Friday, December 11, 2015
THE UGLY SIDE OF CHRISTMAS
1.) While there is nothing like the sweet smell of a lovely Christmas tree, hands down, pre-lit artificial trees look much better and take heavier ornaments with pride. Of the five trees I have this year, four are artificial and many of the ornaments would not hold on my real noble fir.
2.) If you fake it then do what I do and put fresh wreaths around the house (Home Depot has them now for as low as $7.99), I also string fresh garland up our banister and down the dining room table.
3.) I prefer ALL WHITE lights because my ornaments POP off of them and I pack my trees FULL of ornaments, starting at the trunk and working my way forward. DO NOT GET TRICKED INTO BELIEVING FAKE CANDLES SMELL LIKE TREES, THEY DO NOT!
4.) On my real tree (I love noble furs because they have stronger branches to hold ornaments longer) I begin by placing lights around the trunk. That way when you walk by it they look like they are twinkling. I then work my way out and wrap them around the branches. For an 8' tree I usually put no less than 800 lights.
Whatever you do, however tall or small your tree is, just have FUN and ignore the advice of yahoos like me or morning shows that show how to tie ribbons to look like past presidents. Don't lose sight of what this time of year is all about...family and friends and enjoying time together!