Very soon, people up and down the country will be getting out the Christmas decorations to begin the holiday season in earnest. Decorating the Christmas tree is a big part of the festive celebrations and has the potential to be a fun-filled, family day, so we have gathered together some of our best tips to help the decorating process run much smoother.
Now, it may feel like planning takes away all the fun of decorating, but it does in fact help the process. If you know what size tree you have, you’ll know what length lights you will need to wrap around it and the number of baubles needed to fill it too. Whether you have a real or artificial tree, you will need to consider where to place the tree in your home. If you have a real tree, choose somewhere that is as cool as possible to prevent it from drying out too much ahead of the big day.
Make sure to give your tree enough room so the branches can hang freely and you can decorate all around it. Our top tip if you have a real tree that's too tall is to always trim it from the bottom upwards to maintain its triangular shape. If you have an artificial tree, don't forget to fluff those branches and especially if it's been squashed in a box in the attic for twelve months.
Not everybody takes the same approach when it comes to decorating, but lights should always be the first consideration. Firstly, make sure you test the lights are working before you put them on the tree. They form the basis of your whole decoration giving warmth and the festive look to the tree but they can be difficult to place when the tree is full of other decorations, so it is best to put your lights on first. Our top tip for putting lights on the tree is to start at the top and work your way down weaving them around the large branches. Ensure you nestle the lights in between the branches so that the wires are not visible.
Some people love it, some people hate it, but one thing that’s for certain is that tinsel is difficult to spread out evenly across a tree. If you are a tinsel lover, it’s best to start from the bottom of the tree on the lowest branch. You want to create a motion that is snake like, weaving the tinsel through the branches and getting further up the tree each time. Our top tip is to pop on the tinsel before the baubles and other decorations, so you don't knock them off.
Ornaments and Baubles
Will you decide on a colour scheme or theme for your tree? Is it modern or traditional? Reds, greens and golds fit a traditional-style for Christmas. For a winter look, you can pick silver, blues and purples or for a more minimalist tree you can go for white, silver and traditional wooden decorations. Our best tip when hanging your decorations on your tree, is to ensure you start at the centre of the tree and work outwards so that they are evenly distributed. Don't hang baubles on the tips of branches as they are prone to falling off and breaking. Larger baubles should be placed at the bottom and get smaller in size as you reach the top of the tree in order to keep the tree’s shape. Spread them evenly and use a variety of shapes and sizes.
Don't embarrass your tree and leave it without a skirt. A skirt will hide the wires and that ugly extension and the tree holder and will also catch those pine needles if you have a real tree.
And finally, you can add your eye-catching tree-topper - that crowning touch to complete your festive masterpiece. Traditional toppers have their roots in religion - the star representing the Star of Bethlehem which guided the Three Kings to baby Jesus, while the angel symbolises the angels who announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds. There are also many alternative options too including snowflakes or birds such as peacocks and flamingos! Our top tip is to ensure it is not too heavy to topple the tree and ruin all your hard work. It should perfectly fit onto the top branch and sit comfortably until Twelfth Night.
And now that the tree is decorated, you can sit back and enjoy it!