Does anybody else not put garland or ribbon on their tree?
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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:21:04 PM
I decorated my tree this year with just ornaments. No garland or ribbon...and I really love it! My tree is mainly red and white with a smidgen of silver thrown in.

I love the simplicity of a tree with no garland. It looks like a throw back tree to simpler times. It certainly made decorating easier!


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:25:29 PM
Never used a garland or ribbon on the tree.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:27:01 PM
I don't use any either and I love my tree.





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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:29:28 PM
We don't use it.

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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:29:53 PM
We don't use either, either! LOL!




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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:30:35 PM
Nope. Just lights & ornaments here.



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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:32:08 PM
I don't do a tree anymore but when I did I never used either garland or ribbon.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:35:00 PM
I can't believe I have always felt compelled to use it before! I am now free of garland and ribbon!


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:37:01 PM
I tie fluffy bows on my tree. Does that count as ribbon?


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:39:09 PM
Are the bows made of ribbon? That could fall into the gray area!


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:42:28 PM
Family tree has no garland or ribbon.

Living room tree has garland. Small gold beads.

They suit the purposes of their rooms. The first casual & fun. The second a little more formal.




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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:43:59 PM
I use garland AND ribbon. It's my least favorite part of decorating the tree. Maybe I'll go without this year!


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:47:24 PM
Never have. Too many ornaments that need to be seen. Used to use the very old metal tinsel: the newer mylar stuff doesn't do it for me. I do hang glass icicles all over, which sparkle in the lights.

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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:47:53 PM
I have never had tinsel, ribbon or garland on my trees. Even back to my childhood. Ornaments and lights only.

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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:52:49 PM
I do have these white glittery snowflakes that sparkle in the light of the tree.

It is funny how our child hood tree can influence our trees as adults. Our trees were always done with fluffy garland done in a circle around the tree.

I started out the same way...then I moved to ribbon instead of garland done around the tree in a circle, then I moved to ribbon hung from the top of the tree in curly Q's, then I moved to ribbon done in swoops from the top to the bottom and now...no more ribbon or garland at all.



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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:53:30 PM
I just starting putting a little bit of bead garland on my tree in the last year or so. Before that I have not done garland. I really only started to make the tree "different". Since we use the same ornaments each year, I wanted something to change it up a little.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 7:54:59 PM
I never have, I think it can be pretty, but I don't like it on mine.



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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:08:53 PM

Are the bows made of ribbon? That could fall into the gray area!


Yes. The bows are made of ribbon.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:20:32 PM
we don't. just ornaments

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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:20:42 PM
This year I am doing amber/orangish lights, orange, black, and silver ornaments with no ribbon or garland.

I did it in those colors the first year we bought our Harley and it's my favorite tree I have done so far.

In the past I have had purple and silver. Pink, green and silver, Red, and silver and Black and white and silver.

I haven't been able to find a topper though that I like.



I've tried a star, and angel, a big bow with streamers, any ideas?


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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:23:07 PM
No garland or ribbon for us … we have way too many ornaments so there's no room.

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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:26:48 PM
I am such a design goober. I don't do ribbon, garland, bows or tinsel. My tree is in no way themed.

It just has years worth of ornaments, some of them homemade by goofy little hands and some fancy-shamncy ones that were bought. It is a pretty unassuming tree and I suppose that the other trees might feel sorry for it.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:28:46 PM
My family didn't when I was a kid. We had such a mishmash of ornaments that I think my dad and stepmother just gave up on trying to tie it all in with ribbon or garland.

Our white, pre-lit "kids" tree doesn't have garland or ribbon for the same reason.



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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:28:54 PM
I don't - is that unusual?



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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:34:26 PM
I don't know how unusual it is. I just noticed all of my FB friends posting pictures of their trees and noticed that all of them had garland/ribbon and that it was put on in many different ways.



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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:46:04 PM
My tree is as old fashioned as I can make it, so I have all kinds of garland and I have old fashioned lead tinsel. I have pinecones strung, popcorn and cranberries, a candy garland, and several others.

My tree looks pretty much the same every year - lots of big multicolor lights and tons of ornaments.

Riverdsuba- you can get the old fashioned metal tinsel. It is called lametta and is imported from Germany. You can get it online, and collect it each year for use year after year.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:52:37 PM
No garland, tinsel, or ribbon but I do have a strand of white beads.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 8:57:54 PM
Nope, no garland or ribbon here. We have a tree that is prelit with white lights and dh adds twinkling colored lights.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 9:01:33 PM
Neither for us. Lights, ornaments -- that's it.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 9:08:17 PM
For years I wrapped grape vine as garland around my tree. Then I switched to burlap, before burlap was "the thing" -

I like those natural elements more.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 9:53:44 PM
We haven't used garland in almost 20 years. We have never used ribbon. I think if you put enough ornaments on it you don't need much else. DH insists on fake snow to cover the wires from the lights - it is just something he has to have and it makes a huge mess and we find it under furniture for months no matter how many times I vacuum and think it is cleaned up.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 10:39:43 PM
I want to flock the tree this year. One year we did just lights...tons and tons of lights. I liked that too.






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Posted: 11/28/2013 10:48:29 PM
No because the dogs would take it as a personal challenge to take it off!




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Posted: 11/28/2013 11:30:50 PM
We only put lights on our tree, no ribbon, no garland, no ornaments. Colored and white. Oh and a star on top. I guess the star could be considered an ornament . . .

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Posted: 11/28/2013 11:47:34 PM
I've never used ribbon on the tree but always do the garland, usually a tinsel one. But I like the sound of just ornaments, I'm going to do that this year, I have a ton of them.


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Posted: 11/28/2013 11:48:51 PM
No ribbon, no garland, no stringy decor of any kind is allowed on my tree or anywhere in my house. If it even resembles a string, even if it's only 1-2 inches it is not allowed. I barely allow pony tail elastics cause they break and become strings.

I have 3 cats and it's just not worth the cost of an emergency vet visit/possible dead cat because the cats ate it and can;t throw it all up and it;s stuck in their digestive track.

Seriously you only need to try and help a cat once when it has eaten something stringy to never, ever, want to do it again.


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Posted: 11/29/2013 1:19:46 AM
No ribbon or garland. My stepmother used to insist on those silvery strands, icicles I think they are called. She'd get mad when my father and brother would lob handfuls at the tree. She wanted each strand to be carefully hung. It could take hours?

I'm all about lights and ornaments. I like white lights because they are brighter, but DH likes colored lights. So we compromise - we wrap white lights closer to the trunk of the tree to add glow, then go around the branches with multicolor lights. Then we put on as many of the ornaments we've acquired over the years as will fit. Purchased, homemade, brought home from school, gifts, vacation finds, etc. Very eclectic.


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Posted: 11/29/2013 4:25:20 AM
Never any garland, ribbon or tinsel for us. I physically can't stand to touch tinsel it makes me cringe
I make quite a few of my Christmas tree decorations and like how they look in with the shop bought, our tree is always a little bit crowded and eclectic.


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Posted: 11/29/2013 6:46:30 AM
I love the eclectic look for ornaments! My tree is pretty much the same. One of my favorite sets of ornaments that I have is a set of 12 ball ornaments and each one is one of the 12 days of Christmas. I got it years ago in one of those white elephant ornament exchanges...I love doing those!



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Posted: 11/29/2013 7:14:49 AM
We stick to lights and ornaments. I don't like the looks of the "fancy" trees stuffed to the gills.

I like simple.

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Posted: 11/29/2013 7:19:33 AM
I am "ribbon/garland for the tree" impaired - I cannot get it to look right no matter what I do.

I give up, and am going back to putting a hodge podge of ornaments on my tree.

No real colour scheme, just ornaments that we like!


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Posted: 11/29/2013 7:26:47 AM
I don't use garland or ribbon. I think I tried one year and just didn't like the look of it, so took it down. I grew up with garland all over our tree though.



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Posted: 11/29/2013 9:55:13 AM
I don't. One year we added red beads but neither of us liked how the tree looked.

I really just like multi-colored lights, a star, and ornaments on the treem



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Posted: 11/29/2013 10:02:19 AM
ANXIOUSMOM, that is how our tree is too! Lots of mixed ornaments from my childhood, bought, from dh's childhoos, handmade ornaments from the kids, and ones I made as a kid. Disney, star wars, bulbs, snowmen, bears, etc.

Best kind of tree!



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Posted: 11/29/2013 10:24:04 AM
I don't use either one.




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Posted: 11/29/2013 11:23:39 AM
No garland, tinsel, or ribbon for us. Just lots and lots of ornaments we've collected over the years. Nothing matching. All funky and fun.

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Posted: 11/29/2013 11:28:03 AM

Riverdsuba- you can get the old fashioned metal tinsel. It is called lametta and is imported from Germany. You can get it online, and collect it each year for use year after year.
myboysnme, thanks for that! But at my age I am not as big on trees as I was before. My grandparents had the lead tinsel and I learned very early to put it on one strand at a time: we also took it off one strand at a time and saved for years to come. They had it long before I was born and there was none available during WWII, so we saved it. Again thanks!

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Posted: 11/29/2013 11:29:37 AM
We used to do the tinsel. My mom was militant about it. No more than 2 strands at a time! No clumpy tinsel! That was back when we had real trees and could just pitch it all. We'd mess with her on purpose and hold up 3 or 4 strands and say, "Like this, mom?" haha!


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Posted: 11/29/2013 11:41:02 AM
I put up 4 trees. Two have garland/ribbon and the other two do not.

My 12-foot tree in the living room/front window has student- or friend-given or children-created ornaments. I have SO many (I've taught for nearly 30 years!). There's no room for garland or ribbon!

I also have a 6-foot tree in our family room that is decorated with angels/crosses/crystal/silver/gold. I used to "dress it" with tulle, but I've accumulated "enough" ornaments for that tree that the tulle was too much ... I couldn't see the ornaments!

My 4-foot 'kitchen' tree has a red wooden beaded garland to resemble cranberries & is decorated with silver cookie cutters tied with red ribbon. I made the tree skirt & it's brown corduroy on the underside and the patterned fabric on top is popcorn & cranberries.

The 7-foot tree that peeks out over our entryway and through the upstairs front window has ornaments from my travels. It also has silver bells and silver ribbon.

So, obviously, I'm undecided. No rules!

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Posted: 11/29/2013 11:49:13 AM
I have some garland that I used on a smaller tree to fill the gaps. It's largely in pieces now.

No ribbon, usually no garland. Just lights and ornaments. No theme in particular, no color scheme either. I have been collecting snowflake ornaments in hopes of having one with just snowflakes one day. Until then, it's a mish mash of all of our ornaments.


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