You’ve Been Hanging Christmas Lights Wrong This ENTIRE Time
Christmas comes around every single year and so when it comes to Christmas traditions we've pretty much got our routines down pat. So much so that we barely think about them, we just do it.
Putting up the lights outside, cooking a Christmas feast and of course decorating the Christmas tree.
And so it came as quite a shock when we heard that the way we had been decorating our tree with our twinkling lights for all of these years was actually wrong!
If you're like us, you would know that just like the tinsel, you wrap the ropes of lights in a horizontal circular motion going around the tree over and over again.
But according to designer Francesco Bilotto, the right way to do it is to actually drape the lights vertically up and down the tree, as this stops the lights from falling too far into the middle of the tree and becoming hidden.
Explaining his design choice to HouseBeautiful.com, Francesco said, "This way every tip of your tree, from branch to branch, will twinkle with delight.
"Another added bonus is when you dismantle your tree and take off the lights, it'll be easier and less messy to remove strands from the exterior of the tree - rather than fighting a stubborn almost dried branch."
And while thinking about attempting to balance the lights vertically on the tree sounds kind of challenging compared to our wrapping method, Francesco explains that it's actually quite simple.
All you need to do is start from the top of the tree with the end that doesn't have a plug and let the lights hang down to the bottom of the tree.
You then move the lights a few inches to the right and drape the lights back up to the top of the tree, repeating the process until the whole tree lights up brightly.
Francesco also gave a helpful tip to help make the lights shine even brighter by hanging the most reflective or the shiniest ornaments further into the middle of the tree so that the light shines off of them.
So if you haven't finished decorating your Christmas tree yet then maybe you should test out this new method and see if it actually makes your living room shine brighter. But just a hint, you'll probably need a ladder for this one.