The following was originally written a few years ago after watching a Christmas themed show on television in which it was stated that the correct way to decorate a Christmas tree was to start with the lights, add the tinsel and then the decorations.
This advice was the reverse to how I had always decorated my Christmas tree.
Now my tree down the years has always looked good though I say so myself. After more than 40 years of marriage to the same guy we have quite a few decorations bought or passed down.
But I am always open to suggestions on how to improve anything or make it easier so I tuned in and listened up.
The presenter stated that her method would guarantee that the lights sparkled discretely onto the tree's ornaments.
My tree as I already said has always looks fab, and received plenty of good comments, so I guess that either way will work well.
But here is the basic advice then, no matter which order you chose to decorate your tree:
It is always best to place your tree and then lay out all of the tinsel and decorations on the floor. Put the lights in one place on the floor, the tinsel another and the decorations with each other.
This way you can see exactly what you have got.
This may prevent your tree having too many ornaments in one part and empty bare patches in another.
Above all remember that Christmas should be about fun. Try not to make decorating the tree just another Christmas chore. Take your time, have a small glass of wine, or two, and a mince pie, or two, and enjoy yourself.
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