It could be the traditional tree filled with early childhood baubles to paper chains to ornate ornaments all put together on one huge tree. Or it could be a "designer tree" filled bows, balls and lights one in the various hues of the "in" color of the year, but looking just perfect in your home. Some people will opt for just a simple small tree that reflects the true spirit of the season in an elegant manner.
Many times adults will try and re-create the tree of their childhood, the one they remember through their Norman Rockwell tinted glasses -- a symbol of family togetherness, happiness and lots of toys! There are also folks that have had decorators come in and do their whole house for Christmas in the latest style complete with silks, ribbons and gilt. But it doesn't matter what style your tree is, it just should be one that makes you happy to decorate and happy to look at during the long dark December nights.
But for now we are going to go off into a different direction -- we are going to talk about decorating a tree with collectibles. Yes, those collectibles you have in the cabinets and closets. You already have your "main" tree that properly reflects the Christmas spirit in your home, now how about one that reflects your fun collectibles. ANYTHING can be used to decorate a Christmas tree, one year I even had a cookie jar in a tree.
The first thing to decide is where this collectible tree will go. Put it somewhere that can be enjoyed everyday. Maybe the kitchen or a home office or bedroom? It could also depend on your collectibles -- of course it won't matter to you if action figures are hanging on the tree in the kitchen -- they're probably all over your house anyway! But something like cookie cutters -- would be perfect on a tree in the kitchen.
The next page has suggestions for a tree you might put in the kitchen.
Christmas tree decorating hints