It’s a tradition that repeats itself every year, and yet never gets old: When families everywhere gather in their living rooms to put up a tree together, officially celebrating the start of the Christmas season.
Some families make a day of traveling to the tree farm to pick out their favorite fresh spruce to bring home, while others dust off the hand-me-down artificial evergreen that’s been hibernating in a box in the basement cubby for the last 11 months. Then, of course, comes the most fun part—decorating the tree itself! Dad adds the twinkle lights; Mom puts on Christmas tunes and makes a batch of hot cocoa with marshmallows. And the kids? They have the best job of all, of course: hanging the ornaments.
From shiny red-nosed reindeer ornaments to glittery glass spheres (including—oops!—one that just broke); from a popsicle-stick picture frame to that one handmade, three-pound clay wreath from preschool that we HAVE TO make room for; every decoration takes its rightful place on the bottom third of the Christmas tree. When it’s all done, it may be colorful, quirky and slightly off-kilter, yes, but it also feels like family. It feels like home. It feels just like Christmas.
The Doughboy knows better than anyone that decorating the Christmas tree together is an especially treasured time to make memories with the people you love. So if you need easy, family-friendly ideas to make extra (and extra-special!) homemade trimmings for your tree this season, we’ve got them. (Bonus: They work great for the top two-thirds of the tree, too.)