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So. You’ve followed the 10 commandments of pine shopping and picked out the perfect tree. You got it home, set it up and now it’s time for the real fun to start: the stringing of those damned lights.

Sure, they make the tree look pretty once they’re all lit up and all, but getting to that stage can be a tangled nightmare. Just ask Krampus. Even once you’ve plugged them in and checked that they’re all working, stringing them up on the tree can be a pain – bald spots, snagged wires and uneven patches are a very real thing.

Until now that is. In the genius video above, we discovered an easy but beautiful, fail-proof way to make the most of your lights this holiday season.

First, be sure to have at least 100 lights per foot of tree. That’s the magic number when it comes to lighting it up this Christmas. Then, even though it will be completely counter-intuitive, be sure to start at the top and work your way down. Don’t worry about the ugly plug at the top either; the star or angel on top will totally hide that.

Then, rather than simply wrapping the lights around the middle, be sure to weave them back and forth, creating a random effect that really adds a wow factor to the finished product. Plus, those lights will come down with no muss or fuss on Dec. 26. (Or in 2016, if that’s your style – we don’t judge).

Sounds simple, right? It really is. Double check with the video above, then get to it. You’ll be putting your feet up with some nog, and enjoying your tree before you know it.

Happy decorating!

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