When the holidays roll around, decorators all around the country dig into their attics, closets and storage units to pull out their best decorations for Christmas trees. Often the boxes of décor for the season are filled with memories, family heirlooms and time honored treasures. While decorations like these will never go out of style, there are times one many find themselves ready to update or add to their existing collection.
With the vast variety of décor available for the holidays, decorators may begin to wonder where they should start. When looking to expand on home décor, there is no better place to start than with the most popular decorations for Christmas trees.
Start with lights, which are the base for any great tree. If the lights in your collection are dingy or old, grab a new string with a fresh color to bring a brand new feel to other decorations that have been around for years. The same can be said for garland. If you’d like to keep the ornaments you have, as they’re representative of years of family Christmases, garland is a great way to completely change the look of a tree without compromising family memories.
If you are ready to start over with new ornaments, think of a unique theme or color scheme. Sports fans will go crazy for a baseball themed tree, while kids will love a tree centered around some of their favorite Christmas characters!
No matter what you choose to refresh the holiday tree with, the possibilities online are seemingly endless!
Slim pre-lit Christmas trees are giving more and more families the option of celebrating the holidays without the clutter and mess of a real one. These days, there are many options available when purchasing one an artificial tree, ranging from the shapes and colors, to the sizes and light types.
Why choose an artificial tree over a real one?
There are many reasons to go artificial for the holiday season, with one of the major reasons being the ease of use. Gone are the days of having to go out and find the perfect tree, searching for bald spots and imperfections just to find that it doesn’t even fit in the home. Artificial evergreens can be purchased at the perfect height, ranging from a couple feet to over 30 feet, so they’re perfect for places like apartments or condos, or grand entranceways. They are designed to look like their real-life counterparts, so whether you want a classic pine or a sierra, there are many options available. Additionally, there are products that look as if they’re covered in snow, or flocked, while others have their branches all-white to create a striking look.
Slim pre-lit Christmas trees also come with different types of light options. The traditional all-white variety is available, as well as the multi-colored ones, each with the option of standard bulbs or LEDs. There are also several options with customizing artificial ones, and not just with ornaments. Businesses looking to spruce up their storefront can add a rotating base to give it a one-of-a-kind look. Other accessories, such as an extension pole, allows the owner to leave a lot of space near the bottom so that presents can be easily stored beneath, eliminating the need of trimming branches.
Slender Christmas trees are finding some great uses both inside and outside of the home. These slimmer pines are versatile in their use and are a fantastic complement to anyone’s holiday décor. They can be dressed up or down for any occasion. They are sturdy like their fuller-sized counterparts, so they can easily handle large and heavy ornaments. This makes them a perfect option for a themed tree. Often, people want versatility in their Christmas trees, but don’t want more than one large pine. This is where slender Christmas trees are finding their niche. They can be used in the living or dining room, entry way, both inside and outside, or in a guest room to help add some holiday cheer.
In the dining or living room, it can be tucked into a corner and dressed in a collection of beautiful ornaments. Or it can carry a theme like old Victorian or country chic. Whether lit with white lights or multi-colored lights, wrapping the trunk in a complementary skirt will complete the look. In the outside entry or on the porch, place one on either side of the door in a pot, wooden crate or tin bucket. Leave it unlit or light it up to add some drama to the entry. If using a slim pine in the guest room, pull colors that already exist in the room, or mimic the room’s style. Are the primary colors of the room blue and yellow? Trim the tree in blue lights and add blue and yellow ornaments, tie it together with an accent color garland, and add a solid colored skirt. Guests will be sure to enjoy this addition to the space.
Flocked Christmas trees are becoming quite popular for many different reasons. The snowy white backdrop is perfect for a theme, monochromatic color palette, or for a more simplistic decorative taste. Live flocked evergreens have long been a favorite for many people. However, artificial flocked Christmas trees are on the rise now. With a better application, the snowy white adornment is lasting longer and clinging better to the branches, making using this evergreen a reality year after year. The one upkeep suggestion is to keep it wrapped or boxed up when not in use. Try to keep it in an area that is cool and dry to avoid premature yellowing of the flocking.
People enjoy bringing in this snowy looking evergreen and using it as a focal point to their holiday décor. Most flocking has some kind of glitter or mica in it to give it a shimmering effect. This goes well with whatever lighting is chosen as the illumination bounces off of the white. When kept in good condition, these can be a staple for years to come. Some people use it as their only tree and place their treasured ornaments and bright, colorful lights upon it. Others purchase several and use them in different rooms as themed trees. The theme may be old Christmas with postcards from long ago, gold, muted ribbon, garland and warm white lights. Or it may have a country cottage feel with sprigs of berries, cranberry garland, rustic bells and stars, wooden ornaments and soft lights. No matter what theme is preferred, the flocking will provide the perfect backdrop.
More people are choosing to purchase fake Christmas trees than ever before. The reasons are as numerous as the artificial evergreens themselves. It can be because someone in the family is highly allergic to real trees. And rather than going without an evergreen year after year, they purchase an artificial version.
Another reason is that they are a cleaner alternative to live versions. People who are environmentally conscience have long purchased living Christmas trees. However, this trend is on the decline as fake Christmas trees are looking more life-like each year. They are also made with fewer pollutants, and their life span is significantly longer, lasting many years with proper care.
People who prefer less mess are choosing artificial evergreens as well. There is no worry about sap and needles littering the flooring, or overwatering creating a cesspool of mold under the carpet. With artificial trees, it is simple to set them up and take them down. They can then be stored in a bag, a plastic tote bin or a box, and a quick vacuuming will pick up the few “needles” left behind.
Lastly, for decorators, artificial evergreens are the best choice. These trees can easily bear the burden of heavy ornaments and decoration far easier than their live counterparts. There is no worry about sagging limbs or shifting of the decorations as the tree ages. Artificial branches can maintain their integrity for years to come.
Selecting an artificial Christmas tree can be tricky if one is unsure how to go about it. For years now, people have been deciding to purchase artificial trees over live ones for a variety of reasons. It may be that they are concerned about the environment, they have allergies to pine, don’t care for the pine needles or sap dropping on their flooring, or a number of other reasons. Regardless, sales of artificial evergreens continue to rise, as does the selection available.
So how does someone choose what artificial Christmas tree is right for them? Some essential things to consider are the size, needle type, and whether it should be pre-lit or not. The size factor depends on the ceiling height of the room, and the area in which it will sit will determine the girth. Heights vary significantly, and the widths are pretty standard, with either full or narrow being the primary choices. Needle types will be based on preference. This is where looking closely at detailed pictures on the Christmas stores website will be key. Most people already have an idea of what they prefer, but pay close attention to the pictures and descriptions. And when it comes to choosing either a pre-lit tree or an unlit version, decide on whether or not hanging lights is a joy or a nuisance. Manufacturers typically include replacement bulbs and have the strands wired so that if one bulb goes out, the rest remain lit.
What are some tips on what to do once the artificial Christmas tree has arrived, and is out of the box? Put it together and if lighted, plug it in to ensure it works. Then start forming the branches by gently pulling various branches out and turning the ends upward. To create a natural appearance, some should also face downward. Start from the bottom and work towards the top. Then adjust as necessary and fill the branches with decorations and enjoy.