Decorating Your Holiday Tree – With Food! Bacon! Cheeseburgers! Sushi! Elvis! My Favorite Food Ornaments!

It’s A “Food Tree” Christmas!

Regardless of how you celebrate, the holidays are a time to “brighten up” your surroundings – to celebrate in what ever way works for you and your family, and of course to give gifts to others to let them know how much you care about them – especially this year

And of course, it’s also the time of year to decorate a holiday tree!

As you can see, I love our tree, but where did this tradition come from?

Well, according to the internet, which as you know can ALWAYS be trusted:

“Germany is credited with starting the Christmas tree tradition as we now know it in the 16th century when devout Christians brought decorated trees into their homes. Some built Christmas pyramids of wood and decorated them with evergreens and candles if wood was scarce.”

OK, I’ll buy that! It goes on to add:

“The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used to celebrate winter festivals (pagan and Christian) for thousands of years. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice, as it made them think of the spring to come.”

So, what began that way has become this!

Alex always jumps in with both feet and handles the important stuff: wrapping gifts that look professionally done, as opposed to my “ham-fisted” efforts; and speaking of ham, dressing the tree – with food!

Alex shared this on Instagram last week: our friends Karen and Jo sent me two new food ornaments: a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and a cheeseburger and fries dish!

I mean, these are classics for the ages! Our main tree in the living room has more traditional ornaments, but these two made it to the big tree and are now part of that holiday tradition!

Elvis! Cheeseburgers! Bacon! Sushi! Check Out Our “Food Tree”!

In our back room, we have a smaller artificial tree with white branches, and this one is filled with food and more!

It all began when my friend Steph found this ornament and immediately thought of me: bacon of course!

More followed, and then people started to really shop for me!

Yes, I been receiving ornaments of all types of food: from bacon, it was an easy jump to an entire Parma Ham!

Bring On The Hanging Cheeseburgers!

From Bacon to Bacon Cheeseburgers…it was a natural food progression! My Sister-In-Law Lauren found a Cheeseburger ornament and the race was on to impress me – and did they ever!

When I realized this one was a bit blurry, I liked it – and that’s our Colgin tree ornament sent by the winery – celebrating one of Napa Valley’s best wines!

Not to be outdone, a few friends decided to expand my food horizons with, what else?


Yes, Kareen led the way with our sushi ornaments, and I’ve gotten quite a collection going!

Alex was gifted some “Bundt” ornaments, because she has a staff member make a homemade “Bundt” for every staff meeting – now they are part of our Christmas tradition!

And because 2020 was, well 2020, my friend Karen and Bruce surprised us with these topical ornaments as well!

Yes, 2020 meant hand sanitizer and toilet paper – two things that dominated the headlines in 2020! I love these!

We love adding new ornaments to this “food tree” – but no matter how many cheeseburgers and other food items we get, there will always be room for “The King!”

Lots of other fun ornaments are on the tree as well…and many more to add going forward!

There are so many ways to celebrate the holidays with food – even a simple, dignified tree like this would wow your guests –


How can you argue with a “hot dog” Christmas tree? Well, it’s just one of many wacky holiday dishes you can serve – I love finding retro dishes like this:

Yes, a “Tuna Fish Tree” will wow your guests, and I have many more delicious holiday ideas as well, just click on my story here for more!

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15 replies

  1. Oh, laughing so hard I need tissues! Lol! Love this… But, where’s the pickle????? It wouldn’t be a full meal without a pickle! We used to have one…i think Santa ate it… It disappeared one year along with grandma I’d white house collection…metjinks inlaws…but can’t prove. Now, I’ve got to go find a pickle… You do, too!

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  2. Only you, John! a fun post and as you say so the nod to hand sanitiser and loo roll…Happy Christmas to you and Alex 🙂 x

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  3. John!! This is so you! What better way to celebrate Christmas than a food tree? I love this. Thanks for a great post and a glimpse at your tree. Merry Christmas to you and Alex!

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  4. I love food ornaments- I bought my grandson a sparkly taco truck ornament because he wants to own truck when he grows up


  5. John, your wacky ornaments are an annual treat to enjoy! And toilet paper and hand sanitiser are inspired choices for 2020 too! I had to look up a ‘Bundt’, but the ornament really nails what the cake looks like.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    • Pete, my wife has for years done a weekly “Bundt” presentation, so elaborate now that staff members have had celebrities do the “bundt” presentation for them…it’s fun and a great way to build staff morale! As for the 2020 ornaments, my friends Karen and Bruce surprised me with those and they are SO 2020! Thanks as always for your support!

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  1. 2020’s Topical, Hilarious Christmas Memes! Covid Christmas! “Ho Ho Ho” Indeed! – johnrieber

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