Many people around the world celebrate the holidays by trimming Christmas trees with ornaments and lights.
Did you ever wonder where this tradition originated? It started in Germany. According to the National Christmas Tree Association, there is a record from 1530 in Alsace, France (then a German territory) that trees were sold in the marketplace and brought home and set up undecorated. Laws limited the size to “8 shoe lengths” (slightly over 4 feet).
By the 16th century it was common for Christians in Germany to decorate small Christmas trees. Trees were decorated with apples, strips of red paper, nuts and items made out of sugar and flour. German settlers introduced the Christmas tree to the U.S. where it rapidly grew from a tabletop tree to floor-to-ceiling. In 1853 Franklin Pierce brought the first Christmas tree to the White House.
Decorating your Christmas tree is a great way to kick off the holidays together as a family. Before the hustle and bustle of the season shifts into high speed, carve out some time to make ornaments this year. With hot chocolate simmering on the stovetop, a crackling fire on the hearth and Christmas carols playing in the background, you and your kids will be creating more than tree decorations, you’ll be making memories that will last a lifetime.
We have several creative, cute homemade Christmas ornament ideas to get you started:
Cinnamon Ornaments are fun to make and add a wonderful, cinnamon scent to the room.
Fabric scraps and homemade, edible decoupage is all you need to make these personalized ball ornaments.
These cute snowmen ornaments will melt your hearts and are so easy to make!
Sugar snow ornaments can be made into almost any cookie cutter shape and because this recipe requires no baking, it’s perfect for little hands!
It just takes a little bit of cornstarch and some creativity and these Savannah Icicle and Candy Cane Ornaments can be made into almost any holiday shape.
These peppermint wreath ornaments are made with just some sweet treats, ribbon and a low-temp glue gun!
What are your holiday decorating traditions?