Christmas Tree
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Christmas is a time of happiness and excitement for many American families. As the end of the year nears, they let the spirit of Christmas into their daily lives again. The tree holds a prominent position in the decoration of this festive period. We will delve into its history that dates back to the 16th century, but its roots go much deeper still.

Christmas is always getting closer, and the sales for this decorative item never really slow down. This is why you don’t have to wait for December to buy your first tree or replace the one you already have. In our shopping guide, we will tell you everything you need to know to pick the perfect Christmas tree for your home.

Key Facts

  • Christmas trees are undoubtedly one of the most important and eye-catching elements of decoration for this special time of year.
  • Artificial trees have a lower impact on the environment than natural ones, as long as you reuse them for several years.
  • There are various key criteria to consider when looking for your own Christmas tree. These include its size and the space where you want to place it, the manufacturing materials, and its color.

Our Selection: The Best Christmas Trees on the U.S. Market

If you thought that all Christmas trees looked the same, we are about to prove you wrong. You can now find them in a variety of different materials, sizes, shapes, and even colors. In the following section, we have selected some of the most popular models currently available on the American market. Read through their descriptions to learn more about them. You might just find the perfect tree for your next Christmas!

Best Classic Christmas Tree

This best-selling model has a traditional look that thousands of past buyers have praised. This very dense tree measures 7.5 feet for a total of 1,346 tips, making it ideal for taking center stage in your living room during the holiday season. It is easy to assemble and comes with a sturdy metal base to keep this king of Christmas steady.

Best Christmas Tree for Tight Spaces

Whether you live in a small studio or simply like to keep your Christmas tree nice and compact, Darice’s Canadian pine tree is a great option. Measuring only 12 inches in height, it can go anywhere in your home! You can even put it on your desk at work for a real Christmas feeling all day long. Besides, its wooden base is a beautiful natural addition.

Best Christmas Tree With Decoration

This 4.5-foot tree by the National Tree Company also features a thin diameter, so it is suitable for most spaces. But what makes it most attractive is the fact that it is delivered with 150 clear lights, so half of the work is done for you! Add a few garlands and a star, and you’re good to go. The tree comes with a 5-year warranty.

Best Christmas Tree for Design Lovers

Nothing says design like an all-white or golden Christmas tree at the center of your home. If you’re looking for something a little more colorful than traditional models, Aleko offers this beautiful 7-foot tree in over 20 colors – from snowy green to pink and gold. With 860 pine tips, this product is easy to assemble and ideal for unique home decors.

Shopping Guide: Everything You Should Know About Christmas Trees

The best way to make the right purchase for any product is to learn more about it and its characteristics. In the section below, we have answered the most frequently asked questions regarding Christmas trees to help solve any doubts you may have. We have also delved into the history of this decorative item, and you will find some tips on where and when to put it up.

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While some trees are intentionally less dense, the best models feature a high number of tips – the branches of fir trees.
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What is the history of Christmas trees?

The story of the Christmas tree is actually a bit hazy. It would seem that, when the first Christians arrived in Northern Europe, they found the inhabitants celebrating the birth of the God of the Sun and fertility with a decorated tree. Converts maintained this tradition and Christianized it to commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ.

The tree tradition as we know it today began in Germany and Scandinavia around the 16th century before spreading to the rest of the European continent. According to Christian tradition, the Christmas tree represents the Paradise tree. However, according to other interpretations, it could also represent the tree of life or eternal life.

When should I put my Christmas tree up?

Every family decorates the tree when they want or have time, with many of us waiting well into December to do so. That being said, tradition has it that it should be put up on December 8, since this is the day of the celebration of the Immaculate Conception. Others believe that it should be put up on the first Sunday of Advent and kept until the Epiphany on January 6.

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Most artificial trees are made of vinyl polychloride (PVC), polyethylene, plastics, or a combination of them.
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Where should I place my Christmas tree?

You can’t forget that this item will become the centerpiece of your home decor for a few weeks a year. In that regard, you will have to place it in a space where your whole family can enjoy it, such as the hall or the living room.
Keep in mind that we are only talking about artificial trees here.

Besides, you should take into account that the size of the tree must match the space where you plan to place it to create a balanced atmosphere. A tiny tree in a massive room will go completely unnoticed, while a fir tree that is too large for a small room will eat up the entire space.

How do I assemble my Christmas tree?

Once you have purchased your Christmas tree and it has arrived home, the moment to set it up is finally here. While this is a reasonably straightforward task, you can make your life even easier by following the steps below:

  • Clear the space where you want to place it and take out all the pieces of the tree.
  • Start by assembling the base of the tree, making sure it is nice and stable.
  • Virtually all Christmas trees are divided into two or three sections that can be connected. First, mount the bottom piece on the stand and work your way up.
  • Once you’re done with this, you can open the branches. Carefully spread them into a natural and dense appearance.
  • The more detailed models will slightly bend the tips of the branches upward to create a more natural look.
  • You can now decorate it, as we will discuss next.
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Don’t forget that the size of the tree must match the space where you plan to place it to create a balanced atmosphere.
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How can I decorate my Christmas tree?

The most traditional and popular ornaments to decorate Christmas trees are the garlands, the glittering ribbons, the Christmas balls, and the stars – especially the one crowning the tree. The problem many of us face is combining different colors. How can you create an elegant and harmonious look?

Primary color What to combine it with
Red Green, white, gold, tartan print, Christmas kissing balls, poinsettias, Santas, reindeers, garlands, or candy canes.
Blue Silver, white, green, snowflakes, or snowmen.
 Pink Silver, white, lime green, glitter, or crystals.
White Gold or silver, snowy branches, white Christmas lights, red fruits, mistletoe, angels, or other color tones.
Brown Gold, turquoise, orange, cream, pine cones, reindeers, dried orange slices, or cinnamon sticks.
Green White, brown, bronze, gold, pine cones, reindeers, or ribbons.
Purple White, gold, lilac, snowflakes, snow branches, or glitter.

Are artificial trees better for the environment?

Before they purchase a new Christmas tree, many of us wonder whether artificial or natural trees are the more sustainable option. The reality is that each one has its share of eco-friendly advantages, depending on various factors – how you care for it, how many years you use it, or the recycling policies of your local authorities.

Natural trees Artificial trees
Environmental impact They are cultivated and planted again to prevent deforestation and forest fires. Besides, they are biodegradable. While many of them are made of plastic, you can also buy trees made of sustainable wood or other organic materials that are fully biodegradable. You can reuse them as many times as you want.
Advantages They support local economies. There is no need to increase monoculture areas. They prevent transport emissions in hot and dry regions.
Carbon footprint According to a Carbon Trust report, their footprint is 8 pounds of carbon dioxide when converted into woodchips or 35 pounds when decomposed in a landfill. Their carbon footprint is 88 pounds, making them more eco-friendly when reused.
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You can use your artificial tree as many times as you like.
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How do I store my tree after Christmas?

When Christmas is over, it’s time to put your tree away for the year. In that regard, don’t let melancholy and sadness make you lazy; it is essential to store it in optimal conditions if you want it to last until the next festive season. Here are some tips to help you get it right:

  • Keep the original box if possible. That way, you won’t have to find a random bag to put your Christmas tree.
  • Remove the decorations and place them in their respective boxes as you take them down. You won’t want to do it if you leave it for later.
  • Carefully dismantle the tree and place its branches as close to the trunk as possible.
  • Put all the parts in the box carefully and without forcing. Be patient: if you could take them out, you can put them back in.
  • Shut the box with tape to prevent dust from entering.
  • Keep your tree in the attic if you have one, or in a top shelf where it won’t bother you for the rest of the year. The place should be dry and dark, away from humidity and at a stable temperature.

Buyer’s Guide

Christmas is always just around the corner, so you can already look for your next Christmas tree. If you’re replacing an old one, you may realize that things have changed since you last bought one. There is now an incredible variety of products on the American market. In the following section, we will delve into the key shopping criteria to consider before you make your decision:

Size

Every room is different, which is why you can find Christmas trees of all sizes on the market. Don’t get carried by the style of a tree you like; to avoid unpleasant surprises, you should measure the space you are willing to dedicate to the tree and pick a model accordingly.

  • Height: Measure the height of the ceiling in the room you want to set the tree. You should keep at least one foot between the top of the tree and the ceiling. Otherwise, you won’t have space for the Star of Bethlehem!
  • Width: A useful trick is to tape the floor before you purchase the tree. That way, you will have a good idea of the diameter you can spare for it. Take it from us: human eyes aren’t as precise as measuring tape.
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The most traditional and popular ornaments to decorate Christmas trees are the garlands, the glittering ribbons, the Christmas balls, and the stars – especially the one crowning the tree.
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Manufacturing Material

This is no aspect you want to overlook. Most artificial trees are made from vinyl polychloride (PVC) or polyethylene, both of which are plastics. The type of plastic and its treatment will determine how realistic the tree looks. The better the quality, the more realistic it will be – and the higher the price, of course.

You can also find trees manufactured with less traditional and common materials that offer a more innovative design. These include recycled wood, for instance, but also tinsel, feathers, treated fabrics, metal, or even cardboard and paper.

Shape & Style

The shape of the Christmas tree can also vary from one model to the next. Your choice shouldn’t merely be based on aesthetics, however, as you will also have to consider the place you want to dedicate to it. Some will fit better in a corner, while others are designed to be at the center of your living room. Making the right decision will promote the Christmas spirit! Here is some help for you:

  • Very dense: They’re quite a statement of Christmas intentions in your home. Larger in circumference, they look great in large rooms and open spaces.
  • Dense: This is the most common type of tree. Suitable for most spaces, they go well with any decorative style.
  • Slim: They are an excellent option when you don’t have much space since they have a smaller diameter. Besides, their style is considered more modern.
  • Little dense: More minimalist, they are ideal if you want to give more prominence to the decorations. They blend perfectly in Scandinavian design.

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Tip Density

This is a great way to determine the quality of your Christmas tree. While some models are intentionally less dense, the best trees out there have a higher number of tips – the branches of fir trees. When you buy a tree on the Internet, pay attention to this criterion and compare several options before making your purchase.

For a Christmas tree to look dense, it needs to have around 400 tips if it measures 6 feet, 250 for a 5-foot model, and so on. Of course, this aspect depends a lot on your tastes as well. However, you shouldn’t go for any less if you want a traditional-looking Christmas tree.

Color

The era of all-green Christmas trees is over now. Today, they can be green, of course, but also white, gold, silver, red, blue, or even black. So, which one should you choose? Once again, you will have to take into account your preferences, the decoration you want to add to it, and your home decor in general.

The more minimalist homes, for instance, combine well with black or white trees; green trees, on the other hand, go well with more classic decorations. People who are truly crazy about Christmas often opt for red or gold tones. Those who never want to be out of fashion will lean towards purple or silver models.

Summary

Time flies by, and Christmas is knocking at the door before we even know it. The decoration of our homes changes during the holiday period; out come the manger, the special table linen, the mistletoe, the garlands, the holly wreaths, the candles, and the Christmas tree.

As we discussed in this article, there is always the perfect Christmas tree for your home. You can now find them in all shapes and sizes, different materials, and even a variety of colors. Are you ready to choose to prepare next Christmas?

We hope that you enjoyed our guide. Feel free to leave us a comment in the section below. You can also share it on your social media, so others find the right Christmas tree for their homes!

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Levi Price Professional Interior Designer
Levi is a professional interior designer and knows everything there is to know about home and decor. Not only does she blog about the latest furniture trends, she also enjoys giving tips on cleanliness and interior design.