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How To Decorate A Christmas Tree Like A Professional
We all want to decorate the perfect Christmas tree with baubles, ornaments and lights perfectly coordinated in a festive and stylish scheme. In reality, however, it's easier said than done. Decorating a Christmas tree is no mean feat, especially for the perfectionists among us, but if your home is your pride and joy and the tree is the centrepiece of your home come the festive season, we've got you covered.
We've spoken to a range of style and decorating experts, including the team at Balsam Hill – whose artificial Christmas trees have graced the TV sets of The X Factor, Good Morning Britain and This Morning – about how to decorate your Christmas tree to make it look like you hired a professional, plus how to choose the right Christmas tree decorations to suit your theme.
But before we begin, like any task, you need to have the right tools to ensure the safe and proper set up of your Christmas tree. This includes cotton gloves for shaping branches (it's quite the task!), scissors with safety handles for materials, packaging or equipment, and a sturdy ladder or step stool for installing toppers and arranging décor on taller trees.
So now you're all set up, fancy getting that Insta-worthy look with very little effort? Read on for tips from the pros...
1. Invest in a high-quality artificial tree
Christmas trees crafted from premium materials provide sturdy and reliable support for decorations. You'll find that high-quality trees are generally more durable and can stand up to repeated use year after year, all whilst maintaining its beautiful look.
Opt for a traditional tree rather than a trend-led one so that it doesn't go 'out of date' after a few years, plus a traditional design gives you the perfect base to layer and decorate as you wish.
Pre-lit Christmas trees are a firm household favourite because it saves time in untangling all those lights, however, a benefit of buying an unlit tree is that you can choose whatever style of lights you want. When it comes to size, 7ft Christmas trees are now extremely popular but you should always choose a tree that fits in your space and doesn't leave it feeling too cramped. If you're tight on space, there are some great slim Christmas trees on the market, including narrow pencil designs, which may be a better fit. And remember, to prevent wear and tear on your Christmas tree, consider models with advanced features that offer easy set up and storage.
Tip: When buying your tree, ensure you have the right Christmas tree storage, such as storage bags and boxes, as well as storage for wreaths, garlands and lights, so that you're fully equipped when you take your Christmas tree down and pack everything away.
Alternatively, if you want a real Christmas tree, there's a great selection available to buy at tree farms, markets or home & DIY stores. See all the tree varieties available, including Nordmann Fir and Norway Spruce, in our real Christmas trees guide.
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2. Fluff and shape branches
Fluffing the branches helps to make your Christmas tree look fuller and more natural. This can be a very time-consuming task, but trust us, the end result is more than worth it. Separate each branch so they fan out to cover as much area as possible and don't hesitate to bend individual branches to fill in gaps. A properly shaped tree is an appealing sight, however minimal or lavish your embellishments may be. Once again, remember to wear gloves and long sleeves if possible to avoid any scrapes on your hands and arms.
3. Design around a theme
A professional-looking Christmas tree has a central look that ties the decorations together. Deciding on a theme before choosing your decorations sets the tone and gives you a clear idea on how to decorate your tree. Need some inspiration? Why not take a look at John Lewis' Christmas themes this year – from Winter Fayre to Santa's Rainbow Workshop, there are six key looks to help you decorate this festive season. And Homebase has shared four festive themes, from Party Nights to Refined Nature, to help create a look that's traditionally Christmas.
4. Choose the right colours (and materials)
Once you've decided on your theme, curate a colour palette to bring it to life. For example, for a traditional yet opulent look stick to a red and gold colour combination, for a Scandi vibe layer shades of white and soft neutrals, or choose blue and silver for an icy cool look. Stick to two (definitely no more than three) colours to keep the look contained rather than cluttered. Also think about materials and texture: plush velvet baubles lends itself well to a luxe tree, whilst paper and wooden decorations are ideal for any Nordic-inspired or minimalist trees.
Less is always more but it is Christmas after all, so above everything else, decorate your tree in whatever way makes you happy! The decorating rulebook is certainly relaxed at Christmastime, so have fun with it.
5. Start with the lights first
While pre-lit Christmas trees are popular and will save you time (and money), you'll need Christmas tree lights if you have a plain tree (real or artificial). As a general rule of thumb, the lighting experts at Lights4fun advise 100 bulbs or 5 metres of lights per 2ft of Christmas tree. So for a 6ft tree, you'd need 300 bulbs or 15 metres of lights.
The first, most important thing you need to do when decorating your Christmas tree, is to always add the lights first – it's more difficult to do this after you've added decorations like baubles and garlands.
Balsam Hill advise that you use the plug as the starting point, wrapping the lights around your Christmas tree's trunk, working your way up from the centre of the base of your tree. Continue wrapping the lights evenly around the branches nearest to the trunk, and then weave it upwards from the middle of the crown.
'When you reach the crown, weave your way back down, arranging the lights further out on the branches,' Balsam Hill advise. 'Keep weaving the lights until you reach the tips of the branches.'
And remember, when weaving, the bulb should be positioned under a branch and the next bulb over a branch, and so forth.
6. Balance the décor
Given the many Christmas tree decorations you're likely to have, you have to ensure that everything is well-balanced and spread out to your liking. Arrange embellishments from the top of the tree and then work towards the bottom. This way, you can easily check your design as you dress up your tree.
7. Cluster your baubles
Balsam Hill's design consultant, Brad Schmidt, recommends clustering three baubles of different sizes to add flair and visual appeal. You can either put the same pieces together or choose contrasting ones.
The White Company echo this suggestion – to create a balanced, visually pleasing tree, buy baubles in threes, sixes, or twelves, and add these on first in a 'Z' shape. You should hang larger baubles closer to the centre of the tree to give it more depth, and use small ones towards the end of the branches.
Dangle delicate glass baubles at the top of the tree to prevent any breakages, and add special ones last to ensure they are in the perfect position.
And how much baubles will you need? The White Company recommends 80 baubles for a 7.5ft tree.
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8. Layer and style ribbons
Another expert tip is to layer your Christmas tree with decorative ribbons, which will elevate your tree's aesthetic. You may use one type of ribbon or pair ribbons of contrasting textures and different widths to create more impact.
Brad recommends using ribbons with wired edges, as these are easier to sculpt into loops, rolls or bows, and they hold shape better than non-wired ribbons. Follow these simple techniques for arranging ribbons on your tree.
9. Use tree picks
Tree picks and floral sprays come in many forms, such as decorated branches, twigs, berries, or even pine cones – use them as subtle accents to complement the entire look of your tree. Grouping picks together using floral wire is a creative way to elevate the visual appeal of your tree without overpowering other decorations.
They are great for adding lively splashes of colour, not only to Christmas trees, but to wreaths and garlands, too. Make sure to choose picks with bendable stems to make shaping easier.
10. Add scented ornaments
Now you can get your artificial Christmas tree to smell like a real one thanks to scented ornaments – it'll fill your whole room with the magic of Christmas. Buy a bottle of the Scentsicles scented paper tube sticks (with hooks included) and nestle them amongst the decorations in your tree for that freshly cut scent. You'll have a fresh fragrance in an instant with scents including cinnamon, berry or winter fir. You can also buy scented decorations from The White Company to match with your tree theme.
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11. Choose the right tree topper
A statement tree topper is a beautiful way to complete the designer look of your tree. Make sure to choose one that best fits your theme and the proportion of your tree, and take into consideration the height of your ceiling too. Star tree toppers or angels are traditionally the most popular, but there are lots of alternative designs to choose from, including personalised designs, or you could make your own topper.
Glitter-embellished large tree topper, Selfridges / Capiz Star Tree Topper, Dunelm / Starburst Tree Topper, John Lewis
12. Finish off with a tree skirt
Often overlooked, a Christmas tree skirt is the finishing touch to your decorations and serves to balance the overall design of your Christmas tree. Tree skirts have many benefits too, from covering the unsightly 'legs', trunk or stand of a tree, to protecting your floors and carpets from any fallen pine needles (if you have a real tree).
It naturally draws attention to the tree's lower portion and helps to produce a complete, harmonious look. Plus, it's the perfect backdrop for beautifully wrapped Christmas presents. Alternatively, if you have a potted Christmas tree or one that comes in a basket, opt for a tree rug instead.
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How to Assemble an Artificial Christmas Tree
Learn how to properly assemble, shape, light, and decorate your artificial Christmas tree for the holiday season.
- How to Assemble a Christmas Tree
- How to Shape a Christmas Tree
- How to Light a Christmas Tree
- How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
BH Noble Fir™
Christmas trees are the central focus of Yuletide celebrations. They represent life, hope, and family traditions. Whether you have an old or brand new tree, a towering spruce, or a petite pine, you will want to have the most inspiring and beautiful tree possible. Learn how to properly assemble your tree and turn it into the ultimate Christmas showpiece.
How to Assemble a Christmas Tree
1. Choose a Location
Unless a Christmas tree is fitted with a rolling stand, it's always advisable to assemble a tree at the exact spot where it will be displayed. Consider these factors when choosing a location.
For maximum visibility, place the Christmas tree in the room where the family gathers most often, such as the living room, dining room, or den. Find a spot where the tree can be seen from multiple vantage points and not just from one position.
Consider the possibility of rearranging furniture to accommodate the tree. It may also be practical to set the tree near electrical outlets to avoid unsightly extension cords.
Areas to Avoid
Avoid placing the tree near light controls as decorations may be accidentally knocked down when people reach for the light switch.
Never place the tree near heat sources, such as heating vents, exhausts, or the fireplace. Avoid setting it up near the staircase, behind a door, areas with busy foot traffic, or locations exposed to harsh elements.
Before purchasing a new Christmas tree, measure the selected space to ensure the tree will fit properly. A tree that is too large looks cramped, and may block natural pathways and entryways. For detailed instructions on how to measure an area for a tree, please refer to our article on Christmas tree measurements.
2. Inspect the Pieces
For pre-lit trees, examine the tree sections to ensure that there is no cut or frayed wire insulation, exposed wiring, loose connections, or cracks in the light bases. If there are cracked or missing bulbs, replace them by following the tree manufacturer's instructions for that particular make and model.
3. Set Up the Stand
The stand is the foundation of a straight and stable Christmas tree. Here are some points to remember:
Types of Stands
Most artificial Christmas tree stands are X-shaped and are usually constructed out of plastic or metal. If a stand becomes wobbly or damaged from normal use, check the tree's warranty to see if the stand can be replaced. Some plastic bases may be prone to bending or breaking, so avoid these as much as possible. Balsam Hill trees come with a one-piece steel stand, which is designed to remain sturdy and stable for many years.
Rolling stands, such as the Balsam Hill Tree Stand with Wheels, are equipped with wheels that allow the tree to be moved easily. The wheels can be locked in place to keep it from sliding.
A spinning tree stand has an electric motor that rotates the tree at varying speeds. Rotating stands show off the entire assortment of decorations as it spins.
Setting up the Stand
For pre-lit trees, examine the tree sections to ensure that there is no cut or frayed wire insulation, exposed wiring, loose connections, or cracks in the light bases. If there are cracked or missing bulbs, replace them by following the tree manufacturer's instructions for that particular make and model.
Instructions for Standard Stands
For one-piece tree stands, such as Balsam Hill's, pull apart the legs until they are X-shaped. Next, align the holes in the base and the flange, then screw the eye bolt through the flange. The flange is the circular piece of metal that goes between the eye bolt and the hole of the base. For two-piece stands, slide the pieces together and press the center hubs until theyclicks into place. For directions on mounting a tree on this type of stand, please refer to section 1.d.1. below.
Instructions for Rolling Stands and Spinning Stands
Before making a purchase, check whether the specialized stand can accommodate the diameter of the Christmas tree. Most stands of these types come fully assembled. If not, refer to the instruction manual for proper assembly and mounting.
4. Assemble the Sections
Most artificial Christmas trees have labels to aid you in the correct assembly sequence. Always follow the tree manufacturer's manual for proper assembly instructions. These are the general steps to take:
1. With the hinged branches folded up and tied with a ribbon, take the bottom section of the tree and place the pole into the tree stand.
2. Once the pole is fully inserted, tighten the eye bolt to secure and center it.
3. Untie the ribbon and let the branches fall into place.
4. If you have a pre-lit tree, plug in the lights to make sure all the bulbs are working and evenly spaced. See "How to Light a Christmas Tree" section for a detailed guide.
5. Fluff and shape the branches, making sure to lift and separate the inner branches to hide the trunk and make the tree look full. Check the branches from different angles to see if you missed any spots.See "How to Shape a Christmas Tree" for a detailed guide.
Put a light coat of lubricant on the end of the pole so that it slides easily into the base. Lubricating the poles of each section will make it easier to assemble and dismantle later on.
6. When you're satisfied with how the branches and lights look, repeat steps 1 to 5 for the next section.
7. Do the same for the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check how the tree looks from a distance.
Assembling Other Tree Types
Easy Plug™ Trees
Easy Plug™ refers to pre-lit Balsam Hill trees with pre-installed light connections inside the trunk. The bulbs will automatically light up as the poles connect to each other.
1. Insert the bottom section into the stand.
2. Like the standard tree, it's recommended to fluff and shape the branches first before placing the next section. See "How to Shape a Christmas Tree" for a detailed guide.
3. Plug the light cord into a wall outlet and check the bulbs.See the "How to Light a Christmas Tree" section for a detailed guide.
4. Repeat steps 1 to 3 for the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check the tree from a distance.
These trees are received in a collapsed form. To assemble, insert the center pole into the bottom section, pull up the foliage-covered frame to its full height, and then insert the top section. For pre-lit models, connect the light plugs into their corresponding sockets according to the supplied lighting diagram.
This type of tree has color-coded branches that need to be individually hooked to the center pole. Each branch can be shaped and fluffed before adding the next one. This process usually takes longer than setting up a tree with a hinged construction. This tree type is not available in pre-lit models.
How to Shape a Christmas Tree
Preparation and Tips
- Wear gloves to protect your hands while fluffing the tree.
- For pre-lit trees, it's best to shape the tree with its lights switched on to see if they're evenly distributed.
- Shape the branches by layers and sections. This way, you'll easily see if there are any gaps and adjust them accordingly. Don't insert the next section until you've properly fluffed the one before it.
- Refer to product photos online as a visual guide in shaping a particular style of tree. Some styles have "downswept" branches that are slightly angled downward, while other styles may have "upswept" tips that curve upward.
1. Begin with the bottom section and work on the lowest layer first. If the section has three layers, fold up the two layers and tie a ribbon around them.
2. To make sure that there are no gaps, start from the inner branches that are closest to the trunk.
3. Separate the individual tips from the main branch and spread them out and away from the center of the tree.When properly fluffed, these inner tips should resemble a peacock's fanned tail and will hide the trunk.
4. For most tree styles, the tips closest to the center pole should be angled upwards to give the tree a full appearance. The tips farthest from the center poles should be angled diagonally away from the branch.
5. Step back and survey the tree from a distance. Check for any gaps that need more shaping. For lighted trees, make sure that the lights are evenly distributed.
6. When you're done with the first layer of branches, untie the next one and repeat steps 1 to 4. Do the same for the last layer.
7. Insert the next section and repeat steps 1-5.
8. Repeat all the previous steps for all the remaining sections, stopping every now and then to check the tree from a distance.
Take note that the first time you assemble the tree requires the most shaping, so take your time and you'll be rewarded with a fantastic-looking tree.
How to Light a Christmas Tree
With lighted trees, you only need to connect the plugs into their respective sockets. Plugs and sockets are usually identified with a color-coded or numbered sticker. Use the lighting diagram supplied with the tree for proper instructions. If a certain section of the tree does not light up, take these recommended steps:
1. Ensure that the section is fully plugged into its corresponding socket.
2. Locate the fuse compartment for the light string. Remove and check the fuses to ensure they have not blown. Replace blown fuses with the type recommended by the tree's manufacturer.
3. Gently nudge each bulb very slightly to identify if a bulb wire is slightly misaligned in the socket. Each bulb must be properly in its socket to ensure a good connection.
4. Check each bulb in the unlit section and replace any missing or broken bulbs.
5. Locate the master bulb and make sure it works. A broken master bulb can cause half or the whole light strand to go out. In older trees, the master bulb cannot be replaced, making it necessary to replace the entire strand. However, Balsam Hill's trees from 2013 and on feature replaceable master bulbs, identified with a gray base. Now, if a master bulb goes out, it can be simply replaced with a new masterbulb.
Innovative Pre-Lit Trees
Balsam Hill's line of Instant Evergreen™trees, including the Balsam Hill Centennial Fir Instant Evergreen, features a recent innovation called Easy Plug™. With this technology, all the lighting wires are built directly into the center pole or "tree trunk", which eliminates the need for multiple sockets. The only plug to be touched is the one to be plugged into the wall. When plugged in, the tree lights automatically connect as the tree sections are being assembled.
Another great feature of Balsam Hill's Instant Evergreen trees is its unique memory wire branches. The pre-shaped branches automatically fan out into place as the tree is set up, minimizing the time and effort spent in fluffing the tree.
For unlit trees, follow these steps:
1. Untangle the lights carefully and lay them out on a flat surface. Plug them in to test that they are working. Ensure that the tree is bare of any ornaments before stringing the lights.
2. Coil the first set of Christmas lights loosely around your hands. Avoid dragging the cords across the floor.
3. Begin at the bottom of the tree. Using the part nearest the plug as a starting point, wrap the light strand around the trunk at the base of the tree and work up.
4. From the top of the tree, wrap the light strands around the branches near the trunk. Work down as you wind the lights around each branch evenly from the middle of the branch to the tip.
5. Every time you reach the tip, bring the lights back to the center of the tree, and then proceed to the next branch. Once you get to the end of the string lights, plug in another set.
6. If tie strings are used to attach the lights strands, cut off any excess plastic after the tie has been pulled tight to give the branches a cleaner look.
7. Once the entire tree is covered, plug in the lights and check the overall balance. Adjust accordingly if there are lights hidden or covered by any branches.
For more information about stringing Christmas tree lights, please refer to The Tangle-Free, How-To Guide for Hanging Christmas Lights.
Decide between an incandescent or LED light. Traditional incandescent lights are generally less expensive and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. In addition, many people enjoy its warm glow. LED lights are more expensive but are far more energy-efficient, leading to reduced electricity costs. LED lights are cooler to the touch. The latest models now mimic the candlelit radiance similar to incandescent bulbs.
How to Decorate a Christmas Tree
Choose a Color Theme
Having a color theme helps give a Christmas tree a well-planned and harmonious look. For a touch of elegance, opt for ornaments with jewel tone colors, such as ruby red, emerald green, and sapphire blue.
For a traditional look, hang red and green decorations to evoke childhood memories and feelings of nostalgia. Heirloom or inherited ornaments are perfect for this theme.
A monochromatic theme makes a strong visual impact. Focus on one solid color in varying tones. Use ornaments with different textures and finishes, such as shiny glass, sparkly crystal, or matte.
Mix up gold, silver, and bronze ornaments for a modern, metallic look. Accent standard Christmas ornaments with a selection of metallic jewelry, figurines, or trinkets to achieve an interesting array of colors.
Instead of dangling ornaments randomly throughout the tree, use them to give the tree a balanced and graceful look. It's recommended to start decorating from the top of the tree and working towards the bottom. This prevents accidentally dislodging ornaments from the top and breaking those at the bottom. You can place towels or a blanket under the tree when handling delicate or fragile items.
As a general rule, use large ornaments at the bottom of the tree, medium-sized ones in the middle, and smaller ornaments at the top to emphasize the tree's natural triangular shape.
To add dimension to the tree and cover any gaps, place large baubles deep into the tree to act as a backdrop or filler. Shiny or iridescent balls help achieve depth and fullness. Don't hesitate to reshape branches to make room for the balls. Proceed to hang smaller, textured or intricate ornaments on the tips.
When using garlands, start wrapping the tree from the top and spiral downwards. Create a wavy pattern for more visual interest.
How to Decorate with a Tree Topper
Determine the Ideal Tree Topper Shape and Size
Remember to use a topper that complements the profile of the Christmas tree. For a tree with a full, conical silhouette, use a bold and brilliant topper, such as a star or an angel. For narrow or slim trees, use an elongated topper to enhance its slender form.
Use the tree's height to determine the ideal proportion of the topper. Use the size chart below as a guide:
Whatever the height of the tree, it is advisable to allow at least 5 inches gap between the tip of the topper and the ceiling.
Place the Tree Topper
It is important to mount a tree topper securely to prevent it from falling off and possibly ruining some ornaments or causing injury. For a topper with a conical base, bend one of the top branches and insert it into the cone. Crumple surrounding branches to give the topper additional support.
If a topper has a spring or spiral base, insert the tree's sturdy top branch into the topper's coil. Use green floral tape to secure the topper and conceal the spring.
Ribbon tree toppers are light and easy to attach as it has a wire that wraps easily around the top branch. Pipe cleaners can be used to reinforce support for the ribbon topper.
For heavy tree toppers, we recommend using fasteners, such as the Balsam Hill Tree Topper Extension Kit, to give it more stability. For more information on how to choose the perfect tree topper, please read this article.
Follow these expert artificial Christmas tree assembly tips for an inspiring and unforgettable holiday. For more inspiration on how you can decorate your tree, see our article on Christmas tree themes.
Decorate the Christmas tree safely! - Safety on holidays and during mass celebrations
During the New Year and Christmas holidays it is so nice to enjoy warm and cheerful evenings with family and friends. However, it is worth remembering that a Christmas tree burning with multi-colored lights is not only the main decoration of the New Year's house, but a source of danger. Therefore, special attention should be paid to its fire safety. After all, the New Year is candles, crackers and lights, and Christmas trees , unfortunately, burn very well. Moreover, artificial ones also emit toxic substances, quickly melt and “spread”, which means that it will be more difficult to eliminate the source of ignition.
When choosing an artificial Christmas tree , it is safer to give preference to models that have a fireproof impregnation (this information is indicated on the packaging).
It is better to install a live Christmas tree two or three days before the New Year. If you bought it earlier, then hold it until it is installed on the balcony: it will be easier for it to adapt to temperature changes. After that, she needs to update the cut by sawing off a few centimeters from the trunk.
Spruce stand must be solid and solid. If you decide to stay on a live spruce, then make sure that it is not dry. The tree needs to be fed with water by placing it in a special form with a water tank or in a bucket of wet sand. This will prevent the needles from drying out and sprinkling quickly, and most importantly, it will increase fire safety. Spraying a Christmas tree decorated with electric garlands should be done with great care. If the garland is intended for both home and outdoor use, then there are no particular problems. Otherwise, spraying should be resorted to only in extreme cases, and before switching on tree must be left to dry completely.
Install the Christmas tree away from electrical and heating appliances and sources of open fire (fireplaces, gas stoves). It must be remembered that spruce needles flare up instantly and if it flares up strongly, it is quite difficult to extinguish it. Candles and sparklers should not be placed on the Christmas tree, especially in combination with cotton "snow" and paper toys. Let the candles stand on the tables, but even there they should not burn unattended. If you leave the table, be sure to pay them off.
The Christmas tree should not be too big for the room it will be in. Let its top be at least fifty centimeters short of the ceiling. This is especially important if the ceilings are lined with flammable material. The Christmas tree should not be placed close to the walls covered with wallpaper and next to the curtains. In addition, it is not recommended to install Christmas trees in such a way that they interfere with progress - in case of an emergency, they will create a significant obstacle.
If there are small children in the house, then if possible, it is better to install the spruce at such a height that they cannot reach the lower branches, while avoiding household injuries.
Be sure to follow fire safety regulations and be responsible in the choice and use of electrical decorations during the New Year and Christmas holidays.
Faulty and non-certified electrical appliances must not be used to decorate Christmas tree . Children should not have access to controllers (control units for the operation of an electric garland and / or Christmas tree ), wires and sockets.
To prevent the tree from tipping over and injuring the child, it must be correctly assembled and securely installed, and toys evenly distributed on it. You need to assemble an artificial Christmas tree in accordance with the instructions. In the room where the Christmas tree stands, kids should only be under the supervision of adults. For children's safety, it is better to decorate the Christmas tree with light, unbreakable decorations - bows, cones, fiberglass balls, etc.
Be conscious about the choice of garlands. It is better to choose products coated with a flame retardant and tested in a modern laboratory. Such information must be indicated on the packaging.
Garlands must be equipped with fuses, without them, during power surges, overheating and ignition of the wiring may occur. Never turn on the garland in the presence of bare wires, as well as homemade connections. In addition, the elements of the garland should not come into contact with the "rain", because the metallized foil can short-circuit the wiring.
The garland must be checked before placing it on the Christmas tree. At home, it is recommended to use decorations in which the number of lights does not exceed 50. And do not forget that more than three garlands cannot be included in one outlet. If you have any doubts, there is not at least one light bulb in the garland, or there are obvious damages, you cannot use such an ornament.
The most important fire safety rule is not to leave lights on at night or when no one is home. And be sure to watch the children, because they are drawn to everything that flashes beautifully.
When decorating the Christmas tree, remember that the fasteners of the toys must be strong. You can not hang heavy toys on flexible and thin branches, it is better to cling them closer to the base.
The fire safety rules associated with the Christmas tree seem very strict only at first glance. By following these simple tips, you will protect your home from any possible troubles and give your loved ones a happy and fun holiday!
How to set up a Christmas tree
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According to Feng Shui, a person can get happiness (health, prosperity, luck and everything else) in three ways: at birth from the gods (this is heavenly happiness), by his work (human happiness) and with the help of feng shui manipulations , which organize and regulate the flow of useful qi energy in space, accumulate it in the right places and in the right quantities. This is earthly happiness. (By the way, happiness in Chinese is also a very definite thing. The “five types of happiness” are longevity, peace, fertility, honor and wealth.)
Do you have a plan?
Plan-bagua should be superimposed on the scheme of the house so that the lower part of the plan coincides with the side where the main entrance is located. The same can be done with all rooms separately or only with the living room.
You can also attract earthly happiness on New Year's Eve and harmonize the surrounding space with the help of a Christmas tree. How? Put it in the right place.
Feng Shui provides several options for this. First: the bagua plan (in a simplified version - a rectangular house plan, divided into nine identical parts-zones responsible for different aspects of our life - which can be found in any feng shui book) is superimposed on the house plan so that the lower part fell on the side where the main entrance is located. In principle, according to Feng Shui, this should be the north side. (The cardinal points “on the map” are “opposite”: north is at the bottom, west is on the right, etc.) We think which side of our life we would like to improve - and we put a Christmas tree there. By the way, nothing forbids us to put several Christmas trees in different zones (rooms), if it turns out that we want improvements in different areas and as soon as possible.
Option two: you can impose a bagua plan on the plan of each room, all rooms in general, and place Christmas trees of different sizes in the corresponding zones - to enhance the influence of the main (main) Christmas tree: in the office we activate the career zone, in the bedroom - the marriage zone, in living room - family area, etc.
The third option is a minimum of costs and effort: we work only with the living room and put the Christmas tree in the most relevant area.
Everything in the center
The size, shape and decor of the festive tree depend primarily on the requirements of the zone itself for its “activation”. And only then - on the relevance and scope of the requirements for it.
By the way, you can use design objects that act as Christmas and New Year trees as “tree substitutes”. These objects are conical in shape, and this is where their resemblance to a real Christmas tree often ends. And they can have any color - in this case, the Feng Shui zone pleases. But this is in the hands of everyone who wants a lot, but does not want to see a Christmas tree in every room.
So, let's start from the center (house, apartment, room) - the Tai Chi Center, and then we will go in a circle, clockwise. From above - from left to right - are Wealth, Fame, Marriage, then, to the right of the Center, - Children, the lower zones - Teachers, Career, Knowledge, and end with the Family zone (to the left of the Center).
Tai Chi is a spiritual center. It gives both vitality, and good luck, and health to all family members, to everyone who lives in the house. In order to collect chi energy from the outside world well, this place should be as open as possible - no furniture. A floor covering or carpet with a spiral pattern coming from the center, with a bright decoration in the middle, with concentric circles, with lines crossing in the center, will also help to collect qi.
Tai Qi Center Element - Earth. The colors are yellow, orange and the so-called colors of the earth. The helping element is Fire (red), the opposing element is Wood (green, blue). Whether to put a Christmas tree right in this center - you need to think ... On the one hand, here it will best attract qi. On the other hand, the Wood element and its colors can be harmful: they suck the power out of the Earth. Plentiful decor will help the situation - moreover, in traditional colors: gold (yellow color of the Earth) and red (Fire), as well as light garlands (Fire). Or - a modern version: we put a spectacular LED Christmas tree here. (And we always remember it when the element of Fire rules or helps us in the zone we need.)
On the top left of the plan is the “Wealth” zone. Here is the potential of the house in terms of both material and spiritual wealth. This zone determines what the inhabitants of the house are focused on, what is their scale of values.
The element of this zone is Wood. And the colors fit—shades of green and blue. So feel free to put up a classic Christmas tree. But - attention! The assistants here are Water, which symbolizes money and contributes to its inflow (“rain” on the Christmas tree will be very useful), but weakens Metal (white) - so let “silver and gold” be represented in the Wealth zone, for example, Christmas balls made of golden glass and silver color. Important: if we keep this area in order (no fallen needles and broken toys!), The money will always be with us.
Top center - “Glory”. This is glory in the literal sense of the word, and figuratively: this is an opinion about us, our reputation, authority. But first of all - status, position in society.
Element - Fire. That is, light garlands - by all means, and in the decor - more red. Helps the zone Wood, weakens - Water. Long forms contribute to the good work of the zone. It is better to put a Christmas tree here not wide, spreading, but narrow and high.
Top right - “Marriage”. In general, this is the zone of all close relationships: in the family, and with friends, and with neighbors, and with the closest of colleagues and partners. But first of all, its activation will help to strengthen (establish, restore, “organize”) love and marriage.
Element - Earth, color - yellow. Helper - Fire, hinders - Tree. Therefore, here is a great place for a design creation - wide and not green (as everywhere where the Tree counteracts the influence of the zone). Clearly pronounced “male” and “female” elements in the decor are good here. And also couples. Their "equality" will establish equality in the family. And why not decorate the Christmas tree with hearts? Let there be fusion feng shui.
"Children" zone - to the right of the Center. These are not only children and relationships with them, but also our “offspring” in general - creativity, the ability to be creative. If relations with the younger generation have gone wrong, and there are not enough ideas at work, a Christmas tree is definitely needed in this sector! Idea: we hang small hares, cubs, chickens on the Christmas tree. And pictures of children. And everything "creative" (both your own and other people's works) - the more creative, the better. Element - Metal. Earth helps, Fire weakens.
Bottom right - “Teachers”. Everything that protects us, helps us, supports us, everything comes from here. Also in this zone are "Travel". The element is Metal again. By the way, there will be decorations from it and souvenirs brought from travels or places where we are going. There should not be too much light here: Fire weakens the influence.
Bottom middle - "Career". This zone is not just responsible for a career - it helps to find your destiny, understand your destiny and follow it. Stagnation in a career or children cannot decide on a profession? We put up a tree here. Element - Water. Help is from Metal, weakness is from Earth.
According to the rules of Feng Shui, the entrance to the house is located in the career zone. And this is where the energy of qi penetrates into it. In a cluttered hallway, she will get confused and will not be able to go further - neither into the house, nor into fate. So whether to put up a Christmas tree here for the sake of career development is another question. Is that small and in the corner. And you can also influence your career in your office - by placing a luxurious tree.
Wisdom Zone - bottom left. Here is our natural wisdom - intuition - and all the talents with which we were born. This is a zone of study, learning everything in the world in general. Element is Earth. Fire helps. Weakens the Tree. That is, a tall green tree is again inappropriate. But a diary with fives at the base of a sprawling Christmas tree with garlands of light bulbs will contribute to good qi circulation in this area.
To the left of the Tai Chi Center is “Family”. This is not only spouses and children, it is a family in a broader sense (parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and nephews) and deeper (ancestors). Through this zone, qi gives the family health, longevity and other benefits. It is she who provides the feeling of "ground under your feet."
Here the energy circulates through the past into the present, so the old skeletons in the closet are especially dangerous in this zone. We do not keep anything here that could remind us of troubles in the past! If you can’t “move” memories to another place, you should at least get out here especially carefully. Element - Wood, helper - Water, weakens - Metal.
Holidays with the participation of relatives are best arranged in this zone. And here is the place for a large family table. And since this sector also includes relationships with superiors at work, it is also good to hold business dinners here. In this zone we place a square table (a round table refers to weakening Metal in shape).