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They Have Good Reasons to Hang the Christmas Tree

Magazine article Sunset

They Have Good Reasons to Hang the Christmas Tree

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They have good reasons to hang the Christmas tree

Ever cringe when a toddler or a terrier races around your tree? The suspended greens you see here are designed to dispel worry. A fully decorated Christmas tree is a big, fragile thing; these are big and fragile too, but they keep precious ornaments away from hazard.

"Keeping our ornaments overhead allows us to have 14 family members here on Christmas morning with nary a harsh word to the grandchildren about touching,' Anna Marie Lininger told us about her decorated juniper bough at left in Lafayette, California.

Above, Cece and Bob Clark of Half Moon Bay brought a 12- by 15-foot elm branch into their living room as their focal holiday decoration. The branch--carried in wet so it would bend through the front door--is secured with nylon cord to eye screws in the ceiling.

Two of the trees were hoisted to the ceiling on rope running through pulleys, allowing for handy decoration before they were set beyond easy reach.

The MacGillivray cypress above and the Burwell and Lininger trees were formed from garden cuttings. …

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