How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
by Giorgina Devereaux
Does anyone ever teach us how to decorate a Christmas tree? No. We just sort of learn by ourselves along the way by trial and error.
Nevertheless, we thought it would be a good idea to write an article on decorating Christmas trees, because there are just so many wonderful ideas that people don't know about (many of which I learned just by researching for this article!).
A beautifully decorated Christmas tree has a magical feel to it that mesmerizes the eyes and dazzles family and friends during the holiday season.
Adding to the Christmas spirit is the fragrance of a freshly cut Christmas tree that immerses the home announcing that that this joyous holiday has arrived.
There are different Christmas tree species to choose from, including:
If a fresh tree is not of interest of
you, perhaps you may want to consider a pre-lit artificial tree.
Picking the perfect Christmas tree is the first task, but decorating it requires attention to detail and delicate care. There are many different Christmas tree decorations to choose from, with the end result being a spectacular Christmas tree that is adorned with a fabulous assortment of ornaments, ribbons, garland, and lights.
Fresh Christmas Trees
One of the most exciting parts about
holiday décor is finding the perfect Christmas tree and decorating it. There
are a variety of trees to choose from and knowing the differences will help make
your decision easier.
Balsam Fir: This attractive tree species is dark green in color with a silvery cast. Its needles are rounded at the tip and are short, flat that measure ¾” to 1 ½” long. The tree retains its needles fairly well and its fragrance is very pleasing. Lastly, the needle softness is excellent.
Fraser Fir: The Fraser Fir is
a dark green color, with flattened needles that are ½” – 1” long. It has a nice
fragrance and good needle retention.
Grand Fir: This tree is shiny
in appearance and dark green in color.
Norway Spruce: This tree is a
dark, shiny green color, with a good conical appearance. The needles are ½” -
1” long. Unfortunately, without proper care, the needle retention is poor.
However, it has a nice, strong fragrance.
Scotch Pine: The Scotch Pine
is a dark green color, with an open appearance, which provides more room for
ornaments. Its branches are stiff and the needles are 1” long. This tree can
hold its needles for four weeks and even when dry, the needles remain on the
tree. It maintains its fragrance well.
White Pine: This tree is a
blue-green color and has a full appearance. Its needles are 2” - 5” long that
are in bundles of five. It is able to retain its needles throughout the holiday
season and the tree has little or no fragrance, which allows for less allergic
reactions compared to more fragrant trees. Since its branches are slender, it
supports fewer and smaller ornaments.
White Spruce: The White
Spruce is a bluish-green color with short stiff needles that measure ½” – ¾”
long and are bundled in sets of five. It has a full appearance with good needle
retention. If the needles are crushed, it emits a very unpleasant odor, thus,
the common name of “skunk spruce” or “cat spruce.”
Artificial Christmas Trees
Welcome authentic realism this
holiday season with a glorious replica of Mother Nature.
You can find artificial Christmas trees in the following species:
You will be enthralled with the beauty of these trees because of their incredibly realistic appearance.
You can set the holiday mood by incorporating a specific Christmas tree theme or color theme.
Christmas Tree Color Themes:
Christmas Tree Decorations
There is an abundance of Christmas
tree decorations to choose from, such as, specialty ornaments, ornament
collections, lights, garland, ribbons, bows, and tree toppers.
Ornament Collections: If you prefer an ornament collection as opposed to individual ornaments, you may want to consider collections that feature lovely mouth-blown ornaments in burgundy, golden bronze, royal purple, and soft green colors.
Personalized Ornaments: You
may also wish to consider having various ornaments personalized with a special
message that you are sure to treasure for years to come.
Another fabulous way to decorate your
tree and enjoy memories of holidays past is by hanging a digital photo
Christmas Light Colors: Bring radiance to your tree by selecting among an assortment of fantastic colors, which include:
Garland: Garland adds a unique touch and interest to your Christmas tree.
It is available in:
Holiday Ribbon and Bows: This is a fantastic way to further adorn your Christmas tree.
You can find holiday ribbon in the following styles:
Bows are available in the following colors and styles:
Tree Toppers: Complete the look of your lovely Christmas tree with a tree topper.
You can find tree toppers in the following:
Tree Skirt: There is a wide selection of tree skirts in different colors and styles.
Tree skirts can be found in the following designs and fabric:
Things to Avoid Putting on Your Tree
For safety reasons, it is important to avoid decorating your Christmas tree with the following items:
Putting it All
Please consider following these
simple tips to help guide you in putting up your Christmas tree decorations.
1. Consider hanging your Christmas
lights from the top of the tree on down.
2. Arrange the Christmas tree lights
in a downward spiral and tuck the cord within the branches.
3. Display the garland in a circular
4. Hang your ornaments on individual
branches and try to space them evenly. If possible, place the ornaments in
areas that will help conceal holes between the boughs.
5. Crown the Christmas tree with a tree topper.
Your tree will radiate
with magnificence and will be the focal point of your home this holiday season!
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