Mathematician Creates Brilliant Online Tool To Help You Decorate The Perfect Christmas Tree πŸŽ„

Perfect Ornament Placement Disorder or POPD is a real thing.

Sort of.

Every year people lament either suffering from it or living with someone who does. POPD is the obsessive need to get the decorations on the Christmas tree exactly right.

But help is here!

A mathematician has created an online tool to calculate exactly how many baubles are needed for the perfect Christmas tree.

Admiral Home Insurance has teamed up with Cardiff University’s Matthew Leddington to create the tool, which also suggests how many meters of lights are needed.

The handy tool asks users to select the size…

Christmas tree
(The Christmas Tree Bauble Calculator)

 

…and shape of their tree…

Christmas tree
(The Christmas Tree Bauble Calculator)

 

….and the size of their ornaments.

Christmas Tree
(The Christmas Tree Bauble Calculator)

 

It even gives an option to choose if the tree should be minimal, jam-packed or somewhere in between.

Christmas Tree
(The Christmas Tree Bauble Calculator)

 

A young child touches a bauble on a Christmas tree

Do you want your tree to be minimal, jam-packed or somewhere in between? (Anthony Devlin/PA)

The tool then calculates how many ornaments and how many meters of lights you will need to have the best dressed tree in town. For non-metric savvy users, there are online tools to convert meters to feet.

Christmas Tree
(The Christmas Tree Bauble Calculator)

 

For a 4ft full tree jam-packed with large ornaments, the tool suggests 62 large baubles and 10 meters of lights.

Admiral Insurance said getting the tree right is important because “a TV being damaged when householders are positioning their tree is one of the most common reasons for an insurance claim during the festive period.”

Who knew?

This tool is good news for all these folks.

Of course, there’s always just skipping the tree and going with a nice festive pre-decorated wreath…

A version of this article originally appeared on Press Association.