Tree Trimming in Style

Christmas has a ton of traditions, more so than most other holidays. These traditions grow and change, but ultimately remain rooted in popular practices. Ornaments, presents, stockings, and family gathering together are just some of those traditions that people hold dear. Of all these practices, tree trimming is one of the most iconic. However, many are moving away from the classic style of round red ornaments. From country chic trees trimmed in burlap to pink trees with flamingo ornaments, people are putting their stamp on their trees. 

Red and green are the traditional colors of Christmas, but many have decided to step away from this tree trimming style. Red looks lovely on a fresh evergreen tree (or a plastic one, no judgment), and those shiny round red ornaments stand out against the branches. That is because red and green are complementary colors. This means they’re situated opposite on the color wheel. When complementary colors are mixed they make our eyes dance. They dazzle us with their stark contrast. But what are some of the other Christmas colors? What are some historical traditions people can look to for inspiration? How can we combine them to make our holidays even brighter?

Tree Trimming, Forest Style

Christmas trees have been around long before Christianity put its stamp on any of our holidays (look at Easter’s history, you’ll be shocked). Evergreens were special to people because they were a sign of health and vitality during the difficult months of winter. Boughs of fir, spruce, and pine were hung around doorways to ward off illness and evil spirits. It’s only natural then that a lot of people are opting to go more natural. Pine cones, wood garlands, and ornaments made of real wood are increasingly popular. Many are forgoing ornaments altogether to enjoy the natural beauty of a bare tree. 

Tree Trimming with Icy Blue

Winter is cold, at least for most of us (looking at you Hawaii). It makes us think of ice and snow. Building snowmen and cuddling by the fire. Many are taking inspiration from this season and bringing the chill indoors – in a good way! Blue looks stunning on a tree of any color and conjures feelings of winter’s chilly winds that perhaps the promise of a white Christmas and holidays spent playing in the snow. 

Tree Trimming the White Tree

Speaking of a white Christmas, it doesn’t get much whiter than a white tree! White is a canvas. It allows any colored decoration to stand out. This means you can have a different color theme every year and know it’ll look beautiful for the holidays. 

A Themed Tree Trimming

We have many holidays besides Christmas and for many a decorating aficionado, taking down their beautiful tree is a drag. So why not make a tree for every holiday? Or even to showcase your love for cats, or gardening, or anything. Giving your tree a new look when the mood strikes give you an excuse to never stop the tree trimming tradition! 

Can’t do a tree because of cats? Find out some cat safe tree ideas here.


Hot Yoga to Increase Fitness

For years Yoga has been a popular form of exercise around the world. In fact, most people don’t realize yoga has existed for 5000 years. The renowned Yogic scriptures are the Bhagavad-Gîtâ, composed around 500 B.C.E (Burgin). So what is yoga? It’s a series of flows, which help to build strength and promote fitness. Yoga is loved by its community because it can be gentle or more challenging, allowing for anyone of any shape or size to build strength and flexibility. It is a great way to increase calorie burn, and build strength at your own pace.

But what is “Hot Yoga”? It’s just standard yoga, with the heat turned up. But why is that beneficial? Well, working at a heightened temperature can encourage more calorie burn than the typical practice. That is not the only benefit, however. There are many science-backed reasons to try hot yoga.

The Benefits of Hot Yoga

Calorie Burn

As mentioned above, hot yoga can help you burn more calories. Simply put, your body has to work harder in the heat! This means you can do less strenuous flows, but burn as many calories as more difficult ones done in a cooler environment. 


Anyone who’s had to partake in Physical Education in High School knows it is important to warm up your muscles before starting exercise. The same is true with Yoga. Hot Yoga makes stretching safer because it keeps your muscles warm, allowing for deeper stretches and more ease in assuming the poses. 

Builds Bone Density 

Especially important for women who more commonly suffer from osteoporosis. Hot yoga can help those over 50s maintain their bone density and stay healthier longer. It is a great preventative measure.

Boosts Cardiovascular Health

Hot yoga leads to more calorie burn, which is due in part to the work out it gives your heart and lungs, so it’s only natural that it’s a great form of cardio. It can also improve your respiration and metabolism as well. 

Improves Skin

Sweating. It’s gross, but natural and it helps bring nutrient-rich blood to your skin cells. If there is one truth about Hot Yoga, you’re going to sweat – a LOT. The more you sweat, the more circulation happens in your largest organ – your skin.

Reduces Stress and Eases Depression

Hot Yoga isn’t just wonderful for your physical well-being, it can improve your mental well-being as well. Fitness routines of any kind can help you feel more in control of your life. They can also help you feel better about yourself. When your body feels good, you feel good. 

A Final Thought on Safety

As with any exercise the most important thing is not to push your body beyond your limits. It’s important to ask your doctor about taking part in hot yoga if you are experiencing any of the below:

  • Pre-existing medical conditions
  • Pregnancy
  • If you have low blood pressure or low blood sugar. 
  • If you’ve had heat intolerance issues

Remember to always stay hydrated and wear light breathable clothing. Most of all, have fun!

Burgin – History of Yoga