See 40+ Celebrities And Personalities With Their Christmas Trees
The Christmas tree is the ultimate symbolism of the Yuletide season. This tradition of putting up a tree is believed to have started in Germany, where devout Christians brought home decorated trees. In the past, the Christmas tree was typically decorated with paper flowers, tinsel, and even apples and wafers. As years went by, several ornaments became more and more associated with Christmas—such as garlands, candy canes, pine cones, poinsettias, stars, ribbons, and of course, the Christmas balls—and are thrown in the mix with figurines like Santa Claus, Rudolph the red nosed reindeer, nutcrackers and toy soldiers dolls, and snowman.
But while the classic décor remains as the top choice of many, some homeowners also think out of the box and give holiday twists to elements that are traditionally not related to Christmas, such as the unicorn (as seen in the tree of the Belo-Kho family), swan (as seen in the Pacquiao family Christmas tree), owl (as seen in a tree at one of Dr. Aivee Teo's clinics), dog (as seen in the tree of Dawn Zulueta and family), emojis (as seen in Tessa Prieto-Valdes' tree), and world-famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Big Ben (as was the case with Francis Libiran and husband Christian Mark Jacobs' tree).
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Photo from @korina
As Korina Sanchez-Roxas perfectly puts it, "The Christmas tree is always fun to talk about. And there should always be a story behind a home's Christmas tree. You can make that story happen. Put something truly YOU in your tree. Your home. Your tree. Your story."
Some go the extra mile and take the personalized route, like Metrowear Icon 2018 Vania Romoff whose tree has medallion-like accents.
While some look forward to having different themes for their Christmas trees every year, some, like Ina Raymundo, make it part of their tradition to stick to one timelessly stylish design. Ina shares, "I haven't changed the motif of our Christmas tree since 2005. It's been 13 years and I'm still mesmerized by its beauty. The ornaments that are used on this tree were accumulated through the years and will be an heirloom for my kids."
Instead of the traditional green Christmas tree, some prefer a white tree for a winter wonderland feel and some go for drama with a black tree (like the one below, decorated by Metro Home's Anton Barretto). These are combined with accents in the classic colors of Christmas: red, blue, green, white, gold, and silver.
Photo by Grace Libero-Cruz
Some trees look grand and majestic with overflowing décor like Crickette Tantoco's, while some go for minimal design like Andi Manzano-Reyes whose tree was decorated with Christmas lights and a few star, ball, and snowman accents. To give her tree a fuller effect and a fresh scent, Korina shared a trick: she puts fresh branches of cypress in between the gaps in her artificial tree.
There is no definite date as to when the Christmas tree should be up. Some prefer to take the tree out and assemble it as early as after Halloween. Some do it in November, about a month before Christmas, like Korina, Neri Naig-Miranda, and Dawn Zulueta. Due to their busy schedules, some are left with no choice but to resort to last-minute decorating just as KC Concepcion did with boyfriend Pierre-Emmanuel Plassart last December 22.
Other families consider it an annual bonding activity to put the Christmas tree together, like Metro executive editor and celebrity stylist Kat Cruz-Villanueva who shared that she even plays some season-appropriate music to imbibe the Christmas spirit more as they decorate their tree. But there are also some who entrust this aspect to the experts, like Vicki Belo who has been working with Gliterville's Stephen Brown for four years now and Regine Velasquez-Alcasid who collaborated with event stylist Badang Rueda.
Dr. Vicki Belo with daughter Scarlet Snow and expert Christmas decorator Stephen Brown | Photo from @glitterville
Sunshine Cruz with daughters Angel Francheska, Samantha Angeline, and Angeline Isabelle | Photo courtesy of Sunshine Cruz
Every Christmas tree has a story. It is a reflection of the combined personality of the family members. It is a symbolism that stands to be a constant reminder of the true meaning of Christmas. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter how tall your Christmas tree is, how much decorations were put on it, or how Instagrammable it is, what matters most is that your family is gathered to celebrate the most joyous occasion of the year.
Photos from Stephanie Kienle-Gonzalez, Metro Society, and @vaniaromoff (banner) and @seaprincess888 @iamhearte @piealvarez (thumb) | Special thanks to Francis Simeon