Christmas – my favourite time of year. Always has been, so imagine my excitement when I got my dream job in the Christmas department at Woolworths Head Office after uni. Woolworths and Christmas just went hand in hand, didn’t they?! I was a Merchandise Assistant, mostly doing boring things like inputting barcodes into the system.
But one day I got an exciting job, to dress all the Christmas Trees in the Directors’ offices. Each office had an artificial tree to set up, tree decs, fairy lights and a star. I had 6 to do in an afternoon. The Christmas Tree buyer showed me the official Woolies technique on how to dress an artificial Christmas tree. So 14 years later, I thought I’d share with you my secrets 😉
Step 1: Putting the tree together
Once you’ve taken the tree parts out of the box and put it together, you’ll need to fluff out all the branches. Start from the bottom up. The trick is to move the branches 1 up and 2 down so that all gaps are covered. Then you curl each branch slightly upwards for a natural look.
Step 2: Put the fairy lights on
Next you put the fairy lights on, starting at the top and making a zig zag pattern. This makes it easy to remove when the festive season is over.
Step 3: Put the smaller baubles on
Put your smaller, plain baubles on first, toward the back of the branches, to fill in the gaps.
Step 4: Put any decorative ribbon on
Drape any decorative ribbon across, but do NOT use tinsel if you want your tree to look stylish.
Step 5: Put your pretty bauble ons
Now for the fun bit, putting all the pretty baubles on. This is where kids can get involved – Tyler really enjoyed this. Try to space the colours out, so not too many of the same on one section. If you tree is facing a wall, you do not need to decorate the part facing the wall.
Step 6: Put your star on
Always a bit tricky putting the star on. The branch at the top is usually longer, so bunch it up and push the star onto it. Curl the surrounding branches around it.
And hey presto, we have a beautiful tree 🙂
So there you have it, how to dress an artificial Christmas tree – the Woolies way. Please pass it on to your friends, family, children, grandchildren. Woolworths might not exist any more, but we can keep the traditions alive! 😀