Growing up my parents were "live tree people." It wasn't until I was in my teens that I learned my mother in fact had horrible allergies to the tree each year. Since then they've had a fake tree and I've always sworn I'd carry on the live tree tradition. Things got in the way over the year and family kept donating their old fake trees to me and I never got around to it. This year I made two trees and to be quite honest — I couldn't be happier.
I dislike the idea that just because you have a "certain type of home" that you're bound to a specific type of tree. In the past you either had a real tree or a fake tree and that was about where the differences ended. Potentially they were flocked or unflocked, but other than that, a tree was just a tree.
Now that there are more choices when it comes to trees, that doesn't mean you have to have a "certain type of home" to house any one of the varieties. Christmas and the holiday season in general is about personalizing the traditions we grew up with and putting a twist on them to make them your own. So you have a relatively traditional home. Who cares what kind of tree you have? If you like an all black tree or one made from bottles, it's all in what you choose to love and cherish during this time of year.
Although we've covered many of the different sorts of "alternative trees" in the past, sometimes it's good to have a look at them all in one place. Check out a few different ideas below and keep in mind that you're allowed to like and implement whatever type of tree you want... traditions be damned!
How about modern trees....
Or handmade trees....
Maybe flat pack eco-friendly trees....
Oooh and super vibrant trees.....
Don't forget small trees....
And trees that are short and chubby....
And some that aren't even trees at all (this one's made from tumbleweeds)!
No matter what your preference, there's a tree for you. Even if you've never really thought about changing up your tree style, it's not as difficult as you might think. I hope you all find that special something with your holiday decor this season and truly get a chance to make it as unique as you are, no matter what style that might be!
Previous Posts On Alternative Christmas Trees
• Not Your Average Christmas Trees
• Metallic Christmas Trees
• Modern Christmas Tree Alternative: DIY Chandelier
• Michael's Musical Christmas Tree
• 4 Modern Alternative Christmas Trees
• 10 Eco-Friendly Alternative Christmas Trees
• Tabletop Cardboard Christmas Tree by Cloudgate Design
• Drying Rack as Christmas Tree
• Inspiration for Christmas Tree Alternatives
Image: 1. Treetopia & Sarah Rae Trover, 2. Flickr member FutureShape licensed for use by Creative Commons, 3. The Modern Christmas Tree, 4. Sarah Rae Trover, 5. Buro Tree, 6. Treetopia, 7. Flickr member Thijs Knaap licensed for use by Creative Commons, 8. Flickr member John C Abell licensed for use by Creative Commons, 9. Flickr member erissiva licensed for use by Creative Commons