Looking for ways to decorate your Christmas tree? Unleash your creativity and create a Christmas masterpiece with these stunning Christmas tree decorating themes.

Do you have a theme for your Christmas tree or do you decorate from a collection of things?

When we started having children, I put away the vintage breakable ornaments and moved towards a rustic farmhouse Christmas tree decorating theme with ornaments they could not break.

Through the years, I focused on ornaments with lots of neutral, natural, and organic textures with pops of red.

Lots of red.

When you decorate your tree, do you follow a particular Christmas aesthetic too?

Wait until you see these jaw-dropping Christmas tree decorating ideas.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Themes

There are lots of different ways to decorate a Xmas tree. Some people change their Christmas tree decor yearly, while others grow their tree decorations over time.

We have a few different Xmas trees in our home and each has a different Christmas aesthetic like my flocked Christmas tree. If you are looking for Christmas tree decorating inspiration, here is a good list of 20 ideas to draw from.

  1. Traditional Red & Green: Classic with red and green ornaments, ribbons, and lights.
  2. Winter Wonderland: Use white and silver ornaments, faux snow, and icy blue accents.
  3. Rustic Charm: Natural elements like pinecones, burlap ribbons, and wooden ornaments.
  4. Glamorous Gold: Deck the tree with gold ornaments, lights, and sparkling accents.
  5. Candyland: Bright colors, candy-shaped ornaments, and garlands resembling sweets.
  6. Nautical Theme: Ornaments inspired by the sea—shells, starfish, and blue hues.
  7. Vintage Christmas: Use antique ornaments, popcorn strings, and old-fashioned decorations.
  8. Black and White Elegance: Monochrome ornaments and ribbons for a sleek look.
  9. Disney Magic: Decorate with ornaments and figures of beloved Disney characters.
  10. Gingerbread Delight: Gingerbread ornaments, candy canes, and cookie-shaped decor.
  11. Nature’s Bounty: Adorn the tree with dried fruits, cinnamon sticks, and berries.
  12. Festive Plaid: Embrace the cozy vibe with plaid ribbons and matching ornaments.
  13. Peacock Inspired: Vibrant blues, greens, and purples with peacock-themed ornaments.
  14. Whimsical Whoville: Dr. Seuss-inspired ornaments, vibrant colors, and quirky shapes.
  15. Metallic Magic: Silver, bronze, and copper ornaments for a shimmering tree.
  16. Farmhouse Chic: Use galvanized metal accents, cotton balls, and simple ornaments.
  17. Santa’s Workshop: Toy-inspired ornaments and bright, playful colors.
  18. Glowing Candlelight: Candles (real or artificial) and warm golden lights.
  19. Jewel-Toned Extravaganza: Rich colors like emerald, ruby, and sapphire for a luxurious feel.
  20. DIY/Handmade: Create ornaments with felt, paper, fabric, or personalized decorations for a unique touch.
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Fresh vs Artificial Christmas Trees: Which Should You Choose?

For almost our entire marriage, Chris and I had a live Christmas tree. And it was only just few years ago that we made the switch to all artificial.

I’ll share the backstory below as to why, but if you are on the fence of whether to go with a fresh or faux Xmas tree this year, I got you. Here are a few things to consider.

The choice between a fresh or artificial Christmas tree often boils down to personal preference and various practical considerations.

Fresh Christmas Tree:

  • Natural Beauty: Fresh trees offer an authentic look, vibrant colors, and that distinctive pine scent that many find irresistible.
  • Annual Tradition: For some, selecting a real tree becomes an annual tradition, adding sentimental value to the holiday season.
  • Environmental Impact: While they’re biodegradable and renewable, there are concerns about the carbon footprint related to transportation and disposal.
  • Maintenance: Requires regular watering, may shed needles, and needs proper disposal after the holidays.
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Artificial Christmas Tree:

  • Reusable: Can be reused for several years, making them cost-effective in the long run.
  • Convenience: No need for watering or dealing with shedding needles; they’re often easier to set up and maintain.
  • Customization: Available in various sizes, styles, and colors, offering more customization options.
  • Environmental Concerns: While they last longer, they’re typically made of non-biodegradable materials like plastics.

The choice ultimately depends on personal preferences, practicality, and one’s stance on environmental impact. Some prioritize the traditional charm and experience of a real tree, while others opt for the convenience and reusability of an artificial one.

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Going from a Live to a Faux Christmas Tree for the First Time

Since my husband and I have been celebrating Christmas together, we have always had a real tree. But a few years ago, we changed things up and went with the 7.5′ Royal Fir Tree by King of Christmas.


Because we want to have the tree up for longer without the care. We had a few years where the tree dried out SO QUICKLY and if you merely looked at the tree, the needles dropped. Plus we wanted it to be a little less of a family fuss.

Traditionally, every year we would take the kids out to breakfast, then head to a local tree farm to cut down a tree.

Sounds pretty fun right?

Except without fail, we could never agree on a tree and it would take hours to pick one. So we’d be out there standing in the cold field, arguing over which tree fits, doesn’t fit, looks good, doesn’t look good, is too fat or too skinny. UGH!

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The Final Straw

Last year, we visited a new tree farm. And while we were there, we tried to avoid disagreements and picked one quickly that we thought would work.

It did not look perfect in the field, but no one had any real issues with it. So we went with it.

When we got it home, it was really misshapen, had huge holes in it and I literally have no idea why we picked it. LOL!

Has that ever happened to you before? So anyway, here we were with this tree. And all the ornaments in the world could not fix it.

I tried trimming the branches to help shape it a little more, but it was just not good. And it bothered me all season long. If you look closely at the picture above with my dogs, you’ll see it.

Which is why you don’t see many pics of last year’s tree. But that wasn’t the only reason we decided to move to faux.

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My family choosing the perfect Christmas tree at the local tree farm

We went to Vermont to ski and when we arrived home after a ski trip all of the needles were on the ground. From that moment on, we decided we were going with a faux tree. And I could not be happier with our choice!

Our new faux Christmas tree is a perfect size. The perfect shape. It looks real and authentic. And best of all?

No needle drop!

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Christmas Decorating Before Thanksgiving

Since we decided to make the switch from live to a faux Christmas tree this year, we put our tree up pretty early for the first time.

And because we put it up earlier and didn’t want to take down fall, we left it undecorated until after Thanksgiving. The result looked so gorgeous!

Because I want to mix both Christmas and fall until after Thanksgiving, this is a great way to have the best of both worlds.

And I love how simple, rustic, a beautiful the tree looks without the ornaments.

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Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

I’ve been collecting rustic Christmas tree ornaments for about 20+ years now. We have a great local garden nursery that also sells Christmas decorations and they have the prettiest things!

So every year, I drop by and pick up a few more rustic ornaments and add them to the collection. Here are a few ideas about how I decorated our Christmas tree with a rustic farmhouse aesthetic.

Rustic Farmhouse Christmas Tree Collars and Christmas Tree Skirts

Since we moved to a faux tree, I wanted to change the look of the base. So I bought this gorgeous barnwood box tree collar.

Isn’t it so pretty?

I love the rustic vibe it adds to my faux tree!

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Christmas Table Decor Idea with poinsettias, winter greens, cozy candles and tree skirt as the table runner

When I was shopping at Big Lots recently, I picked up this cool Merry Christmas tree skirt. I thought I might use it at the Vermont cabin.

But then I used it as a table runner for this Christmas tablescape. And then I decided to layer it under my tree with this cool boho rug.

I love the layers, don’t you? It adds a lot of dimension and texture.

What do you like to use under your tree?

It was fun trying something a little different this year. I don’t always change things up, but the faux tree inspired me. And I love the result.

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Christmas Tree Garland

For my rustic Christmas tree, I added some farmhouse red wood bead garland. You could add ribbons and stuff, but I prefer a less is more with my rustic Christmas tree.

We also have a garland made from rusty metal in the shape of angels, stars, and hearts.

My husband isn’t a fan because he thinks we’ll get tetanus from it, but I keep it at the top of the tree so no one except me comes in contact with it.

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Rustic Christmas Tree Ornaments

When I shop for rustic ornaments, I look for ones with organic textures and materials. So they are typically made from things like pine cones, bark, wood, scrap fabric, and metals.

If they are painted, it’s often distressed and chippy.

And are a bit tougher to withstand small hands and pets from accidentally breaking them if they get knocked off the tree.

Angel christmas ornament made from pine cone and scrap fabric with twine
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Rustic DIY Tree Topper

But my favorite decoration, and the coolest addition to our tree, is the DIY wood pallet star tree topper my husband made on the fly last weekend.

Doesn’t it look great???

Whenever we decorate the tree we add the tree topper first.

And when we put the angel on top that we have been using for the last 25 or so years, it just did not look right.

There was something missing.

The bottom of the tree has this cool, boho rustic vibe and then as your eye draws up, you just see this angel.

close up of DIY Wood Pallet Star Tree Topper
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Gosh, I love him because we both looked at each other, looked at the tree and he just said, “I’m making a star out of the leftover wood pallet.”

And off he went.

It wasn’t part of the plan by any means.

But I’m so glad he did that because now our new tree looks complete.

I love the look of the wood pallet star, don’t you?

It’s times like these when I am thankful that my husband is handy around the house.

Cause he just does stuff like this. And it always turns out amazing!

Just like he is.

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Christmas Tree Decorating Blog Hop

I’m so excited to be part of the Festive and Fun Christmas Tree Blog Hop with a bunch of my good friends! So be sure to check out all of the amazing Christmas tree decorating ideas at the end of this post.

It’s so neat to see how others decorate their Christmas trees and hopping over from one blog to the next is a great way to see all of the pretty details. If you stopped by from Mansa’s over at This is Simplicite welcome to my home!

If you are new here, I’m Stacy, a self-taught master gardener who lives and gardens in northern New Jersey, zone 6a.

We recently moved to a beautiful 1850 Farmhouse with 10 acres of gardens, sculptures, and statues.

I’ve been gardening for over 20 years and enjoy helping beginner gardeners find their inner green thumb, as well as discover a love for all things plants and flowers. I love to bring the outdoors inside my home too.

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  4. Stacy, your tree is absolutely beautiful! I really love how you layered the tree skirt and round rug. Thanks for organizing the hop. Merry Christmas! Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

    1. Thank you so much Cecilia! I am so glad you joined us! I love your vintage holiday home!!! Enjoy the holidays! xoxoxo

  5. Stacy, your tree is beautiful! I love all the layers and your rustic decorations…and of course your cute tree models! I know what you mean about the real tree vs. artificial. We still get a real tree for our main living room tree but I have an artificial one for the foyer. Then this year I bought a second artificial one for the dining room and I am loving how easy it is! Thanks so much for hosting this awesome blog hop! I can’t wait to see all the Christmas trees!

    1. Right? I love a real tree but this was so much easier with less of a family fuss! I’m so glad you joined the hop! I love your tree in your navy dining room! It looks beautiful! xoxoo

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  8. Stacy your tree is gorgeous and I love the star on top! Thanks for including me in this fun blog hop! Happy Holidays!

    1. Thank you! I’m so glad he made that last weekend – the angel just didn’t look right. I’m glad you joined us! Enjoy a wonderful holiday Jen! xoxo

  9. Stacy, thank you so much for hosting this Christmas tree blog hop. What fun. I love the rustic theme of your tree. The wood Star is perfect!! We made the switch a few years ago to a faux tree and it was such a smart decision. Love your Labs too. Our Layla left us in February and I this is our first Christmas without her.

    1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that. Labs are such wonderful dogs! I’m so glad you joined the tour! I loved all of your decorating ideas! xoxoxo

  10. LOL…probably another reason I have a faux tree…Chuck would probably bring a tape measure to the Christmas tree farm and start measuring the trees!! I love the star your husband made and the box collar looks perfect!

    1. Thank you Julie! I love this tree – it was the easiest to put up and looks so pretty! I miss the real tree but do not miss the fuss at all! xoxoxo

  11. I feel your real Christmas tree pain. A couple of years ago was the last time we’d ever buy a real tree because it fell over twice! Spilled water all over the wood floors and broke several ornaments that we’d had for years. I was sooooo over it. Love your rustic tree and the new DIY topper. Thank you so much for inviting me to join this hop. I love all the inspo and finding new accounts to follow!

    1. Thanks Cindy! Strange to change a family tradition but I think it was a good move for us! Happy Sunday!xoxo

  12. Hi Stacy

    I love how you layered your tree base. I had a similar plan for this year. Plans changed once Peanut went blind.

    Adding new textures confuse blind dogs and she’s doing so good we didn’t want to throw her for a loop. Yes, we adore our dogs..

    Tge wood star tge hubs made is still pretty. I still can’t believe you bought the angel at Rickles.

    The new tree is a beauty and very full. I use a different piece to hold our trees every year.

    Great tour.


  13. Stacy,
    I came to your blog first thing this morning but completely forgot to comment. LOL I love how you decorated your tree and I appreciate you for putting this together.

  14. I love you tree this year Stacy. The tree skirt is beautiful and the rustic star tree topper is perfect. Thank you so much for inviting me to the hop. It’s been a lot of fun!

  15. Stacy your tree is just beautiful! I love that you husband made the new tree topper. It turned out so good and now will be such a special memory. Thank you for hosting and Merry Christmas!

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  17. It’s so pretty Stacy! We do the same thing and have a faux tree because of holiday travel. I LOVE your wood box! It’s so pretty!! Thanks for organizing a wonderful hop!

    1. Thank you Kristin! Faux is easier on the lifestyle when you travel more! I’m so glad you joined – it was fun! xoxo

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  19. Stacey! I love your Christmas tree!! It is decorated beautifully! And your pallet star!!! We went with a real tree for the first time this year. Fingers crossed it goes well! My husband has been resistant to a real tree since we got married. If this year goes poorly we will be back to an artificial tree by next year! XoXo

    1. Thank you! Truth be told I miss the real tree and the experience of getting it but it was so much easier for us doing it this way this year! We’ve had some great live trees through the years. Enjoy yours!!!! xoxoxo

  20. I love your new faux tree and have considered making the switch from real too but my family still insists on a real tree. I loved the layered tree skirt and rug with the rustic wood box! And that star well it’s just the cherry on top of your pretty tree! Thanks for hosting this fantastic Christmas tree blog hop!

    1. Thank you! I was surprised we didn’t get the resistance from the girls. I’m so glad you guys joined – it was fun! xoxo

  21. I just love your rustic tree, and I enjoyed your “Griswald” family tree story! I had real trees for years until developing some allergies to chemicals that might have been used on commercial trees during the growing process (I can still use some fresh evergreen clippings with no problem) I also just needed to get started earlier with decorating for blogging. and didn’t want a dead tree by Christmas!

    Your new tree is just beautiful! I just would love to snuggle up on that chair with that cozy throw and enjoy your lovely home for the holidays.

    Thank you so much for hosting this tour. Merry Christmas!

    1. Thanks Amber! I miss the family tradition but definately not the fuss. It always sounds so much more fun than it actually was. hahaha. I’m so glad you joined the tour. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! xoxo

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  23. What great ideas! I love those lanterns – they are really gorgeous. I have a question – how to you hold up your star on the top of the tree? Mine always bend and fall off. Thanks. Carol

    1. Thanks Carol!!! We did picture framing wire on the back and hooked it on top. The tree is faux so its pretty sturdy holding it. You could also try some zip ties or maybe adding a stick to help support it more like a stake in the back.

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  25. We argue every year about the lights on the tree. I feel you can never have too many. 6’ tree 200 lights! Simply NOT enough. Sooooo please tell me how many lights are in your FABULOUS TREE. It looks beautiful, by the way!

    1. I could not agree with you more Jenny! On this tree, it comes with 1000 lights and there are several different modes! I usually keep it on white but every now and again my husband switches it up. hahaha

  26. Such a beautifully decorated tree! Your home looks great for the holiday season, thanks for sharing! Pinned.

  27. Oh my word, Stacy, your tree is STUNNING! I just want to come over and sip on some coffee and take it all in.
    Thank you for sharing…pinned!

  28. Your tree is absolutely gorgeous! I love everything about it. I used to do a real tree every year as well, I love a faux tree. It’s so much easier.

  29. Your tree looks fabulous Stacy. I know real trees are so pretty, but they do make a mess.
    I am glad that you are loving your new faux tree.