Christmas Tree Buying Guide

Bringing family together to decorate the tree is a cherished holiday ritual. This Christmas tree buying guide offers tips for choosing a tree that your family will enjoy for years to come.

Christmas Trees 101

Artificial Christmas trees are a safe, convenient way to decorate your home for the holiday season. Artificial trees come in all shapes, sizes, types, and colours, so no matter how you want to decorate for the holidays, you’re sure to find a tree to suit your style and your budget. An added perk: many come pre-lit, so you can forgo the annual struggle against the ball of Christmas lights. An artificial tree is a sound investment and stores away easily in the off-season. Best of all, there are no pesky needles to sweep up.
 

Types of Christmas Trees

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Tree in a Box

If you’re short on time, a tree in a box might be perfect for you. The tree in a box is the most convenient option for those who want a trimmed tree in time for the holidays, but don’t have time to shop for a tree, take decorations out of storage, then put it all up, and take it all down at the end of the season. Simply, a tree in a box comes pre-decorated and ready to go. In no time you’ll be ready for Santa Clause, with a few minutes leftover to kick back and enjoy a cup of hot cocoa.
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Perfect Shape Trees

True to their name, Perfect Shape Trees are made with technology that helps the branches to retain their shape. These trees are great for those who appreciate the finest details of trimming a tree; from the branches at the very top to the skirt, you can make sure that your tree is picture perfect for the holiday season. 
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Flocked Tree

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Bringing that wintry outdoor look indoors is easy with an artificial Christmas tree that’s been flocked. Flocking is an all-over, textured treatment that imitates a fresh snowfall. The effect is permanent so make sure it’s the look you’re going for. Flocking can provide a contrasting backdrop that enhances your other Christmas tree decorations and helps them to stand out.
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Skinny Tree

If you’re tight on space, the Skinny Tree might be the perfect fit for your home. The slender and elegant silhouette is ideal for urban dwellings or small spaces, so even if your home won’t easily accommodate a large tree, you can still take part in a favourite holiday tradition and light up your home with a festively trimmed tree.

Christmas Tree Decorating Tips:

• Get family members involved and make it an occasion
• Establish a colour scheme and strive for a specific effect
• Hang unique items or holiday mementos that have special meaning
• Use a combination of lights and ornaments
• Top your tree with a dramatic finishing touch

Christmas Tree Features

Height and Width +

The stated height of artificial trees usually includes the Christmas tree stand. Measure the height of your room from floor to ceiling then subtract enough space for your Christmas tree topper. When selecting your tree, pay attention to the width. A tree that's too wide could disrupt your home’s normal traffic patterns or complicate decorating. A narrower tree can help you avoid moving furniture.

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Both PVC and PE Christmas trees allow you to bend and shape branches to best effect. It’s natural for the tips of branches to point slightly upward. This also helps the tips support hanging ornaments without excessive sagging. On some trees, including pre-lit models, the branches are permanently wired to the centre pole. On others, the branches are removable and hook into slots on the centre pole. The hook-and-slot style can take longer to set up.

Pre-lit Trees +

An artificial Christmas tree that’s pre-lit with low-voltage LED or incandescent mini lights is both attractive and convenient. The tiny bulbs and wiring are built directly into the branches and distributed evenly throughout the tree. The Christmas tree lights may be connected to a controller that regulates brightness and speed settings for blinking, glowing and twinkling effects. More expensive models have denser light configurations for a brighter presentation. Replacement bulbs are available for higher-quality models.

Flocking and Frosting +

Bringing that wintry outdoor look indoors is easy with an artificial Christmas tree that’s been flocked or frosted. Flocking is an all-over, textured treatment that imitates a fresh snowfall. The effect is permanent so make sure it’s the look you’re going for. Frosting is a lighter, more subtle effect that features icy highlights applied to the tips of the branches. Flocking and frosting can provide a contrasting backdrop that enhances your other Christmas tree decorations and helps them to stand out.

Tinsel and Feather +

Holographic tinsel is commonly used in gift wrapping and as an accent decoration, but you can also get a tree made entirely of the same, shimmering material. Tinsel is generally made from PVC with a metallic finish for the tinsel effect. The shape-shifting sparkle almost eliminates the need for other Christmas tree ornaments. Tinsel trees come with or without lights. Feather Christmas trees hearken back to the storied European tradition of using dyed goose feathers to create the original, artificial trees. Table-top replicas make great accent pieces for your holiday decor.

Storage +

The centre pole on most artificial Christmas trees is designed to be dismantled or collapsed for easy storage. Many trees come with a custom storage box or bag for storing the pieces in an organized manner. This beats cramming all the pieces into a container and needing to sort them all out again the following season. Artificial tree bags typically accommodate trees up to nine feet high before disassembly.

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Christmas Tree Safety Tips:

• Look for the UL (Underwriters Laboratory) label indicating the tree is safe for home use
• Keep artificial trees away from direct heat sources
• Turn off tree lights before retiring for the night
• Position your tree so exit routes remain clear
• Keep extension cords and transformers tucked away safely
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