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The holidays are upon us, and that means that around the country millions of people are in the process of setting up their Christmas trees. In South Carolina, almost any garden center will have trees available, and they can add something truly remarkable to anyone’s home.

But instead of just picking a tree from the garden center, throwing on few lights, and adding a bit of tinsel, there are many more ways to help your tree look incredible. In fact, the right decorations and a creative mind can elevate this year’s Christmas tree into something amazing.

With that in mind, here are a few ideas to inspire you as you decorate your tree this year. Pick the one, or mix several to create a perfect holiday tree that’s sure to impress.

  • Candy – Peppermint candy canes, or even fruity canes, can be hung on the tree as an edible decoration. You can coordinate with the peppermint motif by using red and white tree skirts and other similar colors, creating a tree that captures the eye in a big way.
  • Go Natural – Pine cones are a great addition when tucked into tree branches, and can even be frosted with spray snow (the kind you use on windows) to create a snowy look. Add some mistletoe or even some holly bushes, and you have a natural looking tree that is perfect for a more rustic appearance.
  • Color Match – Instead of overloading a tree with a little bit of everything, consider sticking to a basic three- or four-color scheme. It can look a bit classier and help your tree avoid falling into the trap of looking like a cluttered mess.
  • Lights Matter – You aren’t stuck just using white or traditional colored lights. LED rope lights are available in a variety of colors, and make it easy to enhance your tree in a unique way.
  • Spread A Message – Use lettering or even use fabric and paper to spell out a festive message on the front side of your tree, such as “NOEL.” It’s easier than you might think, and creates a wonderful flourish on any tree.


These are just a few examples of how you can elevate your Christmas tree this year. The only real limit is your imagination, so when you head to the garden center to find the perfect tree this year, be sure to get creative.

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