So Rebecca's way go to instructions are as follows:
- attach ceiling treatments above tree (I've never gone this far...yet)
- fluff tree branches
- light the branches 100 bulbs per foot and thread extension cords down centre of tree
- put topper on tree now, prevents knocking off anything later
- use lengths of wired ribbons and garland to create shape (think random swirly)
- add picks
- add twists of ribbon to where ribbons are attached to the tree
- animate special baubles using spinners (only available in US)
- place larger ornaments and baubles towards base of tree and use smaller towards top
- push some baubles into centre of tree to give depth
- place icicles at tips of branches
- attach stomper (US thing)
- arrange tree skirt
- adjust until satisfied
Bear in mind that Rebecca has been collecting trees and decorations for years and as it's part of her business she has a mega supply so her final and most sensible instruction is to use what you've got or what you can afford. I use the same green tree we've had since Harry was 3 years old - half the wired-on lights have stopped working and other strings of lights needed to be added. I didn't have any garland or icicles that matched so none was used. I yearn for the UK/Ireland to get spinners that click onto the lights in place of a bulb (genius) but so far I haven't found any. Can you imagine your tree being animated!
Harry reckons the tree across the way is better (mega bright lights) but I like the softer glow of a warm white light. It's nice and cosy sitting in the front room at night, main light off, curtains open and the tree softly twinkling. Gentle time.
Christmas Tree Decorating Playlist from Robeson Design
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