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Old 09-24-2012, 10:25 AM
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As I grew up we would always start Thanksgiving night or the day after. But now I start the Friday before Thanksgiving. Right after work I get the tree out. It takes me about 3 hours to get the tree up and to get the lights and garland and crystal beads on. Part of putting the lights on is doing what I call color and light managment. I like to have all the different colors evenly disbursed so you don't have like 3 reds bunched right up here and 4 blues there. You also don't want to have too many lights here and dark areas there. Also the cords can no be visible. After this I work into the night putting up my best ornaments in the choicest places on the tree. For example, all of my Forsty Friends have to go by the lights to be properly accentuated. This must be done at night so the daylight doesn't interfere with where I may best want my lights.
I then put the second string ornaments on to fill it out. This is my B team and it gets less every year as I acquire more and more first stringers. I work all Saturday afternoon adding candycanes, pine cones and cyrstyal icecycles to bring out more sparkle. The final touch is adding 4-5 packs of tinsel. For this the lights must be off. I totally cover the tree in tinsel carfefully disbursing it evenly over the entire tree. It makes a 100% difference in the tree to add tinsel. And the effect when I turn the lights back on is astounding.
This all takes me about 15 hours.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:07 AM
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I am planning on starting with house decorations from around Nov 25th or maybe a few days before. We get a real tree so aiming for the weekend after that, Dec 01st or sometime the first week in Dec.
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Growing up my mom always took out our decorations and our tree (fake) to put out the day after Thanksgiving. That whole weekend we would decorate, listen to Christmas music, watch movies, etc. Since I've been out on my own the last couple years I have upheld that tradition of waiting until the weekend after Thanksgiving. Although, I was given the "okay" from the boyfriend to put up our tree whenever I felt like it now.
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Old 10-31-2012, 06:41 PM
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As I grew up we would always start Thanksgiving night or the day after. But now I start the Friday before Thanksgiving. Right after work I get the tree out. It takes me about 3 hours to get the tree up and to get the lights and garland and crystal beads on. Part of putting the lights on is doing what I call color and light managment. I like to have all the different colors evenly disbursed so you don't have like 3 reds bunched right up here and 4 blues there. You also don't want to have too many lights here and dark areas there. Also the cords can no be visible. After this I work into the night putting up my best ornaments in the choicest places on the tree. For example, all of my Forsty Friends have to go by the lights to be properly accentuated. This must be done at night so the daylight doesn't interfere with where I may best want my lights.
I then put the second string ornaments on to fill it out. This is my B team and it gets less every year as I acquire more and more first stringers. I work all Saturday afternoon adding candycanes, pine cones and cyrstyal icecycles to bring out more sparkle. The final touch is adding 4-5 packs of tinsel. For this the lights must be off. I totally cover the tree in tinsel carfefully disbursing it evenly over the entire tree. It makes a 100% difference in the tree to add tinsel. And the effect when I turn the lights back on is astounding.
This all takes me about 15 hours.
your tree sounds awesome I hope you plan to post pics.
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My first tree will go up on Thanksgiving Night.
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One holiday at a time around here, so the tree will be going up the day after Thanksgiving.
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Hi kristy86! We got all our christmas decor out right now & about to start. Woooohooooo!
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Hi kristy86! We got all our christmas decor out right now & about to start. Woooohooooo!
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yeah, the only thing is i have as much Christmas as i do every day stuff. it takes me the entire month of November to get it all out & where i want it.
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