Monday, November 30, 2009

The Great Christmas Tree Tour 2009

Calling all readers and writers!

It's that time of year! I'm calling for photos of your Christmas tree. Please send them to me as attachments in a .jpg file format. Include a little something about the ornaments or your theme or tell a Christmas story about your family. Or don't say anything at all, as long as you send me that photo of your tree.

Is your tree up yet? Will you be putting it up this coming week? Do you have any decorating traditions? The Great Christmas Tree Tour is always a big hit, so check back often to see whose tree is being featured.

And now here are a few tips on Christmas Tree Decorating:

To showcase your ornaments, start with the most important ones. Then hang the largest ornaments, spacing them evenly apart. If you have an abundance of the same or a few that are grazed with age, you can create depth by hanging those closer to the trunk. Shiny ones deep inside will reflect more light.

Fill in around the bigger ornaments with medium and small sizes, balancing the overall look. Finish with specialty shapes, such as bird clip-ons, flowers, vintage cards or bows. For an interesting variety, include all shapes, from icicles to teardrops and different finishes, like satin and glass.

Try to stick with a theme or color scheme each year. You might enjoy using one of your collections, such as teacups, wooden toys or small framed silhouettes. Just about anything is fair game when selecting a fun theme.

To see all the Christmas Tree Photos, type Christmas tree in the little search box in the upper lefthand corner of this page and click to search. It will pull all of them up for you.

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