A Biltmore Christmas: Vanderbilt Estate Attracts Tourists With Fantastic Holiday Decorations

Connect up to six strands of lights. Never plug more than six strands into an extension cord or single outlet. For taller trees requiring more than 300 lights, wire a power bar found at any hardware store against the trunk midway up the tree.

The power strip can then be plugged into another power strip or a heavy-duty drop cord.

Place the lights from the top of the tree, working them in and out on the branches to create depth of light. Judge the placement of each light so the tree is evenly lit.

Add any garland material, beading, vines or other materials before placing ornaments.

Beading should start at the top of the tree and then be wrapped in scallops, dropping down a branch level at the back of the tree.

Ornaments

Add a variety of coordinating ornaments to add character and interest to the tree, placing the largest ornaments toward the bottom of the tree.

Work shiny ornaments back into the tree to catch the light. Place ornaments in and out on the branches to create depth. Ornaments that may be unusual or delicate should be set aside and should be the last to be placed onto the tree.

The Tree

The tree topper completes the look of the holiday tree, and it's best to place it on the tree before standing it up.

Tree toppers can be something simple like a bow, angel, blown glass point, dried flower bouquet. Streamers from the bow should be weaved or curled to the sides of the tree for interest.

Chose an appropriate tree skirt such as a piece of tapestry or velvet material, a tablecloth or even a solid colored throw.

Add some wrapped packages, toys, poinsettias or other plants to the base of the tree.

Placing crumpled tissue paper under the fabric can fluff the tree skirt. This tissue can be used to wrap fragile ornaments when you take down your tree at the end of the season.

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