Alternatives to a Traditional Christmas Tree

The following post is from Lindsey M. Roberts, a design & décor writer:

wooden Christmas tree
source: West Elm

Although we may have fond family memories of Christmas trees, the reasons are many for not getting one during the Christmas season.  If you’re in an apartment or condo with little space, if you’re short on cash, or if you just don’t have time, consider these Christmas-tree alternatives. Your guests will praise your creativity and not even miss the large tannenbaum.

Christmas tree in bucket
source: Anetteshus.com

Buy a Small Tree for a Pot

I spotted this tree on the Pinterest page of Amy Rutherford, proprietor of Red Barn Mercantile in Alexandria, Va. Genius! Instead of buying a big, expensive tree, what about a smaller tree in a galvanized-metal pot, set on a table or console? You can still put presents around it, and it would still add that evergreen touch and smell.

evergreen garland on a mantle
source: House of Hydrangeas

Hang an Evergreen Garland with Ornaments

Another way to get that evergreen look without a full Christmas tree is to get an evergreen garland. Drape the garland across the mantle, hang ornaments, and maybe string some lights, and you get a big Christmas impact.

wooden tree tableau
source: West Elm

Invest in Wooden Trees

A third option is to invest in wooden Christmas-tree decorations that you can use year after year to create a tableau on a dining table, sideboard, console, or cocktail table. These trees from West Elm are nice.

This year, we’re saving money and are going to decorate with a red poinsettia in our apartment’s living room, plus an evergreen garland across the top of our bookshelves, hung with wooden snowflake ornaments.

If you’re not doing a tree this year, what are you decorating with instead?

Lindsey M. Roberts has covered design, décor, and homes from Washington state to Washington, D.C., writing for publications such as Seattle Homes & Lifestyles, Apartment Therapy, The Washington Post, Preservation and Architect magazine.
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