|Whether choosing an artificial or real tree be sure to measure before you buy!|
There are so many things to consider when choosing a tree – big or tall, spruce or pine, real or artificial. It can be overwhelming. We’ve got some helpful tips for picking the best holiday tree for you and your family. Happy shopping!
Choosing a Real Tree
Whether you want a real or artificial tree you need to make sure of what your space can accommodate. How tall are your ceilings? If you aren’t sure, then you risk bringing home a tree that is too tall to fit in your living room or having to relegate your favorite tree topper to the mantle. Measure your ceiling height, your topper height, and your tree stand height. Your tree must be able to fit in the stand, accommodate the topper, and clear the ceiling’s maximum height.
Make note of the stand’s diameter since your tree trunk must fit into the stand (or you will need to purchase a larger stand). Avoid stripping off tree bark to slim the diameter because this harms the tree and makes it more susceptible to dying before the holiday.
Now that you know the maximum tree height and trunk width, you can screen individual trees. Stand back from the tree and assess its form. This is largely a matter of personal preference. You might prefer a squat, bushy tree or a tall, lean tree, depending on your aesthetics and the size of your room at home. If you are short on space consider a tabletop tree.
|Check the freshness of a tree before you buy.|
Fresh is best. Check the freshness of a live tree by crushing a few needles in your hand. Your fingers should smell fresh and piney. Test the branches by pinching down on a branch with your thumb and forefinger and pulling toward you. The needles should stay on the tree; if you wind up with a palm full of needles, the tree is past its prime.
Choosing an Artificial Tree
The same size considerations apply for an artificial tree as for a real tree.
Do you want an artificial Christmas tree that looks like a real evergreen, or a fake Christmas tree that is obviously artificial? Plenty of trees come with a dusting of fake snow, glitter, or other accent. Some are even made of tinsel, feathers, or other materials. The more realistic or decorated you want the tree, the more expensive it will be.
An artificial tree should be flame retardant and fade resistant for safety and durability.
If you want a more natural looking tree, search for a Christmas tree made of PE instead of PVC. While both are types of plastic, PE trees fabricate the needles and branches together, so they look more true to life.
A little time spent picking the right tree will pay you back with holiday cheer. While you’re out shopping, pick up any lights and ornaments needed to trim the tree. We wish you all the best in selecting your tree! Happy Holidays!
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