Decorating My First Real Christmas Tree

I don’t remember ever having a real Christmas tree during the festive season.

In fact, as I was growing up we never celebrated Christmas because my family, being Russian (and my mum, a Russian Orthodox so the special day was usually 6/7th Jan dependent on the moon), always made New Year a big focus. That meant that we still had a Christmas tree but we opened presents and had family time on New Year’s Eve and 1st of Jan. Nevertheless, I believe I’ve never had a real Christmas tree… before now!

Homebase have been very kind and gifted me with my first ever Christmas tree as a thank you for working with them throughout 2016. I was so excited when choosing the Christmas tree itself (as you can see on my face below hehe.) We knew we wanted a slim-ish tree that’s about 5-7 inches tall and another thing that was important for us was to go for a tree that drops as less needles as possible because of our puppy. So, we ended up buying the Cut Needlelast Fraser Fir approx 7-8ft, a carefully pruned, non needledrop tree with a lovely scent of balsam.


As it’s my first real xmas tree, I didn’t know that you can find out where your tree was grown so me being curious I found out on Needlefresh that the one we bought was grown in Tayside Forestry in Dundee, Scotland. How cool, right?

Anyway, once we took the tree home we put it next to the TV but soon we realised that it didn’t look quite right and so we tried other spots, finding the tree room in the dining/kitchen area… originally where poor puppy had his play pen haha. Before decorating, we made sure to follow instructions and cut 5cm off the base and bottom of the trunk. We then put the tree on a stand, which we keep topped up, checking it every day to ensure that the branches don’t droop before Christmas Day!

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Real Christmas Tree* – Homebase | Personalised Santa Sack – The Handmade Christmas Co

I had some money left over on my Homebase voucher so I ended up getting a few Christmas decorations as well, such as the burgundy leaves, the may your days be Merry & Bright bauble and the wooden reindeer too. The other Christmas decorations have been collected throughout the years, some of which I’ve had since I was a little girl. There’s also the hand knitted white and red stocking that my friend made for me 🙂

Tartan Christmas Decoration Theme

For a couple of years now I’ve decorated my tree in a tartan colour. So, that’s red and green with white. There’s no Christmas without some glitter too so obviously I had to include that too 😉 I’m truthfully not a hundred percent sure why I chose the theme, apart from perhaps because I thought it was very homey and seems to me old fashioned which at the same time makes it traditional. I wanted the tree to add a cosy feel to the home and a warm palette from the traditional checked, tartan pattern meant exactly that.

You’ll notice that I don’t have many green Christmas decorations and that’s because of a couple of reasons. The first is that the tree is green already so it seems silly to have more green on the tree but then it’s also because I can’t find the right shade of green that I’d like either, to make it look more tartan-like.

I like adding specks of white xmas decor everywhere as it brightens up the tree and space. The glittery silvers reflect the light whilst the ordinary white baubles light up the Christmas tree along side the xmas lights. You’ll notice the white wicker basket under the tree too which makes a nice contrast against our dark wooden styled flooring as well. Now, take a peek at the picture with the reindeer and look past it to see a white heart with Merry Xmas on it. It’s a handmade Christmas decoration I made myself last year so be sure to take a look at the tutorial and view lots more of my Christmas DIY & craft ideas.

Then there’s the actual checked design on a few hearts and stars which brings the colours together nicely in my opinion. Also, I’m not a big fan of tinsel so I add a very limited amount, and only because the tree is quite big. And finally, my personalised sack is full of my knitting projects and xmas gifts for others at the moment so I’ll have to make sure to take those out before the festive day.

What theme have you decorated your Christmas tree this year?


Alina is the founder and writer of The Fairytale Pretty Picture blog whilst working full time as an SEO specialist at a growing online-only retailer called Amara. She owns a beautiful white Alsatian and lives in Essex with her husband.


  • December 23, 2016


    I do love a real Christmas tree. Fraser’s are a lovely variety, always smell good. We really don’t have a theme, not that organised. We have decorations that mean things though, so it is rather special.

  • December 23, 2016

    Lisa Backsnbumps

    I love the theme it looks amazing. When the kids get older I’m going to go back to having a real Christmas tree again.

  • December 23, 2016


    Such a beautiful tree, it looks absolutely gorgeous!

  • December 23, 2016

    five little doves

    Ahh how lovely, your tree looks gorgeous! We haven’t had a real one yet, I keep considering it but never get around to it. Maybe next year…

  • December 24, 2016

    Debbie Nicholas

    We went pastels this year and I have to say it looks very fairytale like!!

  • December 26, 2016


    I went with naturally made decorations this year on a real tree and love it

  • December 26, 2016

    Kerry Norris

    It looks a lovely ‘fat’ tree as I’d call it. Love the merry and bright baubal x

  • December 26, 2016


    Gorgeous. I always do a red, silver and green theme and I agree, it looks very traditional.

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