Christmas tree with vintage and new decorations.

Decorating The Christmas Tree

In our house decorating the Christmas tree is cause for celebration. This is the first tree we’ve had in a while due to our rambunctious dog, Angus. He definitely set limits on the holiday decorating the last few years, but I think we are ready to resume our festive traditions once again. Keeping fingers crossed!

Christmas tree with green and silver.


I have a fun tree to decorate with vertical space between the branches allowing room for larger ornaments, such as the glitter covered houses I made. Other new additions include beautiful silver and gold mercury glass ornaments and finials. They have a vintage feel adding lots of sparkle.


Plaid ribbons and touches of silver and mercury glass.


My favorite find this year are the plaid ribbons. If you are new to my blog, you may not know I have a passion for plaid. I’m drawn to plaid, like a moth to a flame and look for opportunities to incorporate bits of plaid whenever I can. Check out the post from last year Decorating Christmas In Plaid for lots of ideas from hearth to table.


Simple Christmas tree with plaid ribbons and subtle color.


Long before I ever thought about starting a blog, I painted the “believe” rocking horse sign. It usually hangs on the inside of the front door but I like the festive touch it adds to the tree.


A vintage looking rocking horse sign with Believe.

Here’s a tip:

If you have old ornaments that need updating you might want to try painting them. The same metallic wax, I used in the project DIY Pewter Mirror Frame, gave these jingle bells a whole new look. Keep scrolling to see the before and after.

Update old decorations with metallic paint


Update old ornaments with metallic wax.


Inside the tree is a great place to display unexpected things. An old Charles Dickens book is tucked between the branches adding a charming touch, in spite of its worn appearance.


An old Dickens book tucked in the branches.


Christmas tree with vintage and new decorations.

Thank you so much for joining me today and letting me share our Christmas tree. More projects to come this week.


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10 thoughts on “Decorating The Christmas Tree

  1. Cindy Richter says:

    This is the best Christmas decorating post i’ve seen so far. I loved it! I do have old outdated looking ornaments and have never thought to paint them. I just give them away. Ugh. Well no more! Grinned and Pinned. Thanks for sharing.

  2. lynn spencer says:

    Hey Michelle, your tree is just lovely! And like you I like to tuck ‘non ornament’ in the branches as well…for a little unexpected something. And painting those ornaments was brilliant! Thanks for that tip. We have an almost 1 year old kitten…this will be her first Christmas and I’m a little anxious about the tree this year. Seriously considering bolting it to the wall!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Hugs, Lynn

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Hi Lynn, when we had a cat I would wait a week after setting up the tree before decorating it. He loved to explore the branches but I like your idea of bolting it to the wall. Priceless! Thanks for the sweet comments! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Michelle Meyer says:

      Thank you Maria, I may have to add a few more. During Thanksgiving the family requested some of the old ornaments be added. Got to keep the family happy! 😉

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