40 Tackiest Christmas Trees
Evergreens have been a symbol of winter festivities for thousands of years. Some believed Fir trees to have special powers to keep away evil spirits during winter, so they would decorate their homes with pine for protective reasons. In Northern Hemisphere, many ancient people celebrated the winter solstice with Evergreen trees to represent the soon coming of spring.
We can thank the British for the Christmas Tree finally making it to the U.S. after the publication of "The Queen's Christmas tree at Windsor Castle” in 1848. Since then Christmas trees have become the main symbol of winter holidays, community, family and terrible decorating choices.
From mismatched ornaments, inability to tell the difference between an actual tree and a sad twiggy disaster, to drowning each and every limb in pretty much anything you can think of, this list of 40 tackiest trees will make most of us feel like pros.
Ditch the tinsel and those outdated ornaments from a decade ago. Ladders belong in our garages and not in family rooms (thanks Pinterest), and for Christmas Tree’s sake ants and other disgusting bugs don’t need another reason to get into our homes, so keep food and candy in their respective containers.
Life's too short for a badly decorated tree! Here are 40 examples of what NOT to do this holiday season.
The Aluminium Tree
When you want your Christmas tree to look like its repurposed garbage, you can always go with the aluminum tree look. Tacky doesn't even begin to describe this, but its the best we can do.
Why these trees were ever popular, I will never understand. These are the trees Charlie Brown preferred a pine tree branch over. And here, you can see why...
The American Dream Tree
Celebrating America is just what Christmas is all about. After all, Christ was born to give birth to America. And then he became Uncle Sam and single-handedly fought the king of England in a nunchuck duel.
Don't believe us? Just read the Wikipedia article. This tiny tree is just a small token of appreciation in celebration of Christmas. Peace on Earth, goodwill towards men, and god bless murica!
The Blue Tree
I would definitely have a Blue Christmas if this were my Christmas tree for the holidays.
Here we have, yet again, another hideous aliminum tree but with way too much blue. We're pretty sure this tree was made from aluminum foil and an old '80s prom dress.
The Overwhelmed Tree
Behold! A visual representation of what Christmas feels like for many people. There's definitely way too much going on here in this tree oversaturated with ornamentation.
Truly god bless the person who had the time and patience to decorate the tree like this, and moreover, the time and patience required to take it all down.
The Phoning It in Tree
For when you really don't care about Christmas but you pretend to care for the sake of your kids.
This sad-looking tree just reeks of Christmas depression. When the mass of presents exceeds the size of the Christmas tree, it is clear that the Christmas spirit is truly dead.
The Elf Tree
As if one creepy elf on a shelf weren't enough, now you have a whole tree full of them.
Are elves really the best part of Christmas? This person seems to think so. They must have a thing for pointy ears and shenanigans.
The Flamingo Tree
Nothing says Christmas like a tree full of flamingos with some flips-flops thrown in for good measure.
We'd say this is a reference to the Bing Crosby's song, "Mele Kalikimaka," but we're pretty sure flamingos aren't native to Hawaii. So, clearly, this person just likes flamingos or just doesn't want any reminder of how cold Christmas time is.
The Gigantic Bulbs Tree
Those are definitely some big bulbs. We're guessing this is the way to go if you don't want to take the time to hang up a lot of ornaments, but yet this tree still looks too busy.
The ornaments are so big on this treem and so plentiful, that we can't actually see any tree on this - tree.
The Gingerbread Man Tree
Gingerbread men should be consumed. They should be served on a plate to your guests. They shouldn't be hanging from your tree.
That is unless you are okay with people picking gingerbread men off your tree like they were farming for them. But then again, your tree is gonna look pretty barren after, which is bad unless that's your secret undecorating plan.
The Half-Dead Tree
Finally, a tree to match how you feel inside about the holidays. If these pine needles are any indication, as well as the empty branches, this tree is just about as done with Christmas as its owner.
They better watch out though, because this tree is starting to look like a fire hazard. Maybe just a little water for safety's sake?
The Hat Topper Tree
This tree would almost look fine...but they just had to make it look stupid by putting a hat on it. This family just could not resist.
If you invested the money into buying ornamentation and a tree, why not also throw in a few bucks for an actual tree topper? Classic options include a star or angel!
The Christ the Redeemer Tree
Finally, a Christmas tree that celebrates what the holiday is actually about - Jeebus Christ in rainbow colors.
There is certainly nothing tacky about having faith in the lord, the light, the truth - all up in your tree's business. So festive! However, if this tree doesn't have a crucifix on top, then what is this family even doing with their life?
The Ladder Tree
When you just can't even find yourself able to pick up a tree, at least this is a step up from nothing.
Just be careful around this tree. Walk around the tree not under it, because you don't want bad luck.
The LSU-Auburn Tree
If Christmas isn't about college football, then what is it even about? Thankfully these people seem to get it.
Jesus played football for our sins obviously, because he was born to be a quarterback. And to the three wise men, just keep following those Friday night lights.
The Mickey Tree
Tacky is truly putting it lightly here. The colors certainly don't work and the tree is cluttered with Mickey ornaments. Is this even a full-grown adult's tree?
Probably the best part of this tree is that hot sauce bottle next to it. It really adds to that touch of red that is clearly missing.
The Amateur Tree
This tree is certainly something else. It looks like some dad tried to make it in their garage.
That anyone found this tree to be beautiful, and worth putting up, is truly a Christmas miracle.
The Miscolored Wire Tree
This is what happens when you have absolutely no idea what you are doing when it comes to Christmas decorating. The wires on a tree should not be this visible under any circumstances
The lights should blend seamlessly as if your tree were glowing. And to make matters worse, these look like they were just thrown onto the tree. Their personal bar is better kept than that tree.
The Biker Tree
This tree was definitely born to be wild. And it would have been much better off in the wilderness than wasted with this tacky biker decor.
This is what happens when you let a bunch of bikers decorate for the holiday. How drunk on Budweiser were they when they decorated this thing? You don't want to know. Enough though that you know they went from singing AC/DC songs to Bing Crosby.
The Oversaturated Tree
These are decidedly not great Christmas colors. These colors are much too oversaturated. And those flowers are also a bit much.
Are these people color blind? That's honestly the only excuse for this monstrosity — that or a dare.
The Paper Flowers Tree
This tree looks pathetic enough as it is, we aren't actually even sure just how much damage the paper flowers are doing.
Honesty, this just looks like something the kids decorated with whatever they could find — or something the family cat accidentally decorated.
The Peace Tree
All we are saying is to give peace a chance. And this person's tree is saying that quite a bit.
Is this a Very Merry Hippy Christmas? Quite so. Yet a little more ritzy. Perhaps, this is a tree for hippies who opened up a coffee shop in their 40s.
The Peacock Tree
Either this person loves peacocks way too much or has an affinity for 1920s showgirls. Either way, this tree just doesn't work.
This tree is more feathers than tree. Maybe they should have just gotten a pet peacock and decorated that with some tinsel.
The Peeps Tree
Combining Easter festivities with Christmas, here is the Peeps tree. What could go wrong with putting marshmallows next to a hot light?
We definitely aren't getting any Christmas vibes from this tree. Guess the Easter Bunny will be filling in for Santa this year.
The Real Candy Tree
Here's the tree that you can eat but probably shouldn't because it's been sitting out for so long.
Do you want ants? Because that's how you get ants.
The Real Food Tree
Ah, yes — sliced fruit wheels as decorations. The perfect use for all your old fruit.
Remember when the smell of pine was enough for people? This is the tree for people who prefer the smell of grapefruit potpourri. It's the perfect tree for any bathroom.
The Scraggly Bows Tree
Ther perfect tree if you are going for those barbershop quartet vibes. But for everyone else, this is just another tacky Christmas tree.
Somehow that Christmas tree skirt just makes it so much worse too. And those scraggly bows? More yikes!
The Silver Rain Tree
Just about the tackiest tinsel and garland you could put on your tree, particularly because it doesn't match your colors bulbs and lights. It just looks like an accident.
And speaking of accidents — if you have any cats — this can't be good for your cat. You know they are going to eat that stuff and just throw it up all over your house.
The Skinny Tree
It's the Christmas tree that went on the Slimfast diet. We'd like to say that when it comes to Christmas trees, all body types are beautiful, but this tree is decidedly not.
This thing looks so unbalanced, it looks like it could fall at any moment. This is the tree you would get if you lived in a literal shack and you had to shove it in a corner somewhere but this person looks like they had room for something a little bigger.
The Sparkly Tree
This tree is so sparkly, that it's enough to shock a five-year-old girl or put Edward Cullen back in the coffin.
This tree isn't just tacky, it's hideous to be quite frank. Surely, a full-grown adult could not have decorated this or a human even.
The Spring Tree
Well, this tree is dressed for the wrong season but at least it doesn't have to worry about the rain.
This person hates the winter so much, that they need a reminder of spring for the holidays. I wonder if there's an actual bird in that house? Might as well be.
The Stuck in the Corner Tree
This is the Harry Potter of Christmas trees. Shoved near the staircase where it won't bother anyone...and neglected. It's even a half-assed decorating job at that.
Like, if you are going to go through the effort of buying a Christmas tree and decorate it, even if you do a lazy job, why shove it in a corner where nobody
The Tinsel Tree
It just doesn't make any sense why people thought these aluminum Christmas trees looked good. This relic belongs to the past and it should get buried there.
These trees are the epitome of fake and Christmas commercialism. Did we really learn nothing from A Charlie Brown Christmas?
The Tangled Tree
Yes...superb job decorating this Christmas tree. Aunt Peggy was clearly drunk when she put this up and hadn't bothered to fix it.
The wires don't quite match with the color of the tree either but we won't get into that. The image speaks for itself.
The Half-Naked Tree
Hmmm...so what exactly happened to the rest of the tree? Did it burn in a fire? Did the dog eat it? There are many questions.
This is truly a sad-looking tree. This tree seems to be suffering from a serious case of alopecia. Chris Rock is probably coming up with his own joke as we speak.
The Target Tree
The red-on-white is really bringing in the Target vibes. This tree even looks like they got it from Target. The only thing that would make this tree complete is Bullseye sleeping under it.
I guess if you are going to go full commercial with your holiday look, why even try to hide it?
The Walmart Tree
If you want to achieve this Christmas look, you should be able to find everything you need at your local Walmart superstore.
The bulbs, the tree, the dim-looking lights — everything about this tree screams cheap. The owners of this tree couldn't even afford to put a tree topper on it. They must have the toppers locked in the glass cabinets.
The Tiny Gifts Tree
This is the tree you need when you don't plan to get any gifts for your family on Christmas. It's like dangling a mouse in front of your cat.
This gives the illusion of a fruitful Christmas but inside of each ornament is just air. Or maybe you are alone on Christmas and you can just imagine you are opening all those little gifts.
The Tiny Purple Tree
What about the color purple screamed Christmas to this family? And this tree is so small and lame, you have to question whether they were even trying.
The last time I saw something this small, purple, and pathetic, was when I watched Joffrey choking on his wedding day.
Game of Thrones, anyone?
The Ugly Christmas Sweater Tree
This Christmas tree takes the very worst parts of Christmas and slaps them on the tree to also ruin that. It's like putting on a silly hat when you are wearing a suit.
It totally detracts from any enjoyment you get out of the tree. Oh, haha, you are so quirky! You like ugly Christmas sweaters ironically. Gimme a break...
The Wooden Tree
Hey, we go to give it to this family — this is definitely not the worst Christmas tree on the list. It might even be the best — the best of the worst.
Nevertheless, it certainly sucks. It looks more like a wooden toy than an actual tree. It would be a lot more useful as firewood but I guess they are going for minimalism here. Yes, way to minimize Christmas.