Perhaps you’re ahead of the game, my friend. But after all our Thanksgiving travel, Team Wilson is just breaking out the Christmas decorations. With a short window to get the tree up (read: not nearly enough of one to appease my husband, who wants to celebrate all year long), I’ve scoured the web for inspiration and am excited to share my top three tips for this year’s “easily trimmed tree.” Before I hand over the list, I feel compelled to share the origin.

Regardless of how many family members make it home for the holidays, the Swann home is trimmed top to bottom in Christmas beauty. From fireplace garlands to festive door wreaths, Mama (Lynda) Swann has an exquisite touch in all things “do-it-yourself” decor.  Her most fantastic work of art: the Christmas tree. While it is absolutely breathtaking, it is equally simple. The three tips I’m sharing with you…well, they come straight from the handbook of my talented mother!

Choose a monochromatic theme. For as long as I can remember, our tree has been a mix of white and gold. Every ornament, ribbon, and sprig of sparkly tinsel ties into the color scheme and allows for repeat decorating without repeat purchases! Choose a color combination you love, and let it shine.

gold and white


Add in a spool of ribbon. The playfulness and creativity of wired ribbon (which allows you to curl and twist and decorate to your liking) adds fullness and elegance to even the simplest (and smallest!) of trees. Consider the natural look of burlap or add some glamour with a sparkle edged spool.

burlap tree


Tie it up in a bow. The reality of topping a tree with a star: often, they fall off! For another take on tree topping, use floral wire and loop it around the center of the bow. Then, wrap the base of the wire around the top of the tree, centering the bow. Alternatively, just tie a bow to the top stem!

bow tree

What are some of your go-to tree trimming tricks? Share them in the comment section below or send us a photo on Facebook!


Happy decorating,




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