If your tree is fresh, cut off some bark at the bottom of the tree...anchor in a sturdy tree stand...add water...add your holiday lights first, placing them through-out the branches to your personal preference...
- add your garland or ribbon
- unwrap each ornament, place it on a table or space
- organize by color, shape, or size
- then start decorating this years tree...placing smaller ornaments at the top and larger ones on the bottom
- be sure your favorites are on the front of the tree
- top tree with an angel, star, or possibly a family heirloom
- add a festive tree skirt