Growing up there was this picture perfect idea of Christmas in my head. It consisted of houses outlined with white Christmas lights that glow in the cool evening air beckoning for all to come inside to feel the warmth of a roaring fireplace. Inside this magical house of childhood dreams people would be welcomed to mugs of hot cocoa loaded to the brim with marshmallows and classic Christmas songs would be playing softly in the background. Your eyes would be caught on the attention to detail that only elves could pull off, banisters would be wrapped in garland, ribbons, and lights. The Christmas tree would be perfectly decorated and every bulb would be in the perfect and proper place.
Then I became an adult and a mom.
Now, I’m no longer dreaming but rather struggling daily to make Christmas feel like a happy place full of wonder and holiday cheer. Christmas bulbs break without a care and garland is no where.
This is my reality. This is my home and I’ll be happy if the stockings are hung and so it would seem odd that I would be writing to you offering Christmas tree decorating tips and yet here I am.
What Do I Know About Christmas Tree Decorating?
If you were to ask my family this question they would most likely beg to tell you the story of the year I only decorated half of my tree. It was the first year I had a toddler and truth be told, everything would have been pulled down and put into his mouth. Yet I love Christmas too much to bypass the Christmas tree decorating tradition and ended up decorating only the upper half of my tree.
Well, my toddler has grown up now and I’ve had a few years of practice to justify sharing a few Christmas tree decorating tips and tricks with you.
Christmas Tree Decorating Tips The Pros Would Agree With
Each Christmas tree is just as unique as each family and therefore you won’t find me telling you to go with a star or an angel in this decorating tutorial but rather to go with your heart and family atmosphere. Choose what is best for you and your family.
Decorate The Inside
This is particularly true is your tree is not a real tree. My own tree comes apart in layers and has a wide open base with no branches in the middle. So instead of having a hollow center that is easily visible once the tree has been lit, I’ve learned to hang both large solid colored bulbs and large ribbons on the inside. This gives the illusion of a very full tree, in reality my tree is very thin.
You’ll find that by adding filler, such as a cheap garland or large bulbs to your tree that you will have a very thick and highly professional look on your hand. This is very similar to what you could expect by decorating the inside of your tree. It adds depth that when viewed closely others will be complimenting and asking you how you have so much Christmas tree decorating talent.
Choose A Common Theme
Over the years Christmas tree themes have become very elaborate, perhaps more so than most families would admire. The truth about a Christmas tree theme is not that you have to give up Tommy’s homemade nativity ornament for an ornament that you have no sentiment attachment to. Rather a common theme could be as similar as a color combo. For my own tree I have chosen to go with a traditional red and white but your color combo could be purple and pink or blue and white. Choosing a colored themed doesn’t mean giving up every ornament that doesn’t have those colors in them but rather adding an assortment of ornaments, ribbons, bows, garlands and lights that do.
Work With The Layers
Most of us know and agree that it would be foolish to add our Christmas bulbs before our Christmas lights and yet very few of us know to add our garlands before our Christmas bulbs. There is a proper method to adding layers to the trees that actually will help your tree look professional rather than sick.
Work In Batches
Before telling the kids to add any ornament that they want to the tree consider sorting the ornaments out and having them add like bulbs first. This will help prevent you from ending up with two of the same bulbs next to each other.