Oh Christmas Theme, Oh Christmas Theme . . .

Do you have a theme for your Christmas tree?  Since many people have more than one tree for Christmas, I think more and more are choosing to “theme up” at least one of their trees.   What’s more natural than a bird-themed tree?  



 If you love the sea and all things beachy, this Christmas tree just might float your boat.



Tick-tock, Father Time, and all that.  This tree of clocks boasts an unconventional color scheme of purple and metallic gold.



Old-fashioned yet fresh and new – a candy theme is a fun and kid-friendly way to go with decorating the Christmas tree. 

Christmas Tree in Candy by country living



My mother-in-law collects angels.  She should totally do a heavenly tree like this one – all stars and angels!



If you really want to give them something to talk about around the watercooler,  decorate your office Christmas tree with colorful office supplies!



Christmas Tree with Letters by country living For the literary lover:  a tree decked out in all kinds of letters and fonts.



I’ve certainly never seen an Asian-themed Christmas tree, I must say I love it!  A bonsai tree, even!




Why not have a Christmas tree in the kitchen?  Better yet, have a kitchen-themed Christmas tree in the kitchen.  Trim it with miniature kitchen utensils, fruit, nuts, and food-related items.  My friend Tisha has just such a tree in her kitchen every year. kitchen christmas tree by country living



I love the natural look of this Christmas tree.  Adorned with nametags and old photographs, it kinda reminds me of that famous Horton Christmas Tree on “Days of our Lives” that has all the ball ornaments with family members’ names painted on each one.  Please tell me somebody knows what I’m talking about. 

name tag tree from country living



If you love retro or just love the color pink, this tree would probably suit you perfectly.  I know it would suit me!



What do you want to bet that the lady of the house is a gardener?  Creating a themed Christmas tree is a fun way to display your collections or showcase your passion.


So, are you pro-theme or anti-theme?  I’ll be giving you a tour of my house all decked out for Christmas as soon as I get a sunny day to take some decent photos.  Can you guess the overall theme of my Christmas decorating?  No fair if you’ve seen it before!





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20 thoughts on “Oh Christmas Theme, Oh Christmas Theme . . .

  1. Cathy Brown says:

    Kristie – I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog. I am a decorating dunce – I know what I like, but can’t envision it before the fact. I love the different ideas you show! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

  2. Jean Molesworth Kee says:

    Great post, Kristie. However, the worst comment I ever got from my 10 year old (ages ago) was his complaint that our tree looked like the one in the dentist’s office. Kids like color and ornaments that have meaning. ; ) I had to put the Snoopy ornaments back on.

    And my kids definitely did NOT get my uber-creative Mom’s Xmas tree that was covered one year in sprayed gold artichokes.

    That said, when the kids leave home you can do whatever the heck you want!

  3. Amy says:

    I personally do not like themed trees. I find them very limiting. I love to pick up ornaments that have special meaning on trips, and my mother will often give us special ornaments that she’s picked up on her trips. They’re always different, and a tree with a theme would mean they can’t all be displayed. There is not room in my house for more than one tree – we are having a hard time figuring out where to put even one tree – and I find that lots and lots of Christmas decorations feel suffocating for me. I am finally finding my happy medium with all of this, because my kids want to drag out everything. Like Jean said, they love the things that have meaning to them. My kids look at the decorations each year and are reminded of very special family times. Me too. Our tree of hodge-podge decorations is absolutely beautiful to us, and it serves to bond our family together tighter for all that it represents. But I do think the trees you have featured here are lovely, and I understand that I am probably in the minority on this.

    • Kristie Barnett says:

      Actually, I think you are probably in the majority, Amy! They look lovely, but themed trees are very limiting. Again, better option for a secondary tree – maybe a tabletop size. The friend I spoke of with the kitchen-themed tree has a slim 3 foot tree that she puts on one end of her kitchen island. I’ve got a small tree on my entry table, and I use specific colors and ornaments on that one. But my big tree is definitely a “family” tree with lots of memories.

      • Amy says:

        Oh yes I remember – I have seen Tisha’s tree in her kitchen! I think I lost count of how many trees she has in her house!

        One correction on my original comment – I forgot that Hannah has her own tree in her room. It is very small, and it was a birthday gift one year (since she has a Dec b’day). It was a great gift since it gets packed up most of the year. I let her hang any ornament she wants on it, so all those little crafts that she makes go there and she’s thrilled. So maybe I do have a themed tree – “kid theme”. 🙂

  4. Sheila Zeller says:

    I was just in an antique store today and they had a retro tabletop tinsel tree! Oh, it was so tempting… and your theme? I think it’s retro something. I used to have a Santa Claus / Father Christmas theme, but not so much anymore. Now it’s just all about the sparkle of the lights, and adding vintage/ vintage-like ornaments as we come across them… one-by-one.

  5. Katie says:

    For the longest time I always had a Victorian (pink/green) tree with white lights. So very pretty! Then as my girls got older they asked “why can’t we have a traditional red/green tree with colored lights.” So that’s what we have now. We have always had real trees never ever fake! Love the fresh pine smell. I also have a small tree in my kitchen with just kitchen items on it. Very cute too…XoXo

  6. Lee says:

    I feel like you’ve left off one very important themed tree…..The Sci-Fi theme! I know more than one person who has a tree with entirely Star Wars and/or Star Trek ornaments! 🙂

  7. Coley says:

    Fun trees! I actually have 4 this year. One is all silver/white/blue, one is a peacock theme (on my blog) and one is in the kitchen as has utensils all over it 🙂 I love themed trees!

  8. Kristie Barnett says:

    sharing a comment i got via email from KARYN:

    okay, i have to admit i know EXACTLY what you’re talking about re: the hortons’ christmas tree ornaments on DOL. i had mono in high school and discovered soaps by accident because i didn’t feel well enough to even read. when i mentioned DOL, my PARENTS confessed they used to watch it in graduate school! that got me hooked, and even after i started working in the real world (8am-5pm), i still read the weekly summary in the newspaper.

    i distinctly remember watching it on a christmas eve so my father was home from work and – i am pretty sure it was john during the “roman is missing” phase – gave marlena a beautiful ring. in turn, she gave him one of those handmade ornaments. my father is an “intellectual” and one of the least material people i know so i was shocked when he commented, “i’d dump her if i spent all that money on her and she gave me that!” so funny you should bring this up…

  9. Kristie Barnett says:

    sharing a comment i got via email from CINDY:

    Wow its been years since I watched Days of our Lives but yes I remember the tree!! I don’t know your tree theme but let me think – one with litrary/books, one with owls and one all white.

    Oh – I “spruced” up my tree in my office to be a little more girly and Will told me last night how pretty it was this year. Haivng 2 trees has curbed my frustration on wanting the tree to look a certain way – the boys do the one in the den and I do the one in my office at the front window – it’s a win win. We have done that for at leasts 5 years and it is a good solution.

  10. Robin says:

    The bird tree is from the Martha Stewart Page! I just finished making these beautiful ornaments with instructions there and they turned out beautiful!! Love you trees!

  11. Reflections Interior Designs says:

    Yes, I must say I love themed trees. My son is grown and moved out, so I gave him all the childhood ornaments that he grew up with, he loves it. I kept several of the old ornaments for myself, and sprinkle them about the house. Now since my home is white and aqua – I have a white flocked real tree with aqua ornaments and I love it!

  12. Cherie says:

    I know this blog is a year old, but I think I’ll comment anyway, since you recommended it at the bottom of your most recent blog on themed trees. Our tall, skinny tree in the kitchen has a theme–babies and little children. I’ve framed baby pictures of my husband and myself and our children and grandchildren to hang all over this tree. Since the frames are all different, I’ve tied them to the tree with gold ribbons to give it a unity. Everyone comments on this tree. Since the first year, I’ve been adding all the little grand nephews and grand nieces. It’s really precious. Our niece had her first baby this year and she has already looked to see if his photo is on the tree, and of course, it is! These days you can find little frames to be used as ornaments just about everywhere. Pottery Barn has pretty ones, but they are a tad expensive. I found even prettier ones at the dollar store for $1 each.

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