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Photo: William Warner (Shutterstock) There is an unspoken rule dictating that any Christmas comedy must include a scene where one of the characters gets completely tangled in strings of holiday lights. And while that situation may be funny onscreen, when it’s happening in your living room, it can be hard to find the humor in it. In fact, pretty much everything about these strings of tiny clear or colored lights is annoying and a hassle—including knowing how many feet of them to buy to decorate your tree. Fortunately, the editors at Real Simple have put together a handy guide to help you figure out how many feet of these lights you’ll need for your tree. Here’s what to know. There is a formula (sort of) Of course there are countless variables when it comes to the size of Christmas trees (especially the live ones), but as a general guideline, for every foot tall it is, you’ll need one strand of lights with 150 bulbs, prop stylist and crafter Karin Lidbeck-Brent told Real Simple . Most people tend to get trees that are around six-feet tall, she says, so that would require six strands with a total of roughly 900 bulbs. Other factors to consider When it comes to decorating Christmas trees, Lidbeck-Brent knows what she’s talking about : She has decorated more than a thousand throughout her career. And, as helpful as having a formula may be, she also stresses that there are other factors to consider when purchasing […]