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The leaning tree of Pisa, children in decorating fever, inherited decorations from decades past. What do we hang up first again? How to decorate the Christmas tree together, and doing it in such a way that not only the children’s eyes light up, is no easy task. This year, we’re finally doing it right and giving practical tips and revealing the ABCs of decorating!
The Christmas tree has been one of the absolute highlights of the Christmas season for as long as I can remember. Picking out a tree together at the market, putting it up and getting the boxes of decorations out of the attic. Rediscovering old treasures and long-forgotten handicrafts and decorating the Christmas tree. Now, at the latest, that special mood comes up that makes Christmas an atmospheric, wonderful family celebration!
Before decorating the tree, the same questions come up every year: In which order should we hang the decorations? Because as you can see from the result, it’s anything but the same. How do you distribute the fairy lights evenly? How can I make the Christmas tree shine with beautifully lit Christmas tree baubles and which new decorations could I try out?
One thing must be absolutely clear: How to decorate the Christmas tree with children also means saying goodbye to perfectionism and the dream Christmas tree from the home magazine! It gives children immense joy to decorate the Christmas tree and of course you don’t want to take that away from them. And when the beloved offspring is in bed, you can make one or two unnoticed corrections, such as making your little cousin’s teething ring disappear 😉
Every second German household has a Christmas tree at Christmas. Whether it is a Nordmann fir, a noble fir or a blue spruce is a matter of taste, but those who decorate with real candles, for example, should not buy a blue spruce because of the thinner branches. The most important thing is that the tree has been freshly cut and is then placed in the right Christmas tree stand and does not immediately start to drop its needles. The most important practical tips can be found in the following list.
The Christmas tree has found the perfect place and now it’s time to decorate it. The following applies: the order is important to get it right.
Distribute all the baubles you want to hang on the tree! Hang the larger baubles at the bottom and the medium-sized and smaller ones further up, to give the tree a slimmer look. Make sure to hang shiny baubles close to the candles so that the baubles shine nicely, the matt baubles you can spread out more freely. Decorate both the outer and inner branches of the tree to give it more visual depth.
Now fill the free branches between the baubles with Christmas tree pendants, bows and figurines until the tree looks “full”. The heavier the ornaments (e.g. metal or porcelain pendants), the further inside the branch you decorate the tree with them.
Garlands and tinsel complete the tree decoration, so to speak. Work from the top down and attach the longer tree decorations to the tree in the same way as the fairy lights.
The candle holders for the wax candles go on the branches as far out as possible, not too close under one above. Jewellery should also not hang close above them. The candles are placed in the holders. Real beeswax candles smell best.
Last but not least, decorate the top of the tree. Either put on a Christmas tree top, put on a straw star or tie a bow around the top of the tree.
Christmas is a celebration for the whole family. For us, that means my sister with her children, grandparents and sometimes the in-laws, friends or neighbours with children. Family is a broad concept for us. Since children have been in the house, I have hung my perfectionism on the Christmas tree with one crying eye and one laughing eye, right next to my niece’s chaotic pile of pendants, which is shoved up a reindeer’s bum in a dense tangle.
Glitter is great. The more the better! And when the desire to call for mum and dad to lift you up because you can’t reach the branch you want, you just throw the pendant onto the branch. It will stick. The needles trickle softly when a small hand pulls on a branch until the tree bends 25 degrees towards it. The baubles clink, but miraculously remain hanging as the branch snaps back and the whole tree shakes.
Tasteful and discreet was yesterday, because when asked what has to go on the tree, the little ones only know one answer: everything, of course! And then you look into the beaming eyes of children, who marvel enthusiastically at their gaudy work and feel it, the spirit of Christmas.
My tip: Pre-sort Christmas tree decorations and let completely unsuitable pieces disappear from the box!
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