Saturday, 26 November 2016

Christmas Tree Buying Guide

Locally where I live, the Christmas Tree shops are open and the queuing will some begin with people rushing to ensure they have that perfect tree for Christmas, if it isn't up already, which I have noticed on social media! I always find it really hard to decide which kind of tree works and find it quite stressful deciding whether I want a real tree or an artificial tree. Thankfully there is a handy Christmas tree guide which helps to cut out all that stress.


When it comes to buying a real Christmas tree, there are different varieties of Spruces, Firs and Pines to choose from - Norway Spruce which is the more traditional type of tree with its vibrant green colour and pine scent. The Blue Spruce which has a different range of coloures from a greyish blue to a bright blue-green. The Nordmann Fir which has a conical shape and is a dark green shade or the Fraser Fir which is great for tight spaces and has a unique balsam fragrance.

Christmas Tree

The alternative is an artificial tree but again there is a lot of variety. The PE which is the most realistic Christmas tree. Made from polyethylene, the needles produced are 3D so you can enjoy the look of a real tree without the clean-up. The we have the pre-lit trees such as the Easy Connect which can save time and stress untangling those lights and checking the bulbs to make sure they work! Finally we have Flocked which are the artifical tress which have that snow dusted appearance and look very wintery. Or you can have the twigged tree variety which is essentially just that - twigs and lights, they are quite ordinary but look amazing in the right setting.


Once you have decided upon the tree, you need to ensure you get the right height and width. Anyone who, like me, is a fan of National Lampoons Christmas Vacation possibly still cries laughing when they select their tree and it is just massive and far too big for their house.  Anyway, height and width are important because buying a tree that is too high or too small and then to wide or not wide enough can ruin your Christmas theme. 

For me the past part of buying a tree is decorating it and each year, I always ensure to buy at least one new baubel that has some meaning to it.  This year that baubel comes from EuroDisney where I have been for a week with my family and it serves as quite a reminder. I know a lot of people like colour themes and matching items, but just sometimes, it is good to go with yoour gut and decorate that tree so it isn't instagram or pinterest worthy, but is done for you and how you want it.
Animal Baubels

From L to R Top Linea Flamingo With Presents Decoration £5.40, Linea Super Dog Decoration £8.40, Cat in a Santa Hat Decoration £6,  From L to R bottom - Linea Santa Pug Decoration £8.40, Unicorn purple Christmas decoration £4, Linea Bat Dog Decoration £8.40

I am really looking forward to seeing how you all decorate your homes, from the instram/Pinterest worthy looks to the more wild and wacky ideas that you might have.  For me, I have decided on an artificial tree for convenience and the fact I have 3 cats who will no doubt attempt to trash and climb whatever it is I have bought!

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17 comments:

  1. we have a fake tree in the dining room but I would love a small real one in the living room as I've never had a real one. Can't wait to get mine up on the 1st x

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  2. I think I own about 5 different fake trees! We also have two real ones this year lol x

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  3. Me and Tom went into B&Q the other day and they had tonnes of trees for less than £40 which looked amazing (6ft-7ft!) I think more people need to branch out for sure! :)

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  4. Thanks for sharing this post. I am planning to bring Christmas Tree soon, this article is quite helpful. I prefer to buy the real one Christmas Tree :)

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  5. We are having our fresh Christmas Tree being delivered on Monday, and can't wait. I haven't had a real tree for years. Kaz x

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  6. Very helpful post.
    www.yvesofstyle.com

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  7. We're going to buy our Christmas tree this week, so excited! Those baubles are amazing! My mother and stepdad were married on Christmas Eve and every year I buy them a Disney bauble as a present because we're such a Disney family. This year I've bought Cogsworth because my mother adores Beauty and the Beast plus it's the 25th anniversary!

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  8. We had a real one for the first time last year and willnever go back to a fake one

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  9. Those decorations are so pretty. I have an artificial christmas tree so that the pets don't bite it!

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  10. Love the decorations here. They are so pretty.

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  11. I can't wait to go home to a nicely decorated house, this post has got my all excited! We usually have an artificial tree but hopefully next year when I have my own place I can buy a little real tree :D

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  12. We have an artificial tree although I'd love a real one. We tried a real one once but the dog wee'd on it. I've just come back from Euro Disney with a new bauble x

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  13. I usually have an artificial tree too... My cats would destroy a real one, there would be no pine needles left on it come Christmas! I can't wait to put my tree up! Great tips on the height and width :) Thank you for sharing xx

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  14. Off to get my tree this weekend so thanks for this - just in time! I always have to have a real tree - the fake ones just don't do it for me!

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  15. I really wanted a real Christmas tree this year, but Nathan put his foot down and said no. So it looks like I'll be buying artificial again. I love the baubles you featured too - Oscar would love Super Dog and Bat Dog :)

    Louise x

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  16. I must admit, we are really lazy when it comes to trees. We drag the same artificial tree our every year. Maybe it's time for an upgrade!

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