With the start of Advent on Sunday, you may well have already pencilled in 'decorating the house' this weekend.
But while putting up the Christmas tree is a lovely activity, hanging the lights isn't something many of us look forward to.
Everyone has their own tactic, be it draping them vertically, horizontally or another way entirely, but what do the pros recommend?
We combed through the source of seemingly every hack in existence – TikTok, of course – for some tips to make life easier.
How to hang Christmas tree lights
The zig zag method
"If you're coiling your Christmas tree lights, you're doing it wrong," says one TikTok user who went viral for her hack. Instead @mrsclairehoops recommends the 'zig zag method'.
This approach allows you to use less lights, helps brighten your tree beautifully, is easier to hang and remove, and means you can make quick adjustments if a set breaks. Hoops' three-step approach is as follows:
Turn your lights on to better see what you're doing (no doubt, glass of fizz in hand)
Hang them up and down vertically (some prefer to start at the top of the tree), creating a sharp zig zag
When finished, push them slightly further in to make room for decorations
Hang lights along the full length of the branches
This solution proves that the small details can go a long way. Here's how to "properly light a Christmas tree" and "make it look like it's glowing from within" by utilising the full length of the branches, according to TikTok user @casey_lee90.
Make sure your lights are plugged in and on
Start with the light strand at the front of a branch (the bit closest to you) and coil it all the way around to the back of the same branch (where the trunk is)
Repeat to cover the tree – perhaps doubling up to bring the lights back to the front each time
Hide plugs and wires at the back of branches (to protect any pets and little people in your life)
Hang lights on the tree trunk before the branches
This hack will truly illuminate your tree. It looks like it needs quite a lot of lights so it might not be for everyone, but if you already have an extra long set (that doesn't tangle easily) it's worth trying. TikTok user @kellyfitzsimmons recommends the following:
Push the lights into the base of your tree
Lay them on top of the branches surrounding the trunk all the way to the top
Don't just walk around the tree, go from left to right, and right to left
Next, wrap each branch in a zig zag shape, again going from left to right and right to left until you reach the base of the tree