We’re in full holiday mode here at the Lavan house so we’re off to get our tree this weekend and decorate it. As usual, we will be picking a Douglas Fir. Don’t you just love the smell of fresh tree?! I really don’t think anything can top the smell of fresh pine wafting through your house during the holidays… it just makes everything seem more festive, doesn’t it?
….However, I can’t say that I haven’t been tempted on more than one occasion to buy one of those pre-lit faux trees. There are never any bald spots, they don’t shed (2 points they already have over most men!!), and it eliminates the horrible task of putting on the lights. Ah yes, there was a time when I dreaded putting the lights and garland on the tree. It took so long and properly spacing the lights on the tree was so frustrating—especially for a perfectionist like me!
BUT never-fear… as with all decorating dilemmas, I didn’t give up until I found a better way. After many years of hanging lights and garland that never seemed to turn out as well as I’d hoped, I came up with a great time saver and a good support system for my beaded garland and ornaments.
Drumroll please….in place of a string of lights I used net lighting…yes you read that right! Net lighting was created specifically for bushes or other outdoor landscaping that only need to be lit in the front. It’s a simple toss-and go system that isn’t usually used on indoor Christmas trees… until now!
I place the netting lengthwise on the tree, from the top to the bottom and string about 3 sets of net lights together. That’s usually enough to cover the entire 6’ tree, top to bottom. The best part is that the lights go on in 5 minutes and they’re perfectly spaced. I use a couple twist ties to connect the sets of lights to one another and voila!
Next, I place my beaded garland around the tree perfectly by using ornament hooks on the net lighting. Boom! No more garland falling off of the tree branch! Can you tell just how exciting this is for me? If you’ve always dreamed of having a picture-perfect, magazine worthy Christmas tree, trust me: this method is for you. And if your newly perfectly prepped tree wasn’t enough, here’s the best part: with the lights and garland done in record time, my family and I can get the fun part…putting up the ornaments!