Today's Home: Less frilly Christmas trees

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - People are still decorating for the holidays, and while the standard for trees these days is lots of mesh and ribbon, it doesn't have to be that frilly.

    Now some of you probably guessed it. A less frilly tree comes with no ribbon and no netting. The tree is relatively simple, which makes it shine. We want to concentrate on the lights and the ornaments.

    If you look closely at the tree I used, it is a slim tree so it fits in a nice tight corner. It's pre-lit with white lights, but to fill in that void I added some great old fashioned red lights. Now, the lights are a clearer red so they really shine at night.

    Instead of just hanging one ornament here and there, turn your ornaments into grape clusters so it's like they are just flowing out of the tree. I even took big oversized ornaments and tucked them in the tree.

    Then of course I love tree toppers, and tree toppers are not only for the top of the tree. They can be anywhere on the tree. I took white stars and attached them throughout the tree. I did an odd number- about seven of them-so our tree looks full and beautiful.

    For the skirt of the tree, be different. Don't use that cloth tree skirt. Maybe add a few red poinsettias, and take all of your left over ornaments- even those that might be slightly broken-and cluster those at the bottom of the tree so you don't see the tree stand.

    Now my tree is ready for the holidays. It's beautiful, simple and elegant.

    You're watching Today's Home, and I'm Chris Olsen.

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