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The Best Christmas Tree Themes for 2014

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From Chinese theme to Jungle theme, you have probably seen a lot of them over the years that you might be running out of ideas to make this year different than the previous ones. Luckily, ideas are still flowing creatively from our minds thanks to Disney and some local vintage stores we have visited.

Here are some of the best Christmas tree themes for 2014 that would surely make your family and friends’ eyes pop with excitement and amusement:

Disney’s Frozen Theme

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Kids and adults alike are all about Disney’s Frozen. Your child probably asked for a Frozen-themed birthday, so why not extend the craze and make a Frozen Christmas tree theme this year?

Frozen Christmas tree theme is actually a very common one given that it has been used for dozens of years. Basically, all you need would be a lot of frosted trims and clear glasses to get the ice look. But since Disney made it all famous once again, we suggest upgrading your usual frosted decors with some touch of blue color and then may be borrow some of your kid’s Frozen toys for accentuation.

Bling Christmas Theme

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Bling and all that shines will always be a Christmas décor staple. However, you can take it to a higher level with some rhinestones or even those cheap shirt studs you can buy at the local craft store. Put them anywhere you like for a whole load of bling and you might be amazed of how fabulous your old Christmas decors now look with lots of bling.

For 2014, you can stick with clear stones, a yellowish tone, or even a hint of blue.

Red, Green, Gold and Silver

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Red and green will always be a staple in Christmas tree themes yearly. No other color signifies the Christmas season better than red and green. However, for 2014, you can add a hint of gold and silver to give it a fresher and more updated look.

If you want something different than your plain old floral look, think Kate Spade and add stripes and polka to the decors for that tickle factor.


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We saw a lot of chevron last 2013 and stylists say that it remains to be a hot trend for 2014. In that case, go chevron all you want. Best part is that it is not hard to do. In fact, you can make your very own chevron balls or ornaments with only some Styrofoam, glue, glitters, or even colored pens.


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Think of earth colors – brown and green and then add some splash of either gold or silver or even both. Paper and wooden materials are so in right now that you would not have a hard time shopping for this new theme plus they come in very cheap.

Do not limit yourself to plain old color motifs during Christmas time. Think outside of the box and let your creativity flow as you keep searching for new Christmas tree themes.


The Easiest and Cheapest Homemade Christmas Ornaments

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Christmas is fast approaching as we now feel the cold breeze and the winter chill getting stronger each night. Have you put up your Christmas decorations already? Or are you tired of seeing the same ornaments year after year but does not really have the budget to change everything and buy a whole new set of Christmas decorations?

Frankly, Christmas in general does not have to be expensive including the decorations of course. Here are some homemade Christmas ornaments that are not just easy to do but are also cheap.

Sparkling Ornaments

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Christmas just would not be the same without some sparkles. Gather all your old night light bulbs or any type of bulb you have in the garage. Get some glue (glittering glue if you have) and brush it all over the bulb. Next, roll it over different colors of glitters and let it dry for 15 minutes or so.

Do not forget to hot-glue a metallic embroidery floss of your chosen color to the base for attachment.

Vintage Baking Molds

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Christmas and vintage go very well together. This is why you should never throw out any old or unused baking molds. Remember how cute your vintage baking mold designs are? You can get them out of the storage and simply hot-glue metallic or Christmas color ribbon loops to it and you have yourself some vintage homemade Christmas ornaments.

Victorian Ornaments

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There is something wonderful about all things Victorian when Christmas time comes but the problem is that they are usually expensive. Here is a better alternative – gather some royalty free Victorian images from the internet and print them out in color. Next, attach them to a cardboard and hot-glue a ribbon or metallic floss. You can also add some sprinkle of glitter if you want.

Candy Cones

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Now this would make lovely and delectable homemade Christmas ornaments. However, it can be a problem if you have kids who cannot resists cones and candies or have pets freely roaming around the house.

What you can do is get some sugar cones from the grocery store and carefully drill two holes using a wooden skewer so you can insert a metallic floss or thread for hanging. To make it stronger, you can brush it with some icing and even attach some decors like colorful sugar or fondant cutouts.

Fill in the cones with some small individually covered chocolates or candies but do not overfill as this would make your cone ornament heavy.


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You probably have several unused keys somewhere in your drawers. This might be a good time to gather them and turn them into homemade Christmas ornaments. Simply spray them over with white glossy spray paint and the keys will take on a new character perfect for your Christmas tree.

Remember that getting ready for Christmas does not have to expensive. With lots of old stuff lying around your house and a whole load of creativity, you can surely have new but inexpensive Christmas ornaments every year.

Set Your Sights (and Clocks) on Simbang Gabi

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You can’t have a Filipino Christmas without attending, or at least thinking about attending, Simbang Gabi. It’s one of the oldest traditions in the Philippines. During these hallowed days, Catholic churches all over the country welcome their flock during the hours before sunrise.

Simbang Gabi, also called ‘Nine Mornings’, is a novena to the Blessed mother that begins on the 16th of December and concludes on Christmas Eve with the ‘Misa de Gallo’.

Where Simbang Gabi Was Born

It’s a tradition that came all the way from Mexico. It started in 1587, when Christmas mass was first held outdoors because of the large crowd that arrived for the evening mass. During these times, the mass began with the ringing of church bells. In other places, usually in rural areas, a brass band begins to play Christmas songs an hour before the mass starts. There have been stories of priests knocking on the doors of their congregation to remind them to attend the Misa de Gallo.

Simbang Gabi Now

Time has not faded the influence of Simbang Gabi on the faithful. New traditions have been added to it, like the hanging of bright lights to guide people to the church. Christmas songs are sung like choirs of angels announcing the celebration of the birth of Christ. Houses are adorned with colorful parols. After the Misa de Gallo, families around the nation celebrate Noche Buena by dining on traditional Christmas food like bibingka, queso de bola, or drinking a cup of hot chocolate.

Attending Simbang Gabi does not only strengthen your ties with the Lord, it also builds your relationship with family members and other relations who attend the masses with you. This is a holy time where we strongly feel the Lord’s presence in preparation for the celebration of his birth. Whether you complete the nine days or not, what’s important is the good thoughts and acts you do in His name.