Mardi Gras Tree

by blackspanielgallery

A Mardi Gras tree is a Christmas tree re-purposed with Mardi Gras ornaments, lights, and tree skirt.

When artificial Christmas trees became popular people in south Louisiana began redecorating them as Mardi Gras trees. A Mardi Gras tree is simply a Christmas tree with Mardi Gras decorations.

Before artificial trees the problem of having a Christmas tree last part the Christmas season was unheard of. Now, the problem of a Christmas tree drying out is no longer a problem.

Mardi Gras season starts with the Feast of the Epiphany, which also ends the Christmas season. So, transitioning from one set of decorations to another is easy, the tree will not be displayed between seasons.

Mardi Gras Tree Decorations

Historical

In years gone by there were no Mardi Gras tree decorations as such, one had to use what could be placed on the tree.  Small masks, especially the comedy and tragedy masks, bows of purple, green, and gold, the Mardi Gras colors, and whatever other decorations one could find that represent Mardi Gras were used.  Often large bows were added to cover much of the otherwise sparsely covered tree.

Mardi Gras Tree Decorations

Today

Now, some ornament makers have began to make nice ornaments that could be used for both Christmas and Mardi Gras.  The key is to have the dominate colors of the decorative scheme be purple, green, and gold.  These are the colors of Mardi Gras.

 

Kurt Adler has some quality Mardi Gras pieces. 

 

In addition to Masks, the Fleur de Lis is a popular ornament.  One can even find an angel tree topper dressed in purple, green, and gold.

Madri Gras Decorations

After Christmas comes Mardi Gras, and the season of Mardi Gras starts January 6. That means you can decorate your Christmas tree with a Mardi Gras theme instead of taking it down.

Mardi Gras Tree Lights

Clear lights can work, and if your tree has LED lights with both colored and clear settings you can just leave the lights on the tree and set them to clear.  For a more Mardi Gras look strings of lights in purple, green, and gold are readily available.  These are also becoming popular for those who decorate outdoors for the Mardi Gras season.

Mardi Gras Tree Skirt

There are an amazing number of Mardi Gras tree skirts available.  Yes, it is still necessary to cover the unsightly tree stand. 

 

Changing out the Christmas tree skirt to a Mardi Gras tree skirt is easy, especially if the location of the tree changes. 

 

Conclusion

Christmas trees need not be once a year decoration.  The same tree can support ornaments for other holidays.  In the United States the Fourth of July is another occasion for Christmas tree usage, but there is a time gap that does not allow for continuous display.  With Mardi Gras the tree does not have to be placed in storage before the next use, making it a much nicer transition.

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Updated: 12/18/2019, blackspanielgallery
 
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blackspanielgallery on 12/11/2019

It could be. The Fleur de Lis is French, and a symbol of the City of New Orleans.

DerdriuMarriner on 12/11/2019

blackspanielgallery, Thank you for the practicalities and products.
Does the hat on the Santa ornament look as deliberately fleur de lis-like to you as it does to me?
Online sources such as Mardi Gras and The Fleur de Lis on Rouxbrands and The Fleur-de-Lis and the Bee by Andrew Gough Sept. 27, 2014, find associations between bees and fleurs de lis. Is that connection acknowledged nowadays for Mardi Gras?

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