- Evenly distribute ornaments around the tree. If one side has too many, it could fall over.
- Every ornament should hang/dangle. They should not be leaning or sitting on branches or other ornaments.
- Avoid having too many of the same color right next to each other.
- Large ornaments get hung on lower branches.
- Items that fly, such as angels and birds, get hung up high.
- Hanging shiny ornaments on inside branches makes the tree even more sparkly.
- Garland or ribbon should be put on the tree before ornaments, but tinsel should be put on after ornaments.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Family Memories Tree
Laurie at Tip Junkie is having a Christmas Tree Contest. Not only can you see beautiful trees, she is looking for ideas on decorating and creating ornaments. You can sign up on her Mr. Linky until December 20, when Laurie will select her top 4 choices and then have her readers vote for their favorite.
Many people like to decorate their Christmas tree with a theme such as angels, Vitoriana, woodland animals, or a color scheme. Some families have a star on top, others have an angel, bow, or finial. It seems no matter how a tree is decorated, it always looks gorgeous! The theme of my tree this year, if it can be called a theme, is family memories. Every ornament has a story, either handed down with it, or one I experienced personally. Some have been made by family, friends, or myself, while others were gifts for significant events. There were so many that I decided against any garland or ribbon. Last year I hung only ornaments that had some reflective bling to them, and the year before all red, gold, and white. Decorating the Christmas tree has always been serious business in my family. My paternal grandparents died young, and the first Christmas my dad and his sister were on their own, they made a huge mistake and only decorated one side of the tree. This was back in the 40s when they didn't use the heavy iron stands we use now. You can guess what happened, the tree fell over and many of their family's glass ornaments from Germany were smashed. They are in their 80s now, and they both tell this story every year. Growing up, we had actual rules for decorating the tree! In most families I'm sure they are just common sense things, but my sister always felt like she was being second-guessed when hanging ornaments and to this day she doesn't like to decorate the tree and avoids it at all costs. But I love it! I like putting on the ornaments and then rearranging as I notice ways it could look better. To help those who may be new to tree decorating, here are Bogie's Guidelines! I love all of my ornaments and wish I could use all of them every year, but only about 1/2 fit on a standard 6 foot tree. I wish I had space for more than one tree. I know if I moved things around I could have another, so maybe next year.How do you decorate your tree? Do you have a theme? Do you decorate more than one? Do you use your ornaments in other ways?
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