How people around the world decorate their Christmas trees
Whether you like it or not, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. As the countdown begins, you’re probably thinking about (or dreading) digging out the ancient box of decorations and dragging the tree home.
But if you’re bored of the usual baubles and tinsel, perhaps it’s time to look further afield than the cupboard under the stairs for some decoration inspiration.
Why deck the halls with boughs of holly when you could string up popcorn, origami and biscuits?
These are just some of the Christmas tree decoration traditions from around the world that put us Brits to shame in the creativity stakes, according to Celebrity Cruises.
Here are the most charming international Christmas tree trends for us to copy. So if your festive forest needs a makeover, take heed from some of these ideas.
Popcorn on a string in the USA
Popcorn wasn’t always just a healthy millennial snack. In America in the 1950s and ’60s, adorning the tree with delicate strings of popcorn was a craze. The sweet-and-salty tradition is thought to originate from when outdoor Christmas trees were decorated with food for wildlife. Perfect if you’re feeling peckish while you’re putting presents under the tree.
Real candles in Germany
This decorative tradition might be something of a fire hazard, but a cosy look can be just as easily achieved with LED candles. Legend has it that Protestant reformer Martin Luther introduced real candles to Christmas trees in the 16th century to recreate a starry night sky. O Tannenbaum.
Sparkly spiderwebs and spiders in Ukraine
It’s not just a hangover from Halloween: in Ukraine, families dot their trees with shimmering spiderwebs to celebrate a famous folklore. The story goes that there was once a poor family who couldn’t afford to decorate their tree, so a Christmas spider decorated it with webs that turned to gold and silver on the big day, making the family rich. Magic and riches not guaranteed, sadly.
Shell ornaments in Australia
Christmas takes place during the summer season in Australia, meaning the trees have less of a wintry theme. You’ll often find pretty little shells on the branches of Christmas trees down under, either in their natural form or embellished with glitter.