I hope all of you who celebrated Thanksgiving last week had a wonderful time with family and friends. Mr. Cottage and I drove from Michigan to the Dallas/Fort Worth area of Texas to spend Thanksgiving with our oldest son and his family. It was family time with us and I put our blog on a temporary vacation until we returned. However, guess who came down with a cold-like virus after we returned home Sunday evening? Let’s just say I was pretty miserable yesterday, but I had to get our tree decorated, so finally on Tuesday I got it finished. You see, there’s a number of us bloggers who are in a Christmas tour next week. As they say in showbiz, “the show must go on”.
“You can tell a lot about a person by the way they handle three things: a rainy day, lost luggage and tangled Christmas tree lights.” ~Maya Angelou
We always had a real tree until about 12-14 years ago when a great local store went out of business. It was called Flowers of the Field and ranked right up there as one of my favorite local stores, along with Kennedy’s Floral & Gifts. During the holidays, their store was filled with lots of Christmas trees, decorated in different ways. They were in their final days and there wasn’t much left, but the markdown was at 75%. They still had a couple of artificial trees left, so how could I not buy this beautiful tree for a stunning price. It measures 7 feet in height and looks so real. The original price on this was $450, and that was 12-14 years ago (think of inflation). Even though we bought this back when, we also spent 8 winters in Florida where we never used this tree.
So let’s begin decorating, but if you’re using a real tree, make sure to cut off an inch or two on the bottom of the tree trunk. Then add it to your stand and add water to it immediately.
1. Real or artificial, check all your lights and make sure they work. Our tree came with lights on it and this is the first time where I discovered an entire string of lights had burned out. What a pain that was to change on an artificial tree! There were clips everywhere holding the wires to the limbs.
2. Fortunately, Mr. Cottage came to the rescue with a string of lights he found in his “stash”. Check for any burnt out bulbs at this time and change them.
3. Once the lights are on, Mr. Cottage puts our angel on top and then the decorating begins. I always keep the lights on while decorating.
4. I start with a wide ribbon which I wrap around the tree horizontally; but many choose to put their ribbons on from top to bottom. Both way look beautiful, it just depends on the look you’re going for. In either way, tuck parts of the ribbon into the greens as you work it around/or up and down the tree.
5. At this point I start adding ornaments, starting with the better ornaments and where I want them.
After I had the ribbon on and all the ornaments, look what I found buried into one of our storage bins! I didn’t have enough of one roll, so I used some of the burlap ribbon I had in my craft studio. If you look hard enough, you’ll see the ribbon is wider towards the bottom.
I’ve mentioned to Mr. Cottage for the past few years that we need new storage bins. The three above are gigantic and opaque, plus you need gorilla arms to stretch and carry them. They hold too much stuff and get really heavy. It’s no wonder I didn’t spot the second roll of burlap when I needed it. We will be replacing these three before the end of this year.
6. After the ornaments are on, start stringing the garland around the tree. I bought these popcorn garlands so many years ago and the same with the red peppermint garlands.
We have another smaller tree, but I’ll share that and all our other Christmas decor next week at our Christmas Tour of Homes. It starts Monday and goes through the entire week.
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