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Do you often wish you could recreate that designer look that you see on display at the store on your own Christmas tree? Do you find yourself frustrated when it comes to that age-old tradition of trimming the tree? Decorating your Christmas tree is all about the lights. Your Christmas lights make all of the difference in the way your tree looks. For a designer look, you want lots and lots of lights.

Putting up the Christmas lights doesn’t have to be such a frustrating task when you know what to do. It is really very simple, although it does take some time. So make sure that you have ample time available and you will be happier with your end results. Turn on some Christmas music, pour some hot chocolate and get in a festive mood. This should take about an hour of your time for an average sized tree, so enjoy yourself.

Before you get started, you’ll want to be prepared to ensure the best experience. Wear long sleeves to protect your skin from the needles of the tree. You may even want to put on a pair of gloves, especially if you have an artificial tree. Some of the artificial trees are coated with a chemical that can irritate your skin. Next unstring the lights before you get started. You will want a strand of 100 lights for every foot of the tree. So if you have a 6 foot tree, you will need six strands. You will also want a tree cord if your tree is taller than 5 feet. This will allow you to plug your Christmas lights into several different sets of plug-ins. You should never connect more than 3 strands of lights as it could cause a fuse to blow out. Once you have brought all of your lights out, turn them on. When you can clearly see each light it is easier to string them appropriately and to know if there is a problem with any of them.

Now, you are ready to hang the lights on the tree! Start from the tip of the tree and work your way down. Drop the pronged end down into the tree so that it is hidden from view and begin to wrap the branches. For artificial trees, you will need to wrap each branch but for dense fresh trees, every other branch should do. Wrap the branches out to the end and then wrap them a couple of times back up toward the trunk. This will hold the cord in place on the branch. Once you get the cord closer to the trunk, take the lights across to another branch. Continue in this process all the way down the tree. Remember to gauge yourself every once in a while. The lower branches will take more lights and you want to be sure to have enough. When you are two-thirds down the tree, you should have half of your lights remaining.

When you have finished putting up all of the Christmas lights, you are ready for the fun part. Trimming the tree can be a family affair. Kids love hanging up the Christmas ornaments every year. For many this is a great tradition that signals the beginning of the Christmas festivities. If you want the ornaments to be hung just right, to compliment the beautiful lights, you can always re-hang the ornaments when the kids are in bed. They will never know the difference, but will still enjoy a great holiday tradition.


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