Crafty Christmas guide shows exactly how many baubles and lights to hang on your tree to keep things classy – The Sun

CHRISTMAS tree decorations are a staple of the holidays and every family has their own traditions and even DIY baubles.

Tinsel, fairy lights and hanging decorations can be found on most trees, along with a star and some creations by the kids.

But if you were worried your tree was too cluttered – or bare – a handy guide has been published just in time for the festive season.

It was shared to Facebook group Mrs Hinch Made Me Do It, where it sets out the perfect ratio of lights and baubles depending on how tall your tree is.

It starts with a modest three foot tree, which needs 50 bulbs and 20 baubles.

A five footer needs 120 lights and 40 decorations, but if you’re lucky enough to have room for a tree taller than seven foot, you’ll need between 400-1000 bulbs and 90 baubles.

Some of us may look at our tiny trees and estimate there is almost a hundred decorations on them already, thanks to years of accumulation and DIY projects from the kids.

But debate has also raged about what decorations should be included on a tree –regardless of its size.

Mums shared what they thought was ‘tacky’ online, after one parent revealed she was having a ‘non-tacky’ Christmas tree this year.

Her son was having his own, so her adult version was featuring  tinsel, lametta, angel's hair, white static lights, white flashing lights, baubles, ribbon, beads and bows.

But her decoration list has caused outrage among other mums, who claimed her tree was far from classy.

Mum's 'non-tacky' Christmas tree decorations

  • Tinsel
  • Lametta
  • Angel's hair
  • White static lights
  • White flashing lights
  • Baubles
  • Ribbon
  • Beads
  • Bows

One woman said: “Bin the tinsel and the flashing lights immediately!”

Another wrote: “Keep just the lights + perhaps the baubles.”

A third said: “Ditch the angel hair too!”

This person thought: “No to ribbon, bows, lametta and angel hair (odd stuff is angel hair, makes me think of Halloween rather than Christmas).”

While someone else added: “The lights, tinsel and baubles can stay as long as they are tasteful.

“The beads instead of tinsel if you would prefer but the rest has to go.”

While this mum wrote: “Sadly, if I want a non-tacky (read, real) Christmas tree, I'll have to get rid of the 18 month old.”

Regardless of how you decorate your tree, Tatler has laid down the ‘rules’ around presents.

The posh magazine revealed exactly when you should open your gifts on Christmas Day – and it requires some willpower.

They said: “Are you one of those families who open their presents before breakfast on Christmas Day?

“Oh dear. That's considered a bit vulgar and unbridled.”

They said it’s “more acceptable” to wait until the “lull between the morning church service and lunch” to start tearing wrapping paper.

They added: “If you're very grand, you may even wait until after lunch and a bracing walk, but this also requires you to have children with the self-control of an ancient yogi.”

But it’s not all doom and gloom, as the mag added that stockings were fair game to be ripped open at any point on Christmas day.

Meanwhile Argos is selling half Christmas trees and they’re perfect for people with pets.

Plus rainbow trees are the bold new trend set to liven up your living room.

And Halloween trees were back this year – take a look through our spooky gallery.

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