Choosing a Christmas tree should be simple, but it can be easy to drown in the practicalities. Do you want it to be real or artificial? Which room should it go in? What size should it be? There is a lot to consider!
For many, the tree is the centrepiece of the Christmas decorations, the crucial final step that brings everything together. So it is worth having a good think about what you will be going for this Christmas.
This Life and Style guide should make your life a little bit easier. It’s still early days, but it’s better to get yourself organised early and start thinking of ideas than leaving things late.
Why Do We Have Christmas Trees?
Before Christianity it was common for ancient people to celebrate the shortest day of the year, the Winter Solstice. Pagans, Romans and Ancient Egyptians decorated their homes with Evergreen branches in this time.
16th century German Christians are credited with starting the Christmas Tree tradition by bringing trees into their homes and decorating them with candles and ornaments. Queen Victoria brought this to Britain in 1846, when she was sketched in a magazine with her family around the tree. Before you know it, it was part of Christmas culture.
Should I Get a Real or Artificial Tree?
This is a question of personal taste. In the past the artificial Christmas trees used to look scrawny in comparison to the real thing, but nowadays a quality artificial tree can be hard to tell apart from the real thing. There is still debate about which tree to get.
Experience a proper traditional Christmas and opt for a real Christmas tree. These reek of Christmas and as soon as you walk in the door you are greeted with that distinctive smell, that lets you know it’s holiday season. The trip to buy the tree, can be as exciting as choosing a puppy. You inspect each tree, choose your favourite and take it home to the family. It doesn’t get more festive than this.
The artificial tree has its own unique benefits. They come in a box which lets you easily bring them into the living room, rather than dragging them through the house, leaving a trail of pine needles that need to be vacuumed up. You also don’t need to be on constant alert for needles on the carpet throughout the festive season.
Best of all, artificial trees can be used year after year, meaning you don’t have to worry about shopping for a new tree each year. There’s also the option of getting different coloured trees that fit your colour scheme, with purples and whites on offer. These will really stand out when you invite people over.
What size Christmas Tree should I get?
Depending on the room and the theme you are going with you can opt for different tree sizes. To help your decision, ask yourself:
– Which room is it for?
– Will this be the centrepiece of the room?
– Is this going to be a second tree for another room?
You might find that a smaller tree will server you better as a second Christmas tree. If you want to make a statement with the main one, you could find bigger is better. It all comes down to personal preference.
A small tree will make any room festive and can be placed in the window to brighten it up.
Just remember that if you are going for a big tree, make sure that it is at least 30 centimetres smaller than the height of your room. Otherwise you could struggle to stand it up.
How should the tree fit around my decorations?
Place your Christmas tree in a well-lit place where it will attract the attention it deserves. You don’t want to make it too central in case any little ones or pets accidentally bump into the tree. With real trees, avoid placing them near heaters or fireplaces, as they can dry them out and create a fire hazard.
Add some sparkle to your Christmas tree with colourful decorations, you can get the whole family involved as kids love sprucing up the tree. Baubles really bring them to life and come in so many different styles, like miniature figurines which bring the tree to life.
Don’t forget to get some sweets to hide around the tree for the kiddies to munch on. It can feel like a mini Easter Egg hunt for them, always a winner.
We love having festive ornaments scattered around the room. They really bring Christmas to the rest of the room, and what Christmas scene is complete without a snow globe?
For the top of the tree, you can choose something traditional like a star. Many families have traditional items that are important to them and have sentimental value.
We hope that this guide has made buying your tree easier. Remember that if you are opting for a real tree, you should contact the council when you are finished with it. They will help you responsibly dispose of it in an environmentally-friendly manner.
George have a great selection of life-like trees in various sizes and colours, that will suit any home. We also have a wide variety of tree decorations that will brighten up the room.