Christmas Tree Buying Guide
Christmas Trees 101
Types of Christmas Trees
Tree in a Box
Perfect Shape Trees
Christmas Tree Decorating Tips:
• 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.
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.
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:
• 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