It’s hard to believe it’s that time of year again, but the holidays are amongst us. This is absolutely one of my favorite times of the year…One, because I love to decorate my home, bake cookies, and surround my family with the warmth and cozy feel of the season, and two, because I still love the magic of Christmas, especially seeing it through the eyes of my daughter.
In preparation for the season, let’s talk about trimming the tree! I usually have six fully decorated trees in our house (did I mention I love to decorate?). Each one has a theme, but in our home, we have a tradition of trimming our main tree as a family. Before the family joins in, however, I prepare the tree. To do this, I assemble our flocked artificial tree. I especially love flocked trees, because they provide the look of snow (without the chill of winter) into your home, which makes it extra festive.
I then drape four streamers of wide ribbon down the tree vertically, equal distances apart, and carefully stuff sections of the streamer into the tree to make each streamer appear to be scalloped. You can also choose to swirl the ribbon completely around the tree horizontally to create a similar effect. And if you aren’t a fan of ribbon, feel free to use strung beads or popcorn, etc.
Once the tree is draped in ribbon, I take single stems of artificial berries, sparkly plastic leaves (whatever you like) and I arrange them at the top of the tree, so they look like they are exploding out of it like fireworks. Then, just before I’m ready for everyone else to pitch in, I hang my oversized ornaments. I enjoy using ornaments of all sizes to draw your eye around the tree.
The tree is then ready for all the other ornaments to be hung. I like to instruct everyone (don’t judge me) to cover the entire tree with them, making sure nearly every limb is occupied. Don’t be afraid to layer the ornaments by tucking some of them deeper into the tree to prevent holes. The last thing I do is lay down the tree skirt. This prevents the needles from falling on it while decorating it. The result is magical, and whether you have an artificial or fresh tree, you can utilize these tips, add your own flair, and create an amazing focal point in your room for the holidays!
Sarah K. Long