BUTTERWORTH: While there are no hard and fast rules for decorating a Christmas tree, Sarah Selvaraj-Charles (pic) believes that some basic knowledge is vital to ensure a beautiful outcome.
The retired human resources manager has more than 30 years of decorating experience, especially after serving nine years in the hotel industry and 10 years in the factory line.
“It is a skill that I have acquired through trial and error,” the 60-year-old said in an interview yesterday.
“It is how you put the decorations together that makes the Christmas tree attractive.”
Sarah suggested that dark-coloured and matte-finish baubles should be placed on the top and bottom of the tree to give it weight, while light-coloured and shiny ones are best placed in the middle.
Ideally, she said, baubles should flow top-down from the smaller ones to larger ones on the tree, adding that sometimes, one could also follow a mini triangle pattern by bunching three ornaments of different colours together.
“For a more modern and abstract look, you can make ornaments from recycled materials like bottle caps, paper cups, plastic bottles and aluminium cans,” she said.
“It depends on an individual’s preference and budget. Sometimes, even the cheaper ornaments can give you a simple yet elegant effect.
“Shopping malls and hotels usually use the more expensive items to attract customers. But for the home, we can have our own designs.”
This year, besides putting up the Christmas tree in her home in Sungai Petani, Kedah, Sarah helped to decorate a 3m-high tree in St Mark’s Church Butterworth, a 2.4m-high tree in Wesley Methodist Church Butterworth and another measuring 1.8m at a friend’s place in Prai.
Sarah’s husband Imanuel Charles, 57, said the tree decorations could be reused year after year if properly stored in a cool place.