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Christmas Tree Decorations

Christmas tree is one of the most famous and universal traditions associated with the celebration of Christmas. A Christmas without the Christmas tree is unintelligible. A Christmas tree is a symbol for Christmas season around the world. It represents eternity and hope for the return of spring. The celebrations begin with selecting the right kind of

tree; follows with decorating it till the Christmas day when finally all the merrymaking takes place in front of it. Thus, decorating the Christmas is an enjoyable activity loved by everyone. And the beauty of the adorned tree adds warmth and brightness to the house.

Decoration of the Christmas tree can vary from home to home depending upon how one wants the Christmas tree to look like with varying color and style theme. Early Christmas trees were often decorated with apples, nuts, cookies, gingerbread, colored popcorn and candles. The Christmas tree decorations include colorful ribbons, ornaments, glistening garlands and blinking lights. But no matter how the tree is decorated it still symbolizes a timeless Christmas tradition of families gathered together and exchanging love, care and of course presents!

What would be Christmas decorations, without these sparking, flickering, colorful Christmas lights? And the Christmas tree would look barren without Christmas tree lights. Christmas tree are an essential as they give it a festive, scintillating décor.

Clear or multicolored lights can be selected to decorate the trees. It mainly depends upon the color scheme you have decided for this Christmas. Clear or white miniature lights are the best as they complement any colors used for ornaments or other make christmas tree decorations. But multicolored strands give a traditional and festive look. Strands of a single color go well with certain theme trees. A general rule about the number of lights is-one foot tree should have about 40-50lights. Remember to keep the amount of light uniform, without any unfilled spaces. A pre-lit Christmas tree would be great idea as it is also easy to store.

Traditionally Christmas tree were kindled with small candles, dates back to at least the middle of the XVIIth century. However, it took two centuries this tradition to become widely established first in Germany and soon spreading to Eastern Europe. Candles for the tree were glued with melted wax to a tree branch or attached by pins. They were often a cause of tragic fires in many homes. Around 1890, candleholders were first used for Christmas candles. Between 1902 and 1914, small lanterns and even glass balls to hold the candles started being used.

In 1882, three years after the incandescent light bulb was invented, the first Christmas tree was lit by the use of electricity. Edward Johnson, a friend of Thomas Edison, lighted up a real Christmas tree in New York City with hand-wired 80 red, white and blue hand-blown bulbs and strung them around a rotating evergreen tree. Edward Johnson was the first person to create a string of electric Christmas lights that were then mass produced around 1890. By 1900, department stores started using the new Christmas lights for their Christmas displays.

In today's hi-tech times, everything has taken a new dimension. Even lighting devices are now based on various new technologies. The incandescent light bulbs and LEDs are the most basic lighting devices that are very commonly used. These are generally linked in parallel series that are powered from the mains without a transformer. The neon lamp based strings are also connected in parallel with each lamp having it's own current-limiting resistor. Basically all the lights that are powered by batteries are wired parallelly. The other kind of set up is the light bulb or LED-based strings connected parallelly with line isolation down transformer. Although these are much safer to use in homes but at the end of the string, there is a voltage drop.

The most latest in lighting devices is the one based on fiber optic technology. Mostly they are fitted into an artificial Christmas tree. Such artificial Christmas trees have numerous fiber optic wires that go from the tree to the leaves and the tree base usually has LEDs or light bulbs.Other types of Christmas lights that are available are Battery Operated Lights, Bubble Lights, Icicle Lights, Fiber Optic, Mini-Lights, Net Lights, Novelty Lights and Rope Lights.

Ornamenting the Christmas tree is just easy. You can choose anything for ornaments-cards ribbons, balls, bells, dolls, stockings, personalized ornaments, stars even some handmade ornaments work great. Tinsel can also be considered as a decoration. Strands of it can be hung from the branches to simulate icicles. They should be hanged in clumps from the edges of the branches. You can also add a garland to your Christmas tree decorations either traditional or beaded one. You can double swag your garland and form it into a spiral garland.

Some basic tips to keep in mind before and while decorating the Christmas tree are:

  • Decide whether you want a natural tree or artificial trees. A natural tree needs a lot of maintenance. To make sure it looks green and fresh, place it in a stand that has a large water reservoir.
  • When decorating the tree, put on the lights first, then garlands and then the ornaments.
  • Don't hang all your ornaments on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorations 'inside' your tree to add depth and interest.
  • Arrange Christmas tree lights on the branches near the base of the tree first. Then weave strings of lights along the branches "inside," and move to the outer edges of the branches.
  • The color scheme of the decorations should go best with the color of the tree and should compliment with the decorations around the house.
  • When decorating with glass balls, remember to put larger ornaments at the bottom of the tree and the smaller ones at the top. This gives a pleasing proportion to the decorations of the tree
  • The base of your tree should be covered with a colorful tree skirt so that the gifts underneath rest on a pretty background. This makes the wrapped gifts look even more festive, and looks good after the presents are unwrapped too.
  • A tree topper is a must. It can be any of the Christmas motifs-angels, snowmen, Christmas star, large bow and even teddy bears, anything you wish!
  • Theme trees are very popular these days. So pick any theme to décor your tree and personalize the decorations accordingly.

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