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Trimming the Tree

    If you’re like me, come November, (ok, maybe even October) you’re bursting at the seams with glee to start Christmas decorating!  So by Thanksgiving, I’m certainly thankful for artificial trees!

 When trimming the tree this year, use these tips for the best possible decorated tree.  A measure of order and a bit of direction will increase the potential for the joyful event!

  1. First and foremost, set the mood.  Gather the family, have your favorite finger foods, and play Christmas music.
  2. Assemble the tree, top to bottom.  This prevents double work re-fluffing because of leaning into lower branches.
  3. String the lights, again top to bottom.  A good rule of thumb is to plan for 100 lights per foot.  I prefer working in sections up and down instead of round and round the tree.  It’s easier, and better for removal.  Work lights from inside the trunk to the tips of the branches.  
  4. Sort ornaments into categories:  type, size and color.
  5. Finally!  The fun part!  Garland comes next.  This is beads, berries, popcorn, ribbons or bows.Place some larger ornaments like layer balls inside the tree closer to the trunk.  This adds depth and dimension.
  6. Hang smaller ornaments next towards the end of the branches.
  7. Of course the tree topper is the grand finale!  Since it is, take extra care not to disrupt your handiwork on the rest of the tree.
  8. If you desire, wrap the base with a skirt or even a few yards of fabric.  Often these are not seen when presents are placed under the tree so, it’s not necessary. Still, it’s nice to have.
  9. Lastly, more important than creating the perfect tree, you’re creating memories! So, create happy ones! Merry Christmas!









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