The Christmas tree may be an international icon, but you'd be surprised by how many people don't know how to hang lights on one. Beginning tonight at 7 p.m. EST, the folks in Rockefeller Center will kick off their annual tree lighting celebration, so I thought I'd let you in on a few tips so you can join in on the fun and light yours too!
- Begin with a bare, undecorated Christmas tree that is seated firmly in its tree stand.
- Plug your string lights — which had better be LED lights — into an outlet to make sure they work before you get started. If they do not light, first make sure that none of the bulbs are broken. If so, replace the bulbs. If no bulbs are broken, you'll need to replace the fuse in the fuse panel on the pronged accessory plug. That should do it!
- Begin at the base of the tree and work your way to the top by weaving your string lights over and under the branches alternately as you go across.
Keep reading for the rest of the steps!
- When you reach the rear top of the tree, if there is any spare cord left, leave enough for the string lights to reach your electric outlet. If not, use an extension cord to plug them in. If you run out of string lights midway, simply plug an additional set of string lights into your first one.
- Plug your lights in your nearest outlet, step back from the tree, and see how they look! If the lights need adjustments, unplug them from the outlet, and then make changes.
- Unattended, lit trees are a serious fire hazard — especially dry, brittle ones. So always be sure to unplug your lights before you go to bed and before you leave the house.