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    Decorating Your Christmas Tree: Day 2 “How to Light Your Christmas Tree the EASY Way”

    How to Light Your Christmas Tree the Easy Way

    Welcome to Day 2 of our Decorating Your Christmas Tree series. Today we are tackling one of the most dreaded parts of tree decorating: LIGHTS! If you have a pre-lit tree, consider yourself the lucky one! Lighting my Christmas tree was honestly the job I dreaded the most. It is A LOT of work and if you have a big tree, typically, it requires TWO people as you go round and round the tree. It’s obviously a necessary step in tree decorating, but it’s really the most mundane and least fun.

    But everything changed a few years back when I discovered a totally NEW way to place the lights on the tree. It was one of those major lightbulb moments that left me wondering why I hadn’t thought of this technique WAY earlier! Maybe you do light your tree this way and for that, I applaud you! But I know there are still tons of people out there who are probably struggling with their lights just like I was for so many years!

    How to Light Your Christmas Tree the Easy Way

    So let’s launch right into how to light your Christmas tree the easy way! And as promised, I have included a video tutorial at the bottom for you to see this technique in action.

    Step 1: Prep Your Lights
    Lay out all of the lights that you will be using for your tree. Make sure they are all untangled from when you packed them away last year. Also, make sure that they are all working! I always light my trees with the Christmas lights turned ON so I can see exactly what it will look like.

    Step 2: Mentally Separate Your Tree
    Here is the secret of this technique: instead of going round and round in circles when placing your lights, you are instead going to mentally separate your tree into thirds and work with one third of your tree at a time. 

    Step 3: Start From the Bottom and Work Your Way Up
    So, starting with the first third of your tree, you are going to begin at the bottom layer with your lights. You really want to make sure to layer the lights on each branch. What I mean by this is to start deep into the tree and work your way forward on each branch. 

    Once you have finished the bottom layer of the first third section you are working with, it’s time to go up to the second layer. You are going to keep doing this, still keeping within the one third of your tree, working your way up to the top of the tree.

    How to Light Your Christmas Tree the Easy way

    Step 4: What Goes Up, Must Come Down
    Once you’ve reached the top of the first third of the tree, you are now going to start on the second third of the tree and make your way back down. Follow the same technique as before, making sure you layer the lights far back into each branch, as you work your way down.

    Step 5: Back Up Again
    Once you get to the bottom of your second third section of the tree (confused yet?), you are ready to head back up the tree for your final third section. You may end up having some extra lights once you reach the top, just weave them around some branches (that maybe are part of the first or second part of the tree) that you feel could use some more lights. 

    And there you have it! It’s honestly SO simple to work your Christmas lights UP AND DOWN versus ROUND AND ROUND! Separating your tree into thirds is what makes this technique possible and is a total GAME CHANGER when it comes to lighting your Christmas tree!

    How to Light Your Christmas Tree the Easy Way

    If any of this is confusing, I’ve gone ahead and made a video tutorial of me doing this technique while lighting my tree! Hope that helps!

    Did you know about this technique? How do you light your Christmas tree? Let me know in the comments below! And make sure to come back TOMORROW for Day 3 of our Christmas decorating series where we tackle RIBBON!!! And if you missed Day 1, make sure to check it out: “How to Flock Your Christmas Tree.”

    Love & Blessings,



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  • Reply Kristin November 10, 2015 at 11:10 am

    This is awesome! I’m not ready to put my tree up yet but when we do we’ll be following this!

  • Reply Stefanie (@LexieLooDylan2) November 10, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    That does sound easier than getting dizzy while circling our tree! When Christmas ended last year, we carried our entire tree up to the attic with the lights still attached. I’m kind of hoping that they stayed intact over this past year!!!

  • Reply Mar November 10, 2015 at 9:49 pm

    Working vertically instead of round and round is a great idea! I love how a lit tree looks, but it takes so much time!

  • Reply Jessie November 11, 2015 at 9:46 am

    THANK YOU for describing (and showing) to me how to do this! Seriously. We have a very old. Not very pretty (cheap!) Black Friday prelit artificial tree we put up each year. I just told my clan that this is our last year putting it up. I want to put up a real tree nextvyear, but the thought of stringing lights up has always stopped me. I’m going to pin this post so I can remember how to do this next year.

  • Reply ruth coghill November 13, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    WOW. I’ve never had an artificial tree but I’ve had years of doing the ’round & round’ the vinegar jug.
    This is a great tip Christine.

    I really like what you are doing. In my earlier life I would have spent hours on your site. But now I’ll grab an idea here and there.

  • Reply Irene Wolf December 5, 2018 at 12:51 am

    Amazing idea. I am always afraid of putting on the lights. This time I am going to try the new vertical method. Please excuse my mistakes, I am from Germany.

  • Reply Robin November 27, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Your lights are so pretty! In the video, they look like fairy lights on a clear string. Is that what they are? I bought a beautiful unlit flocked Christmas tree from King of Christmas, and seeing all the green wore is driving me crazy!

    • Reply Christine December 4, 2019 at 11:41 am

      Hi Robin, no they aren’t fairy lights, they are regular Christmas lights. For my tree, I don’t end up seeing the lights once I have all the decorations on. Maybe put on more decor!

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