How_To_Decorate_A_Christmas_Tree

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					How To Decorate A Christmas Tree

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This article is a crash course in how to decorate a christmas tree. Your
first step is to choose either a natural or artificial tree. Keep in mind
that a natural evergreen tree only comes in one color - green. Artificial
trees however are now sold in practically every color of the rainbow.
Just remember, whatever color you choose will become your canvas for
adding more color in the form of garlands, tinsel and decorations.


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This article is a crash course in how to decorate a christmas tree. Your
first step is to choose either a natural or artificial tree. Keep in mind
that a natural evergreen tree only comes in one color - green. Artificial
trees however are now sold in practically every color of the rainbow.
Just remember, whatever color you choose will become your canvas for
adding more color in the form of garlands, tinsel and decorations.

Your second step is deciding which color schemes go best with what color
of tree. Green Christmas trees, both natural and artificial, look best
with primary colors such as green, blue and red. White christmas trees
look best with a red theme, pink theme, a gold theme or a silver theme or
any combination of the above. Blue Christmas trees look best with gold
or silver decorations. Red Christmas trees look great with green or pink
decorations.

The third step in this course about how to decorate a christmas tree is
about lighting. If you are going to buy a natural tree you will need to
buy a strand of bulbs or diodes. Traditional strands of christmas bulbs
come in a variety of decorative shapes and sizes including the vintage
egg shape, tiny twinkling lights and rope lights. However if you buy an
artificial tree you may be able to get one that is prelit. The prettiest
prelit christmas trees boast fiber optic needles that give the tree a
glow of its own. Especially gorgeous are the white christmas trees that
boast fiber optics at their tips. These trees remind many people of angel
feathers.

The fourth step is investigating the types of decorations that are
available to you. The most basic is the garland. A garland is simply any
kind of strand of objects that can be used to circle the tree. You can
make a garland yourself out of cooked popcorn, holly berries or candy.
You can also use a long length of ribbon and attach bows to it. Of course
there are all types of garlands available commercially on the market.
Most popular are the garlands made of furry bunches of white or gold
tinsel. Red and green tinsel garlands can look especially nice on white
christmas trees.

If you are traditionally minded you might want to consider decorating
your tree with glass christmas balls. These are either hand blown or
created in a factory. Many of them are painted and decorated with
glitter. You can buy these as globes, flutes, tubes and also in the shape
of musical instruments, angels and other Christmas themes. However if you
have small children, you might want to opt for the plastic versions of
these decorative balls as they don't shatter if they fall off the tree.

An important tip to remember when decorating trees with glass balls is to
place the larger ornaments at the bottom of the tree and the smaller ones
at the top. This helps keep the total effect of the tree in a pleasing
proportion to the decorations.

Of course, christmas decorations don't have to be expensive. You can make
your own out of paper that is cut into the shape of snowflakes and other
xmas themes. Candies (especially the candy cane), apples, oranges and
cookies (especially gingerbread cookies) can also be used as xmas
decorations. Red christmas trees look especially good decorated with
white shortbread cookies decorated with glitter. White christmas trees
look great decorated with home made presents made from tiny boxes wrapped
in shiny foil.

Another decoration to consider is tinsel. Strands of tinsel can be hung
from the branches to simulate icicles. One tip when hanging tinsel is to
hang it in clumps from the edges of the branches. Hanging single or just
a couple of strands all over the tree makes it look messy.

The fifth step when it comes to decorating a christmas tree is to choose
some kind of tree topper. Commercially you can buy tree-toppers in just
about every Christmas motif imaginable including angels, snowmen, teddy
bears and of course, the Christmas star. You can buy christmas tree
toppers that glow with fiber optic diodes that twirl, play tinkly music
and blink on and off. However it is not hard to make your own christmas
tree topper. Perhaps the simplest version is a cardboard star that is
wrapped in tin foil. Sometimes the home made decorations and tree toppers
have more sentimental value than the store bought ones.

The sixth step in this crash course on how to decorate a christmas tree
is to make sure you disguise the base of the tree with some kind of
Christmas tree skirt. This is simply a mat that is draped around the base
and on the floor. It can be made out of shiny or velvet fabric or you can
buy commercially made ones that feature xmas motifs in stores and online.
Some tree skirts can be quite ornate, decorated with sequins and
embroidery. However their original function was to catch the candle
drippings from candles on the tree and catch any dropping needles from
natural christmas trees.

Another interesting addition, especially if you are a Christian is to
place a small nativity scene beneath the Christmas tree on the mat. You
can buy Christmas nativity scenes made of wood, metal or plastic. Also
popular is a toy train set that runs in a circle around the Christmas
tree.

A seventh and final consideration when it comes to how to decorate your
christmas tree is a practice called flocking. Flocking is fluffy white
stuff, kind of like silly string that is sprayed all over the tree to
simulate snow. This gives just about any tree a real 50's or country
style feel and it is very unique to tree decorating traditions in the
United States and Canada. However it is not recommended for artificial
white christmas trees as the effect would be a little bit of overkill.

				
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