The Christmas tree set up Wednesday at The Hub for Keep Temple Beautiful’s Eco Lunch ’N Learn was decorated three times in less than 45 minutes. The theme of the event was recycle, reuse, repurpose.
Seleese Thompson and Reeneea Schraeder from Precious Memories Florist and Gift Shop used the tree to demonstrate how to use items already in the home to provide new looks.
“This will be my 150th tree to decorate this year,” Thompson said.
During the holiday season, it’s important to remember that we need to show extra care for the environment, said Tanya Gray, executive director of Keep Temple Beautiful. The holidays don’t have to be a burden on the environment.
“With a little effort and imagination, we can reduce the environmental impact of the holiday season,” Gray said.
Precious Memories is hired to decorate trees in private homes and many of those trees have a nostalgic theme, and include ornaments that were received as gifts, collected during a trip and the children’s baby shoes, Thompson said.
Sometimes a tree needs to be elevated and there are plenty of items around the house that can be used to provide a little more height, such as a storage box covered up with fabric or a made to look like a big package.
“This will protect the tree from cats, puppies and toddlers,” Thompson said.
Christmas trees are decorated for a number of banks that have Texas in their names. Those trees have a Texas theme and might include sunflowers, bolls of cotton, cowboy hats at the top and boots under the tree. Thompson and Schraeder demonstrated how to use a lasso in a tree.
Thompson has collected the plush toys her children couldn’t part with, including items from Sea World trips, every Six Flags trip and each trip to Florida.
The first tree was decorated with a stuffed pink bear, a tiger, a fuzzy bee from Walker Honey, a puppy dog and more. Blue satin material pulled together and tucked in among the branches served as a garland of sorts and added color.
“Some of the gift bags we receive presents in are too pretty to part with,” Thompson said “Don’t be embarrassed to re-gift, just make sure the old name tags have been removed.”
Using multiple bows on a tree can have a big impact, especially when partnered with large fabric poinsettias placed in the tree. Using wired ribbon helps the bows to stay in shape or be reshaped.
“The quality of ribbon is very important,” Schraeder said.
The bows can be taken apart and the ribbon stored flat and used in other ways, Thompson said.
The final tree was decorated for an office party with Santa plaques that would be given to guests as they leave.
Decorating for the holiday shouldn’t be a burden, and how the items are packed up each year can have an impact on the time retrieving the decorations the next year.
Light and heat are not kind to artificial trees, Thompson said. And when given a choice, stay away from prelighted trees.
Those lights add significant weight and will eventually go out, she said.