Daryl Lindsey
December 08, 2016 3:48 pm

It’s time to deck the halls and trim the tree, but you might want to check if you’ve been stringing Christmas tree lights the right way all these years.

Most of us learned to light a Christmas tree horizontally, curling the lights around and around in circles. But what if we told you lighting your tree vertically made setup and takedown WAY easier, and looked just as pretty?

Working your twinkle lights down the tree and back up again is simpler than circling lights around and will provide more effective coverage, according to designer Francesco Bilotto.

Stringing your lights vertically keeps lights toward the front of the branches, making them extra visible. It also prevents your lights from getting tangled and caught in the tree branches come the time to take them down.

Honestly, this simple trick just changed Christmas decor forever.