Top 3 Christmas Tree Decorating Decisions

Did you know that the tradition of decorating Christmas trees began in northern Europe, and particularly Germany, during the early 16th century? At that time, devout Christians started bringing embellished trees into their homes at Christmastime. Some built pyramid-type structures from wood, and used evergreen boughs and candles to decorate them if wood was hard to find. The story goes that 16th century Protestant reformer Martin Luther was the first to add lights to a Christmas tree. Purportedly walking home one evening, composing a sermon, he looked up and caught a glimpse of stars twinkling behind some pine tree boughs. Struck by the beauty of this sight and wishing to re-create it for his family, he erected a pine tree in the main room of his residence and attached lit candles to its boughs with wire.

Hopefully this amazing story will make you want to create a holiday tree that will inspire your family with its splendor. Since the early days, Christmas tree decorating ideas have, without doubt, skyrocketed in elaborateness and options. With all the choices for tree-trimming these days, the ways of going about it are as varied as the people who put up a tree.

1. Real or Artificial?

Before tree-trimming can even begin, of course, the basic choice between using a real or fake tree must be confronted. Nowadays, sustainability is a factor influencing this decision for many families. According to an article published by the National Christmas Tree Association, natural tree sales in the U.S. have remained relatively flat over the past 15 years, with about 27 – 33 million trees sold annually. During that same period, however, artificial tree sales have more than doubled, going from approximately 9 million trees in 2004 to 21 million in 2017.

In spite of the argument that fake trees, composed of PVC and steel, are less sustainable, USA Today reported the findings of an actual sustainability consulting company, which considered such things as greenhouse gas emissions, and water and energy use of real versus artificial trees. On a one-to-one basis, the consultants stated, live trees are more environmentally preferable; however, considering that most artificial trees are used for several years, the fake ones are more sustainable.

Less quantifiable are the intangible factors relating to Christmas trees, such as love for the smell of fresh pine throughout your living room, the value of personal family traditions around Christmas and the holidays, or the romance of trekking out to a rural field or Christmas tree lot to pick the “perfect” pine.

2. Thematic or Eclectic?

Yet another Christmas tree conundrum is the desire to make your tree a reflection of elegance and aesthetic appeal, versus a still-lovely-yet-less-contrived tree decorated with anything and everything that suits your fancy. Again, this is a matter of individual taste and opinion. Some would argue that every Christmas tree, even Charlie Brown’s, is a thing of beauty.

Trees with planned themes can be more challenging and costly to construct, depending on the idea in mind. The simplest are based on color schemes of up to no more than three or four colors, using ornaments such as monochromatic glass balls of varying sizes, metallic bells (to the right), shiny ribbons, garlands and tree picks, which come in all sorts of styles and colors.

More complex themes might include nostalgic, sports, or toys. It can be challenging — yet entertaining and satisfying — to carefully pick out and choose Christmas ornaments that fit a particular idea. For people who love to collect, a theme-based tree can be an impressive reflection of their passion for and skill at this hobby.

Most families who have young children or who prefer a simpler approach will opt for a non-theme tree-trimming style. Most parents hang their children’s handmade ornaments with love and pride, positively encouraging their children to create and participate in holiday festivities. Unlimited types of delightful ornaments, even more meaningful when personalized, can have meaning and significance that brings more joy than “designer-type” decorations. Regardless whether Christmas tree decorations are theme-based or “homestyle,” however, they bring joy to the trimmer and to those who enjoy viewing it during the holiday season.

3. Angel or Star?

Angels have traditionally been placed on the top of a Christmas tree to represent their role at Jesus’ birth. In the nativity story, a “host of angels” appeared in the sky above Bethlehem to announce the birth of Christ. Angels were also involved when Gabriel, the archangel of revelation, revealed to Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus; and angels showed up in Joseph’s dreams to inform him that he would be Jesus’ earthly father.

Stars used to top a Christmas tree symbolize the famed Star of Bethlehem (also called the Christmas Star), which led the wise men, or magi, to the exact spot where Jesus was born. Similarly, star ornaments (to the left) anywhere on your tree bring this special meaning to mind, inspiring us to ponder the religious meaning of the holiday.The act of decorating a Christmas can be a tradition in and of itself, with many people having tree-trimming parties to bring holiday festivity to this happy event. The fun of picking out and hanging ornaments can be an important opportunity for fellowship and bonding among family or friends. All the lovely choices we have available today help make our Christmas tree a reminder of the spirit of light and love surrounding the holiday season.

Personalized Christmas Ornaments | 9 Favorite Themes

Life consists of moments, each one different than the one before it. But some moments — or combined moments — stand out as exceptional. Maybe it was the moment you met the person you married, or the moment you saw your infant child for the first time. Or perhaps it was the day you graduated college, or the Christmas you shared with a special friend who has since passed away. However many extraordinary moments we have had before they were replaced by the next, we can recall them and celebrate them through something symbolic, something as simple as a personalized ornament unique to us.In honor of all your moments, we at Miles Kimball are proud to offer what is arguably the largest variety of personalized ornaments anywhere, providing a forever remembrance of cherished people, events and milestones:

1. Family

You will find over 85 personalized ornament styles for special family members, all designed to celebrate special family members, family holidays, and significant events. Many reflect traditional Christmas themes, and others are crafted with their own unique appeal.

In considering which to choose, remember that “family” can be one person or several. A newly born baby, a couple just married, a beloved son, daughter, brother or sister, or a loved one who has passed — all are family. For families with several members, we have plenty of adorable designs, like our Personalized Penguins in Ugly Sweaters Ornament (to the right) or the Personalized Glitter Tree Ornament. For a new baby, check out our Personalized Snowbaby’s First Christmas Ornament. Newlyweds can memorialize their first Christmas together with the Personalized Candy Cane Snow Couple Ornament.

At Miles Kimball, personalization is always free. The most important thing to remember after you’ve chosen your favorites is to provide all the names you want included on each ornament, spelled correctly; plus any additional information you want on the ornament, such as date of birth or weight of a newborn, an anniversary date, or perhaps a special message you’ve written. We provide simple instructions for ordering that make obtaining your one-of-a-kind ornament a seamless process.

2. Hobbies & Professions

With over 60 styles representing a wide variety of careers and pastimes, you’re sure to find the perfect ornament for your musician, doctor, farmer, dancer, bowler, or even video gamer. Don’t leave yourself out, either — check out our Personalized Online Shopper Ornament.

3. Nostalgic

You’ll love our collection of over 30 “blast-from-the-past,” retro-style ornaments. Bring back fond memories with classic designs such as the Personalized Silver Tone Bell Ornament (to the right), a gleaming beauty and top-selling customer favorite.

4. Sports

We have over 25 ornament styles for a huge variety of sports — everything from baseball and volleyball to treadmill and pickle ball. Start by looking at our Personalized Sports Ornament for a taste of our charming selection. You’re sure to find your sport or that of your loved ones. This is your chance to show your pride in their special interest/accomplishment.

5. Pets & Animals

People with pets know how deeply their animals touch their heart — they’re really like another beloved family member. Our collection of over 25 personalized ornaments for pets will make them a part of your holiday festivities, letting everyone know how important and cherished they are. Choose from an assortment of styles with dog, cat and horse themes, or tease the imagination with something more whimsical like the Personalized T-Rex Ornament or the Personalized Unicorn Ornament.

6. Whimsical

Christmas and the holidays are all about fairytales, magic and make-believe. Let your imagination run wild with our collection of over 20 personalized ornaments that will delight children, young and old. Check out the Personalized Superhero Ornament (to the right) for the star in your life, or the Personalized Blue Princess Castle Ornament for your little princess. There’s even a traditional Christmas Pickle Ornament featuring a pickle with a Santa hat.

7. Special Occasions

Personalized ornaments are a natural way to commemorate special life events, including births, anniversaries, marriages, graduations and even unforgettable trips. As your life and that of your family moves forward, collecting special occasion ornaments will lead to holidays filled with fond remembrances.

8. Toys

For children, nothing says “Christmas” more than toys. Bright-colored toy ornaments, like our Personalized Tractor Ornament or Personalized Baby First Christmas Rocking Horse Ornament will ramp up the holiday cheer.

9. Food & Drink

Our selection of personalized food/drink-themed ornaments includes some that look so yummy (like the Personalized Snowman Cookie Ornament), your mouth will water. Or for the wine aficionado in your life, how about the Personalized “Love the Wine You’re With” Ornament?

Explore all the unique and well-made personalized ornament choices at Miles Kimball, and start your distinctive ornament collection this holiday season. All our ornaments are made of sturdy resin and available at affordable prices. Priceless because they are a visible reflection of you, your life, and the things and people important to you, our ornaments will bring added joy to you and your loved ones for years to come.

Honk Honk! It’s Goose Week!

Welcome to Miles Kimball’s very first Goose Week. This week we celebrate the adorable fun our Goose Outfits bring to our customers doorsteps. They’re cute, clever and sure to put a smile not only on your face, but also your passing neighbors face! Each day we will be offering 50% Off on a specific goose outfit! So make sure to look each day to see if your favorite outfit will be discounted. Check it out here! Shop for humorous costumes, holiday outfits, seasonal sensations and more.

Best of all we are offering a Goose Week Sweepstakes that will include a Grand Prize, Second Place Prize and Third Place Prize. Each prize was picked perfectly for you to enjoy each goose outfit for all the seasons! Enter the contest here!

Lastly, check out Miles Kimball Facebook if you would like to partake in a vote on 9/5/2019. The votes are made up of previous Goose Outfit that Miles Kimball used to offer in their Goose Wardrobe! All you have to do is comment the alphabetic letter of the Goose Outfit you would like to see back on our website! We will then choose the winner and get that Goose Outfit in our wardrobe as soon as possible. While you are there feel free to like our Facebook page and follow our Instagram page.

Grand Prize

The Grand Prize consisting of 2 Large White Geese and 12 Outfits (Pictured above)

Second Place Prize

The Second Place Prize consists of 1 Large White Goose and 6 Outfits (Pictured above)

Third Place Prize

The Third Place Prize consists of a new product that Miles Kimball will be introducing later in September. This will be our Seasonal Goose Notecards, Set of 24. The Notecards are dressed to to celebrate all four seasons throughout the year! Simply adorable, and only found here, the set of 24 holiday cards includes 4 of each colorful design: “Happy Spring!”, “God Bless America!”, “Thankful For You!” and “Seasons Greeting!”. Blank space inside the greeting cards allows plenty of room to write your own special note, whether sending Easter blessings, catching up on Patriotic holidays, expressing gratitude on Thanksgiving, or wishing friends and family a merry Christmas season.

Sweepstakes end on September 9th @ 11:59pm. Winners will be announced on September 10th @ 9:00am on Miles Kimball Facebook page & will be emailed

How to Design Small Spaces

Adding comfort, style, and functionality to a small space can be challenging, but with the right approach and well-designed furniture, you can make the most of limited square footage. When you’re shopping for a small space, one of the most important things to keep in mind is the importance of functionality. Choose furniture pieces that are compact but stylish, preferably serving dual purposes or offering storage.

Miles Kimball carries an excellent selection of small space-friendly furniture, including these popular customer favorites:

Chairside Table with USB Power Strip by OakRidge
With a slim profile and built-in power strip, this side table is a smart way to add functionality, storage, and style to even the smallest space in your home.

Three Drawer Multipurpose Rolling Cart by OakRidge
You don’t have to sacrifice style in the name of storage with this multipurpose rolling cart, crafted with solid wood in a gorgeous dark finish that will complement any décor style.

Newport Magazine Table with Drawer by OakRidge
Keep your everyday necessities within reach with the Newport Magazine Table, complete with a convenient drawer, magazine holder, and attractive mahogany finish. If you’re searching for smart solutions for your small space, you can find a wide variety of stylish, high-quality options from Miles Kimball. Choose from thoughtfully-designed furniture pieces that are both attractive and functional, making it easy to design an attractive but practical space.

Shaker Desk by OakRidge
The clean lines of this beautifully-crafted desk add simple style to any room, with a spacious top offering a useful work surface and discreet drawers that provide valuable storage space for office supplies and more.

Cleaning Tips

There’s nothing quite like enjoying the feeling of a freshly-cleaned home, but keeping up with the daily chores can be a challenge for anyone with a busy schedule. From everyday tasks like dusting and dishes to bigger jobs like scrubbing the floors, it can often feel like there’s no end to the upkeep of your home.

But as the old saying goes, work smarter – not harder. Use these 3 genius cleaning tips to simplify your cleaning routine and make your home shine with less effort and time:

1. Do a little bit every day. Instead of letting the chores pile up, set aside 30 minutes a day to knock out a few simple tasks.

2. Choose high-quality products. Stock up on products that make it easier to clean effectively, saving you time and money in the long-run.

3. Make use of innovative tools. Using smart tools can make your cleaning routine easier. Here are just a few of the useful products offered by Miles Kimball:

Telescoping Scrubber with Removable Head
Make your shower sparkle with minimal effort using this telescoping scrubber, designed to reach into corners and pivot for easy use.

Microfiber Flexible Mop
Clean floors and baseboards with ease using this flexible mop, designed for both wet and dry use for the ultimate in versatility and value.

Ceiling Fan Duster
Use this telescoping ceiling fan duster to safely clean your fans, removing dust and improving your home’s air quality.

Flat Flexible Duster by OakRidge
Eliminate dust from hard-to-reach spaces like underneath furniture and behind appliances, then toss this duster in the wash for easy cleaning.

If you’re searching for more ways to streamline your cleaning routine and keep your home sparkling, browse the full selection of cleaning products and accessories from Miles Kimball.

Cookbooks Never Go Out of Style

Dining out isn’t the only way to add variety to your everyday meals. Cookbooks can be a fun way to change up your at-home menu and learn new skills in the kitchen, saving you the expense and hassle of a restaurant meal and making it easy to prepare a variety of delicious meals. With a well-rounded collection of cookbooks, you’ll never run out meal ideas.

Miles Kimball carries a selection of excellent cookbooks to add to your collection, including options for healthy eating, quick meals, and more.

Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook
Kickstart your eating with the Copper Skillet Cooking Cookbook, packed with 58 nutritious, easy-to-make recipes that are bursting with flavor. With meal-planning ideas and suggestions for foods to eat, limit, and avoid, this informative cookbook puts eating within easy reach. The Copper Skillet Cooking helps you unlock all the magic of this durable, versatile nonstick pan!

Air Fryer Cookbook
Make the most of your air fryer with the Air Fryer Cookbook, a collection of 117 recipes that anyone can prepare. Designed to serve as the perfect companion to your electric air fryer, this cookbook is filled with recipes for every meal of the day, including vegetables and appetizers, desserts, meats, and side dishes.

Woman’s Day Easy Everyday Dinners Enjoy delicious dinners every night of the week with this compilation of recipes from the popular Women’s Day magazine. Organized into useful categories like “No Cook,” “20 Minute Meals,” and “Under 400 Calories,” this cookbook makes dinner prep easier than ever.

Make Now Eat Later Book
Save yourself time by mastering the art of meal prep with this handy cookbook, which provides detailed information about easy ways to simplify your approach to delicious meals.

Rediscover your cooking creativity and learn a variety of new, delicious recipes by stocking your kitchen shelves with cookbooks from Miles Kimball.

Quick Cooking

Make Healthy Cooking Simple with these Microwave Accessories

Healthy eating doesn’t have to be complicated or time consuming, and there’s no need to dirty countless pans and utensils whipping up your everyday meals. With these useful microwave accessories from Miles Kimball, you can prepare a variety of delicious and nutritious dishes in minutes. Here are a just a few of the products we offer that make it easy to enjoy healthy meals anytime:

Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker
With the Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker, you can enjoy a tasty, protein-packed breakfast sandwich with minimal effort. Crack your eggs directly into the cooker, then add the mix-ins of your choice, including cheese, bacon, ham, or veggies. Free of BPA and easy to clean, the Microwave Egg Muffin Cooker is a must-have for your mornings. 

Vented Microwave Cover
Enjoy the convenience and versatility of microwave cooking without any of the clean-up, thanks to this Vented Microwave Cover. The large, domed-shape lid fits easily over bowls and plates to prevent frustrating splatter, ensuring even heating. With the stay-cool handle and vented design, you’ll be able to easily remove your food from the microwave after cooking is complete.

Prep Solutions Microwave Steamer
With the Prep Solutions Microwave Steamer, preparing healthy meals has never been easier. The large steamer tray makes it possible to prepare vegetables and protein at the same time, so you can cook an entire meal in just minutes. BPA-free and dishwasher-safe, this steamer tray offers the ultimate in convenient cooking.

Use your microwave oven to its fullest potential with the addition of a few simple accessories, so you can make a habit of choosing healthier food options without any of the hassle. Browse the full selection of cooking accessories and tools from Miles Kimball today to find other ways to simplify meal preparation and save yourself time in the kitchen.