Country Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas

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Decorating the tree is one of the most cherished traditions of the Christmas season for many people. Whether you have a real tree—such as a Douglas fir or Christmas fir—or if you use an artificial tree, decorations with a country flair will enhance the tree in a timeless way. Country Christmas tree decorations are perfect for people who live in the country or who like the rustic country aesthetic.

Country Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas
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Affix a country-style angel on top of the tree instead of a more typical angel clad in a diaphanous gown. Country angel tree toppers can vary in character from rustic (like an almost abstract angel figure made of bent grapevines) to over-the-top adorable (think a chubby-cheeked sculpted girl angel with freckles and a plaid shirt). Alternately, if you prefer your country decorations to be very subdued or if you like to top your Christmas tree with a star, make or purchase a rough-hewn wooden star topper.

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String popcorn onto sturdy thread, like fishing line or dental floss, to make old-fashioned country garlands. Use a needle to make the task easier, following the advice of an article called "Cranberry Garland" on the Ocean Spray website. Crafting such garlands makes a good quiet family activity on a cold, snowy evening. Optional country additions to popcorn garlands include wooden beads (painted or not) and cranberries.

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Make or purchase simple ornaments made of wood and strung on red ribbons. Wooden ornaments can range from complex handcrafted miniature trains to ultra-simple shapes like stars, candy canes, gingerbread men and reindeer cut from unfinished wood. Or make ornaments from wooden letters spelling out festive words like "joy," "celebrate" and, of course, "Christmas." Consider making your own wooden "gratitude ornaments," starting with rounds cut from a tree branch (leave the bark on, ringing the perimeter of the ornament, for a rustic country look). Inscribe something you are thankful for on one side of the ornament using paint, a permanent marker or a wood-burning tool. Draw a related picture on the other side of the ornament. Drill a thin hole near the top, string a ribbon through it, and hang it up.

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