It’s officially that time of year! As we start to deck the halls, shop for presents for loved ones and get into the festive spirit, there is always one big job that must be done – Christmas tree decorating!
The Christmas tree is an important focal point for many households – it’s the centrepiece of family festivities. From adorning the branches with sparkling lights, topped with vibrant baubles to match the interior of homes, and placing the wrapped gifts underneath, getting it right is so important.
So, with that in mind, the WD-40 helpers asked the expert elves on some of the most commonly asked questions surrounding the tree.
Real Vs Fake Christmas Trees
Ah, the great Christmas tree debate! Below we have added some pros of both a real and artificial tree to help you compare:
Pros of a Real Christmas Tree
Hunting for the perfect tree involves a lot of family fun! Not only can it help reduce and relieve a lot of holiday stress, but the time you spend searching for your ‘perfect’ tree creates unforgettable memories with your loved ones. What’s more, each real tree is unique in its own way, allowing you to choose one that suits your home.
One of the biggest advantages of a natural tree is that it can be recycled at the end of the season and turned in mulch. When compared to a plastic tree, this is a greater greener option.
Another great advantage of purchasing a real tree is that you’re supporting a local business. During what has been an uncertain time, this is extremely valuable right now. Christmas tree farms go to a lot of effort to make the Christmas tree hunt magical and a moment to remember – it’s not an experience to miss!
Pros of an artificial Christmas tree
Let the festivities commence
An artificial tree means only one thing – it can be put up earlier and for longer! So, for those eager to let the festivities begin asap can look no further with a faux tree.
Less is not more
A fake tree allows you to unleash your creative flair and decorate to the brim! Artificial trees have a fuller and classier look, and the needles won’t shed, unlike a real tree.
Artificial trees can be used over and over again, so making that initial investment makes a great money saver over time. Also, dependent on which style you go for, a fake tree tends to cost less than a real one. So, if you’re trying to minimise the financial impact of the festive season, a faux Christmas tree will certainly help!
When To Put Up Your Christmas Tree
If we base this on tradition, it states Christmas trees should go up at the beginning of Advent, the fourth Sunday before Christmas. Some, on the other hand, opt to put it up 12 days before Christmas – or even on Christmas Eve!
If you’re anything like us, we want the decorations up early to extend the excitement of the festive season! Not only can this have a positive impact on people’s moods, but it also gets you into the festive spirit – and that’s something many of us need after the year we have had. So, if the Christmas adverts have got you feeling festive already, now’s a great time to deck the halls!
How To Clean Christmas Decorations?
Before you begin the Christmas tree decoration process, always check your ornaments are clean – no one wants a grubby looking decorated tree. Did you know you can use WD-40 Flexible Straw to remove unwanted residue from Christmas tree ornaments? Thanks to the fast-acting formula, it helps remove unattractive excess that’s accumulated in storage to help get them gleaming again! What’s more, WD-40 can help protect chrome Christmas ornaments, giving them that much-needed shine.
Top tip: For those who opt for a real Christmas tree, WD-40 also removes tree sap from tree snippers allowing you craft the perfect looking tree!
How To decorate your Christmas tree?
We all want maximum impact – after all tis’ the season to be jolly! But sometimes it’s hard to keep that in mind when decorating the tree. From untangling the twinkling lights, arranging the baubles to an evenly spread and trying to get the star on top, it can be enough to put even the most festive ones off! But fear not, we’ve put together a little guide below on Christmas tree decoration ideas to help you get on your way:
Fluff the Christmas Tree branches
First things first – place your tree in a secure stand and cover with a tree skirt. If you have an artificial tree, fluffing the branches is a must as it will make your tree fuller, appear more natural looking and eye-catchingly beautiful. If you have a real tree, the same is applied, however you need to be gentle, so the needles don’t drop. Tip: we would advise you wear gloves as the branches can be particularly prickly and you could risk a splinter.
How to put lights on your Christmas tree!
If you have a fake tree that’s not pre-lit, the next step is to add the lights. Ensure the colour of your lights do not clash with your decoration and baubles. We would recommend coloured lights as the main colour to your tree, then add the decorations and baubles for bursts of additional colours. Now, place the lights on but always remember to switch them on first as it’s far easier to see where you’re placing them around the tree. Wrap the lights across the branches, but always work from top to bottom to ensure they are evenly distributed.
Most will agree this is the finishing touch to any tree. A tree doesn’t look complete without a focal point, right? A star, a fairy or even an oversized ribbon are traditional options and can make any tree stand out!
Time to decorate!
Always add the heaviest decorations towards the inside of the tree first, so the weight is supported by the branches. For the middle, fill with glitter and shiny ornaments as they catch the light from within the tree. Then, hang the baubles! We recommend using the larger ones at the base, and medium-sized ones in the middle and top of the tree. Use three or four different colours with a variety of shiny, glitter and matt textures to help make your tree look more interesting.
When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree
So, when do you take the tree down, pack it up and put the stockings back in the cupboard?
Most of the nation stick to tradition and take it down on the twelfth night after the big day – the twelfth day after Christmas dictates the end of the festive season. Did you know, it’s widely believed to be bad luck to keep decorations up after this date?! None of us want that – so we say stick to the ritual!
We hope this post has got you excited for the Christmas period ahead! It’s time to get decorating and embrace the festive spirit. If you are looking for ways to get your house ready for guests and Christmas-ready, explore all the great ways WD-40 can help you around the house! Browse our blog for even more WD-40 Uses and DIY tips to keep you busy.