It's coming on Christmas, they're cutting down trees...
So, you've got your tree and it's a good one! Now, if you could only remember where you put it last year... Let the furniture rearranging commence! Ideally, you're reading this before you choose/chop/unpack your tree this year. There are a few things you should consider before you start. However, if you're reading this with tree in hand—you'll still find this helpful!
Assess your space, honestly.
This may seem obvious, but you'd be surprised how quickly we forget or lose sight of the reality of our living rooms once we're in on the tree lot. Scope out potential places for a tree and take measurements. If your measuring tape says your space can accommodate a 6x4 ft tree, don't talk yourself into the 8-footer. It will not fit. At least not happily.
Figure out your focal point.
What do you want the focal point of the room to be over the holidays? Do you have a television in the same room? Sure, you want to look at your beautiful tree, but maybe the kids would rather watch holiday cartoons unobstructed. If you have a fireplace in the room, take that into account. It's already a natural focal point, but it's not a good idea to place trees too closely to a heat source. Choose a spot away from high traffic zones and close to an electrical outlet.
Move things around.
Think about what furniture you can live without over the holidays. You may not miss an ottoman, but sacrificing a love seat for a tree may not make sense when your grandmother has to sit on the floor Christmas morning. Get creative. Play with a couple of different furniture configurations. Sectionals are great because they provide a lot of seating and everyone will have a nice view of the tree. If you know you're expecting a lot of visitors over the holidays and you want everyone to be able to sit together in one room, choose a smaller tree.
Consider a tabletop tree.
A hulking Griswold tree isn't the only way to show your holiday spirit. A potted or a table top tree can look just as festive. Setting a tree on a table gives the illusion of height and doesn't take up as much floor space. Place small trees in front of mirrors to capitalize on the reflected light. Another benefit of smaller trees is that you can have more than one!
Skip the tree?
IF you're just not feeling up to the whole tree thing this year, don't beat yourself up about it! Twine fresh garlands of cedar, Douglas-fir and ivy around the room and decorate with ribbons, bows and berries. You can string lights through the greens or leave them more natural. You won't have to move your furniture around and your home will still look and smell fabulously festive!
Write down the dimensions that worked and snap a photo of your tree so you will remember for next year. This is especially easy if you have an artificial tree. Now you're ready to decorate! Happy holidays.