And decorations aren't just for the tips of the branches. Remember to place lights, ornaments, garlands, picks, stems and other decorations deep and outward to give more dimension.
"A full-looking tree signifies abundance, family and warmth of the holiday season," Warner says.
— Preparing for Next Year
Carefully packing and storing your artificial tree can ensure that its needles don't flatten out, and will make decorating next season a little easier.
Edenfield recommends a cool, dry storage area. Heat can shorten the life of the needles. Ideally, she says, store the tree so it doesn't have to be crammed back into its small box.
If your artificial tree won't make another holiday appearance at your house, don't just throw it in the trash. Consider donating or recycling it, or reuse its branches as filler for an even more ample tree next Christmas.