.

    1. I loved having the kiddos help with the tree when they were home. Even if I had to move a few things around later. 😉

      I grew up in the Detroit suburbs and went to a small Christian college in Ann Arbor where I met Rev. We moved to St. Louis the year we were married and have lived here since, except for one year in Colubus, OH. He is a Buckeye fan and for years I was a Michigan fan. They finally won me over and we no longer sit on opposite ends of the couch on rival Saturday.

      I don’t miss the long cold winters, but I still miss the beauty of the lakes and trees.

      1. I love having them help too. And, now that they are older, I don’t have to change much. The winters can be rough, but I am pretty used to them after 40 years of living here. It is a beautiful place for sure!

  2. We have three trees with lights, and additional small (tiny) trees with those little tiny wooden figure type ornaments. One of my favorites is the tree in our bedroom. It’s a tall, skinny tree that just makes it to our bookshelf that circles half the room. Dianne has some of her antique dolls around the base, even.

    1. You two definitely get into the Christmas spirit with trees and decorations. I love when you can see reminders of Christmas everywhere.

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