Decked out in yards of garland, ribbons, treasured ornaments and holiday lights the Christmas Tree is a cherished tradition that welcomes friends and family with the warmth of the season. Check out these tips on how to select and decorate the perfect Christmas Tree for your home this holiday season:
Selecting Your Christmas Tree
Before heading out to your local Christmas Tree Farm or lot to select your tree, determine where and how it will be used – making sure to add into your measurements the size of your topper and tree stand base, to ensure everything fits in the space you have selected. Don’t forget to consider the size of the entryway you’ll use to get it in and out of your home!
Next, figure out what kind of tree you want and how it will stand-up to your holiday needs. Some of the more popular varieties are:
Scotch Pine: These sturdy trees have short and prickly needles, which work perfectly for hanging ornaments – especially heavier ones. If you plan on leaving your tree up through the New Year, consider a Scotch Pine since their needles last longer; as long as it is properly watered.
White Pine: A beautiful and classic addition to any home during the holidays. Because their needles are long, soft and flexible, it may not, however, be your best choice for hanging heirloom crystal ornaments. Check out these helpful tips on how to arrange your ornaments and adding special touches.
Balsam: Another popular choice is this dark green charmer, which boasts long-lasting aromas. It’s needles last a long time, but are flexible and not the best for hanging heavier ornaments – check out this helpful video from Dee’s, a creative home decor destination, on how to wrap beautiful bows, stems and other glorious items into your tree to create a one-of-a-kind sparkler.
Fraser Fir: With its milder fragrance, sturdy branches and strong limbs to hang ornaments off of, the Fraser Fir is one of the most popular trees to celebrate the holidays with. Check out these tips on sprucing up your tree to match your home’s decor.
Shop Local for Your Christmas Tree
With dozens of Christmas Tree Farms and lots in northern Illinois, it’s easier than ever to load up the SUV and head over to farms like Marmion Abbey Farms in Aurora, Anderson Tree Farm in Plainfield, Camelot Christmas Tree Farm in DeKalb or dozens of others listed on the Illinois Christmas Tree Association’s website.
Christmas Tree Care
Your holiday tree drinks a lot of water and needs to be watered often to keep it looking fresh. A helpful tip is to never let the water level dip below the base of the tree. Check out these tips from Whole Foods® Market on keeping your tree in tip-top shape.
You can also take care of future Christmas Trees by making a donation and helping American Forests flourish by restoring wilderness habitats by planting new trees. Or by purchasing your tree from Whole Foods – for every tree purchased, a new one will be planted.
The Ever Green Christmas Tree
If you prefer the convenience of an artificial tree that will provide holiday memories for years to come check out these tips from hayneedle on selecting the perfect tree for your home or office. Today’s trees come pre-lit, look real and can be magnificently displayed long past Christmas.
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Do you have any tips on selecting a Christmas Tree or decorating it to reflect your home’s personality? If so, please share: