Five ways to make decorating the Christmas tree easier
Following our top tips for choosing the height of your Christmas tree, we’ve got even more advice from our experts - this time our five top tips for decorating the Christmas tree.
These simple tips and tricks should make it faster and easier to decorate your Christmas tree, saving time in the run-up to Christmas when there's a million other things to do.
1. Buy a prelit Christmas tree
One of the best pieces of advice we can give is to buy a prelit Christmas tree. A lot of people think these are only for use in the garden, but prelit indoor Christmas trees have become very popular in recent years.
They save a lot of stress when it comes to testing and fixing Christmas tree lights that have become tangled or broken since last year - instead, just plug in your tree or fit the batteries, and it should turn on reliably every time.
2. Buy a snowy Christmas tree
If you buy a snowy Christmas tree, you already have a headstart when it comes to decorating it.
Exposed green branches can give the impression that your Christmas tree decorations have 'missed a bit', but when those branches have a lovely snow effect, it doesn't matter so much if your decorations, lights or ornaments aren't perfectly evenly spaced.
3. Give yourself space
Leave plenty of room to work around the tree, including around the back if you're decorating there too.
A clear space around the Christmas tree lets you lay out the decorations in a logical way, and lay out lights and tinsel without them being tangled - all of which can be a big help.
4. Start from the centre!
It's easy to forget to do this, but when putting lights on your Christmas tree it’s always a good idea to start from the trunk and work your way out towards the tips of the branches.
You might want to run an extra set of LED battery lights right up the middle of the tree, or some extra decorations to hide the trunk - if so, do this first, so you're not trying to reach in past ornaments you've already hung around the edge.
5. Have fun
Don't forget to have fun. Christmas should be a time to relax and enjoy yourself, and a logical approach to decorating the Christmas tree can make it a pleasurable activity.
And you might want to shut the cats out of the room until you're finished! Try to keep the lower branches free from any delicate ornaments if you have pets who find them fascinating!
Finally, decide whether decorating the Christmas tree will be a family event or if you'd rather get it done quickly and surprise the kids with it already up and lit.
If you'd rather do it yourself to make sure it's done right, you can always save the last few ornaments - including an angel or star for the top of the tree - so the kids get to add the finishing touches without interfering with your hard work!