3 Christmas Tree Alternative Ideas from One Creative Holiday Decorator

3 Christmas Tree Alternative Ideas from One Creative Holiday Decorator

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Taryn Williford
Nov 21, 2014
(Image credit: Dans le Lakehouse)

Traditions. They can be a handcuff, if you're the type that moves to the beat of a different drummer. But traditions are also an opportunity—nay, an enticing challenge—to celebrate the holidays in the most "you" way possible. I put up a black tinsel tree each year. And this homeowner? Well, she did it her way, in three ways.

(Image credit: Dans le Lakehouse)

This is the living room of Tanya from Dans le Lakehouse (formerly Dans le Townhouse before her family's move to a cottage on Lake Superior). A love of sparkly ornaments inspired her to find the places, other than an evergreen tree, where she could display her collection.

  • A ladder. After finding this rustic ladder at her mother-in-laws rural home, Tanya dragged it into the living room and adorned it with ornaments tied with satin ribbon.
  • A hanging frame gallery. With more baubles still to hang, some of the smaller ones got the art treatment with a handful of painted frames hung on the wall.
  • A potted tree. A pair of barren trees in the corner of the room later got dressed up with lights an ornaments of their own.
(Image credit: Dans le Lakehouse)

After a creative Christmas? Steal one of these ideas. (You can see more photos here.) Or come up with your own. The first step is deconstructing what you think a Christmas tree should be. A focal point for the room? A display for ornaments and lights? Or a place to gather and open presents? Determine what you like about the tradition, then get creative.

What's your favorite holiday alternative?

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