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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

Christmas Beautiful Idea #4 Unadorned Tree

Monday, December 8, 2014

Welcome to the fourth in a series of posts with some ideas and tips I think are 
Christmas beautiful ideas

Christmas inspires beauty in many ways.  
Heart rending songs, movies, and religious services 
create memorable scenes that often become embedded 
in our collective memories and become yearly Christmas traditions.  

One of the most loved beautiful traditions in towns all across America 
is lighting a towering Christmas tree filled with thousands of 
twinkling electrical lights that replaced lighted candles of yore. 

However, with mass global social media networks, 
unadorned evergreen trees from the Scandinavian countries 
are quietly gaining popularity elsewhere. 
For the past couple of years, I have been drawn 
to the simple elegance of an unadorned beautifully shaped tree. 

Christmas beautiful idea #4 
unadorned evergreen tree 

Well, this is almost an unadorned tree. 

A lone handmade paper angel hangs from the tree's center spire. 

I adapted directions for an angel ornament from Martha Stewart. 

A friend asked this week if this is a real tree. 
Yes, this is a real tree. 
Beautiful shape, dark green color, and lush branches. 
If only you could smell the fragrance! 

The tree came with a plastic tree stand attached to its base, 
but that look wasn't what I envisioned on my dining table. 
Using a vintage handsaw, I freed the tree from the plastic, 
and upgraded its stand to this white metal urn. 

Now, this is the base that befits the regal little tree. 
TIP:A plastic cup from a fast-food restaurant is just the 
right size and shape to fit inside the urn 
to hold water for the tree. 

Last year, an almost unadorned tree decorated the breakfast sunspace. 

A natural evergreen looked more country 
in a galvanized bucket on the front porch last year. 

Most years there is a decorated tree in the breakfast sunspace or living room or both places. 

An undecorated live tree fits in with the wood ceiling, posts, 
wood paneling and country pine table. 

What do you think? 
Is an unadorned tree in your plans this year? 

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