A lot of us look forward to the tradition of decorating a Christmas tree; but actually getting it set up, with the lights twinkling, is not always easy.
A different way of hanging lights is trending this year: Instead of wrapping them the whole way around the tree, in a circular way, like a coil, hang them vertically.
You start at the bottom – go straight to the top – then back down to the bottom – and keep going up (a little less high, each time), till you need a new strand.
You could also zig-zag them horizontally across the front. But people on social media claim that vertical lets the lights sit closer to the tips of the branches for “maximum sparkle.”
According to one source, it’s how they do the lights on the city tree in downtown, Chicago. So it might be worth a try.
Another benefit: They’re a lot easier to take off and replace, if one strand of lights stops working.
Plus, they’re easier to take down, at the end of the season.
Check it out, here: (Real Simple)