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5 Christmas decorating mistakes to avoid this holiday season

Christmas is the busiest time of the year, but holiday decorations should not be a reflection of that.
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Christmas is the busiest time of the year, but holiday decorations should not be a reflection of that.

From safety tips, to suggestions for decorating your house, read on for a look at the five do’s and don’ts when decorating for the holidays.

Ho, ho, hydration

As gifts start to pile up around the christmas tree, make sure that you leave enough space to be able to continuously water the fir.

Water should be added to the tree daily. Not only would this help to prevent a devastating fire, but it will also keep the tree fresh during the holidays – maybe even longer.

Holiday sparks

From twinkling lights to electric toy trains racing around the christmas tree, the holidays require a lot of electricity. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends against running cords under furniture or carpets from the windows or in the walkways.

Electrical decorations must be turned off before you leave your home or go to sleep for the night.

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If you find yourself rushing to the store to buy more outlet adapters or extension cords, consider getting an electrician to add more outlets to your home, ESFI recommends that.

Additionally, electronics may only be used in dry areas. “As tempting as it is, you just can’t decorate your aquarium with icicle light,” according to ESFI.

Under the mistletoe

Keep your pets in mind when decorating for the holidays such as some of the studs may be harmful for the furry members of your family.

Mistletoe, in particular, contains the chemical lectins and phoratoxin, which “affect the heart, causing low blood pressure, slowed heart rate,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Dogs and cats that eat mistletoe can suffer from diarrhea or vomiting, but severe toxicity is uncommon and usually only occurs if your pet eats a large amount,” the FDA stated.

Poinsettia flowers can make your pet uncomfortable, although the toxicity of the red holiday plant is relatively mild. Pets may experience drooling, or vomiting, among other symptoms, which will usually ease after a few hours.

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In addition, tinsel can be harmful to pets if ingested. It could block the intestines, and pets often need surgery to remove it.

O, christmas tree

Decorate your christmas tree, do not forget that to the cases, blogger Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar has proposed. Turn off the lights on the first tree – walking around the spar and the hiding of cables in the branches.

“The most common mistake when setting up a christmas tree, placing the lights in the tree on the last,” Taylor said. “Often we have emotional connections and memories associated with the different baubles that we rush to decorate the tree with them. The result is a tree wrapped with unsightly wires or a lot damaged ornaments on the floor.”

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The tree, also known as the star of your holiday decorations to show. Make sure the tree in a prominent place in your home, ideally where it could be seen, both inside and outside.

The 12 scents of Christmas

Evergreen trees. Freshly baked biscuits. Peppermint candies. This are the scents that evoke the pleasant memories of Christmas, but they should not be combined.

Whether you’re a candle fanatic or you have received multiple as a gift for the holidays, be sure not to light contrasting scented candles at the same time. Instead of flooding your home with wonderful holiday aromas, you can create a pungent smell.

Apart from candles, consider using a stove top potpourri this season.

Fox News’ Madeline Farber contributed to this report.

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