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Merry Christmas! The stage is set, but Christmas won’t arrive until my family comes home!  Thank you God for everything.

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Before Christmas decorations
So you put up your tall, thin, pencil Christmas tree, and it looks nothing like the image  in your head. That’s a simple fix. Placement is everything! Pencil Christmas trees are for small areas. That doesn’t mean you can’t use them in a large room, but they should be tucked in a corner. They don’t have the volume to stand alone in a large room.  Therefore, placing a pencil tree in front of a large window, or midway a long wall, dwarfs the poor thing, and veils it’s beauty.  
Visit Cracker Barrel, or a couple of hotel lobbys, and notice how they place their pencil trees. At Cracker Barrel, notice the placement only. They use their trees to sell ornaments, and are nothing more than hooks on which to hang as many ornaments as the tree can possibly hold. However, they use merchandise, and structure posts, to create corners for their trees.
First things first. Assemble the tree and plug it in. Make sure all the lights are working. Plug in the pre-lit garland also, to assure all the lights are working as well.
I used lush, heavy weight, pre-lit garland on my nine feet Christmas tree in the foyer, but that’s not the look I wanted to achieve with the pencil trees.  They’re positioned in opposite corners of the den, which is just off the kitchen. I chose a light-weight garland with red and green apples, pinecones, and plaid bows.  A big tree needs heavy garland, and a light tree (Pencil) needs light weight garland. Resist the temptation to over load the tree with ornamentation.  
If you are doing two trees in the same room, as I’ve done, divide the garland, and wrap the same number of strands around each tree. When it’s finished, the trees look identical.
Not sure about the lighted gift boxes. They provide volume for the base of the tree, but I’m not sure I like them. However, when undecided, I live with my decision a few days before changing it. So after a few days, I decided to keep them. They aren”t nearly as bright as the photos portray them to be.
The garland on the fireplace is light weight too.  The white crystal light garland (pre-lit of course) is entwined with a fall garland with leaves, fruit, and pinecones that compliment the trees without overpowering them.
Electronic equipment … Grrr … The tree at the end of the sofa is where all the ugly electronic equipment is, and can’t be moved. We placed the equipment on a black fringed footstool with elephant print upholstery, and tucked it underneath the tree as much as possible. We are pretending to think it looks good. Use your imagination here. (The reindeer didn’t make it :))
Lighting the candles in the fireplace creates a cozy feeling on those cold evenings. Perhaps Santa will hook up the gas logs this year. If so, goodbye candles!
Never … I say, never … buy a tree that isn’t pre-lit. The lights are professionally done, and why try to mimick that. Pencil Christmas trees are beautiful with nothing on them if you so please. However, I’m hooked on the Aggi method of decorating trees with garland, because it’s so easy. The smaller the tree, the easier it is.

Decorate according to your personality. However, if I see an idea at a friend’s house that I like, I have no problem stealing it, and using it myself. Imagine that!  


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Interior Decorating

By Aggi Stevenson

Many of us have a door or fireplace flanked by identical windows on each side.img_0067

It may look something like this

img_0069Or maybe this.

Well now is the time to get identical trees to place in front of these windows for next year because right now they are at least 50% off!

Start planning now for the way you will decorate next year and save a bundle. At the end of the season one year we went to Lowes to get twin trees to place in the windows beside the fireplace in the family room.  We were very limited on space so we had to choose the trees carefully. We chose to buy trees that were intended to go on either side of the door on the outside of the house. They are slimmer, smaller and are already pre-lit, decorated and come with their own container. 


 We tucked one in the corner at the end of the sofa.


The other one was placed in the corner across the room on the opposite side of the fireplace.

 Another good thing about this type of tree, that is designed to go outside, is that all the ornaments are tied on. The tree can be moved without the ornaments falling off. We put them in the attic until time to carry them down again without ever dismantling the tree or removing the ornaments.


We added a small tree skirt and a metal sleigh loaded with glass gift wrapped boxes that help reflect the light.

To hide the metal pole coming out of the base, I tucked white tueling into the urn and around the bottom of the pole.

img_0135 This is an unexpected way to add a couple of trees that are in scale and add a lot of drama to a small area. Go get yours now and take advantage of the deep discounts available this time of year. The regular Christmas trees sell very quickly. The outside trees are easier to get because few people realize they can use them inside. These trees are so well decorated and beautiful that not one person has ever asked it they are supposed to go outside.

Who says you can only use outside trees…outside?


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Easy Christmas Tree Decorating

by Aggi Stevenson


Trimming the Christmas tree shouldn’t be a dreaded job.

We have several social events at our home during the Christmas season. Each time, I get the same question, “Who did your tree?” I suppose it would be a stretch for my friends to believe I did it myself? But when I tell them how easy it is, their jaw drops. I can see the I-think-I-can-do-that look in their eyes as they pinch their chin between their thumb and forefinger and say, “hummmm.” This year I created a similar tree … it’s easy!

Always invest in a pre-lit tree. Assemble the tree in the area the tree will be on display. It’s difficult to move a tree once it’s assembled.img_0007_edited

Buy enough pre-lit decorated garland to wrap around your tree. I have a nine foot tree and it takes five nine foot sections of garland. The garland is already adorned with lights, bows, ribbon and ornaments. Once you wrap the tree with pre-lit decorated garland your tree doesn’t need much more.


Before placing the garland on the tree, check to make sure all lights are working. If you wrap the tree first, and then find a section with non-working lights you  have to start over.


Start wrapping the tree with the female end of the wiring at the top of the tree. I don’t care much for tree toppers but if you like them, you will have a place to plug it in at the top of the tree without running a seperate extension cord up the back or middle of the tree.


We have an open foyer and considered getting a 12 foot tree. The only reason we didn’t  is because the 9 foot tree was on sale. Now we’re  glad we didn’t get the taller tree. This is an 8 foot ladder and I have to climb to the top of it to reach the top of the tree. Also, we didn’t take into consideration the span of the bottom of the tree. A 12 foot tree takes up more room than we have and we have a good size foyer. Consider the space the bottom of the tree takes, and if you are willing to climb more than eight feet to decorate your tree.

There is no use to fluff  your tree until you get the garland wrapped around the tree. If you do it before hand, you will have to do it again. Now that the garland is in place go around the tree and fluff out each section of branches in a star burst design to make the tree look as full as possible. You will have to fluff the garland as well. This is the most time consuming part of decorating the tree. The ribbon is wired and becomes quite beautiful when fluffed. The garland has it own greenery and blends into the tree giving the illusion that you spent hours making bows and attaching ornaments and wrapping the tree in co-ordinating ribbon. The tree can be considered finished at this point. However, I like a little more bling.


These are clear acrylic ornaments of churches and angels I purchased at Dollar Tree. There were other figures but I chose to limit it to two types. They come already wired with a white light. You just remove a light out of it’s socket and plug the ornament light in. I thought that was too much trouble so I removed all the wires and lights. They just slip out the bottom. Then when I hang the ornaments on the tree I just insert a light that is nearby through the opening in the bottom. I no longer have to worry about hiding the white wire.


The ornament appears to be expensive. I choose to think they look like crystal. No one can tell they are acrylic unless they touch them. The look is the same as glass, but they are unbreakable. Resist the temptation to over do it on ornaments. The tree will take on a junky look.


I keep assorted sizes of pine cones and tuck them in gaps that need to be filled. Peacock feathers are another cool thing to insert here and there.


Put your tree skirt in place to hide the metal stand.  It’s done!  However, there is a special surprise to decorating your tree this way.


The pre-lit tree lights, and the garland lights, work independently of each other. When the company is gone, unhook the tree lights and leave the lights of the garland on. It’s like having a Christmas tree night light. The warm glow is very pretty at night and romantic as well. Imagine That!


Don’t spend all your time decorating your tree. Spend that time with your friends! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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