Christmas is fast approaching and seems to get quicker and quicker every year. So soon the celebrations will start and while Christmas shopping is always high on the list, so is the purchase of the tree at Christmas. Many households opt to get their Christmas tree up and in the home prior to the normal celebrations starting.
In the USA, as an example, some families will purchase a tree the week after Thanks Giving and choose a tree that will last through Christmas itself and in to January. Of course the choice of tree requires a lot of consideration as you don’t want the Christmas tree losing its luster half way through the celebrations.
When you go on the search for your real Christmas tree, whether it is just prior to the Christmas season or, as for some families in America, just after Thanks Giving, make sure that you check the Christmas tree out thoroughly. You need to make sure the tree is going to last regardless of the period you choose so a little knowledge and inspection of what you are getting from the start s a good idea.
A good test for real Christmas trees is to run your fingers along the needles of the tree and give the tree a bit of a shake. Some will fall off but as long as there are only a few needles coming loose the tree should be fresh.
Make sure that the tree itself will fit into your Christmas tree stands, so the trunk of the tree is the right size, not too small for your stand and of course not too big. You don’t want to have to store a wide variety of Christmas tree stands every year so it is better to be precise with the choice of your tree.
You must measure the height of the room that you wish to place your Christmas tree, then of course you need to make sure that the tree is shorter than you room, allowing for any tree top decorations such as angels or stars. Also take into account the additional height of the Christmas tree stands.
These tips, except for the needle testing of real Christmas trees, apply to all trees artificial or real. You need to make sure the tree will fit perfectly into the room or the Christmas tree stands that you have available. A tree that is too big for your room will only look silly regardless of how you much time spent decorating it.
Decorating the Christmas tree, regardless of the type is an individual choice and there are a wide range of decoration items available to suit all budgets. Home made decorations are a great way to make a family event out of the whole process, especially when the small ones can design their own fancy ornaments to have hanging on the tree.
This will give them great pride and the point of Christmas should be fun and entertainment so it is not the end of the world if their decorations don’t do much visually to the other ornaments or the tree itself.
There are also those decorations that you can make and put on the tree yourself, as well as some of the edible options that double as snacks for children as well as being decorative. With these special snacks make sure that they are not going to attract any unwanted insect infestations prior to covering your tree with them.