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New York City: It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas

Do you believe that it's already December 1st ? This is my favorite month of the year!!!Welcome December. You are the last one so be the best one!!!

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The holiday season is officially here and I am really very excited. Have you started putting up the Christmas decorations yet? I have decorated my Christmas tree and put up some outdoor lights but I still have a lot to do.

For many people the most enjoyable time of the Holiday Season is decorating the Christmas Tree. If you haven't decorated it yet and you need some help I will be glad to guide you through the basics of making a beautiful tree.

Step 1: Set up your tree

Select the desired location to place your tree (avoid placing it near the fireplace, the front door, heavy trafficked walkway areas and obstructions) and put it in the stand. Fluff and shape the branches so it would look fuller and more natural if it is an artificial tree.

Step 2: Hang the Christmas Lights

Start at the base of the trunk and work you way up, wrapping lights around every major branch, moving from the trunk to the tip and back. And if you are not sure how many lights will you need a good rule of thumb is 100 lights for every 1.5 feet of tree. However, if you love lights, you may want to double, or even triple, that amount.

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Step 3: Add the Tree Topper

Some people place it first and others save the best for last. There is no wrong or right but by placing your tree topper first, you don’t have to worry about stretching to reach the top of the tree and knocking off ornaments in the process.

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Step 4: Add Christmas Tree Garland/Ribbons

If you want to use garland, make sure to add it before you hang any ornaments. Start at the top of the tree and work your way down. Drape garland unevenly and without form for a casual look or layer it in equal loops for a more formal appearance. Ribbon, beaded, or metallic garland all look great. Pick the one that goes best with your theme. And again if you don't know how much garland to use A rule of thumb is at least nine (9) feet of garland per foot of tree.

Step 5: Hang the Ornaments

Start by hanging your favorite ornaments first and then hang the lager ones. Be sure to balance ornaments by size too and don't hang them on the tips of branches. Although red, green, gold and silver are the favorite choices for Christmas don't be afraid to add any other hue. Just make the right color combination.

This year I decided to use light blue and silver ornaments and the result is really amazing. Pink is also one of the key color trends for Christmas 2020.

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Step 6: Add the Tree Skirt

Tree Skirts are a very popular accessory, they hide the base of the tree and add some character to your setting.

Stand back and study your tree from various angles to determine if there are empty areas to fill. And with that you are done!!!

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