How To Decorate A Christmas Tree

10 steps for decorating a Christmas tree on this coming Christmas. A beautifully decorated Christmas tree has a magical feel for you and your beloved.

Tina S
Tina S
Dec 17, 2009
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In 16th-century Germany fir trees were decorated, both indoors and out, with apples, roses, gilded candies, and colored paper. In the Middle Ages, a popular religous play depicted the story of Adam and Eve's expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
It is held that Protestant reformer Martin Luther first adorned trees with light. While coming home one December evening, the beauty of the stars shining through the branches of a fir inspired him to recreate the effect by placing candles on the branches of a small fir tree inside his home.

When Christmas comes around, we all look to get the largest and best tree to decorate. A real tree is usually the best, but you will have to make sure that it is shaped properly, to enable you to decorate it and have it look elegant and outstanding.
Elaborately adorned Christmas trees are often the focal point of homes during the holiday season, and decorating the tree is a family tradition for many. It’s not only a very creative process, but the symbol of the season.
Below are tips on how to decorate your tree to make it truly beautiful:

Step 1: Choosing a tree:
If you are buying a fresh tree, try and get the tallest one you can for your ceiling height. However if you end up with a shorter tree, you can always put it up on a box or crate to give it some height. This also makes room for gifts!

Step 2: Set up the tree:

What you need to do to set up your tree will depend on if you have a real or an artificial tree. However, no matter what kind you use, you should give some consideration to the location of your tree.
1. Keep your tree at least three feet away from fireplaces, radiators, heaters and similar heat sources.
2. Do not place your tree anywhere it might block foot traffic or doorways.
3. Place your tree in a location near an outlet to avoid running cords over long distances.
If necessary, run extension cords against walls.
Do not run cords under rugs.
4. Once set up, make sure your tree is sturdy and does not wobble.

Step 3: Christmas Tree Preservative:
You can prolong the life of your Christmas tree by mixing up a concoction of 1 quart water, 1/2 cup light corn syrup, and 1 teaspoon liquid bleach. You can also read information on caring for Christmas trees.
Step 4: Create a Christmas tree theme:
Decorating a Christmas tree using a theme has become more popular lately.
Christmas Tree Themes:
•    Baby’s 1st Christmas
•    Butterfly
•    Cars
•    Cartoons
•    Country Christmas
•    Family Tree
•    Floral
•    Gingerbread
•    Hawaiian
•    Home for the Holidays
•    Nativity
•    Outer Space
•    Pets
•    Santa Claus
•    Seashore
•    Snowman
•    Sports
•    Victorian
•    Western
•    Winter Wonderland

Step 5: Adding ribbons:
This gives a nice flow of movement around the tree, and another texture besides glass ornaments. This ribbon should work with your color palette, and is another great way to bring color onto the tree, so make sure you choose wisely! If you are using teal and copper colors, bring in teal or copper ribbon. Starting at the top trail the ribbon down the tree on an angle, weaving it in the branches in some areas to create a flow. Take pieces of about 3 yards in length and use those. You can also let it just fall off the spool creating circles as you wrap it loosely through the branches.


Step 6: Putting lights on it:

Sparkle and shine is imparted to a Christmas tree by the arrangement of lights. To illuminate the tree from the inside out, string lights around the trunk and the branches. Starting at the base of the trunk and working up, wrap the lights around every major branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back.

Step 7: Safety of using lights:
Like the old fashioned candles, hot Christmas bulbs can heat up needles and catch fire. This is especially true if you shopped for a christmas tree at the last minute and ended up with a dry tree. The absolutely safest trees to buy are prelit artificial Christmas trees as some of them have automatic shut-down features if they get too hot.
Step 8: Placing ornaments:
Don't hang all your ornament on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorations 'inside' your tree to add depth and interest.
Certain ornaments glow, sparkle, and shine when placed on branches that allow them to dangle next to or in front of lights. Space these evenly across the tree. Next, choose ornaments that are breakable and place them on the top half of the tree, out of reach of little hands, paws, or teeth.

Fill in the rest of the decorations, evenly spacing ornaments of the same color and style. Place oversized ornaments closer to the bottom where they will not stick out awkwardly. Stand back every few minutes to see where the bare spaces are. You have too many decorations if you need to place more than one ornament on a single branch.

Some decorating elements are:
1.    garlands
2.    Holiday Ribbon and Bows
3.    Tree Toppers
4.    Tree Skirt

Step 9: Putting gifts:

You can put cards and gifts for your family and friends under the tree. This can make a special attraction to your friends at your Christmas tree.

Step 10:Things to Avoid Putting on Your Tree:
For safety reasons, it is important to avoid decorating your Christmas tree with the following items:
•    Candles
•    Large or Heavy Decorations
•    Outdoor lights
•    Sharp Objects
•    Unwrapped Food



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