3 Considerations when Choosing an Artificial Christmas Tree

9' and 9.5' Artificial TreeWhile a real Christmas tree boasts many benefits, it’s not always practical for every home. The maintenance and cost of a live tree is sometimes too much.  If you’re part of a busy family,  or live in a uniquely-sized home, you understand the need for a specific, artificial holiday tree that perfectly suits your needs.

One of the biggest arguments I made against an artificial tree growing up was the lack of pine scents in the home. My parents and sisters all agreed that it was time for an artificial tree that would fit our 16’ ceiling. We compromised when my mom purchase real pine garland to create the “Christmas Smell” I desperately wanted each year. My family has saved a lot of money by purchasing a 14’ artificial tree once, instead of a live tree each year. Not only did we save money, but we saved time. There were no more long nights of trimming the tree down to an appropriate shape and size (we usually had to buy large trees and trim them because most nursery trees were either 6’-8’ or 16’ feet).

The holidays are busy enough and although a real tree is a wonderful experience, an artificial tree can take a lot off your plate, as mentioned above. If you’ve recently made the decision to purchase a faux Christmas tree, you’ll have some things to consider first. You have a few important decisions to make, but you’ll have to make these once a decade, not yearly. The average life of an artificial tree is about ten years or more, so that’s a great perk right there! So, what will you end up with? What tree is best for your home, style, and schedule? Let’s look at some things you’ll need to think about.

Pre-Lit Vs Unlit Artificial Trees

A pre-lit artificial tree is a great option if you’re busy. Our pre-lit trees come with a variety of lighting options built right into the branches for quick, simple decorating. However, if you prefer a blank canvas or have sentimental lights you’d like to use, an unlit tree is the way to go.

Watch this video to see just how easy setting up a pre-lit tree is!

 

Flocked, Accented, or Traditional Artificial Trees

Do you want a traditional green tree, or would you like to create a winter wonderland theme with snow-flocked trees? Maybe you want a tree accented with pinecones and berries. Think about how you like to decorate your tree and what your favorite style is MOST of the time. You’ll have the same tree for a while, so pick one that suits your style the best.

Artificial Tree Size

Do you want a space-saver tree, a uniquely shaped tree, or the biggest tree you can fit into your home? Discuss opinions with family members and agree on the best size for you. We carry sizes from 2’ all the way up to 40’, so dream big (or small).
Sherrie Carter

Holiday Lessons We Learn from “Christmas Vacation”

We all know and love “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”. To get us in the holiday spirit, I’ve put together another fun .GIF post! These are holiday lessons we learned from Clark Griswold & gang!

Though they smell nice, there’s a downside to real trees

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If this is your first time hosting, practice cooking the main course…

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Decorating the exterior is hard work, but so worth it when you see it…

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Assuming you’ve done it properly…

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There’s always one guest…

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There Will Be Times You Just Want to Sleep!

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And there’s a 2 year period where kids don’t think your Christmas spirit is within reason…

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But they’ll come around…

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And you’ll all have the BEST Christmas ever….

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Hopefully we’ve inspired you to curl up with pajamas and a huge bowl of popcorn for this infamous Christmas movie. If you don’t have time right now and can’t wait, check out this gif. Someone put the entire movie into a quick clip! Thank you, whoever you are!

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How To Measure & Understand Wreath Sizing

Wreath DepthOnce you determine the size wreath you need, you should understand exactly what the measurements mean and how they apply to your needs. For example, if you need a 24” wreath, you may want to shop for 22” inch wreaths. It all depends on a few factors and how wreaths are properly measured. We’ll cover everything you need to know in the 2 helpful tips below.

Diameter

The main number you’ll see on wreaths is the diameter. Most wreaths are available in sizes from 10 inches to 72 inches. The size you should look for depends on your setting and how much space you want on either side of the wreath. As stated above, you may want to leave an extra inch or two for sprays and florals that extend beyond the edge. If you’re looking at one of our 24” wreaths, this means it is 24” inches from one end to the other, if measured diagonally.

Wreath Depth

Once you know the diameter, you’ll want to understand the depth of your wreath. This is especially important if you’re displaying the wreath between the inside door and a glass door. Having a wreath with the right depth will prevent a cramped or smashed look. Measure the very front of the wreath to the back, including the base. To be sure, measure the distance between doors to determine how much space you have to work with.