How To Celebrate Tree Dressing Day In Style!

 

Initiated in 1990, by the arts and environmental charity Common Ground, the 3rd December is now widely recognised as Tree Dressing Day. On this day, people commit to decorating their festive Christmas trees in ways that incorporate many old customs and traditions from all over the world.

The first Tree Dressing Day was marked with an impressive display of 150 London Plane trees, arranged on the junction between Shaftesbury Avenue and High Holborn, in Central London. The aim of the display was to highlight that ‘every tree counts’. Since then, growing numbers of people have started to create their own unique community celebrations on 3rd December to promote the importance of trees and nature. You can join in the fun in many creative ways…

 

 

Deck The Halls!!

Sunday 3rd December is the perfect time to rummage around in your garage or loft, and to bring out all of your festive Christmas decorations. It doesn’t matter if you have an artificial Christmas tree, or if you prefer to put up a real one. On Tree Dressing Day it’s really the thought that counts. You can decorate a tree in your garden or even fashion a ‘tree’ out of branches and twigs arranged in a large heavy base pot.

 

 

Position your tree in pride of place so that everyone will notice it. You can decorate it in traditional style with glittery baubles and hanging ornaments, twinkling lights and tinsel. Or you can opt for a more bespoke look to complement your interior style.

 

The Family Tree…

Tree Dressing Day is an excellent time to come together with loved ones, and to reflect on experiences that you have shared. Inviting family members over to help you decorate your Christmas tree is a great way to create a new family tradition. You can serve up delicious nibbles and glasses of Egg Nog, whilst everyone contributes to decorating the Family Tree. When sending out your invitations, ask everyone to bring along a bauble or decoration that has a special meaning.

 

 

Outdoor Exhibition!

If you’re lucky to have a beautiful tree in your front garden you can celebrate Tree Dressing Day by giving it a stylish makeover. You can easily create an impressive outdoor exhibition to rival your neighbour’s Christmas lights display. Decorate your tree with outdoor lights, colourful ribbons and yarns, and anything that inspires your vivid imagination. Do bear in mind that winter weather can be unpredictable, so don’t hang up any decorations that you don’t want to damage.

 

 

The Community Spirit Of Christmas…

Tree Dressing Day is not an occasion that is reserved for private celebration. If you have links to a school or community centre, you can take the lead and encourage others to join you in creating a beautiful community Christmas tree. Tree Dressing Day is an opportunity for cross-cultural communities to express creativity in many unique ways. You can combine the dressing of the Christmas tree with storytelling, and music and dance, to encourage and promote the care and conservation of trees in your local community…

 

 

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