The Christmas Spirit
MANY people around the world who celebrate Christmas use the Christmas tree as the focal point of the living room at this season. However, it is the attractive decorations used to deck the tree that really makes it and the room vibrant and inspiring.
There is a special feeling that goes with decorating a space for Christmas. Even when you do not get into the full spirit, a few touches of embellishment will evoke the right Christmas sentiment in children and grown-ups.
Christmas balls: Glass balls were used as Christmas decorations hundreds of years ago. Today, there are various types ranging from the big shiny plastic balls to glass that are available in different colours.
Christmas candles: Decorating the Christmas tree with Christmas candles is a tradition that dates back to the 16th century – the time when the Christmas tree was first brought into a living room. The candle is used to symbolise life and joy in a dark time, which is perfect choice for Christmas.
There are other types of popular Christmas decor embellishments such as ribbons, wreaths and garlands. In fact, old Christmas decorations could be freshened up by building a new theme around them.
Of course, lighting is important in Christmas décor. Places to hang up lights include walls, shelves, and around windows.
Like in all decorations, harmony in the use of the decorative elements is necessary to bring out its best. Choose a colour scheme that matches your existing room decor. There are many colour schemes that inspire Christmas, but not all of them might work with is already available for a given space or room.
Some common Christmas colour schemes to start with include: red and green; red, green, and white/gold; blue and white/silver; blue, white, and silver; white/ivory and gold; red and white/gold; and green and white/gold.