Christmas Trees provide the opportunity for families to get together and enjoy decorating the tree with each other. Most houses have the family tradition of decorating the Christmas Tree. Christmas, after all, is a time for family gatherings, a time to share, a time to laugh and a time for kids to look forward to gifts.
Before starting on decorating the tree, decide what you want the theme to be. There are a number of things you can use to decorate the tree with:
- Christmas cookies look delicious on Christmas trees. Poke a hole in the cookies when they are hot and string through some fine thread that will disappear on the tree. Gingerbread man cookies can also be used.
- Get out all your small toys. Using glue attach ribbons on the toys, and hang them to make a toy-themed tree.
- You can make an Action Hero Tree or a Teddy Bear tree.
- Artificial jewellery and beads can also create an unusually beautiful tree.
- Keychains can be used if you have an interesting collection.
Once your theme is selected, make some popcorn and cranberry strings. If that is too hard, paper-chains in colourful colours can also be used.
Start decorating the tree from the bottom up. The bigger and heavier toys or ornaments should be hung at the bottom.
When stringing the Christmas lights, use the weave method for a dramatic effect. Weave the lights around the tree branches, from the top, all the way to the bottom. This will give the tree a nice lighting effect, casting light on all the ornaments and preventing any shadows.
You can also use a velvet ribbon in a bright colour of your choice, weaving it loosely around the tree for a softer touch. Try to find a ribbon that matches your ornaments.
Hang up some baubles and glass balls alternatively to brighten the tree.
Finally place the tree topper of your choice. It can be anything a star, a big bow, your favourite toy etc.
You can wrap loosely your favourite blankie to the bottom, at the tree trunk. This will hide any ugly spots and give your tree a nice finish. Gather the gifts, and arrange as you like.
Tip: Smaller children might prefer to have a pre-lit artificial Christmas Tree that they can decorate without having to worry about making a mess.