Those who know me well and even those who may glimpse my social media posts now and then can tell you I LOVE CHRISTMAS.
As a child of God, Jesus’ birth, life, death and resurrection is something I remember and give thanks for every single day. What Christmas means to me therefore is that time of year when more smiles are on faces than usual. When songs lifting up the name of Jesus and speaking of God’s love are played more than usual. When I get to see family and friends more than usual. When I get to chow down on sumptuous foods more than usual and of course giving and receiving gifts is the icing on the cake.
Last weekend we put up our Christmas tree. Some might argue that it is still too early but honestly of it were up to my children the tree would have been up at the beginning of October, I exercised restraint and told them November.
We cranked up a Christmas playlist and had a blast working together to put together our masterpiece. As with all things involving children there is a certain amount of unpredictability but we did tackle the tree in a systematic way and it worked for us.
- Step 1 – Set up and fluff the tree. We use artificial trees as it is cost effective for us and a much easier set up and maintenance process (real trees shed). As a result our branches need to be spread once we unwrap the tree. To get a nice full look ensure that you spread them outwards, upwards and downwards.
- Step 2 – Add the lights. Begin from the bottom and wrap your string of light around and up. As you go try and push the lights towards the trunk instead of just draping them on the tips of the branches. This gives your lit tree a nice full look and your ornaments will be illuminated from behind.
- Step 4 – Add ribbons, tinsel and picks. Again this time we did things a little different. Usually we wrap the ribbons and tinsel around and around. We did that with our tinsel and beads but decided to cut the ribbons into smaller strips. We then tucked the ribbon strips in various places all over the tree from top to bottom. This encourages the eye to move all over the tree and the colours to pop. The picks we placed all around, positioning some closer to the trunk and some closer to the tips.
- Step 5 – Add ornaments. My children’s favourite part. The intention was to place the larger ornaments near the base and the smaller ones closer to the top and have a mix of colours going around the tree. I however allowed the children to do as they wished. Who needs a mom-grinch on Christmas tree day? LOL
They did a great job nonetheless. As you can see in our video we have very non-traditional colours and we are totally in love with our tree.
Have you put up your tree as yet?
Have a blessed day