12.08.2010

Why Don't You...String Your Christmas Tree Lights Up and Down?



I'm pretty sure I spotted this tip in Real Simple Magazine last month and I said "DOH!" out loud in the dentist's waiting room.

I have always used a modified version of Martha Stewart's "in and out" method. Rather than wrapping the branches in lights like Martha does, I simply push the lights into the center then back out. I always layer my lights - first small clear twinkle lights, then small multi-colored twinkle lights, then large clear bulbs, and last, large colored bulbs.

During this process I circle the tree about 1,001 times. But then I read this tip about stringing the tree up and down and it was like the Heaven's parted and the Angels started singing! Hallelujah! Up and down! Glory Be!

I tried it last night and it was so awesome. I stayed in one area of the tree until it was filled then moved on, Holy Smokes! I still layered and did my pushing-into-the-center-thing, but I did it up and down instead of around and around. Like this:



Dude, LOOK at my tree in all it's lighted glory!



So, come on, why don't YOU string your lights up and down, too!

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15 comments :

  1. I do hear angels singing! I'm gonna try! Thanks!

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  2. Yep, I do the in and out/shove into the center thing and am dizzy the whole time :) I've got to remember this for next year!!! Your tree looks BEAUuuutiful!

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  3. Oh this will be so much easier! I won't get dizzy. I won't knock the tree down. I can do this by myself (which is the way it is anyway). Coming from the lady who puts this task off as long as possible, I thank you, oh wise one, you passer of valuable news.

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  4. Yours might be the most beautiful tree I've ever seen! Thanks for the tip! We still don't have our tree up, so I'm gonna try it this year!

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  5. Thanks for the idea! Your tree looks great :)

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  6. That IS such a great idea. How come I didn't think of it?! ;) Next year, I'll try it myself...

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  7. Your tree is gorgeous!! I was trying to remember where I first heard of the in and out method...must have been Martha. I have noticed a difference since I started doing that a few years ago. Maybe next year I'll try the up and down way. :)

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  8. Well.... just because, that's why. LOL Kidding. If I did the up and down method then I would be up and down the ladder (because I'm short). The round and round method keeps me on the floor for a longer stretch of time.

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  9. Oh, now this is just a loverly idea....maybe it'll make it a bit easier!! Yay :) Thank you for the suggestion!

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  11. Never in a million years would I have thought to do that, but wow! It looks fantastic!

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  12. This is one of those "Well, duh! Why didn't I think of that?" moments.

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  14. Very wonderful and bright. love it and I especially love the big lights as a finishing touch of variety. Thanks for sharing. Linda

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  15. Because if my child pulls on a strand of lights a whole section can fall off the tree. If they are wrapped around in circles they may just get pulled in a bit but pretty much stay put. I am not sold. yet....

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