Lights? Check. Ornaments? Check. Seasonal soundtrack? Of course! Decorating your Christmas tree is one of the most exciting activities of the year, with family traditions making the occasion even more special. But whether you favour a freshly-chopped pine or a pre-lit artificial tree, adding your decorations can cause disagreements among the group. What goes first, the tinsel or the fairy lights? Whose favourite ornaments should take pride of place? Should you add decorations wherever you like, or approach with a little more care? We’re here to help, with some tips and tricks to help you decorate your most magical Christmas tree this year.
When it comes to choosing your dream tree, you might find yourself spoilt for choice. The first thing to decide is whether you’d like a real or artificial tree in your home.
There are lots of benefits to choosing a real Christmas tree, from their full, traditional appeal to the festive scent of their pine needles. Not to mention the fun of visiting a tree farm and choosing yours from hundreds of attractive options.
Popular Christmas tree species include:
• Norway Spruce
• Nordmann Fir
• Blue Spruce
• Fraser Fir
Bear in mind that real Christmas trees can be expensive. Some species cost more than others, and larger trees are understandably pricey. You should also be ready for lots of vacuuming or sweeping if you choose a real tree, since their needles will shed throughout the festive period.
Artificial Christmas trees are an excellent option for lots of holiday households. It’s easy to find a synthetic alternative that looks just like a real tree. These options might even appear fuller, straighter, and more vibrant, and you won’t need to worry about shedding and drooping. Choosing an artificial Christmas tree can also help save money in the long-term. Look for a high-quality option that you can use year after year, and be sure to pack and store it away carefully to ensure it’ll look just as good next Christmas.
The best way to decorate your Christmas tree will depend on the ornaments you have, the aesthetic you’re trying to achieve, and how much you care about the final result. Lots of families with young children like to decorate a playful and creative Christmas tree. At the same time, other households prefer a perfect finish. Let’s look at the main stages of dressing your Christmas tree. Follow this guide for an impressive result time and time again.
First things first, set up your tree in a pot or stand. If you’re decorating a real tree, you should give it some time to settle into place by itself. An artificial tree might require some fluffing up to look its best.