Have you been decking the halls with boughs of holly this week?
Many of us have got our Christmas trees up by now but, while we think our homes look beautiful and twinkly, we might not know we’ve been hanging our lights up wrong.
When you decorate your tree, you probably wrap the lights around it as you did when you were little – coiling them in circles from the bottom to the top.
But apparently this is all wrong and isn’t the proper way to hang them.
Designer Francesco Bilotto told House Beautiful that it’s better to hang them vertically rather than horizontally.
"This way every tip of your tree, from branch to branch, will twinkle with delight," he said.
Another added benefit is that your lights won’t be sucked into the branches of the tree and hidden from view. By hanging them vertically, you’ve got them perfectly on display.
So how do you do it?
Christmas trees and decorations
Bilotto recommends taking the end of your lights which doesn’t have the plug and starting at the top of the tree.
Let your lights hang to the bottom of the tree.
Pull the lights to the right three or four inches, then work your way up the tree until you get to the top before working your way back down again.
Repeat the process until the entire tree is covered.
He’s also got another tip which will make your tree sparkle.
"Hang your shiniest ornaments deeper inside the tree and the light will reflect off of them."
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