*Queue* all things christmas music, hot chocolate, ELF on repeat, and of course Christmas tree's galore because the most magical time of the year is here. Yes, we might still have Thanksgiving leftovers in our fridge but I'd say its acceptable to start checking off your Christmas festivity list. And, there's no better way to kick off the holiday than with a lil' Christmas tree decorating!
Below is everything you need to know about how to get a tree in NYC and how to go about decorating it:
photo courtesy of Domino
First and foremost, you'll need a tree that suits your budget and your living space. And, if you'd like to go unnoticed without making a major scene on the subway, I've rounded up a few Xmas-tree destinations from Brooklyn to Manhattan that may just be close to home.
(Side note- The last day to order from Tyler's is Dec. 12!)
Once you have found the perfect sized tree to fit your closet-sized NYC apartment (because let's be real here), it's time for the fun part! Decorating!! There is an art and a technique to tree-decorating so follow along with these steps!
photo courtesy of The Crafted Life
Step 1: Fluff it up!
If you're new to the whole "tree thing", let me be the first to tell you that many Christmas experts advise that your tree needs serious "fluffing", especially when its been squished up for the past few months! So spend a little bit of time fluffing the branches to make it look more full!
Step 2: Lights, camera, action!
The more the better when it comes to lighting your tree up! I suggest you start from the top and work your way down, while weaving them through the larger branches. Usually, 1,000 lights are enough for at least a 6ft tree.. you can do the math!
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Step 3: Add all the pretty stuff!
Before all the ornaments, add some beads, ribbon, foil, or garlands to add some texture to your tree. Like the lights, its easiest to start from the top and work your way around the tree.
Step 4: Ornaments!
Turn your tree into a decoration masterpiece with hanging ornaments! You can spend as much as you'd like or as little as you'd like. Find them almost anywhere from Target and Home Depot, to the World Market or Christmas in New York on Mulberry St. Or, if you'd prefer to get crafty with a bottle of red wine on the side, their are plenty of DIY ideas on Pinterest to make your tree a bit more exciting and memorable!
photo courtesy of coca29
Step 5: Tree Skirt
Don't leave ya girl hanging without a skirt! A tree skirt is a great alternative to those cheap and ugly plastic tree holders. Plus! They'll catch all the pine needles and will be way less work for you to clean.
Step 6: Topper
For the finishing touch of your Xmas tree masterpiece you must top it off with an eye-catching traditional topper. Choose from a variety of options ranging from a star, angel, personalized toppers, or a snowflake!