As much as I love Christmas, the tree is the only Christmas decoration I put up. It was almost the only Christmas decoration I had growing up. There was an inflatable Santa & an inflatable reindeer. But after a few years they stopped being used, I guess they got holes in them.
I like to set up my tree on December 1 but of course, it doesn’t always happen.
Christmas Tree Decorating Tips
- Pick two (three at most) complementary colours to decorate your tree. Some great combinations are red & silver, red & gold, silver & gold, blue & silver (my favourite), and light green & silver.
- Only decorate with baubles. Ornaments tend to look out of place on a colour themed tree. If you really feel the need for ornaments only uses a few sentimental ones.
- Use all of the baubles. I have found that my tree looks much better if I use all of the baubles. Less is not always more!
- Avoid using tinsel. It’s messy & it makes the tree look too busy.
- Pick lights that are all the same colour, rather than multicolour. Like the ornaments I think multicoloured lights look out of place.
- To store the string lights, wrap it around your elbow & thumb, making a thick loop. Use freezer bag ties at several intervals around the loop then hang the loop over a coat hanger. This helps to minimise tangles when you need them next year!
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How I set up my tree
- Set up the tree near where you want it. Leave enough room so that you can walk all the way around it.
- Put the lights on starting from the bottom, walking your way around the tree, moving upwards. Remember to leave enough slack for it to reach the power point.
- Add the star or angel to the top.
- Add the baubles.
- Move the tree to its final location.