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Friday, December 5, 2014

10 Holiday Decorating Tips | Family Economics

By

Alison Lewis 

            

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During the holiday season, my family loves displaying all of our different holiday decorations and our favorite is the tree. Putting up a Christmas tree can be easier than you think. We like to make it a family activity with some hot chocolate and cookies. Here are some great tips for holiday decorating:  

1. Choose a spot: Choose a location that is not too close to a radiator, vent or fireplace, and place the tree in a stand filled with fresh water as soon as you bring it home. Be sure to use a sturdy stand that will keep the tree straight. 

2. Have a tree-trimming party: A tree-trimming party is a great way to get everyone in the holiday mood. Turn on holiday music. Serve hot cocoa or even eggnog with holiday cookies or appetizers and end the evening with a buffet-style dinner.

3. Add lights: The first step to decorating a Christmas tree is adding the lights. Don’t skimp on lights!  For every vertical foot of tree, you should use a strand of 100 lights. Choose energy efficient LED lights to lower energy use and costs. 

4. Add Christmas tree garland: Start at the top of the tree and increase the amount of garland between each wave as you work your way down the branches. Use two stands of garland for every foot of tree. 

5. Hang Christmas tree ornaments: Place ornaments in prime positions on your tree. Space out larger ornaments first. Don’t hang ornaments on the tips of the branches. 

6. Mix it up: Combine one of a kind ornaments and basic ornaments. Mix it up from year to year. 

7. Keep it simple: Use white lights, medium to large ornaments in shades of gold or silver.  

8. Add a seasonal scent: Light a Glade® holiday Jar Candle such as Sparkling Spruce, Gingerbread Jingle or Apple Cinnamon Cheer to spread the holiday scent and cheer. 

9. Use caution with cords: Tape down any loose cords so no one trips over them. Do not run cords under rugs. 

10. Be safe: Keep breakable ornaments organized in plastic containers and out of reach of children and pets.

What are your favorite Christmas tree decorating tips?

Photo courtesy of Alison Lewis.

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