They’re Christmas trees, but not as you know them.
Fans of the festive season are looking for unique ways to decorate, ditching traditional pine trees in favour of towering piles of pillows, floral blooms and candles.
Here Femail has compiled a list of the quirkiest Christmas tree ideas this festive season – including a tree made entirely out of shoes.
A rising trend this year has people ditching baubles in favour of floral blooms to decorate their tree.
Photos show trees topped with bouquets of flowers or scattered with large peonies.
A common theme has a trail of flowers wrapped diagonally around the tree, mimicking how tinsel would normally be displayed.
But depending on whether you use real or fake blooms will determine just how long you tree remains a centre piece.
如果你是个书虫，那么这款圣诞树正合你的口味。If you’re more of a bookworm, this one’s for you.圣诞“书”是今冬圣诞节的另一潮流。
Another trend has people creating Christmas trees out of piles of books.
While some people choose to simply stack the books on top of one another, others use a frame to give the structure more height.
The tree is then covered with twinkling fairy lights for a festive touch.
Others have chosen to create a Christmas tree made entirely out of pillows.
The different structures vary in size, as people stack pillows on top of one another to create a tree shape.
But just how they stop them from toppling over is anyone’s guess.
One Sydney store took Christmas to the next level by creating a tree made entirely out of ballet slippers.
Dance store Bloch created a beautiful tree using cream pointe shoes, finishing the look with a bright red pair on top.
Another man took his passion for Star Wars to the next level by creating a Darth Vader themed tree.
The tree wore a black robe and held a lightsaber, a mask placed on top instead of an Angel.
Christmas in China
Do Chinese people celebrate Christmas Day? The answer is YES, but because Christmas is not a public holiday in mainland China and most Chinese people are not Christians, only a small portion of people celebrate it.
Having said that, Christmas is very popular in big cities of China such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, etc. and you can see many Christmas trees and decorations around Christmas time. Christmas is more popular in China’s Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan due to the foreign influence there before.
How do Chinese people celebrate Christmas? In China, there is a tradition of giving apples on Christmas Eve. The apples are wrapped up in beautiful colored paper, but the price can also be ridiculous expensive, maybe 10 times or more than usual price. People give apples on Christmas Eve because in Chinese Christmas Eve is called 平安夜 pínɡ’ān yè (literally a peaceful and silent night), in which 平 has the same pinyin pronunciation as 苹 in 苹果 (apple).
Other ways of celebration includes exchanging Merry Christmas in Chinese, going to parties with friends, appreciation of fireworks, and gathering with families, etc.
Cristal Gateway gives the best wishes to you all——Merry Christmas！
|zhù nǐ祝你||to wish you|
|shènɡ dàn jié圣诞节||Christmas Day|
|kuài lè快乐||happy, merry|
|shènɡ dàn lǎo rén圣诞老人||Santa Claus|
|shènɡ dàn shù圣诞树||Christmas tree|
|pínɡ ān yè平安夜||Christmas Eve|
|yē sū耶稣||Jesus Christ|