How to Decorate a Tree

One of the most important things in your Christmas decorating is your tree. It is the center of our holiday decorating scheme. Each year we scratch our heads and try to figure out what we can do with our tree. Then of course we would like the family to get involved but that does not always happen with our busy lives these days. How you decorate depends on your own individual tastes. The colors you want to use. The decorations that appeal to you and so on. It actually takes some knowledge to be able to put your tree together. In this piece, we will talk about what you should be doing when thinking about setting up your own tree and the sequence of each task.



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Fresh or Artificial

First, you will want to decide on a real or artificial tree. While real are nice and full and have the touch of scent, they can also be hard to keep fresh. If you opt for artificial, you can be assured that it will last for several seasons. Try to keep the tree away from the wall. It makes it easier to decorate.

Decide on a Theme

Choosing a theme can be creative and fun. It is totally up to your imagination.

Create Decorations

Instead of the usual run of the mill store bought decorations, you and your family can make your own. Simply visit a craft store or dollar store and find some truly inspiring items.


Add a special touch with personalized decorations. You can add photos, dates, names and mementos to make the tree a family event.

Look In Unusual Places

You do not always have to visit a department store to get decorations. You could take a walk around your local hardware store, fair, garage sale and thrift store. You never know what treasures you can find.


When it comes to lighting, you should always bury your lights deep within the tree. Make sure you wind them around every branch for the most impact. Start lighting from the top of the tree to the bottom. That way you do not end up with unsightly plugs in the wrong places.


You should start at the top with the garland too. The garland should be weaved in and out of the tree as well.


Bigger ornaments should surround the bottom of the tree and smaller ones towards the top. Also try to place some deeper into the tree as well. You can mix less expensive ornaments with more expensive for greater impact.

One thing to remember is to decorate all sides of your tree, even the back. This can still be seen even if it is against a wall. Well now that the tree is decorated, one last item needs to be placed.


The topper is very important. Without it, the tree looks unfinished. If you do not have, toppers then make one. You can use almost anything. A nice thick ribbon would work equally as well.

Now that your tree is decorated, you can sit back and enjoy it for the rest of the season.

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