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Tree skirts outside of the US?

post #1 of 26
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I've been looking at the wonderful pics of the Christmas decor, and I have a question. I know that there is no such thing as Christmas tree skirts in Australia because I picked a real pretty silvery quilted & beaded one for Danielle in the after Christmas sales last year. But now it's got me thinking...is the US the only place with tree skirts? Surely I've seen them on our northern neighbors' trees, at least I think I have. What about elsewhere in the world?

I've grown so accustomed to seeing them on every Christmas tree that trees without them look nekkid to me!
post #2 of 26
We don't have them in the UK either. Actually i meant to ask this the other day when i saw them in pictures, but what are they for?.
post #3 of 26
Hello,

I live in Victoria in Canada and we have always had a skirt around our tree. I have to agree with you that a tree does look naked until something is wrapped around the base!
post #4 of 26
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We don't have them in the UK either. Actually i meant to ask this the other day when i saw them in pictures, but what are they for?.
For being pretty.

Basically I think mainly just to cover up the not terribly attractive base that the tree is in.

And if you're a smarty cat owner, you pick a color that makes the kitties look good, like Karen did for Abby!
post #5 of 26
I wish I could find mine!
Susan they're mostly for show, but they do a good job of hiding an ugly tree stand and keeping the kits out of the nasty tree-water. (they also make it a bugger to get in and refill the tree-water, but that's the price we pay. . .) And they make a lovely place to lay out the pretty presents Mine is a burgundy tafetta that I picked up on sale last year, and I plan to theme my tree w/burgundy & gold decorations.
post #6 of 26
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We don't have them in the UK either. Actually i meant to ask this the other day when i saw them in pictures, but what are they for?.
They are for the kitties to sleep on of course! I was just looking at your thread in fur pics and thinking that you needed a tree skirt!
post #7 of 26
What is a tree skirt? I mean what does it look like? I'm conjuring up some rather amusing images in my mind! Anyone have a pic?
post #8 of 26
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They are for the kitties to sleep on of course!
That's what they're for in my house! Forget putting the presents under the tree...we'd have to move the sleeping cats first. (And we can't go moving the sleeping kitties, can we? )
post #9 of 26
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What is a tree skirt? I mean what does it look like? I'm conjuring up some rather amusing images in my mind! Anyone have a pic?
Here's my tree from last year, with Ophelia on the tree skirt.





(excuse the mess and clutter...it was a small apartment for all of our junk!)
post #10 of 26
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Originally Posted by rosiemac View Post
We don't have them in the UK either. Actually i meant to ask this the other day when i saw them in pictures, but what are they for?.
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Originally Posted by urbantigers View Post
What is a tree skirt? I mean what does it look like? I'm conjuring up some rather amusing images in my mind! Anyone have a pic?
Okay, you two are making me feel like a non-UKer! I've grown up with tree skirts and we always have the most beautiful ones in the garden centres near to my parents'! They also sell them in many garden centres in and around ours - Susanne!

Susan, they are to hide the stand for the Christmas tree!
post #11 of 26
I use a large Christmas Tablecloth under ours, because I can't find one big enough!
post #12 of 26
We never had them growing up (but we always put our tree stand in a huge terracotta pot that we painted for Christmas) but we definitely have them in Canada
post #13 of 26
We just used an old sheet. Sister has one with the outlines of her grandkids hands on it - showing how much they have grown.
post #14 of 26
I think it's only partly decorative. Obviously, it's also functional in that it hides the stand, but I think it may also be for ease of tidying away fallen pine needles.

Well, prepared to be shocked when I post pics of my skyclad World Tree tomorrow.
post #15 of 26
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We don't have them in the UK either. Actually i meant to ask this the other day when i saw them in pictures, but what are they for?.
I see them as an extra kitty blanket just for the holidays!
post #16 of 26
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Originally Posted by kiki_585 View Post
Hello,

I live in Victoria in Canada and we have always had a skirt around our tree. I have to agree with you that a tree does look naked until something is wrapped around the base!
I think trees look weird without the skirt.
post #17 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sar View Post
Okay, you two are making me feel like a non-UKer! I've grown up with tree skirts and we always have the most beautiful ones in the garden centres near to my parents'! They also sell them in many garden centres in and around ours - Susanne!
Never heard of them before! Honest! I can see how they make good kitty blankets though Must have been invented by a cat to provide an good excuse to lie near the tree (handy for that sneaky swipe when they think no-one's looking).
post #18 of 26
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Originally Posted by Sar View Post
Okay, you two are making me feel like a non-UKer! I've grown up with tree skirts and we always have the most beautiful ones in the garden centres near to my parents'! They also sell them in many garden centres in and around ours
I've never seen them?, but i'll be looking at the garden centres now, but i don't know if i would have one though?
post #19 of 26
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Never heard of them before! Honest! I can see how they make good kitty blankets though Must have been invented by a cat to provide an good excuse to lie near the tree (handy for that sneaky swipe when they think no-one's looking).
That's so funny! I really thought that everyone had! All my friends parents had them when we were growing up too - so I just assumed that everyone had them!

Oh yes, there are perfect sleeping spots! When we're at my parents' over Christmas, if you can't find a cat, they'll be under the Christmas tree!

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I've never seen them?, but i'll be looking at the garden centres now, but i don't know if i would have one though?
They do have some really beautiful ones! I love them because once all the presents have gone (or before they arrive) the tree looks pretty underneath and you don't see the base!
post #20 of 26
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I've never seen them?, but i'll be looking at the garden centres now, but i don't know if i would have one though?
A red one would look fantastic with your tree!
post #21 of 26
My nana made the one we used years ago when I was a kid -- it was red with green trees, yellow stars, multicoloured stockings and other Christmas staples on it. I'm not sure what happened to it, but one year it was replaced with a store-bought green one that has a pattern of tiny Christmas trees on it. I miss the old one and hope my mom just put it in storage, because when I one day have a Christmas tree, I'd like to use the skirt from my childhood.
post #22 of 26
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A red one would look fantastic with your tree!
Oh now you've said that it would as well wouldn't it?, especially with the theme being red and silver.

Right that's it next year my trees wearing a red skirt, red velvet i reckon?.
post #23 of 26
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Oh now you've said that it would as well wouldn't it?, especially with the theme being red and silver.

Right that's it next year my trees wearing a red skirt, red velvet i reckon?.
Velvet is nice.
post #24 of 26
They have them in Germany - ours is from the supermarket!
post #25 of 26
We've always had tree skirts! What else would the kitties sleep on and tunnel under?
post #26 of 26
I love my tree skirt. It's dark red and made with different fabrics like velvet and taffeta and oh just pretty! It's got some gold embroidery and things. Took me forever to find one!
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