There are a few basic guidelines that can help ensure that your Christmas tree best expresses your household's unique history and ever-evolving art forms, and fits well in your home environment. Here's a sampling of tips from the experts.
Decorating a Christmas tree is a time-honoured tradition in most homes and like most time-honoured traditions there’s no right or wrong way to do it. Whether you’re a devotee of real or artificial trees, green or gold, eclectic or traditional, personalised or polished, it all comes down to personal taste – with a big dose of compromise when you’re combining different family traditions and a range of individual preferences in one tree!
There are a few basic guidelines however that can help ensure your tree best expresses your household’s unique history and ever-evolving art forms, and fits well in your home environment. Here’s a sampling of tips from the experts. Once the tree is firmly erected in its chosen spot, check your lights and make sure they are in good working order. For the best lighting effects put the lights on first, beginning at the base of the trunk and working your way up, weaving strings of lights evenly around all the major branches starting with the inside branches and working your way outwards towards the tips, then back inwards again and on to the next branch.
Once all the lights are in place, check again to make sure they are all still working. It’s easiest to make changes before the rest of the decorations go on. Then, beginning at the top of tree and working downwards, drape the garlands. Hang thin beaded garlands from branch to branch, and loosely wrap tinsel around the tree from top to bottom. Alternatively you can run the garlands in a circle around the trunk area only, or in a circle around the outside like a barber’s pole.
Next, sort your ornaments into two piles, one containing plain ornaments and the second containing favourite ‘heirloom’ ornaments. Begin by using the larger ornaments from the plain pile as fillers, placing them evenly within the tree’s interior to add depth and interest. Step back periodically to view your progress and make adjustments. Once completed it’s time to showcase your heirloom ornaments, placing each one in a prime position, spaced evenly around the tree. Finish off your tree with a tree topper. Traditionally a star or an angel is used, but you can also choose to finish off with a Santa, or even a giant bow.
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