This post is sponsored by BIG W.
I am so excited to be have been chosen as a member of the Christmas Hint Squad for BIG W this year. The squad members’ mission is to share hints and tips regarding everything Christmassy between now and the big day – you’ll see us in BIG W catalogues, on the BIG W Facebook page and on each of our own blogs.
To kick start the campaign, today I am sharing 7 tips for decorating your Christmas tree but first I had a little friend help me make a video to share the story of our family Christmas tree…how well did she do!
7 Tips for Decorating Your Family’s Christmas Tree
1. Colour: I love having an overall colour theme for our tree (in our case, it’s a base of silver with lots of bright pink, purple and blue highlights) but I try not to get overly precious about it. The odd gold or green bauble that Immy discovers in the box is not going to make too much of an impact in the overall sea of colour. When choosing a colour theme, start by thinking about what decorations you already have and the colour of both the furniture and accessories within the room where your Christmas tree will be displayed.
2. Begin building a collection of memories for your child: Each year we have bought Immy, and now AJ, a special decoration that will eventually be their own to keep. One day (hopefully far, far away) when they leave home they will already have a collection of decorations (and the memories to go with them) to kick start their own Christmas decorating traditions. On the video you can see Immy placing a dancing lady on our Christmas tree. She is one of the ‘nine ladies dancing’ from the song, The Twelve Days of Christmas, and we bought her in 2009, when Immy was one year old. As our girls get bigger, they each get to choose their own special decoration for their collection.
3. Tree decorations don’t just have to be decorations: This year my girls’ favourite things on the tree are a set of pink and silver star wands that I found in the party section of BIG W. They ‘hang’ near the bottom of the tree and Immy and AJ take them off and dance around having a fabulous time. I also have a bag of brightly coloured, dress up jewelry rings (also from the party section) that I will add as a surprise sometime between now and Christmas. Keepsakes from family vacations and special events (we have a tiny Statue of Liberty and a bright blue M&M from a pre-child holiday in the US to name just two) are unique to your family and as they are placed on the tree year after year they will inspire stories of these memories to be shared. I also love the decorations that you can have made from a photo for the very same reason.
4. Have fun making decorations together: There are heaps of lovely, simple ideas for making Christmas decorations with kids – you might like to check out my Christmas Pinterest board for inspiration. Making your own wreath, decorating baubles, icing gingerbread shapes – these are the moments that become joyful, everlasting, holiday memories for children.
5. Put away special, breakable decorations: While your children are little it can be a good idea to keep special, breakable heirloom decorations packed away so that they don’t get broken. Save them for when your kids are a little older and gentler!
6. Lights: Plug in and test your lights before placing them on the tree, it will make finding and replacing any broken bulbs a lot easier. Placing them onto the tree first allows you to arrange them so that the lights are evenly distributed without knocking off any of your precious decorations.
7. A tree of their own: Purchasing a small, tabletop tree (I picked up the hot pink one shown above for just $6 from BIG W) and some plastic decorations for your child will help to discourage them from taking the decorations off of the larger Christmas tree.
In all honesty, I used to be a total Christmas tree decorating snob with carefully positioned decorations in our chosen colour theme placed uniformly around the tree. But now, even given it’s big bunches of decorations positioned almost on top of each other, the odd bare patch and the bottom third rearranged by a certain five year old on a daily basis, I think our family is something truly beautiful. It is most imperfectly ours and I love it.
One lucky Australian reader has the opportunity to win a $100 gift card to spend at BIG W this Christmas.
Entry is simple. This is a game of skill and entries will be judged based on creativity and originality. To enter, leave a comment on this post in response to this question:
What is your #1 Christmas tree decoration tip or hint?
Open to Australian residents only. Entries close 6pm AEDST, Wednesday, 27th November, 2013.
The fine print:
1. The competition begins at 9am AEDST, 13th November, 2013 and ends at 6pm AEDST, Wednesday, 27th November, 2013.
2. Entry is open to Australian residents only.
3. Entries will be judged based on creativity and originality.
4. There one prize to be won, with a total prize pool of $100.00
5. Entry is limited to one comment per household/IP address. Please register a routinely checked email address in the email field of your entry.
6. The winner will be notified via email within 14 days of the competition closing.
7. Should the winner fail to make contact via return email within 72 hours of notification a new winner may be selected.
8. The winner’s contact details will be passed onto BIG W and the prize organised directly by them.
9. All tips and hints shared may be republished anonymously by BIG W.