It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, now that Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over. If you actually got out to go shopping instead of doing it all online, you’ve noticed that the stores are all decked out for the holidays. Of course, some of them have been decked out since Halloween, but now the Christmas spirit is in the air.
With the big day less than four weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about decorating for the holidays and more specifically, trimming the Christmas tree. If you’re planning to get one this weekend, it’s time to do a little preparation. Here’s a list of things to do before bringing home the tree.
Clean the house
Yes, you’ll be messing it up later but you do need a clean house before you start decorating. Make sure the area where you will be placing the tree is clean and free of dust or lint. If you’re going to hang lights, garlands, etc., on the windows, make sure they sparkle.
Get out the decorations
This may not be as simple as it sounds if you don’t remember where you put them last year. Wherever they may be, haul them out and take inventory. Are you missing anything? Did you break the angel last year and haven’t replaced it yet? Is the stand sturdy or do you need a new one?
Check the lights
It’s easier to test the lights before you put them on the tree than to have to take them off after you decorate the whole tree, only to find that some of the lights don’t work. Separate strings that don’t work and put them aside. Inspect them for frayed cords, missing bulbs, etc. Lights that look worn and have exposed wiring should be discarded due to fire hazards.
Test the extension cords
What extension cords? If you can’t find them or they all died, figure out how many you need and what length before heading to the hardware store for new ones. Again, do not use cords with exposed wiring.
Get the tree!
Hopefully, now all systems are go and you’re ready to get the tree. If you live in New York City, the best place to buy your tree is Christmas Tree Brooklyn, for several reasons. First, the trees are awesome! All their trees are fresh Fraser Firs that look great now and will last through the New Year. Plus, prices for these gorgeous trees are no higher than what you’d pay for a less attractive tree from a lot.
Second, they offer free delivery anywhere in New York City! Manhattan, Queens, the Bronx – they have it covered. You can drop by the Christmas Tree Brooklyn flagship location at 184 Underhill Ave. in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn, and pick out your tree personally. Or you can go to ChristmasTreeBrooklyn.com and choose the size tree you want. Either way, you can have it delivered free and set up in the stand for a nominal extra charge.
If you need a stand, lights, tree food or a wreath, those can be delivered along with your tree. This year, why not make things easy so you can enjoy the holidays?