The tradition of decorating a Christmas tree goes back to the 16th century when Christmas candies were used as decorations by the Germans. The Christmas food later gave way to candles, bells, glass balls, light bulbs and many other glittering ornaments. Christmas is incomplete without a Christmas tree.

Decorating a Christmas tree is one of the most enjoyable activities at Christmas. The decorations used to depend upon the country and the type of tree used. Conifer trees make the best Christmas trees and live Christmas décor such as pine cones look great on a real Christmas tree.

In places where fir trees are not available, synthetic trees can be used along with artificial décor. No matter which tree is used, the real fun lies in decorating it. To add color and brightness, strings of small bulbs are wrapped around the tree (make sure that each bulb is working before stringing it).

The color scheme of the decorations should match the color scheme of your room. Among some decorations commonly used are garlands, glass balls, tinsel, ribbons etc. You can make some of your own decorations to give your tree a personal touch.

When placing the ornaments, ensure that they are evenly spread and are not placed only on the edges; this gives the tree a fuller, better look. Place the expensive delicate ornaments on the top branches well out of reach of little children. The top of the tree can be decorated with either a star or an angel.

The best part of decorating a Christmas tree is that you get to spend time with your family. Decorating is not easy, but with the help of little hands it becomes more of a family bonding than a ritual. After all, Christmas is all about spending time with your loved ones.

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