It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Today, I’m sharing a glimpse at my Classic Red and White Christmas Tree. To be honest, I’m not a big fan of the color red – except at Christmas. Last year, I did a rose gold + glitter tree and I LOVED it. The year before that was a pastel pink + blue + cupcakes (yep!) tree. I loved them all for their own reasons, but this year I decided to go with a Classic Red and White Christmas Tree.
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Personally, I’ve had my tree up since early November. I love the Christmas season, and want to enjoy my tree for as long as possible. If you put yours up on December 21st (or later!) – you do you! The beautiful thing about home decor is that you get to pick exactly what goes inside your home – or what doesn’t go. I’ve never understood those who get upset at how other people decorate their homes, or when.
If you follow me on Instagram, you can see a video tour of the tree in my story highlights! But if you prefer photos (like me), keep on scrolling below!
While my tree goes up early, it usually comes down the day or two after Christmas. I leave things like my mantle with my DIY Joy Christmas Sign up a little longer though.
The main decorations on my Classic Red and White Christmas Tree are ribbon, and a few themed and sentimental ornaments. The first one that goes on every year is our set of engagement ornaments from when we got engaged in 2018.
Classic Red and White Christmas Tree with Sentimental Ornaments
I also got a few ‘Mr & Mrs’ ornaments to celebrate us getting married this year (2019). These are the most expensive ornaments I have, but they are something that will only be purchased once. Plus, they can be used year after year because they go with pretty much any ‘theme’.
And of course, some misc. red ornaments to complete the Classic Red and White Christmas Tree look!
My trick to getting ornaments is to shop the sales – both after Christmas and during the season! Stores like Hobby Lobby and Michaels have sales often on their decor even as it’s coming out. I only get things at 40% or 50% off to save some money. Last year, I also hit up after Christmas sales to get red items as I knew that would be my theme for this year.
I got all of my Christmas ribbon a few years ago during a 70% off ribbon sale at Michaels. It’s easy to re-use the same pieces each year. Just be sure to wrap it back up nicely and store it with your Christmas decor for next year. The gift bags are from Winners (TJ Maxx) and I plan to re-use them next year. They fill up the space before I have any wrapped presents under the tree.
I may decorate early, but my present wrapping is very last minute LOL.
Classic Red and White Christmas Tree Topper
Honestly, I don’t LOVE tree toppers. I love how this one looks off the tree more. I find they look so awkward and floppy on the top of trees most of the time. Next year, I may just opt for a Santa hat on top!
For my theme next year, I’m already thinking of a Black and White tree. All of which I already have ornaments for! Then I’ll go back to the previous year’s themes, which I can do easily without buying any more decor. Most of my ornaments can be used with almost any decor style, or at least two different “themes”.
I also have a secondary mini tree in my office, so I can use extra ornaments on there as well. You do not HAVE to have a theme for your tree, or even matching ornaments. I just love the coordinated look of it. In total, I probably have about 20 ornaments on the tree each year. Then I add bead garland and ribbon to fill up the space.
We do not have a lot of storage space in this house. All of the Christmas decor gets stored in big plastic storage bins in the basement. I think I have a total of 4 large storage bins, plus the Christmas Tree box.
I am thinking of ‘investing’ a whopping $17 for a Christmas Tree storage bag this year. My tree is the Holiday Time 6.5′ Pre-Lit Flocked Frisco Pine Christmas Tree from Walmart that I got last year. I have just been keeping it in the original box, but it’s a little worse for wear this year.
Do you have themes for your Christmas Tree, or do you wing it each year?