Forget the Christmas tree

Forget the Christmas tree

Christmas is just a month away, which means it's time to start decorating! But the usual Christmas Santa Clauses, reindeers and snowmen are too predictable, so we asked our readers for inspiration. Here are the top 10 suggestions for alternative decorations ...

1. Blooming good fun

I'd love to see flowers used, especially those big, red flowers. Not only do they make beautiful decorations, they don't consume energy and cause pollution.

Odessa Fung, 13

2. Sweet side of life

I'd love to see colourful pinatas hanging all over the streets. What's jollier than sharing the sweets and chocolates hidden inside with the people around you?

Winnie Lee Wing-yee, 18

3. One of a kind

Odd as it sounds, I'd like to see no decorations. Christmas is a time to love, and no amount of glamour could replace actually doing kind, loving things for others.

Cassandra Lee, 20

4. A bite of the cherry

I would really like to see some cherry blossoms put up - they bloom in the winter, and look really pretty. Plus, they add to the Christmas cheer - blooming flowers cheer you up and let you remember about life and prosperity.

Liam Fung, 11

5. Warming to it

How weird is it to be walking around in nearly 30 degree-Celsius weather and seeing a snowman on display? Most Christmas themes, such as snowflakes, snowmen, reindeers and thick clothing (eg. Santa's suit), remind us that the festival revolves around a cold climate. How good would it be to give sandmen decorations a try this Christmas? This way, countries with warmer climates could enjoy Christmas just as much!

Claudia Leung, 15

6. Riot of colour

I wish that the light bulbs in all the street lamps could be painted different colours, so that the streets would be lit up in a riot of colours. Then I could pretend I was on stage and begin my Christmas carols. These lights would definitely make the bells jingle.

Ruby Leung, 16

7. Single-minded

Imagine: Pringles on doors, trees and fences. In alternate flavours, of course, one from the green pack and one from the red, the colours of Christmas. After all, the couples have mistletoe, so we should have Pringles; celebrate being single with a Pringle!

Vidushi Saksena, 15

8. A tall order

Bored of seeing the same old Christmas trees or shiny stars? Try a genetically modified giraffe as a futuristic, interactive Christmas decoration this holiday season! Bred to have red and green fur, these giraffes make wonderful pets and are a fabulous way to impress your parents and that one friend who always gets better Christmas presents than you.

Beatrice Cohen, 16

9. Snack time

I want rings and rings of doughnuts all around my house and the city. The sweet snacks should come in a huge range of flavours and colours; if Santa gets tired from climbing up and down the chimneys, he can just wolf down a doughnut!

Olivia Lam, 15

10. It's a scream!

Instead of a fat, old man dressed in red and white, I'd love to see handsome K-pop stars hanging on my Christmas tree. There are many ways to use them as Christmas decorations, for example, dressed in Santa outfits and holding bunches of mistletoe. I'm sure K-pop fans like me would scream with excitement to see such a trend.

Giselle Chan Cheuk-ying, 18

Next week:

November 29 marks the birth of C.S. Lewis, the author of The Chronicles of Narnia series. In honour of his birthday, for our next Top 10, tell us: if you could get to any place from your own bedroom wardrobe, where would it be and what would your perfect fantasy world be like? Send your answer, together with your name, age and school, to with "Top 10: Fantasy world" in the subject field. Thanks to YP Cadet Beatrice Cohen for the Top 10 topic.

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