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Ideas for decorating your Christmas tree

Updated on December 18, 2009

Of course, everyone's taste is different but here are some ideas for decorating a lovely Christmas tree.

1. Start with a good quality real tree or artificial tree that looks very real. Make sure the pine tips look the way you would like them to and be certain that the tree is sturdy and not lopsided.

One website I have found that seems to have very nice quality trees is You can also purchase accessories such as a storage cover for your artifical tree, allowing it to last many years to come.

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 If artificial trees are not properly stored, they will age prematurely and various problems such as rusted wire (the 'branches') may occur.

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2. White lights are beautiful and offer a more uniform look than colored lights.

No matter the ornament you use, they will go well with the white lights.

Colored lights go well with more simple ornaments.

Put the lights on your tree first, before placing any other item like ribbon, garland or the ornaments.

(I tend not to buy pre-lit trees because eventually those lights stop working. I think it is best to buy your strings of lights and replace bulbs or the entire string as needed.)

For the most elegant look, I actually like to use only lights and ornaments. (no ribbons, garlands, strings of popcorn, etc).

I like round bulb ornaments most of all, followed by teardrop shaped ornaments. Ornaments with a nice shine are lovely (silver, gold, ivory with a shimmering finish, red,etc).

I have never used blue ornaments but we have often seen that color theme, blue and white on Christmas trees. Trees with that color theme can look quite nice.

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3. Choose a theme of some sort. It can potentially be a theme just with regard to the colors you choose.

Complementary colors will work best but in the color spectrum it can just be 2-4 colors that you think look good together and are not technically complementary. For example, I think that gold ornaments look beautiful with ivory ornaments.

4. When choosing your ornaments, have just a couple that are family heirlooms or perhaps unique ornaments, one belonging to each family member. Aside from those, let the pattern of your ornaments be as uniform as possible. It will make for the most beautiful tree. If you do choose to use a variety of ornament shapes, sizes and/or colors, then be sure they are well distributed throughout the tree. For example, you would not want to have all of the round ornaments on one side and all of the teardrop shaped ornaments on the other. Perhapes alternate shapes and/or colors throughout.

Enjoy decorating your Christmas tree!


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      Nyesha Pagnou MPH 7 years ago from USA

      Putz, ethel and Nancy, sorry about the delay with stopping by to moderate comments. Thank you all for these lovely comments you posted months ago. The holidays will be coming up again before we know it.

      Putz, it sounds like you had a beautiful Christmas tree. I think ornaments with the grandchildren's pictures are a lovely idea.

      Ethel, a silver theme is really nice.

      Nancy, being able to plant the tree after is ideal. That's great.

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      Nancy's Niche 8 years ago

      This year's tree is small and can be planted after use. Silver sprinkles over the branches is all the decoration needed...A real change for us! Thanks for sharing your ideas with us. Have a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I've gone for a silver theme this year. We have had red, gold and green together for so long a change was overdue.

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      Putz Ballard 8 years ago

      My wife did such a great job on our tree. She put ornamental fiddles and other instruments. Ornaments with pictures of our grand sons, and beautiful lights too.