This article from the December, 1941 issue of the Buckingham Post – Novel Decorations For Christmas Trees – makes several suggestions about how to trim Christmas trees.
Before pulling out the old box of ornaments used for trimming the Christmas tree for the past several years it is a good idea to plan some other decoration which will make the tree different than it ever was before. An occasional change from the old familiar design will do much to brighten up the room.
One novel arrangement is to imitate the snow-draped trees of the forest as closely as possible. Trim the tree all in white with popcorn necklaces, tissue paper snow balls, white glass ornaments and frosted white lights. The effectiveness of this color will be increased if green wreaths with red berries are used about the room.
A graceful pine tree trimmed lavishly all in gold ornaments has a fine formal grandeur about it and is particularly distinguished in certain rooms. In contrast to this a tree trimmed entirely with red and white lights and red and white striped candy canes is very young and informal in heart.
Little pleated paper fans made of Christmas wrapping paper help to “fill” a big tree inexpensively if glass balls and other ornaments are lacking.
It is also interesting to add local interest by having articles found in the vicinity, such as unusual seas shells, or huge pine cones, or curious burrs and pods which are gilded to improve their appearance.
Miniature trees are attractive, too, especially when they’re spangled with beads and shiny jewelry from the five and ten.