Christmas 2013. It was our first Christmas at our second home here. I wanted to continue the themed Christmas tree tradition but I added the following rules:
- Repeat as many of the ornaments from the previous year.
- Recycle & Repurpose materials. DIY crafts. Use paper and inexpensive materials.
I thought if I can just easily buy new stuff to spruce up the tree, then where’s the
challenge fun in that? 😀 The point of the theme is to exercise creativity and resourcefulness. This makes the tree more meaningful and memorable. And of course, beautiful! (At least to me)
This year’s theme: Seussical! The eldest was obsessed with Seuss’ Cat in the Hat in Netflix. I thought she’d be thrilled to see her favorite in our Christmas Tree (she was!). I want it flashy, over-the-top, topsy-turvy in a Seuss kind of way. “Over-the-topsy-turvy”, I thought, amusing myself. Adding to last year’s red ornaments are:
- Red-Aqua DIY paper pinwheels — inspired by Thing One & Thing Two aqua hair & red suit (The Cat in the Hat)
- Colorful pipe cleaners twisted or topped with shiny pompom balls sticking out of the top of the tree — inspired by the Truffula trees (The Lorax)
- Bended treetop — inspired by the Whoville Christmas tree (How the Grinch Stole Christmas)
- Cut-out images of Seuss characters & book quotes from our 2013 Seuss calendar
- Amelie’s Seuss book collection at the base of the tree
I love the full, busy look that was the outcome of this theme. It was fun sprucing up and messing up the tree. And I felt proud that we didn’t spend much to make this year’s theme.