What to Do After Purchasing Your First Artificial Christmas Tree

Christmas Gold Filler Ball OrnamentsYou just got your first Christmas tree, now what? If you’re not sure where to start, review our quick guide for helpful tips to get you going. We’ll cover how to care for, dress, and decorate your new Christmas tree! The first two tips only pertain to those who have purchased a living tree. If you opted for an artificial tree, skip down to lighting and decorating your tree.

Keep Your Tree Fresh and Green

Cut the stump of the tree with a fresh cut and set it in water immediately. A fresh-cut tree will absorb several quarts of water right from the start. So it’s important to check and refill the water level several times a day for the first week. You can cut down on frequency later. Be sure to place you Christmas tree in a stand that has a large water reservoir and keep it filled. Check out our huge line of Christmas Tree Stands, to find the one that fits you best.

Christmas Tree Preservative

You can prolong the life of your Christmas tree by adding Christmas Tree Preservative to your base. We also carry a unique watering system that looks like a present under your Christmas Tree. Be sure to check both out in our Christmas Store.

Illuminating & Decorating the Tree

When decorating your Christmas tree, put lights on first, then garlands, then the ornaments.

Work From the Inside Out: Arrange Christmas lights on the branches near the base of the tree. Weave strings of lights along the branches “inside,” then move to the outer edges of the branches.

Placement of Ornaments: Don’t hang all your ornament on the tips of the branches. Place ornaments and other decorations ‘inside’ your tree to add depth and interest.

Basic Ornaments for Fill: Start by arranging the “filler ornaments” evenly spaced around the tree. This would include basic solid color balls that are easily found at discount stores in a wide range of colors to coordinate and enhance your decorating scheme. You’ll need about 20 “filler ornaments” for every 2 feet of Christmas tree.

Special Themed, Collectible Ornaments: Mix one-of-a-kind special ornaments between the basic ornaments. Plan to use at least 10 special themed ornaments for every 2 feet of tree. As your collection grows, put the special ornaments closer together.

Christmas Tree Topper: No Christmas tree is truly complete without a Christmas Tree Topper. Depending on your theme, you may want to place an Angel, lighted or non-lighted Tree Topper on you tree. This will surely be the finale that you are looking for.

Christmas Tree Skirt: You’re just about done. A Christmas Tree Skirt is a great way to add style and cleanliness to your display. Not only do they hide the base, but they add character to your setting.

Accessories: Many people choose to add accessories to their trees. This can be in the form of scent balls, artificial Buffalo snow, Nativity Scenes, etc. Let your imagination run free, and don’t be afraid to experiment.

Important Information about Giving Pets at Christmas

child-1007806_640Family pets are a treasure and Christmas is a great time to gift them, if the situation is ideal. They can delight someone in ways you never thought possible. However, you have to consider a lot of things before taking this plunge. Every year, too many cats and dogs are returned after Christmas, left alone and confused about what happened to their home. Then they spend months waiting for a new home and it’s incredibly sad.

If you want to get a pet for Christmas, I have a few tips.

The first is for couples, especially new couples. Too many times a boyfriend or girlfriend will try to be cute by gifting a puppy or kitten. Then the couple breaks up and multiple hearts are broken. Unless you’re engaged or sure you will stay together for the animal’s life, I strongly suggest finding another gift. I’ve been in this situation in the past and it’s not worth it, just trust me. Unless you’re ready to start a family, don’t bring a pet into the mix.

The next is for newlyweds and new families. Make sure everyone is on board. If you’ve been thinking about getting a dog or cat for a while, great. If you know it’s something you have time and money to support, go for it. However, if you’re only doing it to please your child and one or more hearts isn’t really in it, try to find something else. For most kids, the novelty of a pet won’t wear off, but for some it will. Make sure you kid is aware of the responsibility of taking care of the animal. You also want to ensure that you’ll have the time to care for the pet when kids are away for the night, busy with school work, or simply just out being kids.

If you’re committed to a life-long companionship with a cat, dog, bunny, or other animal, then a pet is the perfect Christmas gift for your significant other or family. If this blog post made you have second thoughts, wait on it for a few months. If you still feel the desire for a pet, consider it and discuss it with friends and family to see if it’s right for you.

Sherrie Carter

Finding the Perfect Christmas Stocking

Christmas stockings are a wonderful tradition, each stocking should represent who it is for. Some families have matching stockings, which is utterly adorable. Others have themes. I always had my own unique stocking, but it always fit into a theme with my sisters. One year, we all had Trollz stockings and we LOVED them. Keep in mind, I grew up in the 90’s so Trollz were all the rage, okay?

Last year, my sister made personalized stockings for the entire family. Mine was a beautiful hand-stitched stocking with a gorgeous picture of the universe on it. My nephew had a broken bone at the time, so she made his in the shape of a cast and it was hilarious. The thought and effort that went into getting us stockings that matched our personality was amazing. We were all blown away.

You can have the same reaction this year! Consider some DIY options that represent the individual you’re making a stocking for. If you don’t have time for DIY stockings, browse through some of our themed stockings below! You’re sure to find something perfect! Click the photos to learn more or browse other stockings like these!

Casino Style

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Camo

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Cowboy

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Princess

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TV & Movie Lovers

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Family Guy!
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Christmas Vacation!
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Metallic

 

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Sherrie Carter