So, you think you know how to light your Christmas tree, right? You start at the top with the end of a light strand, and you go around and around, and you plug that strand into the next strand, and you go around and around again, and you plug that strand in, and you rinse and repeat. Around January 2nd or 10th or maybe even February 7th or 17th, reverse the process.
I’m sorry, but you are wrong wrong wrong. Now, hear me out! I have testimonials galore from friends who have seen the light – get it – the light? – and now have more beautimous Christmas trees than ever before! The last report was that their Christmas ornaments practically glow on the tree under the proper conditions of illumination created with this technique.
It does not necessarily involve purchasing a pre-lit Christmas tree, though that is certainly an acceptable and practical option in many cases, and we have a beautiful selection.
Here’s what you do:
- First, run a power strip from your nearest outlet to the base of your Christmas tree. Plugging lights strands into a power strip makes it easy to turn them on and off.
- Start at the bottom of the tree, near the trunk. Wrap your first strand of lights around a branch, moving out to the tip and back into the trunk. Proceed to the next branch, wrapping it to the tip and back. Space your lights evenly. If you have an artificial Christmas tree with hinged branches, make it easy on yourself and tie up the upper branches as you work your way up the tree.
- If you have an extra bit of light strand at the end, wrap it back around the trunk of the tree.
- Remember not to link more than 3 light strands together – use that power strip and extension cords as necessary (you know they come in green so you can hide them in your tree).
- Fluff your branch tips to give a nice overall shape to your tree – if you have an artificial tree. I’m not sure how you fluff a real Christmas tree. Maybe you need a rotating base, get some centrifugal force going on it?? Hee hee hee!
- Done. Now add all the other pretty, shiny bits, and the hand-made ornaments from down through the years, turn on the lights, grab a mug of hot cocoa, pop in a Christmas cd, sit back, and enjoy the view.
Next up, tips on hanging garland around the house! Think hooks, that’s my teaser. There is more information about selecting and decorating your tree on our blog page conveniently titled Selecting and Decorating Your Tree.
Happy Christmas! Life is good!
~Janet @ The Christmas Place