It’s that time of a year once again, the time to start decorating for Christmas. Although this is a wonderful time, not everyone finds decorating to be an easy task. For instance, choosing and decorating your Christmas tree can either be an exciting time or can be a bit stressful.
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For those who have no idea where to start and for those who are full of excitement but just need some ideas, keep reading because we are here to help.
Decorating a Christmas tree starts with selecting the perfect tree for you and your family. Depending on where you live you may have a lot options to choose from when shopping: you may even be able to cut down your own tree, or you may want to forgo the upkeep of a live tree and go for a fake tree instead. Whether this is your first or fifty-first tree, some of these tips may help you not only pick the perfect tree, but also find a tree that lasts all season long.
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Tips on Picking a Tree
- – Tree Placement: Know the placement of your Christmas tree inside your home. Knowing the amount of space you are working with gives you a better idea for the size tree to choose. Measure the area, look at height and width of the space for your tree and also the dimensions of any doorways that you will have to bring the tree through. The tree may fit in that perfect spot but not be able to get through the door.
- – When Fresh is Best: When choosing a real Christmas tree make sure to look for freshness. The tree should be moist, fragrant, and a vibrant shade of green. A tree that dries out will not only start look sad but can also be a fire hazard. Start fresh and keep it watered and it will not only look beautiful but it will smell great, too!
- – Tree in a Box: When deciding upon a fake tree know ahead of time whether you would like to have it pre lit, and whether you would like it flocked. Choose the tree based on how you will decorate it. Once the tree is bought a particular way it becomes difficult to remove its preexisting adornments.
Picking your tree is one thing but figuring out how to decorate it is another. It’s a lot easier than you think with these simple steps.
How to Decorate Your Christmas Tree
- – Lights: First step in decorating your tree is adding the lights. (100 light set for every foot of your tree). You can avoid may poling your tree with lights by dividing the tree into sections and adding lights section by section, from top to bottom.
- – Garland: Garland can pull the whole look of a tree together. When purchasing garland, for every foot of your tree you should buy 9ft of garland and feel free to mix multiple types of garland together.
- – Ornaments: The last step in decorating your tree would be to add your ornaments. Place ornaments on the inside of branches along with the outside, giving your tree more complexity.
- – Elf on the Shelf: The fun, new Elf on the Shelf craze is another great way to get into the holiday spirit! If you haven’t heard of the infamous Elf, or are interested in finding new ways to display your Elf, click here for some fantastic ideas for that Sneaky, Little Elf on the Shelf!
Some people just go to the store and grab decorations they like. If you’re a little bolder feel free to try a theme. A theme can sometimes be a challenge to pick but here are a few theme ideas that you can choose from.
Ideas for Christmas Tree Decorations
- – Handmade: Choosing to hand make your Christmas tree decorations dates back to the beginning of the 20th century when Americans began hand making Christmas ornaments. Hand making decorations can bring the whole family together. You can make garlands out of popcorn, old jewelry, or even use old family photos. Here, Better Homes and Gardens features even more homemade decoration ideas!
- – History: You can keep your decorating traditional by using decorations that have been passed down from year to year. That will give a little extra meaning to your family’s tree. If this is your first tree select a few choice ornaments to mark the year and then some ornaments you like, each year select a few special ornaments and soon you will need less and less filler ornaments because your tree will begin filling up with ornaments that tell a story.
- – Theme: Having a theme for your Christmas tree is a nice way to mix it up. Victorian themed Christmas trees are popular along with monochromatic and Disney themed trees. You can also theme the tree off of your favorite movies, comics, TV shows, sports teams, genres or childhood toys. Star Wars, LEGO, steampunk, or a San Diego Chargers tree would
It is now time to get out there and pick your amazing holiday tree. With these steps and ideas everyone is capable of choosing and decorating an amazing tree. So take a deep breath, smell the Christmas time air, and get decorating!