So this year you've decided you're going to buy a real Christmas tree, but where do you start? Well I've got a few tips for you, that should make it a bit easier to keep your tree looking it's best throughout the festivities.
Buy a fresh tree
Now this is where everything starts, when you actually purchase the tree. I know what you're thinking "surely they're all as fresh as the next one?".. No, no they're not. You see, one tree that was cut down that morning could be stood next to one cut down 2 weeks before, they could be the same size, shape and price.. but only one will last you all the way to the New Year. You can test freshness in a couple of ways:
Bringing it inside
When you're ready to bring it inside, unwrap the tree carefully to preserve as many needles as possible. Then place it into a sturdy stand filled with water (it's important to keep this topped up). Make sure to place your tree well away from any heat source such as radiators, as dry trees are a fire hazard. Once you've got it into place let the branches settle for as long as possible before decorating, this will help you to achieve the fullest look for your tree.
It can be tricky to decorate a Christmas tree, especially if you like things 'just so'. I see people who go with the "throw it all on" approach and I admire them, but I could never do it myself.
Instead of wrapping your lights close to the trunk and working your way up/down, wrap them around the branches going from the center outwards in a zig-zag motion. This will make your tree sparkle and look full & thick.
The same rule applies for your ornaments; if you place them on the edges of the tree it will make your tree look much bigger and bushier than it is! Whilst placing them closer to the trunk makes the tree look smaller.
That's it.. other than that it's pretty much up to you! I'd love to know if you have any tips of your own, so please drop me a comment below!
Stay safe, and Merry Christmas! x