Friday, November 24, 2006

Tree Lighting Ceremony

We've officially kicked-off the Holiday season at our house. The tree is up and the lights are on. All 1,200 of them to be exact.

I know: the normal way to put lights on a tree is the "around-and-around" approach, right? Well...last year (for some reason) I decided to try something a bit different. Rather than go around the tree, I placed the lights on each individual branch. Here's what I do: I start at the trunk of the tree and work the lights to the tip of the branch, then (still on the same branch) take the lights back to the trunk. Then it's over to the the next branch, up to the tip, back to the trunk. As you can imagine, it takes a lot more lights for this application. More than you think.

I really like the way it ends up though. The tree is absolutely beautiful -- full of light. It may seem a bit bright in the photos, but by the time the ornaments are put on, it's just right. out to Target or WalMart today and stock up on lights. C'mon, try it!

Ready for lights!

After the first few strands of lights.

Almost done!

Voila! The tree of lights.
(Notice the reflection in the French doors?)


Dave Daniels said...

The tree looks great, Mike. I hope you let the wife and kids near it to help, too.
I've been doing my lights branch by branch for a few years now. A "Professional Tree Designer" friend taught me the trick. (I don't know what else he does the other 11 months of the year, though!) Luckily, my tree is a tiny 4 footer.

Mike said...

Oh yes...the kids helped. And they hung 90% of the ornaments last nite. I need to upload a picture of the 'finished product'.

Paul said...

That's how I put the lights on my tree. It's 7 feet, and I get at least 800 lights on it. I'll probably put it up next weekend. Thanks for the pics - it looks terrific!

erin said...

I string my lights the same way - up and down each branch - only I start at the bottom and work my way up! And yes, it takes lots of lights, but, boy, it looks good!

Thanks too for your kind words.

Bea said...

I LOVE your tree! Our tree is never the same - we go out Thanksgiving morning on a 2 hour drive to the mountains, pick out the 'perfect' tree (Chevy Chase style) and bring it home! It's takes me all week to get it all done ... right now? Lights are the ONLY thing on the tree!!!