My Favourite Christmas Tree Decorations

My Favourite Christmas Tree Decorations

When it comes to Christmas tree decorations, I mostly opt for traditional colours. Red and gold is my favourite combination. I’m not ashamed to admit I’m one of those people who is fussy about their tree and has to get it just right. But, I think it’s important to add a bit of character to it with some more fun and unusual decorations! At a guess, I’m 80% normal baubles and 20% fun stuff.

Even though I normally decorate on the 1st of December, I’m behind this year, and yet to pluck up the courage to face the shed (it’s full of spiders!) So, I’m using some pictures from last year to show off my favourites.

Gum Bal Machine and Hot Air Balloon Decorations

Gum Ball Machine

This is an in joke between myself and Neal. In the not-so-distant past, he put a load of gum balls in his mouth to attempt to make the biggest bubble he could. He did well, right up until it popped all over his face – including his glasses. It was hilarious, even more so given the fact he’s over 30 years old. That is, until we discovered he’d ruined his glasses and had to invest in some new ones. The thought of the whole situation amuses me, so I bought this as a reminder. I don’t think Neal was overly impressed by having to look at it throughout December and be reminded of his embarrassing moment, though.

Hot Air Balloon

I bought a pair of these, simply because I love hot air balloons and they were too pretty to resist!

The only flaw with these two decorations is their length makes them a bit tricky to place. It’s a minor inconvenience in comparison to how much I like them!

Robin Christmas Tree Decoration


I think I picked this one up in The Range, and it looks more expensive than it was. Robins are my favourite birds, and I think this little chap is lovely.

Mini With Christmas Tree Decoration

Mini with Christmas Tree

You know when you see something and it’s “so you”? This was one of those moments.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved these cars. The only reason I’ve ever been tempted to drive is at the thought of getting a yellow mini. Sadly, this wasn’t available in yellow, so I accepted the red. It feels like a glimpse into my potential future.

First Christmas Decoration

First Christmas

2017 was our first Christmas in our own flat. I never miss an opportunity to celebrate a milestone, so I purchased a personalised decoration for the occasion. It even includes Juno. The only thing missing is our glasses. I was tempted to draw them on, but I was worried it would ruin it!

Cat In Heart Frame Decoration


Not content with her featuring on the aforementioned decoration, I gave her one of her own. She’s never really been one to bother much with the tree, so it seemed only fair to reward her by giving her a space to herself. The glittery frame was £1 from Flying Tiger and, of course, I have plenty of pictures of her to take the spot! It’s peak crazy cat lady, and I’m okay with that.

Lego Christmas Train

Lego Christmas Train

To complete the look, we have a Lego Christmas train around the bottom of the tree. We haven’t bought the motor for it so, if we want it to move, we have to push it around ourselves. It looks charming enough as is, though, and was a lot of fun to build.

We usually add candy canes and Christmas crackers, too, and then I admire my handiwork right up until the tree comes down again in January.

My Favourite Christmas Tree Decorations

Favourite Christmas Tree Decorations
Adding Personal Touches To The Christmas Tree
Decorations That Bring My Tree To Life

How do you add personal touches to your tree?


  1. 11th December 2018 / 11:14 am

    I love that each of these decorations tells a story and is so personalized and special to you! The bubble gum story is so sweet and funny, I love that you are not letting Neal forget about it either, he he! Oh my, why haven’t I put pictures of my cats on the tree, I feel like I am failing as a crazy cat lady right now! This is such a cute idea and a fun way to make the tree even more unique. I so need to take a trip to Flying Tiger at the weekend! Thanks for sharing your decorations Ruth, such a fun and lovely post! <3 xx

    Bexa |

    • ruthinrevolt
      11th December 2018 / 2:23 pm

      Thank you, Bexa! As fussy as I am about decorating the tree, I love it to have some of our own personality as well. Flying Tiger have lots of unusual decorations in and they’re usually only £1 or £2 so I’m sure you’ll pick up some fun bits at the weekend! 😀 xx

  2. 11th December 2018 / 4:15 pm

    I love love love the hot air balloon! I love the way it’s positioned with one of the fairy lights peeking through at the bottom and lighting it up, makes it look like it’s actually on fire and flying. Not on fire. You know what I mean. That gas stuff is doing it’s job. Anyway. I love your tree, and I love the meanings behind the pieces you’ve chosen!

    Cordelia ||

    • ruthinrevolt
      14th December 2018 / 2:46 pm

      Hahaha, oh, you’re just the best!

  3. 11th December 2018 / 10:54 pm

    Aw that gumball machine is so cute! Major decoration envy over here!

    • ruthinrevolt
      14th December 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Aw, thank you! 🙂

  4. 12th December 2018 / 5:20 am

    The story behind the gumball machine ornament is hilarious! :’) My mom has collected loads of special ornaments over the years, a lot of them marking special moments in her life as well. She would get an ornament for each Christmas her & my dad celebrated together–especially because their wedding anniversary is on the 18th of December! This year, they’re going to be celebrating 25 years of marriage, so all of those ornaments are front and center this year 🙂 x

    • ruthinrevolt
      14th December 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Awww, that’s so beautiful!! I love it 🙂

  5. 12th December 2018 / 7:11 am

    This is such a good Blogmas post!!! I was kind of stuck on what to do next but this is a perfect article!!! Each of your ornaments hold such a special significance which is absolutely beautiful and sentimental. Thank you as always for sharing!

    • ruthinrevolt
      14th December 2018 / 2:47 pm

      Yay, I’m glad I could help to inspire you! 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  6. 13th December 2018 / 9:58 am

    Love this! I have been buying a personalised decoration for Parker every year since he was born. It’s so lovely to look back on them. They hold lots of memories! 🙂

    • ruthinrevolt
      14th December 2018 / 2:51 pm

      Aww, that’s so sweet!

  7. 14th December 2018 / 7:21 pm

    Thanks for sharing your Christmas decorations Ruth. I love how each one tells a story, the train underneath is very cute. I’d have to put the motor in it myself and have it chugging around the Christmas tree. 😍🎄

    • ruthinrevolt
      17th December 2018 / 8:16 am

      Thank you, Kim! We definitely need to invest in the motor!

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