The Perfect Christmas Tree Decorations – While other trees in the house may be faux (yes, the ease is enticing) the main tree, whether placed in the living room or entry hall is always fresh-cut. For the best and freshest tree possible we recommend using a tree farm that will cut and ship directly to your home. If you can’t bear not picking out your own tree then pile in the car and make an outing out of cutting your own. Local and regional tree farms can be found online. Follow the care instructions exactly for the best results with any tree.
The sparkle of lights on a tree adds to the magic that will be your holiday centerpiece. Skimping on these is a mistake you should not make. Interesting effects for specialty tree decoration can be achieved using white, red or blue bulbs.
Multi-colored light sets (blue, green, red and white) are available but should be used when a very specific effect is desired. They burn too hot and can be a safety issue. Make certain you have enough bulbs to cover your tree (a minimum of 100 bulbs per foot of height). So an 8′ tree should have no less than 800 bulbs (eight strands). Wrap each branch with the light strands, starting close to the trunk and working out toward the tips.
Establish a theme for the Christmas tree. It can be something simple like a color (all blue and silver decorations) or can be more specific like ‘Antique Teddy bears’ or ‘Hand-blown glass’ decorations. Your tree decorations can grow, as a collection, from year to year or can be mounted as a single event and then stored, recycled or given away once the tree comes down.
Know your sources. If you collect antique tree decorations Tag Sales, Garage Sales, eBay, Craigslist and Auction Houses can be great resources. Keep your eyes open year round. You never know when that box of ornaments will cross your path.
Keep the theme strong in each room of the house. You don’t want to look like a department store, with everything matching exactly but keeping things related (through theme or color) strengthens the decorating idea. Diluting even the best ideas with too many competing ideas weakens rather than strengthens the whole.
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