You just got your first Christmas tree, now what? If you’re not sure where to start, review our quick guide for helpful tips to get you going. We’ll cover how to care for, dress, and decorate your new Christmas tree! The first two tips only pertain to those who have purchased a living tree. If you opted for an artificial tree, skip down to lighting and decorating your tree.
Keep Your Tree Fresh and Green
Cut the stump of the tree with a fresh cut and set it in water immediately. A fresh-cut tree will absorb several quarts of water right from the start. So it’s important to check and refill the water level several times a day for the first week. You can cut down on frequency later. Be sure to place you Christmas tree in a stand that has a large water reservoir and keep it filled. Check out our huge line of Christmas Tree Stands, to find the one that fits you best.
Christmas Tree Preservative
You can prolong the life of your Christmas tree by adding Christmas Tree Preservative to your base. We also carry a unique watering system that looks like a present under your Christmas Tree. Be sure to check both out in our Christmas Store.
Illuminating & Decorating the Tree
When decorating your Christmas tree, put lights on first, then garlands, then the ornaments.
Work From the Inside Out: Arrange Christmas lights on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave strings of lights along the branches “inside,” then move to the outer edges of the branches.
Placement of Ornaments: Don’t hang all your ornament on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorations ‘inside’ your tree to add depth and interest.
Basic Ornaments for Fill: Start by arranging the “filler ornaments” evenly spaced around the tree. This would include basic solid color balls that are easily found at discount stores in a wide range of colors to coordinate and enhance your decorating scheme. You’ll need about 20 “filler ornaments” for every 2 feet of Christmas tree.
Special Themed, Collectible Ornaments: Mix one-of-a-kind special ornaments between the basic ornaments. Plan to use at least 10 special themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. As your collection grows, put the special ornaments closer together.
Christmas Tree Topper: No Christmas tree is truly complete without a Christmas Tree Topper. Depending on your theme, you may want to place an Angel, lighted or non-lighted Tree Topper on you tree. This will surely be the finale that you are looking for.
Christmas Tree Skirt: You’re just about done. A Christmas Tree Skirt is a great way to add style and cleanliness to your display. Not only do they hide the base, but they add character to your setting.
Accessories: Many people choose to add accessories to their trees. This can be in the form of scent balls, artificial Buffalo snow, Nativity Scenes, etc. Let your imagination run free, and don’t be afraid to experiment.