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Creative and Unusual Christmas Trees and Decorations You Can Still Get

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Boughs of Green (and Other Colors)

The earliest Christmas trees date to the 16th century, but celebrants back then surely couldn't have imagined how the tradition would evolve. The classic evergreen doesn't even have to be real or green anymore, and the decorations and ornaments are at least as varied. Read on to see how time and technology have changed an icon of our seasonal celebrations.

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The Realistic Artificial Tree
Balsam Hill

The Realistic Artificial Tree

Starting at $399 from Balsam Hill
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To go faux but pretend it's real, Balsam Hill has a European Fir Tree that is part of a collection "inspired by mountain woodlands" and featuring a trademarked "True Needle technology." You can find other realistic options from National Tree via Macy's.

The Soaring Tree
Home Depot

The Soaring Tree

$579 from Home Depot
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This tree makes a statement — namely that you have cathedral ceilings. The well-reviewed 12-foot Dunhill Fir Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree from Home Accents Holiday comes with 1,500 clear lights and features nearly 8,000 artificial branch tips, but is easy to assemble with hinged construction. Other standing-tall options include a 10-foot Kingswood Fir from Walmart and a 10-foot Premium Green tree from Amazon.

The Tiny Tree
Birch Lane

The Tiny Tree

$62 from Birch Lane
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For those who are tight on space — or prefer to have a few trees throughout the home, options include a 2.5-foot Nordic Spruce. It comes in its own burlap bag base for a natural look. You can also find options including the Flocked Anoka 2-foot pine on Wayfair or Suzanne Kasler's 3-foot Frasier Fir tabletop tree on Ballard Designs.

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The Silver (or Gold) Tree
Amazon

The Silver (or Gold) Tree

Starting at $49 from Amazon
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A silver Christmas tree is a midcentury modern classic. That retro spirit comes to life with the Wellwood 6-foot Silver Tinsel Christmas Tree from Holiday Authority, with other options from outlets such as Silk Flower Depot. For those who prefer a bit of bubbly during the holidays, there's always the 4-foot Champagne Tinsel Tree, bringing a touch of gold from National Tree.

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The Pink Tree
Treetopia

The Pink Tree

Starting at $90 from Treetopia
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For those who approach the holidays with a playful attitude, the Pretty in Pink tree says it all. This bestselling model is billed as "true eye candy." You can also find options to put you in the pink on Overstock.com and Costway.

A Horseshoe Tree
Etsy
The Feather Tree
Christmas Traditions

The Feather Tree

$73 from Christmas Traditions
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With an eye on conservation, Germans began creating "feather trees" more than 100 years ago to preserve their woodlands. The handcrafted, early artificial trees — created from goose feathers with wide spaces between the branches — were said to resemble white pines. Today's versions not only pay homage to the tradition but are prized for the way they showcase ornaments. Find similar options at Balsam Hill and Etsy.

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A Flower Tree
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The Upside-Down Tree
Kohl's

The Upside-Down Tree

$147 from Kohl's
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For those who flip for Christmas, the Kurt Adler 5-foot Upside Down Pre-Lit Artificial Christmas Tree can also make a fitting commentary on a year that's felt topsy-turvy since March. This modern tradition, it's said, actually draws on the Middle Ages practice of displaying a simple inverted tree as a way to symbolize the holy trinity. You can find other options at Michael's and Macy's.

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The Patriotic Tree
Treetopia
The Wooden Tree
Kirkland's

The Wooden Tree

$65 from Kirkland's
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Bring a touch of the rustic outdoors inside with a wooden tree — and never have to pick up a needle. The branches are simple yet can be adorned, depending on the style, though this Pre-Lit Wooden Tree has lights and features a star on top. You can find other options on Etsy and Crate & Barrel.

The Wall Tree
Etsy

The Wall Tree

$100 from Etsy
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Turn a boring wall into a seasonal focal point with this Handmade Wooden Christmas Tree, billed as an eco-friendly option for its sleek look and minimal construction. It's a clever way to display treasured ornaments, too. You can find other options on Etsy, including a Birch Log Hanging Tree ideal for nature lovers, as well as on Houzz.

The Sophisticated Arts-and-Crafts Tree
The Apollo Box

The Sophisticated Arts-and-Crafts Tree

$222 from The Apollo Box
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The Spira Christmas Tree is a swirl of ingenuity, offering "an innovative and ecological Christmas tree solution" that can be assembled easily to create quite a centerpiece. The site features another unexpected option, a Tulle Christmas Tree, for those who want to try a bit more ambitious of a look.

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The Light Tree
Houzz

The Light Tree

$159 from Houzz
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When you want the light of the season to be what really shines bright — and not get involved with anything else — opt for this 6-foot tree featuring 160 LED lights. Find similar bright options from Christmas Lights Etc.

The Rainbow Tree
Best Choice Products

The Rainbow Tree

$150 from Best Choice Products
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Show your pride during the holidays — or simply embrace the joyous seasonal spirit — with this 7-foot Artificial Rainbow Full Fir Christmas Tree. A swirl design and more than 1,200 branch tips create a lush feel. You can find similarly hued options at Treetopia.

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The White Tree
Macy's

The White Tree

$200 from Macy's
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Want to keep the holidays simple and serene? A white tree might do the trick. Imagine the peaceful feeling of snowfall this 6-foot Winchester White Pine Tree (with clear lights) from National Tree will bring to your surroundings. You can find equally subdued options at Treetopia and Joss & Main.

The Charlie Brown Tree
The Bradford Exchange

The Charlie Brown Tree

$100 from The Bradford Exchange
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If you adore the holiday television classic featuring the Peanuts gang, you might feel a "Charlie Brown tree" will add a layer of meaning to your family's celebrations. This tabletop version follows the original story's spirit, while integrating characters from the story. You can find more naturalistic options from Christmas Central and Wayfair.

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The Pontiac GTO Tabletop Christmas Tree
The Bradford Exchange
Retro Bubble Lights
NoveltyLights.com

Retro Bubble Lights

Starting at $12 from NoveltyLights.com
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So, you have the tree — now to consider what goes on it. Real candles on Christmas trees were once lit to welcome Christ, the "Light of the World." That dangerous practice has long fallen out of favor, but bubble lights kept the tradition alive. Pick up some reproductions of those vintage favorites to add some retro appeal. You can also find options at 1000Bulbs and Fleet Farm.

Big Bulbs (C7 Lights)
Ace Hardware

Big Bulbs (C7 Lights)

$10 from Ace Hardware
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Today's fairy lights and chaser lights might be delicate and cute — but nothing shines like the good ol' C7 strands in their down-to-business colors. They were sturdy and sensible and meant the Christmas tree (or the outline of the front door) was ready to party. Other options are at Home Depot.

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Popcorn and Cranberry Garland
Etsy

Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

$15 from Etsy
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Do you know anyone who still pops popcorn and strings it with fresh cranberries to decorate the tree? We didn't think so. You can even buy that old-school garland these days in a faux version. A cinnamon-scented real version can be found on Etsy.

Tinsel
The Jolly Christmas Shop

Tinsel

$6 from The Jolly Christmas Shop
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"Don't throw it on the tree," many a mom would instruct. No, this decorative touch had to be put on strand by strand. Tedious, perhaps — but what a glittering reward for a job done right. Teach your own kids how it's done with the Brite Star Silver Icicle Christmas Tinsel. Find options on Etsy, too.

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Paper Chain Garland
Bella Luna Toys

Paper Chain Garland

$13 from Bella Luna Toys
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Many an elementary school afternoon was spent gluing together construction paper to create chains to hang on the tree. Those simple days have gone a bit chic with this Holiday Paper Chain Kit, though the spirit remains. Other options can be found on Etsy.

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Chenille Ornaments
eBay

Chenille Ornaments

$22 from eBay
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Chenille was a holiday staple — you had to have at least one ornament on the tree made of this strangely soft material. We're loving this set of two Bethany Lowe reindeer ornaments, one of countless options you can find by exploring eBay (from snowmen to elves to Santa himself) that feature chenille.

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Candy Canes (and More)
See's Candies
Mirrored Star Topper
Pottery Barn

Mirrored Star Topper

$41 from Pottery Barn
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A star, angel, or finial … it used to be that a Christmas tree wasn't complete without its topper. Today, many choose to simply let that pointed top remain unadorned. We prefer the retro look, so pick up one such as this or hunt eBay or Etsy for more vintage finds.

Holiday Charm Tree Skirt
Amazon

Holiday Tree Skirt

Starting at $5 from Amazon
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A well-dressed tree also needs its skirt, right? So maybe our family put down an old sheet… but tree skirts serve a purpose practical and decorative, and you can find options to fit any feel you want to give your holidays at home.

Mickey Mouse and Friends 2020 Holiday Train Set
ShopDisney.com

Mickey Mouse and Friends 2020 Holiday Train Set

$140 from ShopDisney.com
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The working train running underneath the Christmas tree is a memory many of today's kids will never experience. With this electronic set that includes a radio control transmitter, it's choo-choo time once again. You can find other options from Home Depot and Oriental Trading Co.

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Fir Real
Woodies Garden Goods

Fir Real

From $60 from Woodies Garden Goods
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If this survey has got you shaking your head, know there is nothing wrong with sticking with the old-fashioned way: a real tree, stringing your own popcorn garland and putting on some traditional lights. But if this year finds you a bit hesitant to hit the local lot or regional farm, real trees are just a click away. Fraser firs, starting at tabletop size, are among the offerings, and there are more options from Plants.com and Christmas Trees in the Mail.

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