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Tips for Trimming Your Christmas Tree

Here are some tips to help decorate your holiday tree this season.

Happy Holidays to all! 

Christmas is almost here, and if you're ready to start decorating, here
are some of my (hopefully) useful tips on decorating your Holiday Tree!

Beginning the task: When decorating your tree, put lights on first, then the
garland, and finally the ornaments. I think of my tree as a three-dimensional
painting. Do you have a color scheme or theme that you want to follow?
Sometimes having a plan for your tree makes it more fun to decorate – at least
in my opinion. You can spend all year collecting items for your tree – but a
good time of year to find bargains is, of course, the post-holiday sales.

Hanging Ornaments: Begin by hanging "filler ornaments" and evenly
space them around the tree. They could be 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 two feet of Christmas tree. Don't hang all your
ornaments on the tips of the branches. Instead, hang ornaments and other
decorations 'inside' your tree to add depth and interest.

Light it up! If you do not have a pre-lit tree, here’s a suggestion for adding
lights: You can’t really have enough! Lights give a tree dimension and beauty
so pile them on!! I have a 6.5 foot tree and it has 500 mini-white lights on it
– it’s gorgeous! 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.

Adding the extras: There are so many beautiful accessories to add to your tree
– from pine cones to flowers to bows, just to name a few. Once your tree has
lights, garland and ornaments, you can fill in the "holes" with your
accessories. And VOILA! Your tree is a masterpiece. By the way, my 6.5 foot
tree is embellished with 400 ornaments and accessories, and each year, I
receive so many compliments. You can accumulate these over time so that you
don’t break the budget!

Keep your live tree fresh! If you bought a live tree, 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.  You don't want your tree to dry out too soon!

If you have any questions, please email and check out my website at www.AGoodeStartDecorating.com; or feel free to post a comment below!

Have a safe and wonderful holiday and Happy Decorating!

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