How to light your Christmas tree

Have you put your Christmas tree up yet? If not, don't worry, our wonderful grounds team at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel are here to bring you their tips on how to light your Christmas tree.

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We love Christmas at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel and so do our lovely guests. Every year we get asked what our secret is behind lighting our many Christmas trees at our Hotel and we are here to reveal that secret today. There are two ways we light trees at South Lodge, an Exclusive Hotel either through a zig zag motion or draping the lights around the tree, but both methods have one thing in common and that's the amount of lights that we use. We love for our trees to sparkle, so instead of going for the recommended 240 lights for a 7ft tree, we go for 360 lights and here's how we dress them:

Zig Zag

This method is used when a tree is placed in the corner, rather than decorating the back of the tree you can make the tree look even fuller by just decorating the visible side.

Step 1: Start from the stop of the tree securing the lights at the tip of the Christmas tree and then begin wrapping it around the top until the tree branches outwards.

Step 2: Continue to move along the tree in a zig zag motion ensuring you have lights deep in the tree and further to the outside of the tree. 

Step 3: When you reach the bottom of the tree and have lights left over, move back up the tree in a zig zag motion and then once finished, drop the plug and remaining cable through the tree so you can hide it from view. 

Step 4: Turn the lights on, step back from the tree and look at it with your eyes crossed, or squint until the tree is blurry. Wherever you see dark holes on the tree, rearrange the lights as necessary to fill in.

Round the tree

This method is used when a tree is placed in a visible place and is the easiest method when decorating.

Step 1: Start from the stop of the tree securing the lights at the tip of the Christmas tree and then begin wrapping it around the top until the tree branches outwards.

Step 2: Continue wrapping in a circular motion around the tree, ensuring you have lights at the outside of the tree.

Step 3: When you reach the bottom of the tree and have lights left over, move back up the tree in a circular motion and then once finished, drop the plug and remaining cable through the tree so you can hide it from view. 

Step 4: Turn the lights on, step back from the tree and look at it with your eyes crossed, or squint until the tree is blurry. Wherever you see dark holes on the tree, rearrange the lights as necessary to fill in.

We would love to see your dressed Christmas trees.

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