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Festive faux pas mocked as etiquette expert rates 2022’s best and worst Christmas trees

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Tinsel, angels and garishly bright lights are among a host of festive faux pas being pointed out by an etiquette expert rating people’s Christmas trees. This, everyone, is a very, very, very lovely tree and a very subtly curated use of colour. A tree adorned with beads and red lights was denounced, with Mr Hanson declaring: This tree looks like it could be in a window in Amsterdam.

Tinsel, angels and garishly bright lights are among a host of festive faux pas being pointed out by an etiquette expert rating people’s Christmas trees.

William Hanson, director of etiquette training institute The English Manner, is happy to point out people’s failings on Twitter – but has said the most impressive will win the Golden Bauble accolade.

The frontrunner for the prize, with the winner receiving nothing more than “honour and adulation”, achieved a lofty 9.6 out of 10 for a tree draped in white lights and decorated with colourful baubles.

This, everyone, is a very, very, very lovely tree and a very subtly curated use of colour. A few wayward branches up top, to be critical, but I can’t stop admiring this. 9.6/10. https://t.co/MXFIEo8BI3

Others, however, faced public shame as Mr Hanson scorned their displays:

It’s ‘RNFAFT’. Reasonably Nice For A Fake Tree. 6/10 https://t.co/L8y4PQghOe

Thrown together or thrown up? This is tinsel at its worst. 1/10. https://t.co/6TSH9i6Yhw

A tree adorned with beads and red lights was denounced, with Mr Hanson declaring: 

This tree looks like it could be in a window in Amsterdam. The haphazard beads add to the debauchery. 5/10. https://t.co/p5krpUxudX

Another red-themed tree prompted him to muse: 

Suddenly I’m in the mood for some Eton Mess. https://t.co/4aigbStXDG

A clergyman offering up his tree covered in multicoloured lights was told: 

Multicoloured lights. Oh, dear, oh dear, Vicar. I’m praying for you. 7/10. https://t.co/aV5RjxrLly

One covered in metallic ribbon got the response: 

Who knew Andrex did a glittered line? https://t.co/QLpMtNGc5Y

While Mr Hanson, 33, counts five different royal families around the world among his clients, as well as embassies and High Commissions, this winter he has turned his attention to more humble households.

“I just sit in my chair in the evening with a glass of gin and tonic tweeting and laughing to myself,” he told The Telegraph. 

“It makes me laugh because it’s ridiculous.

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