Oh, sure, a fantabulous giant Christmas tree with all the trimmings is great for those who have the wherewithal. But what about holiday revelers who don't have room for a normal Christmas tree, let alone such a behemoth?
And what about families that want a tree they can use year after year -- or maybe even other times of year?
We've got you covered.
Yahoo! Homes has researched space-saving alternatives to the traditional Christmas tree, with a special emphasis on options that can be reused -- ideally long past the holidays. We've collected them here and in an accompanying slideshow with even more photos.
We also talked to IKEA for tips, since it's a global authority on small-space living. Among IKEA's suggestions:
Go flat. The wall pictured at the top is adorned with IKEA's trompe l'oeil-style Margareta fabric ($6.99 a yard) depicting a spruce, and (real) Julmys gift bags ($7.99 for a pack of 24) are attached to make an Advent calendar. Idea: You could photograph a tree and custom-print your own fabric at Spoonflower; you might want to process the photo with an app like Trey Ratcliffe's 100 Cameras in 1 for an especially arty effect. Or take a look at the printable version in slide 5 of Yahoo! Homes' tree alternative photo gallery.
Go abstract. Arrange ornaments into a triangular form to merely hint at a Christmas tree. This three-tiered serving platter from IKEA is 13 inches tall and $14.99. A taller one might be more suitable to the task, though. For that, try the seven-tiered, 20-inch-tall Babell XL serving tray, available from Gretel in red, white or black for $52. These choices get bonus points for year-round utility!
As we've subtly hinted elsewhere, you can click here or on any of the photos in this post to go to a slideshow of more space-saving Christmas tree alternatives.
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