I’m not one for a minimalist Christmas tree. A tree in its natural state is a wonderful thing, but I prefer to bog down those green boughs with ornament after ornament after ornament: I’ll appreciate nature outdoors. With each year and each new ornament it becomes harder for my family’s Christmas tree to hold up to the strain, but a great crew bedecks those branches — the Jack Frost ornament who used to “date” one of my dolls during the holiday season; the enormous (and horrifying) Santa head my sister bought when she was about seven (and still insists upon hanging); the bobble-head turtle my friend brought me back from Puerto Rico; the potato (why not? they’re delicious).
My love of ornaments meets its match in my love of compiling a soundtrack for the ornament hanging, so let’s find some new (and vintage) ornaments to weigh down your tree and discover some tree-related tunes to play while you festoon.
[1. Deer ornament by Andrea Smith; 2. Vintage mushroom ornament from Retro Kombinat; 3. Vintage horse ornament from Ursa Minor Forever; 4. Toucan ornament by An Astrid Endeavor; 5. Tree image from a card by BANQUET; 6. Knitted baubles by Sara Carr; 7. Felt fox ornament by Samantha Stas; 8. Face ornament by My Little Belleville.]
Tree-themed tune: “The Happiest Christmas Tree” written by Cathy Lynn, performed by Nat King Cole (1959).
My favorite tree-related song. Perhaps the cheeriest Christmas song ever recorded (second place: “Suzy Snowflake” sung by Rosemary Clooney). It may be too intense for some to bear, in which case you should probably avoid me during the month of December.
[1. Wooden bauble decoration by Louise Smurthwaite; 2. Vintage house ornament from Mister True; 3. Bear ornament by Gingiber; 4. Vintage Santa ornament from Betty & June; 5. Mini oar ornaments by Gold Teeth Brooklyn; 6. Star ornament by Bombshell Kitty; 7. Vintage sequin ornaments from Rank & File Vintage; 8. Vintage gift tag from Independence Vintage.]
Tree-themed tune: “Tiny Tree Christmas” written and performed by Guster (2010).
[1. Geometric ornaments by Sketch Inc.; 2. Ceramic bird ornament by Galia Bernstein; 3. Make your own Christmas pudding ornament kit by Clara and Macy; 4. Vintage ornament from reservoires; 5. Vintage plastic Christmas tree from Ratty and Catty; 6. Fox decoration by And Smile; 7. Make your own Christmas decorations by Bread and Jam; 8. Rain cloud ornament by Elizabeth Benotti; 9. Sachet ornament by Fulana Beltrana Sicrana.]
Tree-themed tune: “I’d Like to Trim a Tree with You” written by Goetchius Tishman, performed by the McGuire Sisters (1955).
[1. Three felt ornaments by down home amy; 2. Skunk ornament by roBoat; 3. Vintage ornament from Soviet Vintage; 4. House ornament by Hook n’ Loop; 5. Two wooden ornaments by Abigail Brown; 6. Glass owl ornament by Happy Owl Glass; 7. Frida ornament set by MIKODESIGN; 8. Tree from a Christmas card by Tim Easley.]
Tree-themed tune: “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree” written by Johnny Marks, performed by Brenda Lee (1958).
Brenda Lee was only thirteen years old when she recorded this song. Thirteen! Maybe that’s why it’s such a merry holiday classic — she still had some of that childhood Christmas joy.
[1. Wooden christmas balls by 10 ante meridiem; 2. Let it snow decoration by Gabrielle Reith; 3. Red apple ornament by Oread Objects; 4. Vintage felt animal ornaments from The Glass Lily; 5. Octopus ornament by Gretchen Kramp; 6. Felt raccoon by Stitched Creatures; 7. Reindeer ornament by poosac; 8. Wooden tree puzzle toy by The Wandering Workshop.]
Tree-themed tune: “Trim Up the Tree” from How the Grinch Stole Christmas, music by Dr. Seuss, Albert Hague and Eugene Poddany (1966).
Embrace your inner Who, ignore your inner Grinch, and have a wonderful time decorating your tree… even if you don’t have any bingle balls.
What’s your favorite holiday song?