Time to deck those halls and decorate that tree. The tree is one of my all-time favorite traditions, the smell, the lights, the uniqueness. Every tree is different, and everyone does it differently. There’s no wrong way, which is probably why I like it so much. Not sure where to start, or want to improve on your tree tradition? Here’s some great tips.
Hanging lights on the tree can be a source of serious frustration. (Just ask my dad.) To make things easier, first make sure you have enough lights and plug them in before even untangling them to make sure they work. BHG.com suggests 100 lights for every foot of tree you have. (The lights are the best part, so no skimping!) They also suggest that when you start to string them, start from the bottom and work your way up.
Ornaments can be personal, fun, or themed; whatever they are make sure your favorite ornaments are front and center! If you have a lot of big ornaments, make sure you spread them out.
If you use garland, ribbon, or bows, make sure you use some less-is-more restraint. Garland can take over a tree and you want all those great decorations to shine through.
Also, if your tree is against a wall, consider tying a piece of fishline around it and fastening it to an eye-hook in the wall. I learned this trick the hard way after our tree crashed down one year. Also learned the hard way, put a plastic garbage bag down under the tree and the tree stand to help protect floor from spills—and to make tree cleanup easier.
Most important have fun with your family setting up the tree and enjoy it!
What are your tree traditions?