See decorating our home on Thanksgiving weekend annually is a huge family tradition for us.
But before St. Nick can indeed arrive, there is so much to be done to get prepare.
What you may ask?
Well, like trimming the Christmas tree.
For some sure fire tips on how to decorate your tree with the best of them, see our tried and true family tips below that we have cultivated over the years.
1. Hang Tree Lights First
This is the first step in decorating our family Christmas tree and one of the most important by far in my humble estimation right after the tree is indeed placed in the spot in your home that you are happy with.
My advice is quite simple.
First, try to get lights that have wire strands that match your tree color. So, if your tree is the traditional green, you will therefore want green wire strands to match, camouflaged and hidden.
Once you are hanging the actual Christmas tree lights, you will want to start at the base of the trunk and work upwards towards the top of the tree on hitting ever major branch from front to back, as well.
My favorite are LED lights, because even though they are more expensive to purchase, they are the most protection being flameproof and completely safe to use on your tree, plus are a bit more energy efficient, as well.
Lastly, definitely use at least a strand of a hundred lights or more for ever foot that your tree stand tall, as the more lights, the brighter it illuminates the tree I have found.
2. Next Up Comes the Tree Garland
After, we string the lights on the tree, the next crucial step is to add the garland on your tree. I personally like red bows on my tree as a garland effect.
But that is just me.
Still whatever kind of garland you like and use, just make sure to add before you begin to add your actual ornaments.
Unlike the lights though, with garland, you want to start from the top of the tree and work down, slowly increasing the amount of garland between each section of your tree.
For every vertical foot that your tree stands tall, you should try to use two strands of garland, essentially a 2:1 ratio.
Honestly, you can use bows like us, beads, paper, ribbon, foil or even popcorn, but whatever your garland passion, just try to follow the above rule of thumb to maximize your garland potential.
3. Finally the Time Has Come to Hang the Christmas Tree Ornaments
It is finally time for my family’s favorite part of tree decorating. See, we have so many special ornaments that each year, my gang fights over which ones to hang first and where to place them.
My advice once again is pretty simple for this and usually tell my gang to place their favorites on the tree first–front and center. As you want to showcase the favorites for all to see.
Next up, I will always gently advise them to hang the larger ornaments with a good amount of space between them.
Once this is accomplished, I try to have us all add in generously medium and smaller ornaments to fill in the gaps.
I also try to make sure we have enough ornaments towards the bottom of the tree to create more visual interest.
But I know those who have small kids and pets, this may be a bit of challenge still. See I can recall my girls each going through a stage where they wanted to touch and remove as many ornaments that they could reach with their little hands. Then, our dog wasn’t any better by also having a bit of interest in ornaments her first year with us, as well.
However if you can hang ornaments towards the trunk of the tree without these kinds of intrusions, I say go for it.
And there you have it, three easy steps to make decorating your own Christmas tree a cinch and allowing you to have a holly, jolly Christmas this year!
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- 1/2 cup butter, softened
- 1/2 cup Craisins
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1 egg
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 tsp. baking soda
- 1/4 tsp. salt
- 1 1/2 cups Honey Bunches of Oats® cereal
- Preheat oven to 350º.
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- Bake for 8-10 minutes, or until tops are slightly golden and edges are set
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