Monday, 24 October 2011

Choose a Fantastic Christmas Tree Topper

It’s that time of year again!  The days are getting shorter, the trees have lost their leaves and the wind has started to howl around the house bringing snow and ice in its wake.  The Holiday Season is just around the corner and it is time to start thinking about how you are going to decorate our home this Christmas.  For many families the Christmas tree is the centrepiece of their decorating, and ornaments, tinsel and lights are taken out of cupboards where they have carefully packed away and hung around the boughs.  The most important decoration on any Christmas tree, however, is the one that sits on the very top – the Christmas Tree Topper.

Traditionally, the most popular ornaments to place on the top of our Christmas Tree are stars and angels.  A star is placed on the top of the tree as it represents the star that shone in the sky over the stable in Bethlehem, which led the Three Wise Men to the scene of the Nativity.  Angels are also associated with the Nativity, as a host of Christmas angels appeared to the shepherds who were guarding their flocks in the field around Bethlehem and gave the news of the birth of the baby Jesus.

If you want a traditional star or angel tree topper, you will find that you can now find a huge selection to choose from both in stores and online.  There are star toppers to suit every budget and every Christmas decoration theme, and you can choose from simple gold or silver stars through to very elaborate, glittering stars.  If use a lot of lights on your tree, you can find some beautiful illuminated star toppers and if you want to spend a bit more money you can also find Christmas tree toppers that are animated.  There is one very attractive and festive topper available on Amazon that has a lighted star and an animated Santa’s sleigh.

If you would rather have an angel, you can choose from cute, doll-like angels with gauze wings and tinselled robes, stylized angels and more classical angels.  Again, you can choose from relatively simple, inexpensive angel Christmas tree toppers or go for more ornate angels with sumptuous robes, real wing feathers and lights.  You will also be able to find an angel topper that is dressed in or embellished with your theme colour for your Christmas decorating this year.

If you want to break away from tradition, you can now find many other different Christmas Tree Toppers.  I have seen some great Santa toppers, snowflakes, cheerful snowmen, and prancing reindeer. If your little ones love all things Disney, there are cute Tinker Bell and Mickey Mouse ornaments to put on the top of the tree, or if all your kids are boys why not go for a Yoda topper? There are so many great designs out there that if you are looking for something a bit more unusual to put on the top of your Christmas Tree, you are bound to find it.

So where is the best place to find your perfect Christmas Tree topper?  Most department stores stock a great range of decorations for the Holiday Season, and some cities even have specialty Christmas shops that are open all year round.  But to get the widest range of Christmas Tree Toppers to choose from, why not have a look online?  Amazon has a great selection to suit every pocket, and you will also probably be able to find matching baubles and tinsel at the same time.  Or if you want a more homespun Festive Season, why not make your own star or angel from card, scraps of fabric and glitter?  I’m sure that your kids would love to make a glittering star or stick the wings on an angel, and then every year when you get your decorations out, you will have some wonderful memories of a happy time that you spent together as a family to enjoy.

Monday, 10 October 2011

Find the Best Personalized Christmas Ornaments

Do you love the Holiday Season and the fun of decorating your home with garlands, wreaths and tinsel and putting up your Christmas Tree? The festive season is one of the major holidays of the year and for many people it holds great memories and nostalgic thoughts of the past. So why not incorporate some of these precious memories into your holiday decorating this year and choose some wonderful personalized Christmas Ornaments for your home or your Christmas trees.

So what types of personalized Christmas Ornaments can you find to help decorate your home this year?  If it is a memory or special event that you want to cherish with a special Christmas Tree ornament then you will find a great range of ornaments that commemorate some pretty momentous times of your life.  There are Christmas ornaments that are designed to mark a baby’s first Christmas, an engagement, a couple’s first holiday season together as a married couple or your declaration of true love.  You can also find these as personalized Christmas ornaments, and you can have names, dates and a short message painted on or added to your bauble.  One some Christmas ornaments there is also a space to put a photograph.  One of the best places to find a great selection is online, so have a look at Amazon today to find your perfect choice.  As with all things that you choose to have personalized, it may take a little longer for your order to be despatched, so don’t cut it too fine or you may not be hanging up your chosen personalized festive bauble in time for Christmas!

Christmas can also be a time when we remember beloved pets that have passed away.  You can now find tasteful personalized Christmas ornaments in the stores and online that are inscribed with the name of your deceased pet, and they often also have a space for a photo of your pet, which will act as a memorial so that you can feel that your much loved animal is still with you enjoying the family fun of the festive season.

If you want to celebrate the whole family, you can get fantastic personalized Christmas Ornaments that has room for everyone.  These great decorations come in lots of different designs, and I have seen one with a group of snowmen where each name was painted on the forehead and also one which is a group of colourful festive penguins. One neat idea that I have seen this year is a set of clear glass Christmas Tree ornaments that you can decorate yourself.  They come in sets of eight, so you could paint pictures or add the names of family members with glass paint as well as adding gold filigree, bits of glitter, or anything that help to make your holiday season dazzle.

If you want to be a bit more extravagant this year, you could choose to have some engraved glass personalized Christmas Ornaments.  There are some pretty, delicate glass Christmas bells that you have engraved with a name, a date or a short message.  The big crystal manufacturers such as Waterford also make commemorative Christmas tree ornaments for occasions such as baby’s first Christmas that you will be able keep and cherish for a lifetime.

So whether is a pet memorial Christmas decoration or a special festive bauble to commemorate your first festive season together, you will surely be able to find the perfect personalized Christmas ornament and over the years you will build up a treasury of precious memories to light up your holiday season.