Sunday, 20 January 2013

How to Decorate a Christmas Tree

The tradition of putting up Christmas tree in celebration of Christmas has its history dated back to centuries ago. Some say it all started in Germany. A bunch of devout Christians started to bring in decorated pine trees into their house. However, it is not well accounted what their real purpose was then. Soon after, such practice spread worldwide. Today, Christmas tree is a must-have decoration for Christmas. Some like to put the tree as outside Christmas decoration while some like to put it as part of their indoor decoration. Are planning to put up one in your home but not sure how to decorate a Christmas tree? These few quick and simple steps would show you where to start from.


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Step #1: Pick the Tree

The first thing you need to do before you think about how to decorate a Christmas tree, is to grab, well, the tree itself. It may sound like a common sense. But for all you know, most people tend to ignore this most important part of decorating a Christmas tree. The reason why this is important is because there are so many options to choose from when it comes to Christmas tree. First, there is of course the traditional evergreen option. But even within this category, there are different materials to choose from. You can go for real or artificial tree.

The thing to consider when choosing between real and artificial Christmas tree is budget and storage. Real trees are usually more expensive, but they are well, fresher and brings in a more authentic feel. This is the biggest compliment for real tree option. On the other hand, artificial tree is becoming a popular option because it can be reused more than once. If you have the storage space, artificial Christmas tree could be the more practical option. I'm not saying that it is the best option though.

If you have so decided to go with artificial tree, you will then have to choose the type of material of the tree. There are many variety to choose from. The two most common selections are plastic or fiber optic Christmas tree. Your choice will determine the next step on how to decorate a Christmas tree.

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Step #2: Light up the Tree

Now you must have the tree in the house. Whether you purchased it online and have it delivered to your doorstep or you purchased it from your local store and brought it home yourself. You must now be excited. Hold on for a second and make sure you have the thing ready for the next step.

Before you rush into anything else, the next step on how to decorate a Christmas tree is light it up. Make sure you have the LED light strip ready. In case you are wondering how long you need for the LED strip, the general guideline is to stick with about 100 LED bulbs for every foot height. This means that if you get the average tree with a height of around 7 feet, then you need an LED strip with about 700 bulbs on it. It is a simple math calculation.

But if you have earlier decided to go for fiber optic Christmas tree, then you can skip this step and go on to the next step on how to decorate a Christmas tree.

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Step #3: Dress up with Beautiful Garlands

Garland is the decorative strip that resembles a cord. It used to be made of flowers or leaves. But the option is much more diverse these days. To most people, the most common garland design is the shiny metallic strip that looks very much like hair strips. If you have a green Christmas tree, then the best matching color would be red. However, if you are slightly more adventurous, you can consider more contemporary garland designs such as the candy strip or metal bead garland.

Keep in mind not to overcrowd your tree with the garlands as you are only half-way there. There is still the ornaments to be put up. This will be the next step you need on how to decorate a Christmas tree.

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Step #4: Put up Christmas Ornaments

Before you start putting up those mini ornaments on the tree, best is to have the light and garlands up. Trust me. It will make the job easier. This will not only help you properly space out the ornaments around the tree. If you put up the ornaments before everything else, it would be more difficult to lay the lights and garlands around as the ornaments would be obstructive.

There are many Christmas ornamenets that you can put up on the Christmas tree. From shatterproof bells to balls. From little Angels to Feliz Navidad characters. From Christmas stockings to candy miniatures. From beautiful icicles to cute nutcracker characters. The list is endless. Guess what? This is what makes Decorating Christmas Tree fun!

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Step #5: Put up Christmas Tree Topper

Hang on! you are almost there. By now, your Christmas tree would have been in shape and it is starting to look magnificent. I'm sure it would stir the eagerness on your part, to invite your families and friends to come and look at your creation. The last step is to find the perfect crown to place on the tree.

In the past, there were not many options available as today. Christmas tree topper used to be just plain Bethlehem star shape. If you still love to crown your Christmas tree with the star, you can choose the pre-lit or non-lit options. If you want a break from the norm, then you can put such characters as Santa or Angel. When it comes to decorating your Christmas tree, there is no such thing as absolute. Its beauty lies in the eye of the beholder. Choose a tree topper that best suits your taste and fits into the overall decoration theme of your home.

I can go on and on. But let me stop here. I think I've given you ample materials to answer your question on how to decorate a Christmas tree. Now, let the fun begins!

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