The individual responsible for the Christmas tree was Queen Charlotte, the German-born wife of George III, the 'Mad King'. On Christmas Day 1800, she held a party for the children of Windsor, the centerpiece of which was Britain's first recorded Christmas tree, a yew decorated with sweetmeats, toys, and candles.
But it became something that seemed like it was the prerogative of only the Royals. It was Prince Albert who turned it into a national one by propagating it thorough the national newspaper.
A wedding or baby theme can reflect the events of the past year, or the year ahead. Current interests, activities, and family events can be a source of themes that will add to family memories when viewed in the photo albums in the future. The arrival of a baby can be a theme.
He has to feel good about the tree at the outset. If each layer of branch has a staggered appearance, the process of decoration is expedited. Most trees with a fresh cut will drink many quarts of water in the first few hours, so check the water level in your tree stand several times a day.
A wilt resistant spray that can be applied to trees before bringing them indoors that claims to keep needles fresh for several weeks. Before getting down to the task of decorating the tree it is advisable to decide on the kind of effect that needs to be achieved.
Ideally, two sets of lights can be used. The shorter set will spiral around the trunk of the tree from top to bottom, while the longer version will spiral around the branches.
Place the main color on the tips of the branches and the secondary color deeper into the tree, giving depth to the display. However, if the minimalist look is to be eschewed, then many ornaments can be used. At least dozen 'filler' ornaments for every 2 feet of tree can be used. These can be inexpensive glass balls readily available at discount stores.
There is no point decorating the back of the tree, as it will not be visible in any case. Strands of beads can be looped over the ends of the branches. If the beads have a glossy finish, it would be great as it would reflect the light all over the room.
Now that the tree is made, there arises the problem of the tree stand. If the tree stand is visible it could spoil the entire display and take away the magic of the moment. It is imperative that the stand remains covered at all times.
There are innumerable ways in which a Christmas tree can be decorated. This is just one of them. But of all the ways, the one that always works is the one in which the family has put in the effort in all the stages, from planning and execution to delight.