Who said your Christmas tree has to be a fir, spruce, or pine tree? I think I can count on one hand the years we have had a “normal” tree.
I am not sure if it is the crazy or cheap side of me that drives this creative craze. I remember going to one of my friend’s houses when I was a teenager and they had the coolest Christmas tree. It was a big cedar branch they had put lights on and was lightly decorated with ornaments. It was misshaped and looked like they had a tree growing in their house. I loved it! I connected with that tree. How refreshing it was to see something “out of the box” and different. I am so glad I was able to see that tree and have my eyes opened and to know that you don’t have to do things like everyone else.
I thought it might be fun to share some photos of the Non-Traditional Christmas Trees we have had over the years. A lot of the pictures are just scans of photos, but you will get the idea. This was before the digital times.
1995 topiary tree
As you can see, I had a little one crawling around the floor this year, so we cut off the lower branches and made a topiary tree.
1998 Cherry Tree
This was one of my most favorite trees of all. We had a cherry tree growing along the fence line that needed to come out. I could picture it with twinkle lights on and the branches spreading out over my living room. So my dear husband cut it down and made a stand for it and we brought a cherry tree into my house. I left that tree in my house for a year. In the spring, I made cute pink cherry blossoms.
In the summer I put green leaves and cherries on it, and in the fall the autumn leaves went on.
1999 My Autumn Cherry Tree
There is a funny story behind this tree. I was contemplating what to do for a tree this particular year. I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on a tree and I was out of creative ideas. We had a huge wind storm in our area and a big branch from an old cedar tree in the back yard broke and fell to the ground.
I went out back and knew right then what we were going to do with it. We kid around and say our Christmas tree that year fell from heaven. I wish I had a better camera. The pictures just don’t do them justice.
2013 Curly Willow Tree
We have a curly willow tree, which always comes in handy for home decor projects and Christmas trees.
Curly Willow Christmas
I just searched interest for Nontraditional Christmas trees, and it was fun to see how many ideas there are out there. I guess I am not the only one out there brave enough to do things a little outside the box.
Here are a few links to some of the ones I thought were clever and fun.
So, if money is tight and you don’t want to spend $45 on a tree, you don’t have the space, or you just want to do something whimsy and fun, here are a few ideas for you.
Holiday decorating can be inexpensive, simple, lighthearted, and outside the box. Have fun and enjoy the holiday season.