“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.”
– Norman Vincent Peale
December is here and that means that Christmas decorations are going up! This is our favorite time of year because everybody is showing off their creativity and whole blocks of neighborhoods are lit up and cheerful. However, we also understand that the process of delightful decoration can be a dark journey. So, we have decided to provide you with some tips on one of the best or most contentious parts of decorating for Christmas, getting a tree (that looks good and fits).
- You need to decide if your tree is going to be real or artificial. Both have their pros and cons, but ultimately it comes down to your family’s personal preferences. Natural trees are more traditional, fill a room with a Christmas-y and coniferous scent, and provide a day of family activities, from picking one out to decorating it. However, this route is not without difficulties, for example, you have to buy a new tree every year, transport it, fully decorate it, maintain it so that it does not dry out, fully undecorated it (don’t throw your ornaments out with the tree), and finally dispose of the tree. There is a lot of work involved in cleaning and maintaining a live tree, so be prepared to meet the challenge. Artificial trees are also great for all of the reasons that live trees are not, but you also miss out on the full experience of choosing and decorating, since many artificial trees have built-in lights.
- Know where you want to put your tree. Weigh your options: Should it be next to a window so that people walking outside can see it? Is it near an outlet? Will the reflection create glare on the TV? Is it too close to the fireplace? Is it in the way of anything? The time to be critical of the placement of your tree is before you buy it. You don’t want to be holding the tree and have to walk it around the house. If you have a couple options, it might be good to have a planned backup position for the tree.
- MEASURE THE SPACE!!! Just like your dad used to say, “measure twice, cut once.” That goes double when you’re cutting a 12ft tree to fit into a house with 9ft ceilings. You also need to measure the width of the space into which it needs to fit. You may have an upset spouse if the tree’s branches are pressed against the sofa and keep poking him or her in the face. Once you know the dimensions of the space, bring that tape measure with you when you pick out the tree. We promise that you’re not going to be able to “just eyeball it.”
- Set the stand where you want the tree to be placed and clear a path to that spot BEFORE you go pick out a tree. This way you’re not breaking anything or getting frustrated trying to trip over anything when you bring the tree into your home.
- Pick out a tree that you love. We can speculate about branch placement and spread, but in the end, it’s you’re tree and you will love it for the reasons why other people didn’t pick before you. Just make sure that you have a good time celebrating this age-old tradition with the people that matter most to you and have a very merry Christmas.
If you have chosen your perfect Christmas Tree, but still want to provide your family and friends with that big “WOW!” when they come visit, give us a call to help decorate your home. We love decorating and we love Christmas. Enjoy a nice glass of wine while we do all the work and make sure that everyone is envious of your holiday décor.