Once the tree is assembled and "fluffed" it's time to get the lights working. This usually requires a trip to Target. Be sure to wrap the lights around the branches. I've been contemplating buying a new tree for a few years, but I can't decide on pre-lit or no lights because I love the lights I use on my tree. Some of the bulbs are clear, some are gold and some are frosted gold like this one. (wow! - up close the greenery the tree is made of doesn't look so good - focus on the decorations, this tree is REALLY old)
For the garland on my tree I use a wide fabric wire edged "ribbon". I got this a long time ago on clearance after Christmas for 10% of original price! Not 10% off - 90% off! I love the look and it fills holes nicely.
I wrap the garland around starting at the top and then tuck it back into the branches.
I considered just using the bows and berries on top. My SuperDave said any consideration of NOT putting the angel up there must be discussed with him. He likes the angel. I like her too, especially on the bow 'cloud'.
When all the picks are in the tree and the angel is smiling down on us (a few hours later), it's time for ornaments. I start with the big ornaments because it's more difficult to find a good place for them after the tree starts filling up. Some ornaments need to be strategically placed near a light to make them sparkle. Those also go on at the beginning.
I love the shell and starfish we bought on beach vacations.
The starfish wasn't an ornament when we bought it - it was just a starfish. We couldn't find an ornament we liked so we glittered this starfish and added a string. Note: Hang starfish HIGH on the tree if you have cats. Just sayin'.
I made this red bell for our first tree - 1980.
The satin covered foam balls from our first Christmas were
There's an ornament from our trip to New York City
Another from our home state of Oklahoma!
Three moose on a chair lift from Keystone, Colorado
A seahorse (I love horses, even seahorses)
My Wonder Woman ornament
And More....it really isn't just a tree, it's a walk down Memory Lane