Holiday Decor: Traditional vs. Trendy

If my Instagram feed from last weekend is anything to go by, I'm guessing a lot of you have your Christmas trees up by now. Early December seems to be the time when most people get their holiday on, tree and all. And I'm wondering about that tree: does it look the same as last year's, or entirely different?

In my family we have a live tree, and decorate it pretty much the same way every year: by attacking every spare inch of green with our expansive (and ever-growing) collection of ornaments, which range from antique and vintage hand-me-downs to handmade childhood crafts and newly-purchased items.

Though I'm a great one for tradition and would never change this, I often feel a twinge of jealousy for my friends who have more, er, controlled holiday decor. You know, they pick a new theme each year — say, vintage toys or monochrome silver-and-white ornaments — and decorate accordingly. I think it would be nice to flex my creative muscles and try something new, though I can imagine the cost of doing so every year would be prohibitive.

Where does your family fall on this spectrum? Tried-and-true, creative and new, or somewhere in between?

(Image: Left: Yvestown on Flickr, Right: Piro on Flickr, both licensed under Creative Commons)

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Eleanor is a interior designer and freelance writer, embroiled in a love affair with everything glamorous, retro or delicious. This expat Canadian calls London, UK home but escapes to Paris whenever humanly possible.

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