Buying a Christmas Tree
Author: Sara Bertens
Do you dread dragging your raggedy old Christmas tree out of storage and attaching branch by branch just to realize that by the end of this whole process, you’re missing some pieces? Or did you string on all the lights, just to realize half of them are burnt out? STOP THE MADNESS!! We are here to save you so much time, and agony. Here are our pro-tips for your next Christmas tree!
#1 – SIZE MATTERS!
There is so much to consider here. Trees nowadays have an option of wide, regular, or slim so there’s no excuses for having a too big/too small tree. You don’t want it to overpower the space, nor do you want it smooshed into the corner. The tree is your vessel! Make sure it can handle all of the decorations you have accumulated throughout the years. A dense tree requires less ornaments, whereas a sparse tree can hold a lot more layers! Always measure your space vs. your tree width/height as well. You can save yourself a lot of hassle this way!
#2 – STYLE ME PRETTY!
Like humans, no two trees are alike! Aside from height and width, they come in short/long needle, blue/green/dark green/every colour of the rainbow, snowy or not snowy, tinsel, feather… the list is endless! (you didn’t think this would be easy, did you?!). Even when it comes to the tree needles being made, there are different ways of doing that too. One style has plastic tips moulded from a real tree, and the other are what we call “filler” branches that are just a piece of green tinsel wrapped around a wire. Our trees combine both… the realistic moulded tips are used on the outskirts of the tree where they are most visible, and then filler branches are in the middle where they’re more likely to be hidden by ornaments. This keeps the price (and weight!) down.
#3 – LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION!
Lights can be the most frustrating part of the entire Christmas tree get-up. Pre-lit trees are super convenient. The lights are pre-strung and you don’t have to worry about untangling and stringing up all those strands. Unlit trees on the other hand allow you the freedom of using different lights over the years. You can even remove the lights off of a pre-lit Christmas tree once they’re past their prime and then put your own lights on to get use of your tree for generations to come. To get the most use out of your pre-lit tree, make sure you are changing any burnt out bulbs as soon as you see them. It is much easier to replace a few bulbs here and there than an entire strand!
#4 – QUALITY IS KEY!
If you buy a cheap tree, then a cheap tree you will have! You need solid bones to keep your treasured ornaments safe, and give the tree its best chance of staying vertical! A steel stand, mixed with a steel centre post and steel hinges for the branches is by far the most effective build of a tree that we have come across in our many, many years of experience in this business.
The better you take care of your tree, the longer you will be able to enjoy it for. Take the time to properly put away your tree. Fold down the branches carefully so you don’t pinch any wires, replace any burnt out bulbs, and store it in an oversized box or Christmas tree bag for safe keeping. By following these simple steps, you will be able to enjoy your tree year after year!