Whether you choose a natural or artificial tree, this year when decorating for the holidays, try to place your Christmas tree according to Feng Shui principles. Feng Shui is the art and science of arranging things in harmony and balance with the natural world around you. This is especially important during Christmas time, when we fill our homes with new colors, shapes and aromas.
In Feng Shui, we refer to these different colors and shapes as five elements: fire, earth, metal, water and wood. A Christmas tree connects you to the living world, so it is considered a strong symbol of the Wood element. Also, the triangular shape of a Christmas tree is considered an element of fire, more so when covered in lights. Therefore, your Christmas tree is both a strong symbol of the Wood element and the Fire element. To learn more, take a look at: The Feng Shui method for better interior decoration
Let us remember the nine living spaces of Feng shui:
- Family & health.
- wealth & prosperity,
- fame & reputation,
- Love & Relationships,
- Creativity & children.
- Personal knowledge & culture.
- Helpful people & travels.
Each area has its own representations of colors and elements that directly influence the type of energy to bring in to get the most out of the principles of Feng Shui. Integrating all living spaces into a harmonious flow of energy is the key to getting the most out of this art. By engaging in this practice, you can enjoy peace while allowing positivity to flourish in your life!
Where to place the Christmas tree?
The ideal location for a Christmas tree is in the wealth, fame, or family area of your home, as these areas support wood and fire. The Wealth Zone is the room in the upper left corner of your house, or the upper left corner of any room. The Hall of Fame area is located in front of your front door. The triangular shapes displayed in these areas promote finance, abundance, and prosperity. The family area is located on the left side of your house.
Sometimes you can’t put your tree in the perfect spot, often because it’s not a public room, or because of tradition. Perhaps your family has always placed the Christmas tree in the dining room to be the focal point of the holiday meal, or your family tradition is to keep a tree in the family room to can be seen every day.
If you must place your Christmas tree in another Feng Shui area of your home, here are some ways to balance the energy:
- If you place your tree in your “Career” space, decorate it with blue lights and decorations, “icicle” decorations and blue/black patterns on the tree pole to help balance the water energy .
- If your tree is located in the “creativity & children” space, use metal ornaments, garlands, white lights and a tree skirt with silver or gold accents.
- If your tree is in the knowledge & personal cultivation area, use lots of ceramic ornaments, yellow and red lights, and a red skirt. Ditch the garlands and white lights, because you don’t need more metal.
- If your tree is in the grounding area of your home, choose a yellow or gold skirt and a bright yellow star or gold-haired angel at the top of the tree.
Many people think they have to pull out decorations that are several years old, whether they like them or not, and make everything fit together. However, it is good for Feng Shui to display only the decorations you really like, not your entire collection. If you vary what you display each year, your decorations will take on more meaning.
If you’re not putting up a Christmas tree but still want to celebrate the season, bring a bit of nature indoors by displaying evergreen boughs or poinsettias to counteract the winter gloom and encourage your guests to laugh and to enjoy the party.