Christmas Tree 101

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It’s finally that beautiful time of the year!!

The streets full of lights and the shops filled with ornaments. But the challenge here is in the busy days we delay getting the tree for the last minute and end up rushing what to get. I decided in my nerdy manner to create a Christmas tree 101 post that will come in handy every year when you are preparing for the occasion. So i urge you to pin this post to get back to it again.

Merry Christmas my lovelies xx


Tree Height and which to buy?

A real or fake one? This really depends on you. I like to invest in one good quality fake tree to save up for myself every year having to make that decision. Yet if you have kids it would be nice to carry a ritual with cutting a real tree for the occasion. The real tree omits a beautiful scent around the house and i fake that with scented candles.

The 2nd important question is regarding how high should the tree be? And as a rule of thumb the tree should have some space from the ceiling around 50cm minimum to allow a tree topper comfortably. Then you need to decide whether it’s a floor or a table tree, that depends on how big is your place. My tree is 180cm which fits as a floor length tree perfectly.

  • For an artificial tree, assemble it according to the instructions of the maker. For a complete, natural look, then form the branches and tips.
  • For live trees, make sure it has a fresh cut, then put the tree in a stand, add water and let it acclimate. Initially, the tree can suck up more water, so remember to check the amount of water in the stand and add plain tap water to keep the cut completely immersed.

Types of Lights and how long Lights cord should be?

Types of Light:

  • Incandescent string lights: For years, they have been the norm. They're cheap and come in a range of colors and designs.
  • LED lights: produce dazzling white light in different shapes and colors and feature bulb covers. LED string lights cost more than incandescent string lights, but they can last up to 40 holiday seasons and are 85 percent more energy efficient. Plus, like incandescent bulbs, they don't emit heat, so they stay cool to the touch.
  • White lights: pay attention to the decorations on your tree and have a classic, elegant appearance.
  • Colored lights: they produce a festive look and conjure up childhood memories. For a throwback look try colored lights.

How many strands do I need? A good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every 1.5 feet of tree. However, if you love lights, you may want to double, or even triple, that amount. Use the chart below for the recommended number of lights for fresh-cut trees.

Tree Height - Number of Lights

  • 6 to 7 Feet - 400 to 700
  • 7.5 to 8.5 Feet - 700 to 1,000
  • 9 to 10 Feet - 1,000 to 1,300
  • 12 Feet - 1,500 to 2,000

Pick a Theme for your tree

Think about choosing a color scheme if you want your tree to have a cohesive look. The standard red and green, red and white, blue and silver, and silver and gold have some classic variations. For a plain, elegant look, use your color scheme all over, or use it as an anchor instead and let your ornaments be the center of attention. For more eye-catching looks, refer to Christmas Tree Decorating Ideas.

Decor elements and planning:

  • The tree topper symbolizes the Christmas spirit and is one of the most significant items on your tree. In a broad range of types, forms, and colors, tree toppers come. Our pre-lit tree toppers come in incandescent and LED options, just like other decorations, and come in sizes ranging from less than 5 inches to well over a foot tall.
  • For the garland, at least nine (9) feet per foot of a tree is a rule of thumb, so sixty-three (63) feet of garland would be required for a 7-foot Christmas tree. In order to be on the safe side, we suggest purchasing more garland. You can still use it on the mantle or wreaths if you are left with any extras.It's best to begin at the top with a garland and work your way down in a spiral pattern that goes around the tree until you get to the bottom. Gently-swagged garland looks more graceful than straight or diagonal lines around the tree. It is lovely to use deeply swagged garland, but can only be used on large trees with open space between branches. Your garland may also be mounted vertically. Only attach it behind the tree topper) to the top of your tree, then vertically loop it down.
  • Tree skirts for most trees are not included, but are a common accessory. They not only cover the base of the tree, but add a certain character to your setting. Tree skirts come in a wide variety of designs, including solid colored velvet, and much more, similar to stockings and ornaments. Make sure that your skirt is wide enough to cover the tree stand, but does not stretch beyond the tree's lower branches. Take into account the size specifications, color scheme, and theme your tree may have.

How many Ornaments?

You set up the basics, and now the fun part comes along the ornaments! For a Christmas tree, there's no precise number of ornaments. Depending on the size of the ornaments, the height and width of your tree, and the ornament density that you like, the amount to be used will vary. In the end it all comes down to your choice and style.

A couple of points have to be noticed. Make sure your ornaments are bought based on your tree size. On smaller trees, larger ornaments may take up too much room, whereas on bigger trees, smaller ornaments may not even be noticeable. In addition, in case any of your ornaments are missing or damaged, we also suggest that you have extra ornaments on hand. I would consider using 10-15 regular size ornaments per foot for trees under 9 feet. I also suggest 12-20 ornaments per foot if your tree is 9 feet or taller. You can also adjust the size of your ornaments and scatter them all over the tree. For instance, here is a list of ornaments that were used for a 12 'tree:

  • 3' round: 48
  • 4' round: 48
  • 4.75' round: 48
  • 6' round: 36
  • 4-7' finial: 18
  • 5-8' finial: 18

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