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Christmas tree decorations: classic, colorful or cubist

Susanne Loacker

No, we probably won’t be going away this Christmas. So let’s make ourselves as comfortable as possible at home – without forgetting the Christmas tree. No matter if it’s real or artificial, big or small: it’s the ornaments that count. And the look has to be just right. We make seven suggestions for everyone: for people who like doing handicrafts with their kids, for those who like to buy more sophisticated objects, for traditionalists and for rule-breakers. In many families, Christmas is a traditional event: food is served just the way Grandma used to prepare it, and the tree is decorated the same way every year. That’s wonderful – but can get a bit boring. How about giving your Christmas tree a new look this year?

Christmas tree ornaments in the shape of a cat, ice cream, rainbow, balloon animal and pineapple lie on a wooden box alongside fir tree branches.
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1. Colorful handicrafts with the kids

These decorations look great and will remind everyone of your trip to the forest for years to come: collect pine cones in dry weather and stick small colorful felt pompoms on them in each person’s favorite color. Or add a rainbow pattern to them all – it doesn’t cost much, but it’s easy to do and looks very pretty.

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2. Very traditional

If you prefer a more classical and contemplative style, you’ll get your money’s worth with the traditional porcelain decorations from Villeroy & Boch. The lovingly painted triple set comprising Santa, a reindeer and the Christ child is an eye-catching feature in among the tree decorations. The traditional company has been producing porcelain since 1748 – no wonder the Christmas tree ornaments are so valuable. The set is available from Villeroy & Boch for about 39 francs (price on 2 Dezember 2020).

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3. Unconventionally spirituous

Let’s face it: there should always be a little bit of alcohol around at Christmas. That’s especially true this year – after all, who knows how we’ll be able to celebrate this Christmas. So if you don’t have to be a role model for anyone sitting under your Christmas tree, why not hang something else on your tree for a change? A tiny glass of gin, wine, Prosecco or whiskey can’t hurt – especially in these small bottles. These spirituous Christmas tree ornaments are available in a pack of four assorted bottles from Radbag for about 20 francs (price on 2 Dezember 2020).

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4. Un-Christmassy tree decorations

If you’re not a fan of the Christmas season and all the usual seasonal patterns and colors, you could opt for a delightfully un-Christmassy Christmas tree from Butlers this year. From pineapples to rainbows to ice-cream cones, you’ll find a full range of whatever your decorative heart – but not your Christmas heart – desires. Flashy, kitsch and colorful yes, festive and Christmassy no. Let the un-Christmas celebrations begin.

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5. DIY

On her DIY blog, Ria presents a simple and exciting idea for homemade Christmas tree decorations: All you need is:

  • wooden discs
  • a star-shaped paper stencil
  • white acrylic paint
  • decorative string
  • a little sponge
  • and a drill for making holes (alternatively, the string can also be fixed with hot glue)

Now for the practical part: fix the stencil onto the wooden discs, then dab the acrylic paint onto the wood with the sponge. Next, drill holes in the wooden discs and pull the decorative string through – alternatively you can also fix the string with hot glue. And that’s it: your chic alternative decorative chain for the Christmas tree is ready. If you prefer bright colors, you can of course choose other shades rather than plain white. And there are no limits to your imagination when choosing a stencil either.

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6. Very personal

Create a really unique personal Christmas tree ornament: with a photo of you or another image of your choice. The ornaments are available in red, gold or silver and measure eight centimeters in diameter. A very special idea: why not have a different family member immortalized on an ornament every year? Then, over time, you’ll gradually create a whole family album for the tree. Personalized ornaments are available for about 20 francs each from Geschenkideen.

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7. Sweet treats

In the chocolate country of Switzerland, edible tree decorations are of course another excellent idea. After all, the first ever Christmas tree decoration is said to have consisted of flowers and edible fruits. This version may be a little less healthy – but it tastes just as delicious. It’s made by the traditional Swiss company Lindt.

You can opt for a more delicate angel in white, or for a classic model in red and blue – with the typical filling. Both are available at Piccantino for less than 10 francs.

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8. Cubist

At Christmas everything is round and cute. If that’s too boring for you, you can pick your own motifs – and why not go for an unusual shape for once? Besides this slightly annoying star, you can also find a snowflake, a fir tree, a reindeer and a penguin in the same style. They look funniest when they are all hung together on the tree. Each one costs 23 francs from Ikarus Online (price on 2 Dezember 2020).

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