Or perhaps you prefer to follow the Christmas trend of the moment to inspire your own tree decorations. But how do other countries across the world decorate their own Christmas trees? From edible decorations to real candles, has revealed the most wonderful traditional tree decorations unique to 12 different countries.
France: Fruits, particularly red apples
Centuries ago, real was used to decorate Christmas trees in France. This practice had to be stopped after a bad harvest one year but in their place, glass ornaments were used to symbolise the fruit. Red apple decorations are commonly seen on French trees, due to their strong religious association with the Garden of Eden.
Germany: Real candles
Many of our own Christmas traditions stem from Germany, but one of their most famous is using real candles to decorate trees. According to legend, Protestant reformer Martin Luther was the first to do it in the 16th century as a way of recreating a starry Christmas Eve sky. It's a very pretty look, but using real candles poses a fire risk – electric are a good substitute.
Ukraine: Sparkly spiderwebs and spiders
In Britain, spiderwebs are connected to Halloween far more than the festive season. But in Ukraine, glittery spiderwebs and spiders are regularly used as Christmas tree decorations. They don't carry a creepy meaning but represent good luck, according to a famous folktale about a Christmas spiderweb which turns to gold on Christmas morning.
USA: Popcorn on a string
Very popular in the 50s and 60s, American families still follow the tradition of decorating their tree with popcorn on a string. It is believed this originates from when outdoor Christmas trees were decorated with food for birds and other wildlife.
Australia: Shell ornaments
Christmas in Australia is definitely not a snowy affair but rather a sunny one. The festive season falls in their summer months so decorations for the nation's Christmas trees reflect this. Shells of different variations can be found adorning the trees.
Finland: Straw 'himmeli'
In Finland, one main tradition for decorating the Christmas tree is using these geometric structures. Originally made from rye straw, they were hung above dining tables at Christmas and stayed in place until Midsummer as they were believed to bring a good harvest. The so they are sure to be popular elsewhere in the world.
Denmark: Homemade paper hearts
These homemade paper hearts are called 'julehjerte' in Danish, made by pleating and plaiting red and white paper into a heart shape. These can then be filled with nuts or sweets and hung from the tree. Hans Christian Anderson is said to have made the oldest known example of one of these hearts, which can still be seen today at the museum of his name in .
Sweden: Garlands of national flags
Swedes are so proud of their nation, their national flag is used as a Christmas decoration. It's not uncommon to see garlands of them wrapped around their Christmas trees or flags printed on baubles.
Iceland: Yule Lads decorations
In Icelandic folklore, 13 trolls visit children with gifts during the 13 days before Christmas. Kids leave a shoe by their bedroom window and a Yule Lad will leave a present, such as sweets and small gifts. If the child has been bad, however, they may receive rotting potatoes. These iconic figures are now often found on Christmas trees across Iceland.
Norway: The folk figure, Nisse
Nisse is a mythological creature found in Nordic folklore. They are known for having long white beards and large pointy hats, and living in attics and stables. At Christmas, it is told Nisse bring gifts to children who have behaved themselves, so they have a special place in the nation's trees.
Netherlands: Kerstkransjes biscuits
Christmas and tasty food go hand in hand, especially in the Netherlands, where they hang biscuits in the shape of Christmas wreaths, called kerstkransjes, on their trees.
Japan: Origami birds
As Christmas is not really celebrated in Japan, those who do were left with little choice for Christmas tree decorations. So handmade origami birds were used as a pretty ornament on many Japanese Christmas trees.