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Tips on Decorating Your Christmas Tree

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You've chosen your perfect Christmas tree, but now what?

Our tips on the this page will give you ideas for setting up your tree, lighting it, keeping it fresh, and decorating it to be beautiful.

Keep Your Tree Fresh and Green

Cut the stump of the tree with a fresh cut and set it in water immediately. A fresh-cut tree will absorb several quarts of water right from the start. So it's important to check and refill the water level several times a day for the first week. You can cut down on frequency later. Be sure to place you Christmas tree in a stand that has a large water reservoir and keep it filled.

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.

Putting Lights and Decorations on the Tree

When decorating your Christmas tree, put lights on first, then garlands, then the ornaments.

Work from the Inside Out

Start arranging Christmas tree lights on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave strings of lights along the branches ‘inside,’ then move to the outer edges of the branches.

Placement of 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.

Basic Ornaments for Fill

Start by arranging the ‘filler ornaments’ evenly spaced around the tree. This would include basic solid color balls that are easily found at discount stores in a wide range of colors to coordinate and enhance your decorating scheme. You'll need about 20 ‘filler ornaments’ for every 2 feet of Christmas tree.

Special Themed, Collectible Ornaments

Mix one-of-a-kind special ornaments between the basic ornaments. Plan to use at least 10 special themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. As your collection grows, put the special ornaments closer together.

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Source: interiordec.com

Other links:

The History of the Christmas Tree

Christmas Flowers Arrangement & Centerpieces

Beautiful Outdoor Christmas Decorations

Christmas celebrations in the West today

Christmas Flowers

Christmas Tips

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